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The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is a not-for-profit agency focused on early education and care. ELC Polk is about preparing all children to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

The children of Polk County are our greatest and most important resource. We know that children are actively learning wherever they are and that parents are undeniably a child's first and most important teacher. A child's earliest experiences and environments set the stage for their future development and success in school and in life. At the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County we strive to make certain that children and families have access to quality, affordable early learning programs and services.

Through various collaborative community partnerships, the Coalition works to identify resources and opportunities to maximize our ability to deliver the highest quality services.

Whether you are a parent, childcare provider, or an interested member of our community, this site has information, listing, and helpful links for you.


The Coalition will provide leadership, direction, and integrated resource management for quality services that support our vision of success for children.


All children enter school healthy, ready and eager for lifelong learning with the collaborative support of parents, families, educators, and the community.

Coalition History

Originally established in 1999, by Florida Statute 411.01, The Polk County School Readiness Coalition, Inc. doing business as The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is recognized as a leader in the community with early education and care initiatives serving as many as 9,000 children a month in the programs funded by federal, state, and local dollars.

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Departments & Staff

Whether you are looking to connect with our Administration, Finance (for providers reimbursements), eligibility department (parent counselor), quality or operations department, you will find here all the contacts from the ELC Polk Staff you might need.

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Sponsorship Partners

Office of Early Learning — ELC Polk
United Way — ELC Polk
Publix Super Markets Charities — ELC Polk

Collaborative Partners


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