Press Releases

ELC of NW Florida Awarded Best Group Piece for Children’s Week 2018 #GiveUsAHand Contest

The ELC of NW Florida was awarded “Best Group Piece” for their submission of hand art to the 2018 Children’s Week “Hanging of the Hands” exhibition in the Florida State Capitol. There were three awards presented for “Best Individual Hand Art,” “Most Creative,” and “Best Group Piece.” The Coalition was applauded by Children’s Week for their collaboration with the libraries throughout Northwest Florida, including participation from Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, and Washington County public libraries.

We are grateful for the partnership among Northwest Florida libraries, child care programs, and our newly-included friends at the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle.

To view the original post on the Children’s Week Facebook page, visit


Notice of Public Meeting: ELC of NW Florida Executive Committee, January 31, 2018

Notice of Public Meeting

The Executive Committee of the ELC of NW Florida Board will meet on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition Board Room in Bay County (703 W. 15th Street, Panama City, FL, 32401).

Conference Call Information

Call-in Number: 888-670-3525

Code Number: 8771123425#

Click here for the printable notice.

ELC of NW Florida Hosts First Annual Early Learning Scholastic Book Fair

The ELC of NW Florida will host an Early Learning Scholastic Book Fair from November 6-9 in their Panama City Coalition Office (703 W. 15th Street). On Thursday, November 9, the Coalition will host a Family Night from 5-7 p.m. Families and teachers of preschool children are invited to attend. Light snacks will be served, and craft stations will be available for children of all ages.

ELC of NW Florida Accepts $4,360 Donation From Dunkin’ Donuts

Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida Received $4,360 Donation from Dunkin’ Donuts!

Click here to link to the Washington County News/Holmes County Advertiser article: “Dunkin’ Donuts donates to ELC”

Click here to link to Aston Williams report on WMBB-TV: “Dunkin’ Donuts Loves the Children”

Click here to link to the story share on the Purple Square Management Group page. Purple Square manages these popular national brands: Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin Robbins, The Brass Tap, and Popeyes.  “Dunkin’ Donuts Loves the Children”

Click here to link the story appearing in Foster Folly News from Washington County: “Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida received $4,360 donation from Dunkin’ Donuts”

Click here to link to the September 21 news release!

“Little Listeners” Program Launch

“little listeners” is a program launched through the Alignment Bay County Early Learning committee on which  the Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida serves. Patients of Coastal OB/GYN will have the opportunity to take part in this program that encourages pregnant moms to read to their unborn children. Books and information will be provided through the private donation of Dr. Merritt and his family.

Click below to learn more!

New Program Encourages Pregnant Women to Read to Their Babies,” WMBB-TV