Training Classes

All trainings have an associated fee, with the exception of DOE courses that do not have student fees. The class fee will normally be $5, $10, or $15.

Students must fill out a registration form. ELC must receive all fees and registration forms prior to 48 hours in advance of the class. PayPal, money order, checks and “no change required” cash are accepted to reserve a spot in a class. Cash is only accepted in person at the ELC office. Do not send cash in the mail.

To reserve a spot in classes that do not have an associated fee, or for general questions, please call the Early Learning Coalition at (941) 757-2900 extension 250.

For information on the 40+5 classes required to become a child care professional, please see our Credential and Transcript Information.

Please be advised, if you are in a QRIS program and the course is free or discounted, please email with your request to register.

To view a copy of our current training calendar, please click here.

FREE Mind in the Making Workshops

The Early Learning Coalition is a proud member of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, community partners have been trained to offer a series of workshops on building executive function in children. Sessions are 2 hours each, and are offered weekly or bi-weekly FREE of charge. We must have a minimum of 15 persons register, with a class-size limit of 20. This course is for caregivers, parents, teachers, principals, community stakeholders – anyone who is interested. Mixed groupings are best. If some of your staff are interested, perhaps have each invite a parent or two to join the group. For general questions or to schedule courses, please contact Pam Parmenter at (941) 757-2900 ext. 261 or email

Upcoming Classes

Please be sure to check back, NEW professional development opportunities will be added in February 2017!