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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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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 has recently received the CDA Gold Standard
from the Council of Professional Recognition. We have also been approved as an International Association for
Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Accredited Provider.

Training Opportunities

2022-2023 Provider Training Schedule

See the 2022-2023 training schedule below.  There are a number of new trainings available!

January 18, 2023 – Play Schemas: What Does This Repetitive Behavior Mean?
Click Play Schemas for more information and registration

January 19, 2023 through May 25, 2023 – Raising Quality through Intentional Interactions – Infants/Toddler
Click RQII IT for more information and registration

February 7, 2023 AND February 21, 2023 – Intro to Baby STEAM
Click Baby STEAM for more information and registration

April 5, 2023 – Just Talk to Me! Increasing Language Development with the Early Childhood Environment
Click Just Talk to Me for more information and registration

April 26, 2023 AND May 10, 2023 – Exploring Science with Little Fingers
Click Exploring Science for more information and registration

Child Development Associate (CDA) Program

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

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

Or if you are interested in transferring your Staff Credential to a NCDA please click here:  Professional Development Assistance Program



VPK Training

The Language of Class click here for more information.

2022-2023 VPK Director Meeting click here for more information.

VPK Director Credential Flyer click here for more information.

VPK Instructor Literacy Courses click here for more information.


CLASS Trainings

Choose from one of the following VPK trainings offered this fall by clicking here for a flyer with trainings, dates, times and location.  Or click on the individual links below for more information and to register for a training. Seating is limited.

Raising Quality through Intentional Interactions PS (VPK Only)

January 14, 2023 – May 6, 2023

Click RQII PS for more information and registration link

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.

Click here for the flyer with dates and Zoom invite.

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

December 2022



2536 Countryside Blvd Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33763

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