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Steve Knobl is executive director of the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, which is introducing a new program, the Promise Institute.

SPRING HILL — The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties is coming off of another successful educators’ conference with a new initiative which continues that mission of helping and encouraging those who choose the challenging career of being an educator of the very young.

The educational coalition is expanding its educational training platform with the announcement of the Promise Institute, which will serve to empower early childhood educators and its commitment to ongoing professional development.

A special celebration and ribbon cutting is planned for Friday, Feb. 7 at the learning coalition’s main office, at 15506 County Line Road. The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., followed by refreshments.

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties has staged yearly conferences for more than and decade, becoming one of the largest such gathering of early educators in the state of Florida.

“The coalition has always been supported by the need to provide teachers the best training we can offer, so children benefit and develop a love of learning in their early years,” said the coalition’s executive director, Steve Knobl. “We recognize that an educated early childhood professional will positively influence a child’s scholastic future.

He added that since 2005, the coalition’s strategic mission has been to create a “supportive community for children to be successful in school life.”

Dawn Espinoza, the coalition’s senior training specialist, said the institute will offer high-quality professional development for early learning educators.

“We want teachers to be motivated to increase interactions with their classrooms and build relationships with the communities and the families they serve,” Espinoza said.

Some of the things the institute’s curriculum will include are: trainings for volunteer pre-kindergarten math, language, standards, psychological awareness; Circle of Security for parents and teachers training; CLASS observation preschool course; and many more including certifications, development, social and emotional trainings.

Participants, which are not limited to Pasco and Hernando county residents, may earn Continuing Education Units when completing courses.

The Promise Institute is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

The Institute operates under the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization funded as part of the coalition’s education and quality programming. It will seek grants for educational resources and technology improvements.

For more information about The Promise Institute, call 727-233-8291.