We’re here to support and guide all of our providers from day one. Learn more below about our resources, programs, and classroom opportunities.

The ELC of Pasco and Hernando Counties provides professional development trainings through the Promise Institute. We have in-person and online courses available to earn in-service hours or CEUs.

Become an Early Educator

The Early Learning Coalition has partnered with various programs to provide Early Educators an opportunity to obtain their Florida Equivalent CDA or Directors Credential. We are committed in supporting our Early Learning Credential Programs to increase our Early Childhood Workforce, providing our Early Learning Centers, Quality Trained Teachers.

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Literacy Initiatives

The Early Literacy Initiatives were created to assist families and providers in increasing the number of children entering kindergarten with the readiness skills necessary to promote future reading success. Learn more about our Hometown Heroes, Loving Start, and Nemours BrightStart! Curriculum or contact Early Literacy Specialist, Sherri Sabadishin at

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School Readiness

The School Readiness (SR) program offers financial assistance to eligible families in need of affordable quality child care for children, age birth – 12 years old. School Readiness funds pay a portion of child care costs based on the family’s income and risk factors. Each School Readiness program provides a developmental screening for children and referrals to specific health and educational specialists, if needed.

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The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is a free program for children who reside in Florida and are 4 years old on or before September 1 of each year.

VPK is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. VPK supports the development of early literacy, executive functioning, and social emotional skills.

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