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Quality Early Learning Initiative

About the Initiative

Quality Early Learning Initiative CentersEvery day, we learn more about the process of learning and what makes a child successful and ready to enter school.

The Quality Early Learning Initiative takes that new information and puts it into practice. Each Center for Early Learning in the QELI contains eight quality components that are proven to start children on their lifelong journey of learning and growing.

1) Facilities licensed by the Pinellas County Licensing Board

2) National Accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

3) Staff with professional qualifications, including Bachelor's Degrees for teaching staff and CDA's for classroom aides.

4) Ratios and Group Sizes that do not exceed:

     Infants                          6 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     Toddlers                       8 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     2 year-olds                 10 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     3 year-olds                 16 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom
     4 year-olds (VPK)      18 children per classroom           1 teacher and 1 aide per classroom

QELI5) Family Engagement that involves the adult members and siblings of each child in the life of the center and provides them with needed information and skills to reach family goals of stability, education and interaction.

6) Evidence-Based Curriculum, The Creative Curriculum, that has been proven successful in preparing children for kindergarten.

7) Quality Environments based on the ITERS and ECERS rating scales that provide a rich learning environment with a variety of activities and learning centers that engage the children's imagination.

8) Cultural Competence that is exhibited on a daily basis by staff and communicated to families and students so that all members of the Center family are valued and celebrated as unique persons.
 
                                                     
 

QELI

UMCM's Center for Early Learning
@ St. Paul's

407 S. Saturn Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
Phone (727) 444-0981
Fax    (727) 754-5911
E-mail: directorstpauls@umcmsuncoast.org
Center Director:  Kellie Cleland
License #52-51-1450929
 

 
UMCM's Center for Early Learning
@ McCabe

QELI

2800 26th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Phone (727) 498-8866
Fax     (727) 498-8868
E-mail: directormccabe@umcmsuncoast.org
Center Director:  Toshiko Pinckney
License # 52-51-1463357

 

UMCM's Center for Early Learning
@ St. Mark's

6801 38th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Phone (727) 350-5896
Fax    (727) 350-5898
E-mail: directorstmarks@umcmsuncoast.org
Center Director:  Christina Lombardi
License # 52-51-1481838


 
 


 
The Quality Early Learning Initiative is funded in large part by

Juvenile Welfare Board

 

Learn more about the fantastic work done by the
Juvenile Welfare Board at www.jwbpinellas.org