Provider Programs

The Early Learning Coalition strive to extend the most up-to-date, interactive, and developmentally appropriate resources for child care providers. The learning tools are to ensure that child care providers and the children they serve have the tools they need to succeed. 

We are here to give child care providers the support they need with our Provider Programs. Our goal is to introduce programs that will increase the overall quality of early care and education, in a variety of developmental areas. Child care providers will find the diversity of the options we make available can help meet their individual educational and professional improvement goals.

These programs are available exclusively to SRPA participants


Elevating and supporting early childhood educators is vital to fulfilling the Early Learning Coalition’s mission. We continually reward early childhood educators who pursue higher education and remain committed to the field of early childhood education.

How we support child care provider’s higher education goals?
Financial support is available to child care providers through our Elevate program.  The supplement amounts are based on providers’ education level and will be disbursed on a semi-annual basis. Supplement amounts range from $200 – $3,000. In addition to financial support, providers will receive an advisor to support them at every step of their educational journey.

For more information about our Elevate program,
please contact Amanda Houston at


Quality care to our most vulnerable population could result in additional funding.

School Readiness providers can receive additional funds (differential payment) per child enrolled in School Readiness based on their CLASS scores. Participation in SRPA is also a requirement for participation in other local quality programs.

SRPA is mandatory for some child care providers.  If it is not mandatory for your facility, please consider opting in today.

For more information contact Camille Eckrem at


Reading is one of the most important skills for long-term success for an early learner. The Nemours Reading BrightStart! (NBS!) Complete Program for Literacy Success puts teachers on the cutting edge of early literacy best practices with an exciting new approach to building reading readiness skills for struggling learners. The program implements Response to Intervention (RTI) in the classroom. This unique program is specifically designed for teaching early literacy skills to small groups (no more than 4 children per lesson activity). The program is an effective teaching tool for children 4 and 5 years old with diverse and at-risk backgrounds.

Essential components of NBS!:

  • The Lesson Plan Kit with 20 scripted lessons
  • The Manipulative Kit with related materials necessary to complete each lesson
  • The Teacher’s Guide that offers in-depth instruction on how to use the curriculum
  • Family Connection letters that keep families informed about their child’s progress
  • Observation Sheets to record each child’s progress online
  • Learning Objectives tied to state and national standards
  • A Technical Manual with research data and RTI supports
  • 16 children’s storybooks

For more information, please contact Linda Johnson at


Each month local law enforcement officers, deputies, paramedics, firefighters and early learning child care centers come together to promote the importance of early literacy and build a more positive relationship between our young citizens and community agencies.

The Early Learning Coalition (ELC) pairs local officers and civic leaders with an early child care center to read a selected book to young children. The books include conversations relating to safety and character development. ELC staff provides book extensions and activities for the classroom teachers to expand this literacy experience.

Currently, 72 child care centers have partnered with our Officer Friendly and Friends program: Belleair Police Department, Clearwater Police Department, Largo Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, St. Petersburg Police Department, and Sunstar Paramedics. We have received positive feedback from community agencies and providers since starting the program.

For more information, please contact Linda Johnson at


The Early Learning Coalition partners with School Readiness Family Child Care Home (FCCH) providers to provide age appropriate play materials and storybooks to the FCCH providers so families can check-out literacy materials for their home. Help Me Learn!’s mission is to ensure early literacy success by beginning with a child’s first teacher – their parent.

Help Me Learn! milestone learning materials and activities connects with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, which are used by FCCH providers during our development screening. The materials, books and activities are specifically designed for providers and parents to help their children develop socially and emotionally and to improve the child’s gross motor, language skills and cognitive processes through play.

For more information, please contact Linda Johnson at


Quest is a training program helps teachers obtain the professional education requirements for the
Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program.

Teachers are able to use technology to enhance their learning through collaboration and to explore relevant resources.
In addition, all participants will receive coaching visits to support their implementation of the training content
and navigation through the credentialing process.

