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Funding For The Early
Learning Profession

The purpose of this funding is to systematically recruit, upskill, and retain quality early education professionals with opportunities to apply for stipends and trainings.

The Workforce Initiative is funded by COVID-19 Crisis Emergency Funding Assistance for Early Learning/Child Care Providers Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act Initiatives.

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New Hire Stipend

Next round coming soon. Check back for more information.

45 Hours and CDA Stipends

Early Childhood professionals currently working at sites contracted by the ELCHC to deliver School Readiness or VPK in Hillsborough County may be eligible to receive a stipend for successful completion of their DCF 45 hour mandated trainings and/or their CDA. Completion must be reflected in a current DCF transcript and completed between January 1, 2021, and May 31, 2023. Early Childhood staff may apply for both stipends if applicable.


  • DCF 45-hour Mandated Training (DCF Transcript)- $500
  • CDA (DCF transcript) – $500
  • CDA Renewal (DCF Transcript)- $300
HCPS ECE CDA Student Pilot
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Hillsborough County Public Schools Early Childhood Educator and Child Development Associate

Paid childcare summer internship available to high school seniors graduating Spring 2022. We will pay for the months of June & July for students who secure an internship with a School Readiness or Voluntary Prekindergarten childcare site. Students must also be enrolled in one of the qualifying courses at Hillsborough Community College which will be paid for, along with books by the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County.

Longevity Grant

Child Care Personnel, we want to reward you for your commitment to early education. By filling out this grant application, you can be awarded up to $1000 based on how many years you have worked in early education at your child care site.

ARPA Second Installment

It’s time to complete the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Child Care Stabilization Subgrant Installment 2 Survey. This survey MUST be completed for you to receive the second payment for the Subgrant (based on your early learning coalition’s review and approval). Failure to complete the survey in a timely manner may result in a payment delay.

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Hillsborough County’s Infant & Toddler Initiative

The shortage of infant/toddler care prompted the ELCHC to create the Hillsborough Infant & Toddler Initiative Pilot after several months of development in May 2019. This Initiative, led by ELCHC’s Infant & Toddler Coordinator, Theon Salley, provides resources to strengthen the quality of infant and toddler care. Participating child care programs have access to coaching, training, technical assistance, and classroom materials. The focus of the Initiative is to serve additional children under the age of three while enhancing the quality of care within these programs. Ms. Salley is highly credentialed with specialization in birth through 3-years-old childhood development. She participates in continuous education and statewide training initiatives ensure she can provide current best practices and resources to participants.