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The Early Learning Coalition of the Emerald Coast is now offering a limited number of child care financial assistance scholarships for those serving on the front-line of the COVID-19 response effort. Many of these hard-working families and single parents are having a difficult time finding child care because their current provider may have temporarily closed. The Early Learning Coalition is positioned to connect parents to high-quality child care while providing additional financial support for up to 90 days for these critical employees.

EMPLOYERS OF ESSENTIAL HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL & FIRST RESPONDERS IN OKALOOSA OR WALTON COUNTIES

If you have any employees with children between the ages of 6 weeks and 13 years, we are inviting you, to complete a referral on their behalf which grants them access to 90 days of discounted child care. All eligible first responders and emergency healthcare personnel workers can apply until July 31, 2020. There is no income eligibility requirements for this program. You can find the referral form here. Once the referral is completed and signed by the employer and the employee, please submit it via fax to 850-634-2559 and instruct the employee to contact the Early Learning Coalition to complete the process. 

Referral Form 

Employer Instructions 

List of Eligible First Responders and Essential Healthcare Workers

First Responder and Essential Healthcare Workers FAQ

If you are a first responder or emergency healthcare personnel living and/or working in Okaloosa or Walton County with children aged 6 weeks to 13 years old, please contact your HR department to request a referral, if they have questions they may contact our family resource line at 850.833.9333 or 850.833.3627 for assistance.