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PDI Overview

Established in 2016, the Professional Development Institute (PDIis an extension of ELC’s Professional Development department, set to improve the quality of services, support and education for young children.  Programs are designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and professional advancement of early childhood professionals through various classes, courses, and conferences offered in face-to-face or web-based formats.

Mission

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.
  • We believe that well-educated and trained early childhood professionals positively impact child outcomes.
  • We believe working together creates a stronger community.
  • We respect all cultures, backgrounds and belief systems.

Infant/Toddler

 

Preschool

 

Emotional Intelligence

 

Director

Meet our Team

jaime-holevasJaime Holevas, Professional Development Program Supervisor
Jaime has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education along with an Infant Toddler Credential and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. For 20 plus years she has been in the early childhood field and was inspired by the endless opportunities teachers have to make a difference. She is committed to inspire, motivate, and support others.

 

Mallory Akers, Infant/Toddler Specialist
Mallory is a Florida native and has been in the Pinellas area since 2011. She has been working in the early childcare field for nearly 10 years and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Preschool Studies. Mallory is a certified PreK CLASS Observer and is working toward her certification for Infant and Toddler.  She is also in the process of becoming an Early Learning Florida Lastinger Coach as well as a trainer for Making the Most of Classroom Interactions (MMCI).  While she has worked with every age group, the majority of her experience is with infants and toddlers, which is her passion. Mallory’s goal is to share her knowledge with teachers in order to help create a more positive and loving environment for the children they care for each day.

Elizabeth Dixon, Training & Development Specialist
Liz is from Clearwater, FL and has been in the Human Service field for over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College, and is skilled at assisting families with special needs and providing services for preschoolers, school-age children, teens and adults. Liz is a mother of three daughters and has four young grandsons. In the community she enjoys giving back by working with the youth and building relationships at the local recreation center; she is also the president of the mass choir, a church greeter, and orchestrates BINGO and senior activities at her church.  Liz loves being in this field to inspire success while providing quality services to our providers and families. She believes in making a difference in our future by enhancing the developmental skills in children and building relationships with families.

Camille Eckrem, Supportive Intervention Specialist (South County)
Camille grew up in Pinellas County, where she attended St. Petersburg College. She holds an AA degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Educational Studies/Preschool Education.  Camille has over 10 years of experience in supporting social-emotional health and child development, as a preschool teacher. She is well versed in trauma-informed care and has a proven track record of partnering with parents and social service providers to ensure positive and successful outcomes.

Brett Engisch, Training & Development Specialist
Brett has taught children and teachers from Pre-Kindergarten to College over the past forty-five years. She has a Master’s in Education and had certifications for Kindergarten, Specific Learning Disabilities and Administration.  Children inspire her to see the best in everyone. She commits to find the best ideas for them and their teachers to be successful learners in life.

 

Louis Marinkovich, Training & Development Specialist
Louis is a Professional Development Trainer who has presented for many years for the ELC, NAEYC, FLAEYC, Head Start, OEL/VPK, and privately.  He graduated with my two undergrad degrees (BSEd Elementary Education/BSEd Early Childhood Development) from California University of Pennsylvania in 1992, and graduated from their Master’s program (MSEd Early Childhood Education) in 2014.  His teaching experience has ranged from 3-year-olds up to fifth grade and has spanned over 24 years.  Louis believes that anyone and everyone can benefit from some type of support; trainers have a huge responsibility and he is happy to accept that challenge.

Kim Scarlata, Training & Development Specialist
Kim is a Florida native.  She holds an AA degree in Early Childhood Education from St. Petersburg College and a Bachelors of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.  Later, she attended the University of West Florida where she majored in Social Work.  Kim has over 25 years of experience working with children and providers and believes that positive relationships are crucial to development and learning.  She has held many different roles over the years including teacher, center director, Supportive Intervention Specialist, and now a Training and Development Specialist. Kim is a dedicated mother to one teenage son; she is passionate about early intervention and believes in supporting children, parents, teachers and the community.

Angela Loring, Trainer/Quality Initiatives Manager
Angela holds a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from USF, and has worked in the early childhood industry for almost 25 years.  The birth of her son inspired her to enter the early childhood field.  Angela strives to increase child outcomes by providing dynamic training opportunities for early childhood professionals.

 

Catrenia Wilson-Paul, Administrative Specialist II
Catrenia is originally from NE Pennsylvania, where she attended school at ESU. She is currently attending SPC studying Mass Communications.  Catrenia has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years and is currently a member of SAC and PSTA at Northeast High School, where her son attends school. She is committed to providing support and excellent service to providers to ensure their success through PDI.

Trainings & Conferences

 

Upcoming Trainings

 

For a full list of our trainings, please visit our Trainings Page

 

 

Community Trainings

Alternative Trainings

Conferences

Infant/ToddlerTraining on the GoInfant-Toddler
PreschoolBook StudyEarly Care and Education
Emotional IntelligenceInclusion
DirectorDirector, date TBD

 

Career Path (Professional Development Incentive Program -PDIP)

Performance Funding

The Performance Funding Project (PFP) rewards School Readiness providers with additional funds for meeting increased quality standards.  Click here to learn more and watch WEDU’s piece on the project below.

 

         

Resource Room

The resource room is equipped with a laminator, book binder, Ellison Machine, and resource books. Providers can use their own materials or purchase them for a nominal fee. School Readiness providers receive three (3) free yards of laminating per month. Please contact Catrenia Wilson-Paul at cwilson-paul@elcpinellas.net to schedule a time to use the resource room.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

How do I find more information on obtaining and renewing my credentials?

The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc. assists providers who are seeking to obtain their staff credential, VPK Director Endorsement, or their Director credential. We will also help with renewal of credentials.

For more information as outlined by the Department of Children and Families, click on one of the links below:

Still have questions? Contact Angela LoringDirector of Professional Development at 727-400-4435

 

Continuing Education Units (CEU’s)

How do I Request a Transcript?

The Coalition began outsourcing CEU’s to FLAEYC  in March 2016. If you’ve purchased CEU’s since then, and need a copy of your certificate, please contact Joe Andre at (813) 878-9973.

To request a transcript from courses attended prior to March 2016, click here and complete the attached request.

How do I get CEU’s?

CEU’s are issued through accredited organizations for a fee. The fee is based on the number of CEU’s issued. After attending a professional development training offering CEU’s, you may be asked to complete the required paperwork and possibly an assessment.  Once accepted, CEU’s will be awarded.

Why would I need CEU’s?

CEU’s can be used for the renewal of the Florida Child Care Professional Certificate (formerly the CDAE), the Florida Director’s Credential, or the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA). 4.5 CEUs are required for each credential renewal. Further information on renewal can be found on the Department of Children and Families website located at www.myflorida.com/childcare or the Council for Professional Recognition website at www.cdacouncil.org. CEUs cannot be used to obtain a FCCOC, a Director’s Credential, or a CDA/CDAE.

What is a CEU?

“CEU” stands for Continuing Education Unit.  It is used in continuing Education programs as a measure of the time spent in the classroom during professional development and training activities.  The Early Learning Coalition transitioned from IACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) to FLAEYC (Florida Association for the Education of Young Children) CEUs in March of 2016.

Sponsored by Florida’s Office of Early Learning