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Engage. Inspire. Elevate.

We are committed to helping all families have access to quality early learning opportunities to ensure children enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

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School Readiness Program

Are child care costs becoming a burden? School Readiness Scholarships may be able to help you. All-day options are available for families who are eligible.

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Voluntary PreKindergarten ( VPK )

Sign-up for Florida’s FREE VPK to ensure your child is ready for kindergarten and life. All-day options are available for families who are eligible.

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Child Care Resource and Referral

We can help you find high-quality child care and
other resources in your area. Get your FREE listing today!

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Child Care Careers Board

Thought about a career in the child care industry? Check out our Community Jobs page highlighting great opportunities throughout Pinellas County.

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Professional Development

We offer programs and incentives to child care providers to help advance their professional goals and education while they work.

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Director's Cafe

Join us for after lunch networking, strategy building and
in-service training with your peers. Open to all Directors!

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What we invest in our community today can shape the lives of tomorrow. Your gift can create a bright future for a child.

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How You Can Help

Support from organizations and individuals in our community is what helps our staff carry out our mission, helping young children prosper. Together we can continue to break down barriers in early education and help the children, families, and providers in Pinellas County thrive together. Read on to find out how you can give back to your community!

Get Involved

Early educators, who often make minimum wage, support the children of our community each day. We ask you to support them to ensure child care providers have the resources to remain solvent.

We are asking you to help support childcare in our community by donating today.

The ELC will distribute funds raised to support childcare through:

  • Childcare scholarships to ensure access
  • Stability funding for childcare providers so they can reopen
  • Financial relief for child care providers and teachers returning to work



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Emergency Childcare
Support Fund

As our community begins to reopen and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established the Emergency Childcare Support Fund in partnership with the Pinellas Community Foundation, with the goal of ensuring the backbone of our county’s economy remains stable. Funds collected will be used to provide relief to families through childcare scholarships in Pinellas County and support the reopening of licensed family and center-based childcare programs forced to close during the crisis.

Help Supply Pinellas Childcare Providers

As a result of Covid-19, child care providers report a need for items such as paper goods, bleach, cleaning solutions, face masks, and more in order to meet local and CDC guidelines. Donations of goods directly support provders who are on the front lines every day. 

ALERT: Providers in need of face masks! Click below to see how you can help.

Thrive By Five Pinellas

A collective impact initiative, Thrive By Five helps mobilize community partners in developing and promoting programs via high-functioning, countywide collaboration, which supports families with children ages 0 – 5. Thrive By Five looks at childhood development holistically, focusing on supporting a child’s physical, social-emotional, language, and cognitive development. The initiative engages a wide network that proactively connects families and caregivers with the County’s many available resources.

Amazon Give Back

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click here to have 0.5% of your purchases donated to the ELC, at absolutely no cost to you!

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Hours of Operation: M-F, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Processes and Procedures

A. Placements

I. General: 

  1. Appointment Phone Script and Process
  2. BG1-11 Outreach and Enrollment Process
  3. Placement 30-30 Plan
  4. Browsing
  5. Keying Placements
  6. Sib-Adds
  7. Interview Flow
  8. Terms and Conditions in the Family Portal Account

II. Waitlist:

III. CCAA Process:

B. Enrollments


I. Processing Redeterminations: 

II. Rejections for Redeterminations:

III. Other/General Redetermination Information:

D. Reestablishment Periods/Reviews

E. Transfers

F. Suspended Enrollments

G. Coalition Transfers

H. Social Security

I. SR Plus-Local Funding

Annual Report

Annual Report