Florida’s Division of Early Learning (DEL)/Department of Education and the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Gateway is pleased to announce the distribution of CARES funds awarded to Child Care Programs in Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, and Union counties…

Vacant Board Position Open:

  • Faith-based child care provider (Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee, or Union counties)

  • Private Sector (Hamilton, Lafayette, or Suwannee Counties)

If you’re interested, please email lsurrency@elcgateway.org


“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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News & Announcements

Finance Director/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) – Open Position

Reports to: Executive Director/CEO Classification Status: Salaried/Exempt; is classified as exempt and encompasses the basic requirements stipulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Job Summary: This management position is responsible for the compliance and processing...

Program Support Specialist -Open Position

Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Gateway - Lake City, FL Full-time Classification Status: Non-Exempt: This position is classified as non-exempt status and encompasses the basic requirements stipulated by The Fair Labor Standards Act Job Summary: This is a highly...


Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming and Most Recent
Executive/Finance Committee Meeting:
Monday, October 25,2021
Time: 9:00 am

Upcoming and Most Recent
Board of Directors Meeting: 
When: Wednesday October 27, 2021
Time: 9:30 am

Upcoming and Most Recent
Quality Committee Meeting:
When:  Monday January 24, 2021
Time: 9:00 am

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 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 – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Email Questions to familyservices@elcgateway.org

Operating / Walk In Hours
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Appointment Only
Friday – Staff Hours 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Closed to the Public

*Hours may vary due to the COVID 19 pandemic, staff and business professional development training, please call 386-752-9770 in advance to confirm.

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