Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Gateway

Coronavirus / COVID-19 NOTICE:

To follow CDC recommended social distancing recommendations, we ask you please not visit the office in-person at this time, as we are able to assist you during our normal operating hours via remote methods such as email, phone, or the statewide OEL service websites. 

“The Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Gateway, Inc. is committed to supporting parents and quality early learning programs that lead to children’s educational success.”

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Hours & Location

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 at 386-752-9770 Monday through Friday from 9:00AM until 5:00PM.

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

Appointments: Mon – Thurs 9:00am – 4:15pm, Friday 8:30am-12pm

Resource & Referral

R&R 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 a provider listing in the Resource & Referral Database or for referrals to your program. If you are asked to provide a payment for a referral or listing in the Resource & Referral database, please call Florida’s Office 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.




Our News & Announcements

Keep current with what is happening at the Early Learning Coalition Gateway of Florida.

The Statewide Family Portal Is Now Online!

The Statewide Family Portal Is Now Online! You can now apply for School Readiness and VPK Online. Click Here to go to the statewide family portal to apply now! If your family was recently displaced by a hurricane, please contact your local early learning coalition to...

Seeking Board of Director Candidates

The Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Gateway is seeking a candidate to fill the Faith-Based Child Care Representative position on its Board of Directors. Candidate must reside in Florida and be one of the following individuals associated with a Faith-Based child...



Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming and Most Recent
Executive Committee Meetings:

March 26, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Upcoming and Most Recent
Board of Directors Meeting:

April 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Upcoming and Most Recent
Quality Committee Meetings:



Child Care Resource & Referral Information

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

Appointments available as Scheduled

Administration may be reached at (386) 752-9770
Monday –  Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

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