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Dear Friends:

The summer school break is right around the corner.  Now, before school ends, is the ideal time for parents to start to think of activities children can do during the summer.  Reading is an ideal activity; fun for kids of all ages and important to help prevent the loss of learning gains, known as summer slide, that occurs for some children during the summer school break.  For children who are too young to read independently, the same benefits can be achieved when parents or older siblings read developmentally appropriate books with them.  Here are some helpful tips to prevent summer slide: https://bit.ly/2KzZGn9

We are very excited to announce that The Children’s Trust and the Early Learning Coalition will soon roll out a new quality improvement system that will build on lessons learned from the current Quality Counts Program.  Over the years that Quality Counts has been in existence, we have seen reduced teacher turnover, increased teacher education levels, improved quality in classroom environments and child-teacher interactions, and the creation of more high-quality learning programs for thousands of children in our community.  The significant financial investments made by The Children’s Trust and the Early Learning Coalition greatly contributed to these achievements.  Collectively, we have raised the early care and education quality bar.

Plans are now underway to make even greater improvements in the quality of early education programs operating in Miami-Dade.  As the body of research in the field of early child development and education has grown, new and improved practices have been identified and these will become the foundation of the new quality improvement system.  In addition to the practical applications of the research, the new system will also delve into the financial challenges of child care providers and how best to help providers meet those challenges.

We will continue to provide regular updates as the plans for implementation of the new quality improvement system progresses.  For more comprehensive information, please see the letter drafted by James Haj, President/CEO of the Children’s Trust and myself at: http://www.elcmdm.org/
downloads/2018QC_ELPFP.pdf

As always, we thank you for your partnership and encourage you to follow us on Facebook , Twitter  and  Instagram up-to-date information on the new quality improvement system, our programs and events. 

Evelio Torres

President and CEO

 

 


 

 
 

