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 ext. 0 / Fax: 850-833-9344

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 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 Intended Decision to Enter Into a Single Source Contract (PUR 7778)



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Child Care Resource & Referral

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. Contact us at 850-833-3627 ext.0. 

Please Note: All families receiving Child Care Resource and Referral services will be contacted to complete a voluntary survey to gauge your customer service experience with our office. All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not affect your services.

PROVIDER Assistance

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 CCR&R team at 850-833-3627 ext.0 for more information on opening a childcare facility or family childcare home.