Susan Main is the President and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Duval. The Coalition is responsible for the implementation, design and oversight of the School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten early learning programs in Duval County. The Coalition’s mission is to lead and support the early learning community in building the best foundation for children from birth to kindergarten.
All state and federal funds for child care financial assistance for low income families in Duval are administered by the Coalition. The Coalition operates the Child Care Resource and Referral program and administers the “Guiding Stars of Duval” quality rating improvement system for child care centers and Family Child Care Homes.. The Coalition also partners with the United Way of Northeast Florida to administer the Success by Six Program that provides scholarships for at-risk children to attend high quality child care centers.
She currently serves as a member of School Readiness Research Alliance for the Southeast. The Alliance is committed to research and best practices to ensure high quality early education programs that promote school success.
She is a past of the Chair of the Statewide Association of Early Learning Coalitions, a 501c3 organization consisting of the 30 Executive Directors across Florida. She currently serves as the Legislative Advocacy Chair of the Association.
She is the regional chair of the Children’s Movement of Florida. The major objective of the citizen-led, non-partisan Children’s Movement of Florida is to inform the political, business and civic leaders, and the parents and people of this state, about children’s issues and encourage them to make the well-being and education of our children our highest priority, including in the way we invest our public resources.
She is a member of the member of the Florida Covering Kids & Families State Coalition. This is a coalition of child advocacy organizations, community-based organizations and state agencies that work together towards a common goal of ensuring that all children in Florida have the health care that they deserve.
Susan is a former elementary school teacher. She received her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from Ohio University and her Masters Degree from the University of North Florida in Educational Leadership.
She is a past president and sustaining member of the Junior League of Jacksonville, a 1200 member women’s volunteer organization.
She served as the Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Jacksonville for 4 years
She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and has served on the Board as chair of Youth Programs. She supports the organization by presenting the issues of Early Learning to the Adult, Collegiate, and Youth classes.
In 2004 she completed the Community Coaches program affiliated with the Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation and the Jacksonville Community Foundation. This unique program provides trained coaches to work with nonprofits to improve outcomes for children and families.
She was honored as one of the Jacksonville Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” for her work in Early Learning in our community.
Susan received the United Way of Northeast Florida Sherwood H. Smith’s Children’s Campion Award.
She received the North Florida Association for the Education of Young Children’s “Advocate of the Year” award.
Susan was selected by the White House to represent Early Learning and meet President Obama when he visited Jacksonville.
Susan received the 2014 Early Learning Champion award from the Association of Early Learning Coalitions. She was honored for her years of advocacy on behalf of children birth to five.
She is a board member of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville.