• Child & Family Focused Early Learning

    We are child and family focused

  • Research based early education for young children

    We advocate for high-quality, research based services for young children and their families.

  • Local partnerships & nonprofit

    We advocate for building upon
    existing services to create a system supporting strong local solutions and partnerships.

  • Child development and well-being

    We focus first on young children at greatest risk of
    poor outcomes to equalize future opportunities.


Welcome to the Early Learning Center of Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas

The Olympic-Kitsap Peninsulas Early Learning Coalition (OKPELC) was formed in 2007 to help our communities and respond to the growing research on the importance of the early years in a child's life. We are dedicated to raising public awareness and support for early care and education of children and to expanding early learning services for families in Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, and North Mason Counties in the state of Washington.

The Coalition represents nonprofit agencies, businesses, schools, libraries, government organizations, tribal nations, child care providers and the community at large. We currently meet monthly via GoToMeeting and quarterly at alternating locations across the region.

Our primary focus is to increase parent, family and child care provider access to information regarding child development & well-being, effective teaching and parent education strategies, early screening and intervention services, and ways for parents to be active in their child’s education.
We also prioritize developing a coordinated system of sustainable funding that supports Coalition priorities.