Much like a garden, children need constant love and attention to grow. Being a parent of a young child can be very challenging at times. The ELC provides support to parents and connects parents to local resources that maximize their role as their child's first teacher. Click HERE to view our "Everybody's A Teacher" video.

Child Care Resource and Referral - Identifying quality child care providers

CCR&R Cover Letter (pdf 462.46 kB)

A Parent Checklist for Quality Child Care (pdf 595.28 kB)

Family Guide - Selecting Quality Early Learning Programs (pdf 1.06 MB)

OEL Community Resource Flyer (pdf 1.15 MB)

Strengthening Families Protective Factors (pdf 334.42 kB)

Office of Early Learning - Family Resources

Child Birthing/Newborn and Nursing Classes - For New Parents and Parents-to-be

ABCs of Babies - TMH Calendar of Events/Classes - 850.413.4915

Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition

A Women's Pregnancy Center - 850.297.1174

Grandparent Resources - For grandparents as caregivers

Generations United


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren - Help Guide

Literacy Programs - Helping your child learn to read

Get Ready to Read

Literacy Volunteers of Leon County

Reading Rockets

Local Agencies - Community resources for Big Bend families

211 Big Bend

Capital Area Community Action Agency (Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Wakulla)

Department of Health - Liberty County Healthy Start

Wakulla One Stop Community Center

Whole Child Gadsden

Whole Child Leon

The Healthy Start Coalition (Jefferson, Madison, Taylor)

Parenting Websites - Interacting with children starting at birth



Talk With Me Baby


Play Groups - Interactions between children and caregivers

Capital City Moms Club

Little Ones Music Play

School Choice Options - K-12 public, private and charter school options

Florida Department of Education - Home Education

Leon County Schools - School Choice Options, Process, and Forms

Step Up For Students 

Tax Assistance - For low-income families and the elderly

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)

Events for Parents

Join Our Email List

Tell a Friend...Spread the Word