Upcoming Meetings and Events






Dear Friends,

Summer is in high gear, and so is the Early Learning Coalition.  On June 2nd, at the White House Regional Summit on Dual Language Learning, the Early Learning Coalition and Univision in partnership with Too Small To Fail  launched a joint-effort campaign to  inform and remind parents and caregivers that "talking is teaching."  Through the "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" campaign parents and caregivers are reminded that interaction through talking, reading and singing builds  the necessary skills for children to learn, bond and develop in multiple ways.  We would like to thank both Commissioner Xavier Suarez of District 7 and Mayor of Miami Gardens Oliver Gilbert III for taking the time to express the importance of talking, reading and singing with children and its positive impact in these linked videos.  In the community, we partnered with the City of North Miami Library as it unveiled its Little Library initiative,  a series of little libraries throughout the city where children can take a book and leave a book.  

The Professional Development Institute, a division of the Early Learning Coalition, continues to expand its trainings to enrich the professional development of early care and education staff.   Registration to our upcoming September 24th Children First Conference featuring the Emmy-Award winning actress and author, Sonia Manzano, "Maria" of Sesame Street, is ahead of schedule with over 600 already registered.  The target is 1,000.  The number of sessions, exhibitors and participants for this year's dynamic program has been expanded with the goal of promoting best practices in early childhood education. We invite you to be a part and register at trainings.elcmdm.org. 

In June, the Early Learning Coalition celebrated fatherhood through the ELC Lunch Café: It's More than Just Lunch series.  The café explored the topic of fatherhood and its changing dynamics in a new millennium.  If you have not been to one of our monthly cafés,  we invite you to come and join us for these informative, thought-provoking sessions with dynamic panels featuring local leaders, activists, organizations and more.  Each café is open to the community and free of charge.   

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!
  • 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.