Since 2000, following the ratification of Florida Statute 411.01, the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County, Inc. (formerly Broward County School Readiness Coalition, Inc.) has been dedicated to the implementation of an integrated, high-quality, seamless early care and education service delivery system for children. The Coalition is accountable for assessing the early care and educational resources available in Broward County as well as developing local plans to address identified needs.
The Coalition’s role is to develop and administer a comprehensive school readiness program that prepares children to succeed in school and in life, as described in the Local School Readiness Coalition Plan as approved by the Office of Early Learning. This in an ongoing process that involves building on existing services, working in cooperation with other programs for young children and coordinating and integrating program funding and services to achieve efficiency, accountability and full effectiveness.
The Coalition receives the majority of its funding directly from the Agency for Workforce Innovation, Office of Early Learning. The funds are then released to partners and service providers who perform the direct services.
In 2006, the Coalition touched the lives of over 33,000 Broward County children and families. While funding does not cover all of the identified unmet needs, we are constantly looking for innovative, additional funding sources and the Coalition strives to use all of its resources in the most effective and efficient manner possible.