November 2020

Coalition Operating Status as 5 October 2020

The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County is OPEN for business!

The Coalition experienced a fire in its’ offices on August 16, 2020 and a Hurricane on September 16, 2020.  Half of our offices are unavailable while recovery and repair is being conducted.  However, the Coalition is still fully functional and can provide all services.  Our offices were already closed to the public due to the COVID pandemic, so the fire has not really impacted how we have been doing business the past five months.

Our phone lines are up and running. Please call us at the numbers listed below for the type of services you may require.  Also, we can receive fax transmissions, however, from now on we only have one fax number, 850-466-3783.  If you call and no one answers please you leave a voice message as it is converted to an email and someone will read it and return your call.  Please be sure to leave your name, phone number and/or email address.

The Coalition will resume full services with the public on October 13, 2020.  The new primary entrance for all services is the one to Suite 210 (Admin offices).  We have reconfigured the entryway to accommodate all clients, parents, providers, and the general public at this one location.  We suggest if you are thinking of coming to the Coalition you call 850-595-5400 first so we can discuss what is the best way the Coalition can best support your needs.   Our hours are as follows:

The Coalition is open

Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Our Address is

3300 N Pace Blvd, Suite 210 | Pensacola, FL 32505

Phone: (850) 595-5400 | Fax: (850) 466-3783


For specific types of services please contact us by phone or email as follows:

 School Readiness/VPK clients please contact:

Call 850-332-6775 or email

Parents/guardians with questions or seeking child care:

Call 850-595-5915 or email

Providers and others with questions or business needs:

Call 850-595-5400 or
Fax: (850) 466-3783


What's Happening: News of Interest and Updates:

First Responder and Health Care Worker Child Care

The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County and the State of Florida are still offering subsidized child care to first responders and health care workers, however, the program ended for new applicants on July 31, 2020.  After this date no new applications can be accepted.

 Note to Current Clients (Parents and Guardians)

Parents please be advised that payment of assigned co-payments (parent fees) has been continued to October 31, 2020. Your Child Care Provider has been notified and should not be collecting these payments.


School Readiness Match Program

The Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County now has the authority to serve a new category of families and children using a combination of local funding and State matching funds.  The qualification requirements for the School Readiness Program still, except families can now initially earn between 150% of FPL and 85% of SMI and be eligible for services. For details in English click here.

La Coalición de Educación Temprana del Condado de Escambia ahora tiene la autoridad de servir a una nueva categoria de familias y niños usando una combinación de fondos locales y Estatales.  Los requisitos para qualificar para el Programa de Preparación Escolar aún , excepto que las familias ahora pueden inicialmente ganar entre 150% del (FPL) Nivel de pobreza federal y el 85% del (SMI) Ingreso medio estatal y ser elegibles para los servicios.  Para detalles en Español haga clic aquí.  


Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program

Do you have a four year old eligible for Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten or if you are ready now to make an application for VPK click on the link below.

VPK Online Application, Click Here


Our On-site VPK Program support hours are Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Local VPK Registration Contact Number - 850-607-8556 or 850-741-8304

Please Note: VPK application documentation will not be accepted on-site outside of normal support hours.



School Readiness Program

Are you interested in applying for child care? Then please visit our Parent Resource page, or if you are ready now to make an application for services click on the link below.

School Readiness Program Application, Click here

For questions regarding Child Care services, please contact our Eligibility Departments' Front Desk at 850-332-6775 or   

If you are looking for information regarding child care providers in Escambia County please contact us at 850-595-5915 or by email at We offer Child Care Resource and Referral services from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, and 8 am to 12 pm Friday. As an alternative, we invite you to download this form, fill it out, and send it back to us using one of the provided methods on the form for assistance without having to visit our offices during regular business hours.

For all other business please contact our Main Office at 850-595-5400.


Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County Mission Statement

To identify and meet the needs of children and families to lay the foundation for lifetime success by: maximizing each child’s potential, preparing children to enter school ready to learn, and helping families achieve economic self-sufficiency.

To support this mission, the Coalition upholds these values:

  1. Early learning programs shall prepare children for success in school.
  2. Early learning programs shall involve parents as their child’s first teacher and support family skill building,
  3. Early learning programs shall be an integrated and seamless system of services and shall be implemented by the local coalition working with partnering agencies and programs.
  4. Early learning programs shall be coordinated and public funding integrated to achieve effectiveness and efficiency.
  5. Early learning programs shall be supported in their efforts to expand professional development and promote program quality.


Provider Portal:  All providers are now required to register and maintain their information in the new State Data System.  The Provider Portal is your link to this new system. This is your place to keep your business data current, submit your attendance information for payment, and other features yet to come. To access this system use the link below.

 Provider Portal, Click here

Attendance Days:
  The Coalition will accept Reimbursement Packages for the prior month on the first three business days of each month.  Service hours for processing and submitting packages are from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when the days are on Monday to Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. if one of the three business days occurs on a Friday.  For the first two days of the three business days processing will be in the Training Room.  On the third day, processing will be conducted in the Admin front office. Starting with reimbursements for October to be submitted in November 2020 paper copy of attendance is no longer required.



Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County - Public Records Requests 


It is the policy of the Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County to comply with Florida’s public records law and state retention schedules for public records, including electronic mail (e-mail). Florida’s public records law, listed in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, states: “It is the policy of this state that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.”

 Procedure for Requesting Records:  The full Coalition policy for public records, Request for Public Records Policy and Procedure, ELCEC 1401.1C, is available in our Administrative Office. Please make your request in writing by completing the Public Records Request Form, ELCEC 1401.3Awhich can be found at this link.  All public records requests must be provided to the Executive Assistant of the Coalition who is also the Records Custodian.  Per Chapter 119, F.S., the Coalition has up to five (5) business days to complete the public records request. Public records which are exempt from the provisions of section 119.07(1), F.S. will be available only as specified by applicable state and federal laws and rules.

 Public records will be available for inspection or copying during reasonable times and under reasonable conditions between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until noon on Friday, excluding published Coalition holidays.  

 The Coalition has the right to request a deposit of the estimated fees before processing begins.  The five (5) day completion timeframe will begin once the deposit is received.

 To submit a Public Records Request, please either contact the Records Custodian listed directly, or complete the Public Records Request Form, ELCEC 1401.3A and forward it by email, fax or regular mail to the Records Custodian who will process the request per our policy and procedures.

 Records Request Contact:         Jamie Phelps, Records Custodian


Phone:                                        850-595-5402 (use for records requests only)

Fax:                                             850-466-3783

Address:                                      3300 N. Pace Blvd., Suite 210, Pensacola, FL  32505


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