Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast

Supporting the success of children, families, and early education professionals

Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast

1130 N Eglin Pkwy. Shalimar, FL 32579
850-833-3627 / Fax: 850-833-9344

Office Hours
(By Appointment Only)

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday by appointment 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

Early Childhood Services

The Early Learning Coalition provides for the coordination, integration, efficiency, and quality of early childhood services in Okaloosa and Walton Counties.


To be a community in which every child enters school prepared to succeed.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to support the success of every child and their family through quality early education and care.

News & Announcements

Notice of Public Meeting 9/14/22

The Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast (ELC) announces the following meeting…

Notice of Public Meeting Tuesday, August 2, 2022

The Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast (ELC) announces the following meeting, which is...

Notice of Public Meeting August 26, 2022

The Coalition Board will meet Friday, August 26, 2022 at 8:00 am at 1130 Eglin Pkwy., Shalimar, Florida, 32579.

Notice of Public Meeting 6/29/22

The Review Hearing Committee will meet Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 9:30 am.

Notice of Public Meeting

The Executive Committee will meet Friday, June 17, 2022 at 8:00 am.

Child Care Resource & Referral

Note: While updating internet and phone services, the phones for the Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast will be down temporarily. If you need Child Care Listing for Okaloosa and Walton Counties, please complete an online request here.

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a free service available to all Okaloosa and Walton County families that helps:
• identify and select quality early learning programs.
• connect to local community agencies and resources.
• engage in their children’s education and learning.
• locate financial resource options.

Whether you are looking for a few hours or a full week of child care for your infant, preschooler, or school-age child, CCR&R Specialists are available to help. Please note that we make referrals only, not recommendations.


The ELC-EC strives to assist all early education programs in Okaloosa and Walton counties with any questions about the VPK and SR programs as well as guidance for enhancing the quality of your program. If you are interested in starting a new child care program, we are available to offer you information about the process.

Please contact our Early Education team at 850-833-3627.