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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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Donate

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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Hurricane ETA

The path of Hurricane Eta is still uncertain, but we know that Florida is going to feel the effects. Pinellas and surrounding counties are beginning to prepare, and we wanted to ensure that all of you are taking proper precautions for yourselves and the families you serve. The safety of our providers and families is paramount.
 
The Pinellas County License Board recommends the following guidelines when preparing your home or center for the storm:
 
·     Clear your playgrounds of any unanchored equipment. Turn equipment that could retain water upside down. Move garbage cans to an inside location and do a check of your premises to make sure everything is secured. 
·    Notify your parents in advance if you should choose to close. Please see below for current closures.  
·  Should you choose to remain open, make sure that parents are aware of your emergency plans and where you would evacuate if needed. Be sure that you have current emergency contact information for all parents/guardians.  
· If you unfortunately suffer damage to your home or children’s center, you must notify PCLB immediately. Please call (727) 507-4857. Prior to re-opening, you must have a visit from a licensing specialist to verify that health and safety requirements are in compliance. 
 
All SR and VPK providers MUST report closures to the Coalition by calling 727-400-4470. Please give your provider/center name, anticipated dates of closure and best contact number. 
For VPK providers, information regarding reimbursement during temporary emergency closures can be found HERE.
 For SR providers, information regarding reimbursement during temporary emergency closures can be found HERE. 
 
Both Pinellas County Schools and the Early Learning Coalition will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, November 12, 2020. Early Learning Coalition will be accessible by phone or by visiting our website and using the LIVE chat. We encourage all providers to use their best judgement in closure decisions.  
 
This is a scary time for the state of Florida, but having a plan and being prepared can help ease the stress, especially for our smallest friends. 
 
Please visit the below sites for further resources on how to best prepare for Hurricane Eta:
 
 
For further information, you can visit the Red Cross or Ready.gov
Whatever your plan, please stay safe this during this storm.

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


C.
Redeterminations

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