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Support for Families from Puerto Rico Impacted by Hurricane Maria

On October 9, 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties in response to Maria’s catastrophic impact.  The declaration will provide resources and assistance to help meet the needs of families impacted by Hurricane Maria when they come to Florida.


Early education and child care are critical needs for displaced families with young children.


The following memorandums from the Office of Early Learning (OEL) identify some of the steps OEL has initiated to assist families:

Hurricane Maria General Memo

Hurricane Maria VPK Memo


Board Member Vacancies

The Early Learning Coalition of Broward County (ELC) is currently accepting applications from local business professionals and child care providers to fill vacant seats on its Board of Directors.  Created through State Statute, the ELC administers more than $90 million in local, state and federal funds for child care subsidies, child care teacher training, and other functions to improve access to and quality of early childhood education for Broward’s children and families.  The ELC is guided by its Board of Directors. The Board consists of a combination of governor appointed members, local government and administrative agency leaders, child care professionals, and other local leaders.  Because this board makes decisions concerning public dollars, it is governed by Sunshine Law and State of Florida conflict laws. 

The ELC welcomes all interested business leaders and child care providers living in Broward County to join in its goal, to provide access to, and supports for the early learning of young children.  Interested individuals should download a copy of the Private Business  or Private Provider Board Member Nominating form and the Policies Governing Board Membership by clicking the link on “How to Get Involved” section of our website. 

Completed Nominating forms should be emailed to Irene Ramos at iramos@elcbroward.org.

For questions about Board Membership please call  (954) 377-2183.