The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County offers free Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) to all families seeking quality and affordable child care options and local community resources.

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 Coalition also supports potential and current providers and 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. For assistance, please contact the Early Learning Coalition at …

Phone: 863-577-2450
Hours: Monday- Friday 8am-5pm EST
115 S. Missouri Ave Suite 201.
Lakeland, FL 33815

In the event ELC offices are closed, please call 211 for immediate child care resources or information.


Learn about eligibility and the enrollment process for programs like School Readiness, VPK, CCR&R and access to the Family Portal. Apply Today!

School Readiness - Need Help With Child Care Costs? VPK - FREE for 4 Year Olds CCR&R - Navigate Your Way Into Child Care Family Portal - Create/Manage Your Account

Access your provider portals to manage your profile, contracts, enrollments, etc. and find information for programs like School Readiness and VPK.

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Division of Early Learning
United Way — ELC Polk
Publix Super Markets Charities — ELC Polk

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