Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief

Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in history. Packing winds upwards of 130 miles per hour, this storm has left a path of death, devastation and destruction.

Hurricane Irma has greatly impacted childcare providers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

These child care providers are entrusted with our greatest asset: our children. These children represent our future.  Ensuring the child care sector is prepared to respond and recover from disasters like Hurricane Irma is essential to safeguarding life and speeding recovery. After housing, child care is the second biggest obstacle to adults returning to work after a disaster.  Simply put, without child care recovery, rebuilding cannot begin.

The Early Learning Children’s Foundation is committed to helping child care providers get back on their feet as soon as possible in the wake of widespread damage caused by Hurricane Irma.

Please donate to the Early Learning Children’s Fund now.

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The ELC is the largest organization in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties whose primary responsibility is the education of children from birth to five.

 The science proves that the highest rate of return to human capital investments at different ages is from birth to age three. The second highest rate of return is from age four to five.

According to Nobel Prize winner James Heckman, the return on investment in dollars for children birth to five is $16.00 for every $1.00 spent.

Our Values

The Early Learning Coalition:

Partners with more than 1,200 early care and education providers in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties to serve more than 50,000 children annually.

Programs include Florida’s Voluntary PreKindergarten Program for 4 and 5 year olds, School Readiness Program for low-income working families and at-risk children, Early Head Start for 750 children between 0 – 36 months of age, Inclusion Services for children with special needs, and other programs that promote and support high-quality learning environments.

At risk children who don’t receive high quality early learning experiences are:


More likely to drop out of school.


More likely to become a teen parent.


More likely to be placed in special education


More likely to never attend college.

We make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.