Established in 2016, the Professional Development Institute (PDI) is an extension of the Early Learning Coalition’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.
Child care providers provide children in their care well-rounded and appropriate tools to help them develop
into successful learners. We understand many providers can’t afford to stop working in order to continue their own education or certification. We support providers by offering programs and incentives that allow them to
continue working while advancing their own professional goals and education.
The trainings oﬀered through the Professional Development Institute at the Early Learning Coalition provide
high quality content and support to ensure implementation of concepts into the classroom. All trainings connect 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’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 and Scholarships
Dept. of Children (DOE) and Dept. of Children and Families, BELOW
Child Development Associate (CDA) Infant/Toddler Program, BELOW
New Classes coming in June.
If interested contact, Mallory Akers at MAkers@ELCPinellas.org
Child Development Associate (CDA) PreSchool Program, BELOW
New Classes coming in June. If interested contact Liz McClendon at LDixon@ELCPinellas.org
Child Development Associate (CDA) Director Program, BELOW
New LEEP Classes coming in June. If interested contact Jaime Holevas at JHolevas@ELCPinellas.org
Community Trainings, BELOW
- Florida Grade Level Training
- Courageous Conversations Coming Fall 2021
No conferences listed
No scholarships listed
Online Training Stipends, BELOW
No online training stipends listed
Come visit the Early Learning Coalition’s resource room. It 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 can receive three (3) free yards of laminating per month. Please contact Sharon Denneny at email@example.com to schedule a time to use the resource room.
Infant, Toddler, or Preschool
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional Resources for Providers