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ELCHC Newsletter Q1 July – September 2022

Business Leadership Training

To help support our childcare provider community, this spring, the ELCHC launched a new initiative focused on Business Leadership that aims to provide professional growth and improve the quality of care in early childhood programs. This series of robust business and leadership development workshops offered by the ELCHC in collaboration with the Business Leadership Institute focuses on the “business of your childcare business.” The sessions empower early learning childcare entrepreneurs, operators, or educators in examining their operating model by identifying current challenges, changes, and disruptions in the childcare business.

The long-awaited Business Leadership cohorts were catered for Owners, Directors or Administrative staff only; recently graduating 92! CEU’s and technology packages were included for each graduate.  The second cohort started in September 2022. Sessions are offered in multiple cohorts for centers, family childcare homes and in Spanish. 



The Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (ELCHC) began participating in the Child Care INCENTIVE$ Florida program administered by the Children’s Forum, Inc. in 2019. The program rewards teachers for their education level and continuity of care in the classroom. Since 2019, more than 1,200 early education teachers in Hillsborough County, have received wage supplements.  

In the State of Florida, early education teachers, those teaching children birth to age 5, receive an average wage under $12 per hour. Supplemental income such as INCENTIVE$, are especially important during a time of economic inflation. One participating teacher said, “the money benefited me since it helps me with my debts and without worries, I can focus more on my work and dedicate myself completely to working with my children.” 

The monumental $2 million mark was accomplished for work occurring in August 2022. ELCHC Board of Directors and senior leadership, will hand deliver checks to teachers this month.  

From left to right: Director Robin, Sapphire (check awarded), Stacey (ELCHC), and Kari (ELCHC)

How Can Employers Create a Brighter Future For Hillsborough County?

By investing in early learning. The School Readiness (SR) program offers financial assistance to eligible employees for early child education and care so employees can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school.

Employers can help support their workforce by participating in the School Readiness match program.  Subject to availability of funds, the SR Match program provides funds to expand the provision of services to employees who typically would not be income eligible for SR services. Local matching funds can be derived from local governments, employers, charitable foundations, and other sources so that Florida communities can create local partnerships focused on using state and local funds for direct services and expanding the number of childcare slots. To be eligible for funding, an early learning coalition must match the state funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Why does it matter? Your company’s contribution has the potential to strengthen your workforce and internal culture by improving employees’ ability to work and earn more-reducing missed workdays and increasing productivity. Employees’ children enrolled in School Readiness will have equal access to and participate in a safe, high-quality early learning program.  


All registrations for IECP learning events and workshops are completed online. Registrations are received on a first-come, first-served basis and seating Is limited. An account to our online platform is required for all learning event registrations regardless of cost or type of payment used.


Payment, if required, can be made online at the time of registration. Cash or money order can be accepted on location 48 hours prior to the start of a learning event.


Registrants have up to 48 hours before a scheduled learning event to cancel. A refund will be made to the online account on file. Cash or money order payments will be issued a credit through the online platform If an event is cancelled 48 hours before, or if we cancel an event due to low enrollment or unexpected circumstances.


The event sponsor reserves the right to cancel a learning event due to low registration. If a session is cancelled, those registered will be contacted by email and notified of the cancellation. A credit will be applied to the cnline account on file.


You are encouraged to log on virtually or arrive in person 5-10 minutes prior to the start time of your learning event. Participants arriving more than 15 minutes late WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE SESSION. Partial in-service credit may be offered, if applicable. Make up sessions WILL NOT BE OFFERED for any learning event. ANTI-


The IECP shall not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability/handicap, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or age in any aspect of learning event, training workshop or professional development. The ELCHC also reasonably accommodates individuals with disabilities, handicaps and/or religious beliefs.


Any person with a disability/handicap requiring reasonable accommodations should call 813.515.2340 no later than seven business days prior to the scheduled learning event.


The ELCHC strives to protect the privacy of learners that attend our learning events. Because each learner must register through our online learning platform, each record Is restricted from public access. Learners can obtain a copy of their certifications as well as their own demographic/contact Information provided. For online support, learners may call 813.515.2340 for assistance accessing their records. Learners are required to verify their Identification at all learning events by showing a state or government issued ID with photograph.


Individuals who participate in ELCHCs learning events have the right to know about the proprietary interest a trainer/ Instructor may have in a product or service prior to attending. All trainers/instructors are required to disclose proprietary Interest In any produce Instrument device, service and/ or materials discussed at an event training, program, or workshop, as well as the source of any compensation related to the presentation.


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) may be awarded for all learning events three hours or longer in duration. Learning events less than three hours will be awarded in-service hours upon completion. CEUs will be awarded upon successful completion of the learning event. To successfully complete the learning event, learners must arrive on time, attend all required sessions, be an active participant and complete all related assignments or surveys as defined by the trainer/instructor. Online training must have an engagement score of 75% or more. For all online training – CAMERAS MUST BE ON – NO EXCEPTIONS. Participants names for online training must match the name provided at registration. Any required assignments or surveys will be outlined in the Training Description on our online platform. Learners are encouraged to contact trainers/ instructors with any questions and/or clarification needed regarding the successful completion of assignments or surveys. In-service hours will be awarded in place of CEUs if the learner does not meet the requirements of successful completion as defined by the instructor/trainer.
* Trainings may be recorded for educational purposes.


To earn an achievement bonus, you must be teaching in Hillsborough County and meet all the requirements of the course, including pre/post assessments, homework assignments, reflection, and LMS instructor evaluation (if applicable). Each individual is limited to four training achievement bonuses per training cycle, and bonuses will not be given for previously completed coursework. Additionally, a W9 form must be submitted, and the address on the form must match the address on your LMS account. If you have any questions, please contact Abbey Landa at


Upon the successful completion of a learning event/ training participants will receive a Certificate of Completion that can be retrieved from their individual online account


All learning events/training sessions are designed for adult audiences. We ask that all registrants make the necessary childcare arrangements. Childcare is not available.