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Bottoms Up – Diaper Partnership!

Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Gateway is excited to announce a new partnership with United Way of Suwannee Valley! United Way of Suwannee Valley has once again demonstrated their commitment to the betterment of the lives of the children and families we serve...


AGENCY: ELC of Florida’s GatewayTITLE: ARPA Supply Building Initiatives Resources and TrainingShort description of the commodity or service desired: Early Learning director and teacher trainings and resource supports for CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring...

RFP# 2024-02 Resources and Technology for Childcare Programs

RFP# 2024-02 Resources and Technology for Childcare Programs Request for Proposals for:RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY FOR CHILDCARE PROGRAMS ISSUED ON May 3, 2024SESPONSES DUE BY: May 14th, 2024NO LATER THAN 12:00 P.M., COALITION TIME Read Full RFP Here (PDF)

RFP# 2024-01 Auditing and Tax Services

RFP# 2024-01 Auditing and Tax Services Request for Proposals for:AUDITING AND TAX SERVICES ISSUED ON April 9th, 2024SERVICES STARTING JULY 1, 2024 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2027RESPONSES DUE BY: May 17th, 2024NO LATER THAN 12:00 P.M., COALITION TIME Read Full RFP Here (PDF)

FREE At-Home Book Delivery Program!

Embark on a literary adventure with Lastinger Center for Learning and Scholastic's New Worlds Reading initiative with free at-home book delivery program tailored for children from VPK to 5th grade. Immerse your little ones in a world of stories and activities,...


Thursday Appeals Hearing Zoom Meeting, 1:00pm 2/15/2024:
Meeting ID: 872 8395 9316
Contact Patty Reeves at (386) 752-9770 for Passcode



About Us

Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Gateway supports potential and current providers. We are available to offer information about starting a new child care business and enhancing your program. We are also eager to assist providers with questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs. Please contact our Provider Services Team Monday through Friday from 8:00AM until 5:00PM.   Program Operations Director: Carrie Skinner 386-961-0126

The Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Gateway is a non-profit organization that provides Child Care Resource and Referral and Early Learning services (School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-kindergarten – VPK) in Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee and Union counties.


Location: 1104 SW Main Blvd, Lake City, FL, 32025
Telephone: (386)-752-9770 or (866)-752-9770
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Child Care Resource & Referral Services

Child Care Resource and Referral Services is an information service which does not license, endorse, nor recommend any type of early care and education provider over another. It is suggested that parents visit several programs to determine which one best serves the needs of their family. Parents are encouraged to visit providers before a decision is made to place their child.

There are no charges/fees associated with provider listings in the Child Care Resource and Referral Services Database. If you are asked to provide a payment for a child care referral or listing in the Child Care Resource and Referral Services database, please call Florida’s Division of Early Learning Resource & Referral Network at 1-866-357-3239. The information reported about a provider’s program is objective program information that is based on standards that are attainable for providers based on their type of care.

What we Do

The Coalition Strives to:

Promote quality Early Learning programs in the five counties. Identify programs that provide young children with experiences that will help them achieve school readiness.

Provide developmental screenings for young children. Work with public schools, private and faith based providers and family child care homes to promote quality Early Learning experiences that focus on all areas of a child’s development.

Help increase the availability of quality early learning programs in the five counties by assisting new providers and recruiting providers to participate in the School Readiness and VPK programs.

Provide families with the early learning and child care support they need to help them to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Child Care Resource & Referral Information

386) 752-9770  | (866) 752-9770 | 1104 SW Main Blvd, Lake City, FL  32025

Child Care Resource & Referral Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Email Questions to familyservices@elcgateway.org

An equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers on this website may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711