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 learn in-service hours or CEUs.

Infant & Toddler Initiatives

Improving early talk environments is one of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve children’s futures. Every increase of two conversational turns per hour has a statistically significant impact and is associated with a one-point increase in Full Scale IQ 10 years down the line. Learn more about our Infant & Toddler Initiatives.

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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 all 4- and 5-year-olds 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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Program Assessments

During the 2018 legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed a bill (HB 1091) that increases quality and accountability in the School Readiness Program. The Office of Early Learning will lead the implementation of this legislation in partnership with local early learning coalitions. This legislation will ensure that School Readiness providers are adhering to best practices in early education and child development, while providing opportunities for additional funding.

Qualifying providers may receive a payment differential based on their Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS®) scores up to 10% for each care level and unit of care based on their School Readiness reimbursement. In addition, providers implementing an approved child assessment may be eligible for a payment differential up to 5%. The total available payment differential for both CLASS scores and implementation of child assessments will not exceed 15%