Good Beginnings = Great Endings!

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County is dedicated to providing children and families in our community with access to quality early learning programs that nurture their learning potential and prepare them for their educational success. It is our mission to provide leadership and foster partnerships to optimize a quality early learning environment for our children through child care, voluntary pre-kindergarten and parent education.


We offer the following programs:

Free Child Care Resource and Referral
Free Child Care Resource and Referral to all families seeking information on quality early care and education programs. In Marion County call 352-369-2315 Monday – Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

School Readiness Program
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten
VPK  Registration is open for the 2019 Voluntary PreKindergarten Program.

Parents as Teachers
Help Me Grow
Success By Six

Early Learning Performance Funding

Professional Development
The Coalition supports potential and current providers. We are available to offer information about starting a new childcare business and enhancing your program. We are also eager to answer your questions about the VPK and School Readiness programs. Please contact our provider services (or if applicable CCR&R) team/department at 352-369-2315.

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Our mission is made possible through the generosity of:

Kiwanis Club of Ocala logo
Marion County Florida logo
City of Ocala
United Way of Marion County logo
Florida Prepaid College Board
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