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Childcare Licensing

FL Dept of Health in Pinellas - Pinellas County Child Care Licensing Program


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Pinellas County License Board Members 

by Chapter 70-893, Chapter 2007-277, Laws of Florida:

  • A member of the Board of County Commissioners:
    Pat Gerard
  • The District Administrator of the Department of Children and Family Services or a person delegated by him:
    Celeste Fernandez
  • A member of the Juvenile Welfare Board:
    Susan Rolston
  • The District School Superintendent or a teacher in Elementary Preschool delegated by him:
    Dr. Shana Rafalski
  • The County Health Officer or a person delegated by him:
    Dorothy Duve
  • One member of the Pinellas County Preschool Association (PECA):
    Barbara Backus
  • One member of a Florida Family Child Care Home Association affiliate:
    Pam Gebler
  • Ex officio member of the PCLB:
    Charles Minor
  • Board Attorney
    Colleen M. Flynn, Esq.

Advisory Committee

From Section 19, Chapter 61-2681, Amended by Chapter 70-893, Laws of Florida, and action taken by the License Board on September 30, 1974, June 27, 1977, June 4, 2003 and May 7, 2008; Members shall serve a two (2) year term beginning with appointments made in 2008; there is no limitation on the number of terms a person may serve: 

Privately-Operated Children's Centers:

  • Elizabeth Krakowski

School Age Centers:

  • Lynn Bittner

Faith-based Children's Centers:

  • Nina Meyers

Two other persons qualified by education and experience in the field of early childhood education:

  • Ann Hofmeister
  • TBA

Two operators in good standing, one (1) representing Family Day Care Homes and one (1) representing Large Family Child Care Homes:

  • TBA
  • DaVee Henderlong, Large Family Care Provider

Consultant position added June 27, 1977:  One person qualified by experience as a member and Chairman of the License Board:

  • Richard French