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 by appointment only 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 on September 14, 2023

The Program Committee will meet Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 11:00 am.

Notice of Public Meeting September 22, 2023

The Coalition Board will meet Friday, September 22, 2023 at 8:00 am…

Notice of Public Meeting August 18, 2023

ELC announces the following meeting, which is open to press & public. The Executive Committee will meet Friday, August 18, 2023.

Notice of Public Meeting June 27, 2023

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

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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. 

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.


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.