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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!
  • May 14, 2018: Read more about Quaility Counts and Early Learning Performance Funding Project (ELPFP).
  • May 11, 2018:  Technical Assistance for 2018-19 VPK APP. Read more.
  • May 11, 2018: ELC Café: “Gender in the Early Years”. Read more.
  • May 10, 2018: We welcome all providers to learn about Quality Counts and the Early Learning Performance Funding Project. Read more.
  • May 2, 2018: Let Us Work Together To Protect Our School Readiness and VPK Contracts. Read more.
  • April 27, 2018: Build Initiative-Training for Parents/Families. Read more.
  • April 27, 2018: Florida Family Child Care Home Association 2018 Annual Conference. Read more.
  • April 26, 2018: 2018-19 Child Care Executive Partnershp Commitments. Read more.
  • April 16, 2018: Important Reminder-Miami-Dade County Provider Contracts. Read more.
  • April 16, 2018: Read the latest issue of our Provider News Alert. Read more.
  • April 12, 2018: Gov. Scott Appoints Adrian Alfonso as chair of the Florida Early Learning Advisory Council. Read more.
  • March 29, 2018: Healthy Gender Development and Young Children: A Guide for Early Childhood Programs and Professionals offers practical guidance for all staff who work with children and families, including teachers, caregivers, home visitors, parents, and staff. Download the guide today!
  • March 16, 2018: Coalitions promote reading in the classroom plus more early learning news. Read the latest from the March 2018 edition of the Early Learning Update from the Office of Early Learning.
  • March 9, 2018: Miami-Dade Provider Contract Assistance(Saturday Date). Read more.
  • March 9, 2018: Monroe Provider Contract Assistance. Read more.
  • February 16, 2018: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dae/Monroe will be closed on Monday, Feb 19 to observe President’s Day. 
  • February 8, 2018: Read the latest issue of our Provider News Alert. Read more.
  • January 17, 2018: Upcoming Professional Development Institute Trainings. Read more.
  • December 27, 2017: We would like to hear from all directors and practitioners in Miami-Dade County's Quality Counts initiative!  Read more.
  • December 20, 2017: Give the Gift of Reading! Read more.
  • December 19, 2017: Fund Florida's Early Learning Programs Fully and Fairly: Miami Herald Op-Ed. Read more.
  • December 12, 2017: Celebrating Children's Week and Literacy Week 2018; Hanging of the Hands. Read more.
  • December 9, 2017: Professional Development Institute Trainings. Read more.
  • December 8, 2017: Florida Office of Early Learning Provider Update Reminder. Read more.
  • December 4, 2017: Read the latest issue of our Provider News Alert. Read more.
  • November 28, 2017: Professional Development Institute Trainings. Read more.
  • November 27, 2017: Celebrating Children's Week and Literacy Week 2018; Hanging of the Hands. Read more.
  • November 20, 2017: Florida Office of Early Learning Provider Update. Read more.
  • November 13, 2017: Special Presentation on Awareness and Mitigation of Environmental Hazards in Child Care Programs. Read more.
  • November 8, 2017: Read the latest issue of our Provider News Alert.
  • November 8, 2017: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe will be closed Friday, November 10, 2017  in observance of Veterans Day.
  • October 30, 2017: Become an Early Head Start Site. Read more.
  • October 27, 2017: Journey of Hope Workshop; Journey of Hope Curriculum for Providers. Read more.
  • October 6, 2017: Read the latest issue of the Early Learning Coalition's Parent Link Newsletter.
  • October 6, 2017: Read the latest issue of the Early Learning Coalition's Provider Newsletter.
  • October 5, 2017: Food For Florida Disaster Food Assistance Program Available in Miami-Dade County. Read more.
  • October 4, 2017: Immediate Temporary Employment Opportunities Available. Read more.
  • October 3, 2017: Information on VPK Assessment Period (I). Read more.
  • September 25, 2017: Our Middle Keys Service Center (in Marathon) will be temporary relocated while repairs are made. Temporary location: Marathon Lutheran School, 325 122nd Street Gulf, Marathon FL 33050. Please contact Jennifer Hobson to Schedule an Appointment at (786) 459-3975
  • September 25, 2017: Hurricane Irma Closures of VPK Providers. Read more.
  • September 22, 2017: All Early Learning Coalition Service Centers will be open on September 25, 2017.
  • September 20, 2017: List of early care and education centers that are open. This list will be updated often. Read more. *Updated*
  • September 20, 2017: The Early Learning Coalition understands the challenge that childcare providers in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties are having with post-Hurricane Irma recovery.  Many programs suffered power outages and significant property damage from the wind and rain from the storm. Read more.
  • September 20, 2017: Information on Disaster Assistance. Read more.
  • September 19, 2017: Need FEMA application assistance? Join Sen. Nelson and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava on 9/21. Read more.
  • September 18, 2017: This is an important reminder that the use of generators at childcare facilities may pose a hazard to children.  Read more.
  • September 15, 2017: Our Miami-Dade offices will open on Monday, September 18, 2017.  Our North Service Center has been relocated due to water damage.  For services, please visit our Edison Plaza location at, 6251 NW 7th Avenue, Suite 204, Miami, FL 33150.
    > In Monroe County, our Key Largo Office will be open on Monday, September 18, 2017, Pink Plaza 103400 Overseas Highway, Suite 232, Key Largo, FL 33037. All other Monroe offices will remain closed until further notice.
  • September 15, 2017: Status of Child Care Centers and Programs; Child Care Resource and Referral. Read more.
  • September 15, 2017: Gov. Scott Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses Damaged by Hurricane Irma. Read more.
  • September 14, 2017: If you are a homeowner, you may be able to get a forbearance on your mortgage.  The law requires that homeowners in a federal disaster area are given this option if they request it and Florida has been declared a federal disaster area. Read more.
  • September 13, 2017: Hurricane Irma Update Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Read more. *Updated*
  • September 13, 2017: Residents impacted by Hurricane Irma may register for FEMA Assistance at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, through the FEMA App or by calling 1-800-621-3362 between 7 a.m. - 11 p.m. Read more.
  • September 12, 2017: Early Learning Coalition Miami‐Dade and Monroe offices will
    remain closed until further notice. Please continue to visit our website, and social media for up‐to‐date information. Read more.
  • September 11, 2017: Due to Hurricane Irma our Miami-Dade offices will be closed September 11 and 12, 2017.  Our Monroe Offices will be closed until further notice. For more up to date information, please check our Facebook or Twitter.
  • September 9, 2017: Due to Hurricane Irma our Miami-Dade offices will be closed September 11, 2017.  For more up to date information, please check our Facebook or Twitter.
  • September 8, 2017: Hurricane Irma Parent Update. Read more.
  • September 8, 2017: Hurricane Irma Provider Update. Read more.
  • September 6, 2017: Provider Attendance and Reimbursement during a
    Temporary Closure. Read more.
  • September 6, 2017: Due to Hurricane Irma our Miami-Dade offices will be closed September 7 and 8, 2017.  Our Monroe Offices will be closed September 6-8, 2017. For more up to date information, please check our Facebook or Twitter. Read more.
  • September 6 2017: Hurricane Irma Provider Payment Update. Read more.
  • September 5, 2017: Children First Conference Cancellation. Read more.
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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.