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Screening and Intervention

Screening and Intervention Overview

Early identification and intervention processes are critical in maximizing outcomes for children with developmental delays.  School Readiness families not only receive financial assistance to access quality child care, but are also ensured periodic developmental screenings for their child. Screenings for Non-School Readiness and VPK only children may also be completed by the parent through our website or by enrolling your child to attend a Community Screening.  The Screening and Intervention department receives and interprets screenings regularly, and provides intervention or referrals within the community as needed.  Aspects such as the physical, social-emotional, and intellectual development of a child, involve parents as their child’s first teacher, and our SIS staff has the ability to work one on one with children to prepare them for kindergarten.  In addition, parents and providers are given pertinent information concerning child development, behavior and other topics of interest.  School Readiness families not only receive financial assistance to access quality child care, but are also ensured periodic developmental screenings for their child. Screenings for Non-School Readiness and VPK only children may also be completed by the parent through our website or by enrolling your child to attend a Community Screening.

Meet our Team

Kelley Miller, Screening & Intervention Supervisor II
Kelley came to Florida in 2003.  She is originally from upstate New York, and attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Special Education.  Kelley has over 20 years of experience in various roles specializing in behavioral health and child development.  Prior to supervising the Screening and Intervention department at ELC, some of her roles have included: teacher, case manager, counselor, Developmental Specialist, Supportive Intervention, and Inclusion Specialist.  Kelley is a wife, a mother of four and a youth leader at her church for middle and high school students. She is committed to building and maintaining relationships as well as providing stellar support and guidance to her staff, childcare providers, families and community partners.

 

Elizabeth Dixon, Inclusion 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.

 

Kimberly Scarlata, Supportive Intervention 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 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, and now a Supportive Intervention 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.

 

Katie Davis, Supportive Intervention Specialist
Katie was born and raised in Pinellas County.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Florida State University, majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in Audiology, and loves serving and working with the community she has grown up in all of her life. Katie is a wife and a mother of three children and understands how important the role of “parent” is to children as their very first teacher. Katie worked for a local hospital system coordinating an early intervention program for 10 years prior to working for the Coalition; she is passionate about helping children to achieve success in school and walking along side families and providers identifying and linking them to needed resources.

 

Camille Eckrem, Supportive Intervention Specialist
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.

 

Anjanette Ellwood, Administrative Specialist II
Anjanette is a Florida native.  She recently received her Bachelors of Science degree in Educational Studies at St. Petersburg College.  She is a mother and part of a family raising a child with Autism.  Anjanette stays active in the community by serving on the boards of Largo High School PTSA and Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.  At the ELC, Anjanette is responsible for processing the  Ages and Stages Questionnaires and ensuring providers success through the use of the Provider Portal.

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