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Professional Development Incentive Program

The Professional Development Incentive Program (PDIP) is exclusively offered to QRIS/L.E.A.P. participants.  This program assists early childhood professionals in reaching their educational goals in order to meet or maintain standards for accreditation.  The PDIP offers scholarships for continuing education and annual bonuses for staff that maintain uninterrupted employment with their sponsoring center or family childcare home, as funding allows.


  • Participants will receive support and guidance to create and meet professional development goals
  • Participants will have the opportunity to pursue their AS degree using the TEACH scholarship without the out of pocket expenses (participant and sponsor percentages funded by the PDIP – release time is the responsibility of the sponsoring center)
  • Participants may earn up to a $250 bonus annually for each completed TEACH contract
  • Participants are eligible to receive an annual stipend for continuing their education and remaining employed at their sponsoring center (stipend amounts are based on the level of education achieved and as funding allows)


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For more information, contact Amanda Houston at 727-400-4467 or ahouston@elcpinellas.net.