Upcoming Meetings and Events






Dear Friends:

In the month of August, we collaborated with many community partners to help parents prepare their children for the school year through our participation in book bag drives and back to school events throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.  The Early Learning Coalition board of directors and staff coordinated an in-house initiative to provide new backpacks filled with school supplies, bringing smiles to kindergarten students in the foster care system.  We continue to promote early literacy and a life-long love of reading by distributing books and school supplies to thousands of young children.

Our Professional Development Institute (PDI) reconvened our ELC Lunch Café series in August. We invite you to join us for September's café as we highlight Hunger Action Month.  As always, we welcome you to visit the  ELCMDM Youtube Channel to view the videos of any missed cafés.  Last month's café included an information-filled panel on the First 1000 Days of a child's life. Again, each café is open to the community and free of charge.  To register, visit trainings.elcmdm.org. 

We thank you for your continued partnership.

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Evelio C. Torres
President & CEO






Updates and News

  • On a sunny day in the low 80s it only takes 20 minutes for the temperature inside your car to become deadly. Children under 5 are at greatest risk for hyperthermia which can lead to seizures, organ damage, brain damage, stroke and death. NO AMOUNT OF TIME IS OK. Look Before You Lock!
  • September 20, 2016: This is a reminder that the requirements for VPK assessment administration and submission have changed. Read more.
  • September 19, 2016: Reminder that the 45-day screenings were due on September 14, 2016 for the children who started on August 1, 2016. Read more.
  • September 16, 2016: Trainings available form the Professional Development Institute. Read more.
  • September 13, 2016: Read the latest ELC News Letter.
  • September 1, 2016: Read the latest information on VPK Pre- and Post-Assessment from the Office of Early Learning.
  • August 16, 2016: Read the latest School Readiness enrollment update.
  • August 11, 2016: Read the latest ELC Newsletter.
  • August 2, 2016: 2016 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Read more.
  • July 29, 2016: Early Childhood Educator of the Year is an award intended to recognize and honor selected early childhood staff for years of hard work and dedication. Read more.
  • July 18, 2016: Are you prepared for hurricane season? Download our guide and watch this video.
  • July 14, 2016: Using the Safari Web Browser to Access the Family Portal. Read more.
  • July 13, 2016: Learn more about Early Learning Florida. Read more.
  • July 11, 2016: VPK Assessment- Online Ordering. Read more.
  • July 7, 2016: Zika Information Sessions are being offered. Read more.
  • July 5, 2016: Active Shooter Trainings are being offered. Read more.
  • July 1, 2016: Read the latest ELC Provider Newsletter.
  • June 30, 2016: Early Head Start Providers - National Child Development Associate Credential Reminder. Read more.
  • June 29, 2016: Professional Development Institute Update; Inclusion Trainings. Read more.
  • June 24, 2016: During the 2016 legislative session, House Bill 7029 was passed allowing parents whose children are born from Feb. 2 through Sept. 1 of a calendar year to defer enrolling their child in a VPK program for one year.  Read more.
  • June 23, 2016: The Florida Department of Health  has recently confirmed a case of the measles in an unvaccinated child in Miami-Dade County.  Read more.
  • June 14, 2016: Itinerary for OEL Executive Director's Visit. Read more.
  • June 8, 2016: VPK Assessment Updates and Deadlines for AP3, Professional Development Trainings. Read more.
  • June 8, 2016: VPK Summer 2016 - All summer VPK providers are required to administer Assessment Period 1 (AP1) the first 30 days of the VPK classroom's schedule. Read more on page 2.
  • June 8, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC Newsletter.
  • May 23, 2016: The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, will be conducting two public workshops regarding rule development of School-Age Child Care standards to amend Chapter 65C-22 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Read more.
  • May 19, 2016: Download "Drain and Cover" information from the Florida Department of Health.
  • May 17, 2016: Monroe Country School Readiness Update, read more.
  • May 13, 2016: FFCCHA Contest Winners. Read more.
  • May 11, 2016: Due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, service centers will be open Saturday, May 21, 2016  and closed Saturday, May 28, 2016. 
  • May 9, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC Newsletter.
  • May 6, 2016: For Monroe providers - Effective June 1, 2016, all School Readiness certificates will be uploaded to the ELC Provider Portal in the provider's ELC Documents folder.  Read more. 
  • May 6, 2016: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is currently accepting CCEP Employer Participation Agreements for the 2016-2017 school year. Read more.
  • May 4, 2016: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe in partnership with Quality Counts will hold a scholarship raffle to sponsor 10 Family Childcare Home practitioners who are actively participating in the Quality Counts initiative in Miami-Dade County to attend the Florida Family Child Care Home Association  (FFCCHA) 24th Annual Conference, "Enhancing Our Minds" on June 24-26, 2016 Read more.
  • May 2, 2016: Children First Conference Early Bird Registration Now Open. Read more.
  • April 27, 2016: Recent legislation directs the Office of Early Learning to not issue VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 VPK program years. Read more.
  • April 26, 2016: 2016-17 Performance Funding Project Deadline EXTENDED, VPK Requirements Changed. Read more.
  • April 22, 2016: Summer Camp information from DCF. Read more.
  • April 21, 2016: 2016-17 Performance Funding Project Deadline; Teaching Strategies Gold Webinar; Answers to Teaching Strategies Gold Questions. Read more.
  • April 20, 2016: CareerSource South Florida is offering youth employment opportunities. The Ready to Work Program provides young adults ages 18-27 with employment opportunities. The Summer Youth Employment Program will provide summer job experience to young people ages 14-17. These two programs are open for enrollment and will provide approximately 1,800 jobs for young people in Miami-Dade County. Read more.
  • To read previous news and updates, click here.



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The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.

Founded in 2000, the Coalition is among 30 similar organizations in the State of Florida established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program.