Support For Providers

Our providers work hard to ensure that the children in their care receive quality learning and socialization experiences. We support our providers through professional development initiatives as well as a variety of community programs.

School Readiness and VPK
Provider Access

The Office of Early Learning’s Provider Portal allows providers to manage VPK and School Readiness contracts, update profiles, and enter attendance. Click the link below to access your account, or to register.

Provider Forms

All forms and resources provided by ELC to our providers are available for download and printing below:

Professional Development Institute

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) equips early educators with knowledge, support, and resources to implement best practices to improve child outcomes. Programming includes individualized coaching, specialized training, formal education scholarships, conferences, and Early Childhood Educator INCENTIVE$.

Community Jobs
The Coalition regularly receives and posts open positions with our child care providers. Ensuring that our community’s children receive quality care and education begins with ensuring they have the teachers and caregivers they need.

Provide Trainings & Conferences

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Using Sign Language in the ECE Environment
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class will aim to introduce basic sign language that can be used with children in the early childcare environment.  We will discuss the benefits of using sign language to enhance a child’s communication skills. This will be an interactive class between the trainer and the participants in order to practice

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Planning to Observe
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will have the opportunity to plan for developmentally appropriate observations. By looking closely at observations they will be able to recognize the importance of recording, documenting and assessing young children’s growth and development. 

 

 

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Full STEAM Ahead!
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This course will provide practical examples and ideas to transform your classroom into a STEAM room!

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Guidance and Play for Infants and Toddlers
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will explore different types of play infants and toddlers experience. We will also dig deep into the different temperament types and how to support them in the classroom.

 

 

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Exploring Science with Little Fingers
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will learn the importance of developing science activities that provide meaningful science experiences.

 

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Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Participants will explore different ways to recycle, reuse and repurpose some of those common household items.  They will make crafts by reusing or recycling items that may have been sent to the recycle center, garbage dump or landfill. They will utilize a variety of techniques to transform these materials into useful

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Building Bridges – Family Engagement
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will challenge the participants to understand the difference between family engagement and family involvement.  We will discuss the challenges and barriers we face with our families.  We will work together as a group to identify possible strategies to create options to build connections between home and

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Babies N’ Books – Reading Aloud to Infants and Toddlers
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This training will provide information on the importance of reading to very young children. Through discussion and small group activities, we will explore different ways to promote early reading experiences with infants and toddlers.

 

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Food For Thought-Providing Language-Rich Mealtime
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This course will provide participants CLASS connections through Developmentally Appropriate mealtime conversations and activities.

 

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Scholarships and Accreditations

ELC offers scholarships for continuing education and annual bonuses for providers that maintain uninterrupted employment with their sponsoring center or family childcare home, as funding allows.

Provider  Programs

We offer additional supports for our beloved early educators, including various opportunities and activities to learn best practices, engage with the community, and receive tools and coaching.

How to Become a School Readiness
or VPK Provider

How-to’s and contact information coming soon!

Provider Services Team

Angela Tufts
Provider Services Manager
Jaime Holevas
Professional Development Supervisor
Tina Fetzer
Provider Contracts and Compliance Supervisor
Camille Eckrem
Quality Programs Supervisor
Carol Terrazas
Quality Programs Coordinator
Sima Saffary
Quality Specialist Assessor
Suzanne Silkie
Quality Specialist Assessor
Shrieka Hollis
Quality Specialist Assessor
Linda Townsend
Quality Specialist Assessor
Denise Wiggins
Quality Specialist Assessor
Jamie Acevedo
Literacy Specialist
Linda Johnson
Literacy Specialist

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