Early Learning Coalition
of Sarasota County


Prepares local infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children for lifelong success through access to quality early learning programs. Serving more than 4,000 children and 175 providers every year, the Coalition administers and oversees the local integrated system of early care and education across Sarasota County. This includes using state and local funds to provide financial scholarships to income-eligible families and administering the free, state-funded Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) programs for all 4 year olds. The ELC offers professional development, training and coaching to teachers as well as provides a variety of educational resources to parents. From Children Who Read Succeed to Bucket of Books, the ELC also manages large-scale, comprehensive early literacy programs both in the classroom and the community.

Growing Minds Read - Tools for early literacy success
Look For The Stars - Find ELC quality ratings for Sarasota preschools

(941) 954-4830, Building L

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Real estate is one of the greatest costs in a business budget. Our partnership with The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center allows more money to go towards our mission. And what better place to house our office than on a campus with nineteen other outreach agencies.

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Janet Kahn Executive Director Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
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Collaboration is key to the success of our work. The Campus of Caring is a unique space where we can easily join forces with other agencies to make the best use of our resources and maximize our community impact. The affordable rent allows us to allocate more funds to our mission of transforming the lives of students and their families.

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Cintia Elenstar Executive Director UnidosNow
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As a small organization with a staff of two, employee safety was a big consideration when we were looking for office space. We did not want our employees to be in a place where they were alone. Being on the GSHSC campus has been great because there is a whole community of like-minded professionals.

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