Upcoming Meetings and Events






Dear Friends,

It is already May, and we are pleased to highlight National Foster Care Month, the Monroe "Mission Possible" Conference and the Children First Conference Registration opening. 

This spring, we have continued to engage the community through our outreach.  We participated in the Miami-Dade County Public Library Storytelling Festivals, Overtown Walk A Mile with A Child and Health Resource Fair, and the Univision Family and Home Fair among other events.  These were great opportunities to engage hundreds of families and to extol the importance of talking, reading and singing with children.  

Through our work with Univision and its educational initiative, Pequeños y Valiosos, we continue to emphasize the message that more engaged communication with children from both caregivers and family members puts a child on the solid road to success.  We continue to partner with the Opportunity Institute on the campaign, Too Small to Fail, local legislators, and media entities such as Univision who really promote the message that a good start employs talking, reading and singing.  Please see our message about the importance of talking, reading and singing with young children. 

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe also hosted its ELC Lunch Café Series to raise awareness of Child Abuse Prevention Month.  With honored guests and experts, Early Learning Coalition staff and the community learned about mandated reporting, identifying stressors that might create at-risk situations, and expanding upon the definition of child abuse.  The Early Learning Coalition also participated in the City of Miami's daylong summit, "Goals not Guns."  Early Learning Coalition board members, Deputy-Mayor Russell Benford and Dr. Mara Zapata as well as Early Learning Coalition staff participated in the discussion on how to reduce gun violence among teens.    Sarah Brazier,  owner and director of Liberty Academy, spoke on the early learning panel providing insight into preventing the plague of gun violence from the outset.

Again, we thank you for your partnership. Please follow us via social media for the latest events and messages from the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe.

Evelio C. Torres
President & CEO






Updates and News

  • 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.
  • April 15, 2016: Office of Early Learning applauds Governor Rick Scott for signing bill to extend VPK eligibility. Read more.
  • April 14, 2016: Why Early Education Matters - Germane Barnes of the Opa-locka CDC
  • April 13, 2016: Information for the upcoming VPK rule development workshops. Read more.
  • April 8, 2016: Performance Pilot applications open on April 11 and other news. Read more.
  • April 5, 2016: Thirty Million Words: Meet Shurand
  • April 5, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC's parent newsletter, Parent Link.
  • April 5, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC Newsletter.
  • April 5, 2016: Thank you for your patience as we seek to improve the speed and functionality of the Provider Portal.   Due to the temporary inconvenience, we have extended the deadline for the submission of attendance and sign-in/out sheets to Thursday, April 7, 2016.  Read more.
  • April 1, 2016: Watch our Children's Week Celebrations!
  • April 1, 2016: Watch the latest ELC Cafe!
  • March 30, 2016: Need help filing your taxes? The Free File program helps take the stress out of tax season and puts hard-earned money back in your pockets. Read more or click here to download the flyer.
  • March 29, 2016: Important Message from the ELC. Read more about School Readiness enrolment.
  • March 28, 2016: Important Message from the ELC. Read more about Children First Conference and Inclusion trainings.
  • March 23, 2016: Important Message from the ELC. Upcoming provider meetings. Read more.
  • March 18, 2016: Important Message from the ELC. Read more about online School Readiness redeterminations and Professional development opportunities.
  • March 10, 2013: Important Message from the ELC. Read more about VPK Readiness Rates.
  • March 3, 2016: Read the latest issue of Parent Link.
  • March 3, 2016: Read the latest Issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • 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.