The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is an extension of the Early Learning Coalition’s Professional Development Department, set to improve services, support, and education for young children. Programs enhance early childhood professionals’ knowledge, skills, and professional advancement through various classes, courses, and conferences offered in face-to-face or web-based formats.

Child care providers provide children in their care with well-rounded and appropriate tools to help them develop
into successful learners. We understand many providers can’t afford to stop working to continue their education or certification. We support providers by offering programs and incentives to continue working while advancing their professional goals and education.

The training offered through the Professional Development Institute at the Early Learning Coalition provides high-quality content and support to ensure the implementation of concepts into the classroom. All training with the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards (2017), The Classroom Assessment Scoring System® (CLASS), Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Practitioners, and Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Directors.

The Early Learning Coalition’s Professional Development Department is an approved International Association for
Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Accredited Provider.

Mission Statement
To maximize child outcomes through an innovative professional development system designed to empower early childhood professionals and advocates.

Core Values
We believe high-quality early learning experiences provide a foundation for success in life, well-educated and trained early childhood professionals positively impact child outcomes, working together creates a stronger community, respect all cultures, backgrounds and belief systems.

Anti-Discrimination Policy
Instructors will treat all training participants with fairness and respect and will not discriminate against anyone for any reason.

Disclosure of Proprietary Interest by Trainers
Trainers will disclose any significant financial interest or other relationships with a) manufacturers of any commercial products; b) providers of commercial services discussed; or c) any commercial supporters.

Significant financial interests or other relationships include such things as grants, research support, employee, consultant, major stockholder, speaker’s bureau member, etc. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent an instructor from presenting, but to provide participants with information to base their own judgments. It remains up to the participant to determine whether an instructor’s interests or relationships may influence the presentation.

Continuing Education Unit (CEU)

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a unit for measuring and recording a learner’s participation in non-degree credit educational activities. One tenth (0.1) CEU is issued for each clock hour of participation in learning programs approved by the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County (Coalition). The unit of measure for CEU’s is 10 clocks hours equal one (1) CEU.

Learners must:

1. attend all scheduled training dates.
2. meet all training expectations: a) completes and submits a Competency Statement; b) completes and submits an Implementation Plan and c) completes a coaching visit.
3. complete and submit the Training Completion Requirements form and
4. achieve an 80% or higher on the Training Completion Requirements form.

When these requirements have been met, an official CEU certificate of achievement is emailed to the learner. A transcript documenting the learners’ participation and completion of a learning program will be on file and available from the Coalition.

If a learner scores less than 80% a certificate of completion (in-service hours) will be awarded. If a learner scores less than 60% a certificate of attendance will be awarded (non-in-service hours).

CEU Transcripts

To requst a transcript of all CEU’s earned through the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County contact Sharon Dennany @

Training Opportunities

2023-2024 Provider Training Schedule

See the 2022-2023 training schedule below.


National Child Development Associate (NCDA) Program

If interested in receiving your National Child Development Associate (NCDA) click here: CDA Interest form.

For additional information about the Quest National CDA program click here: CDA Flyer

If  you are interested in transferring your Staff Credential or your CDA to a National CDA email

If you are interested in a Director’s Credential click here.

If you are interested in a renewing your Director’s Credential click here.

Literacy Training






VPK Training

VPK Director Credential Flyer click here for more information.

VPK Instructor Literacy Courses click here for more information.


CLASS Trainings


Directors Cafe'

Director’s Cafe’ is open to Directors, Administrators and Owners in Pinellas County.  Directors Cafe’ offers the opportunity to network, strategies and resources and in-service training.

New flyer with 2023-24 dates here.

Trauma & De-escalation Training

How Can You Support a Child Dealing with Trauma – click here for link to flyer.

Do You Know What an ACE Score Means? – click here for link to flyer.

De-Escalation Training – click here for link to flyer.

Trauma Training – click here for link to flyer.




Pre-Service Training Requirements

Click here for more information.

Resource Room

Come visit the Early Learning Coalition’s resource room. It is equipped with a laminator, book binder, Ellison Machine, and resource books. Please contact Sharon Dennany at to schedule a time to use the resource room.

See flyer for more details: Clearview Resource Room


Infant, Toddler, or Preschool
Classroom Support

The Early Learning Coalition provides support and guidance to providers in any classroom. We are here to help you improve your quality of care and education, overcome challenges, and/or meet state and local requirements.
For more information, contact Sharon Dennany at


Additional Resources for Providers

Safe Sleep for Babies: What You Need to Know

Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep

Sleep Baby Safely

Gadgets, Guidance & Common Sense

Our Team

Provider Trainings & Conferences

May 2024



2536 Countryside Blvd Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33763

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

Annual Report

Annual Report

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