Our Story

Why We Care

We believe in early childhood education from birth to kindergarten as the foundation for success in school and throughout the entirety of life. In our eyes, early learning is one of the greatest investments we can make in our children. Education begins at birth when a new mind starts its healthy growth and development. Babies who are stimulated by holding, playing and talking develop good brain health and become naturally-strong learners. Strong learners grow up into strong adults who contribute to our future. And that’s important to all of us. 


All children will have high quality early learning experiences leading to success in school and life.


Lead and support the early learning community to deliver high quality early learning experiences to young children and their families.

Our Guiding Principles:

We believe in environments of success for our children and educators.
All children develop at their own pace and learn in different ways.
All children have the ability to reach full potential regardless of economic means.
Play and imagination are essential learning components.
Early learning helps to build the foundation for future success.
Highly skilled educators create the best learning opportunities for ALL children.
Parents are the "Most important individuals to ensure child's success. “
Delivering outstanding customer service is vital to delivering our mission.
We are committed to hiring and developing great employees.

Our Promise to You:

We’re serious about the work we do. Since 2000, ELC Broward has been responsible for quality early care and education services for our children. We are accountable for helping families find local child care and developing plans to address Broward County's early learning needs. That requires a lot of listening and learning on our end. With so much at stake, we strive to be our absolute best in everything we do. 

Our further role is to develop and oversee a comprehensive school readiness program as described in the Local School Readiness Coalition Plan approved by Florida’s Division of Early Learning (formerly known as the Office of Early Learning). This in an ongoing process that builds on existing services, works in cooperation with other programs for young children, and coordinates funding and services to achieve efficiency, accountability and effectiveness.

We promise to build and support the most effective early learning community possible, helping our children, parents and teachers realize its benefits. 

Follow the information links below to learn about our long-term strategy for success or take a closer look at current progress in our most recent annual report. 

Review the ELC Broward Strategic Plan
Read Our Annual Report

ELC Broward COVID-19 Response