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:

For-Profit Provider Representative to ELC’s Board of Directors

(For more information about our Board of Directors and meetings click here)

Jackie Lang, Imagination Station Preschool

Jackie Lang is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education. She has been the owner and Director of Imagination Station Preschool since 2003. Prior to stepping into her dream of owning her own preschool. Jackie taught in Orange and Pinellas County school system for 13 years. She serves on the School Readiness Committee of the Concerned Organization for the Quality Education of Black Children, St. Petersburg College’s Early Childhood Advisory Board, and secretary on the Pinellas Technical College Childcare Apprenticeship Advisory Board. Jackie enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Faith-Based Provider Representative to ELC’s Board of Directors

(For more information about our Board of Directors and meetings click here)

Sandra Hopkins, Christian Way Academy

Sandra Hopkins, a native of Miami Florida, attended schools in the Miami-Dade County area in which she also served as an educator for (5) years.  She has a B.S. in Biology from Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina. Mrs. Hopkins holds a State of Florida Professional Educators Certificate and her Directors Credential in Early Childhood. She has over (30) years of experience in the education field. She has taught students from all levels from Pre-K to Secondary. She has served as an Achievement Specialist, Professional Development Trainer, Parent Advocate, Recruitment Specialist, Classroom Teacher and now currently, Owner/Head of School at Christian Way Academy. She takes great pride in acknowledging her role as a wife, a mother of six children and four grandchildren.

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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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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