Upcoming Meetings and Events






Dear Friends,

We continue to push forward in early childhood education.  We celebrated the annual Children's Week at the Miami Children's Museum with 20 great community partners and 1,500 attendees. It served as a great opportunity to celebrate families and share information about services within South Florida.   Deputy Mayor Russell Benford presented a proclamation from Mayor Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners, declaring March 18th as Children's Day.  Please view our linked video of this great day.  

As of the closing of the last state fiscal year, the percentage of School Readiness program dollars spent by the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe on direct services/child care slots is the highest among Florida's 30 Early Learning Coalitions.  Over the past year, we enrolled every eligible preschool child from the waiting list resulting in our waiting list being eliminated for the first time ever.  In addition to clearing the waiting list, our 24/7 online application and telephone follow-up with families resulted in the lowest percentage of attrition ever.  This means that more children are being retained in the program and more families are being served during eligibility redetermination than ever before.

In Miami-Dade, we continued to do outreach; visiting early education programs and  participating in events, including the Miami-Dade Public Library Storytelling Festivals and Mini-Me Mondays at the Miami Children's Museum.  In Monroe County, visits were made to early education centers with U.S Congressman Carlos Curbelo and presentations provided to the Monroe Chambers to bring awareness of the importance of quality early education to the business community.

Staff participated in the Lauren's Kids Walk  to spread awareness of child sexual abuse prevention.  On April 14th, join our expert panel as we promote April as child abuse prevention month and continue the dialogue with distinguished panelists surrounding child abuse prevention.  

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 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.