To learn more about Quest please contact the following staff, below, for training
and endorsement type information:

Infants/Toddlers/Two’s, contact Malory Akers at

Preschool workers and teachers, contact Liz Dixon at


LEEP is helping early learning professional leaders leap into a better future.

The early learning professional development program is designed to provide directors and their staff with training and coursework to assist in their leadership journey. The training includes one-to-one coaching, online coursework, and in-person professional development focusing on a variety of topics that matter to early learning professionals.

For more information, please contact Jaime Holevas at


Connecting the Dots is a training coaching program to support the implementation of child assessments throughout our child care centers, family child care home, and in the classroom. This program provides the necessary tools to conduct child assessments, complete required certification, and support children’s growth and development. Training content will provide strategies to gather quality data and observations to inform planning and classroom activities.

For more information, please contact Robin Cooke at


Learning can be difficult to accomplish without the social emotional foundational skills that provide children with the ability to succeed.

Looking Beyond Behavior/Social-Emotional Intelligence is a specialized training program for childcare providers focused on the critical relationship between social emotional and cognitive development. The program hosts multiple training workshops that focus on trauma, behavior, social thinking, essential skills, emotions, along with coaching support to apply the strategies discussed into providers’ classrooms.

Trauma-informed care is included to provide teachers with tools to help children with challenging behavior patterns learn and interact with others. Three most prominent sources for the information provided are The Pyramid Model, Conscious Discipline, and Mind in the Making. In addition, there are insights from noted Mental Health specialists.

For more information, please contact Brett Engisch at


The infant, toddler early learning program Right From the Start (RFTS) works with the the Early Learning Coalition’s Professional Development Department and focuses on quality through training, technical assistance and coaching for providers and teachers, working primarily with children ages 0-3.

All activities in the program align with the Child Performance Standards (Early Learning and Developmental Standards: Birth to Kindergarten), the Florida Core Competencies for Early Care and Education (Practitioners, Directors), and the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program.

Infant Toddler Support Line:
This helpline is available for providers to reach out with questions about an infant
or toddler they serve. The support line is meant to assist providers overcome challenges that could improve
daily interactions and increase quality on state and local levels.

For more information, contact Mallory Akers at

Infant Capacity Grants:
Grants are open to child care centers and family childcare homes. Recipients are awarded stipends to offset the cost of increasing infant capacity in their program. Coalition staff works with providers to meet program obligations as they choose quality materials and/or identify necessary environmental upgrades. Grants are awarded to child care facilities that have participated in infant/toddler specific professional development, coaching and program assessments.

For more information, contact Jaime Holevas at

 Literacy and Language Enhancement Support: The following are literacy and
language enhancements for all Right from the Start Infant/ Toddler Initiative.

LENA Grow is an 11-week language building program that combines technology with coaching
sessions to help educators and others in the community understand the importance of talking to infants and toddlers.

This program offers weekly support and training for staff, which involves the use of 14 “Talking Tips,” research-based tips to help increase adult to child interactions and connections. Children who participate in classrooms wear vests with a LENA “Talk Pedometer” that analyzes the data within the room and creates reports for the teachers and parents to view.

For more information, please contact Zoe Turner at

Scholarships/Credentialing: The coalition provides scholarship assistance (leveraging TEACH dollars) to further the education of teachers and directors working with infants/toddlers. Scholarship opportunities are designed to move practitioners along the professional development pathway and include.

  1. QUEST (National CDA prep program with an Infant/Toddler Endorsement): 120 hours of coursework/coaching, professional portfolio development, and exam preparation. For more information, please contact Malory Akers at
  2. RftS Formal Education Scholarships: Scholarships are available to advance on the Professional Development Pathway. The continuum is as follows: (1) National CDA (2) Infant Toddler Certificate (12 credit hours), (3) Florida Advance Early Care and Education Credential (36 credit hours), (4) Associates degree (Early Childhood), (5) Bachelor’s degree (Educational Studies), and (6) Master’s degree (Curriculum and Instruction). For more information, please contact Amanda Houston at


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