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Dear friends,

Last year, the Early Learning Coalition set out to modify our service delivery model for the children and families of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. This included streamlining our processes; reducing administrative expenses; creating child and family friendly service centers; extending the service hours of eligibility offices to make it more convenient for families; and improving the appointment scheduling process for families. More importantly, we wanted to generate savings that would allow us to create additional child care slots so more children could have an opportunity to participate in one of our early learning programs. The savings would also allow us to increase child care provider revenue through the enrollment of more children between the ages of 0 - 5.

The efforts of the ELC team combined with those of our partners resulted in meeting and in some cases exceeding our goals. Following is a summary:

  • The ELC successfully completed the largest reorganization of early learning services in recent state history while generating savings to serve more children. More than 24,000 children - with a priority on children 0 - 5 years old - are participating in the School Readiness Program, and enrollment is on target to serve 23,000 children in the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program.
  • We opened and staffed six family-centered service centers (three in Miami-Dade and three in Monroe) and one satellite site.
  • Self-service kiosks were made available to parents/guardians at every service center so they could easily enroll their children in the VPK program and find other community resources. This helped to greatly reduce wait times for families visiting our service centers.
  • We enrolled more than 1,500 new children from the wait list over the last year.
  • We implemented a mail-in initial eligibility process, eliminating the need for families to come to a service center for first-time eligibility determinations and allowing qualifying families to receive services more quickly. This process saves families time and money.
  • For the first time in our history, 100% of VPK applications are completed through the online process.

Despite our many accomplishments, much remains to be done. We are all looking forward to year two. Our team is energized and committed to increasing the number of children we serve in the highest quality programs and building and supporting capacity in our high-need communities.

I would like to thank each and every one of our team members for their hard work and dedication over the last year. Our Board of Directors also deserves significant credit and recognition for spending countless hours volunteering their time on our board to improve every child's chance for success. I thank them also for their guidance and support to staff.

Sincerely,

Evelio C. Torres

President & CEO

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Updates and News

  • July 23, 2014: Reminder: All proposals for the “Children First” Conference are due by July 25. Read more.
  • July 23, 2014: School Readiness Curriculum Approval Process for 2014-2015. Read more.
  • July 16, 2014: Interested in presenting at the “Children’s First” Conference? Proposals due July 25! Read more.
  • July 14, 2014: New E-Fax Number Set Up for Transfers. Read more.
  • July 11, 2014: List of Certified VPK Providers Now Available to Parents. Read more.
  • July 10, 2014: Monroe ELC email and phones are offline temporarily. Read more.
  • July 9, 2014: July 2014 News Alert is now available. Read more.
  • July 7, 2014: July 2014 Parent Link is now available. Read more.
  • June 27, 2014: ELC Email Offline This Weekend. Read more.
  • June 26, 2014: SAVE THE DATE for our Children First Conference on September 27!
  • June 25, 2014: Update from the Office of Early Learning about Upcoming VPK Rule Workshops. Read more.
  • June 24, 2014: Read the latest newsletter from the Office of Early Learning.
  • June 18, 2014: Download the presentation for the VPK Mini-Conference.
  • June 16: Join us for a Provider Meeting this week. Read more.
  • June 13: 2014-2015 Fall VPK Agreement Deadlines. Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Come join us for the VPK Mini-Conference. Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Have you taken our Early Head Start Program Survey yet? Read more.
  • June 13, 2014: Please join us this June for an ASQ-3 training session. Read more.
  • June 11: Join us for a VPK Mini-Conference. Read more.
  • June 9: Please join us this June for a Provider Meeting. Read more.
  • June 6, 2014: New VPK Rates for 2014-2015. Read more.
  • June 6, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • June 3, 2014: Required contract documents are due to the ELC by JUNE 10. Read more.
  • June 2, 2014: Hurricane Season began June 1. Read more.
  • May 30, 2014: Important Information about Homestead VPK  Trainings. Read more.
  • May 29, 2014: CCDH will present a series of 4 training opportunities on disability issues and inclusion designed for Quality Counts provider practitioners. Read more.
  • May 28, 2014: New process for submitting VPK COEs. Read more.
  • May 24, 2014: The VPK Assessment Help Desk will be closed temporarily on May 30. Read more.
  • May 23, 2014: Save the Date for a VPK Conference. Read more.
  • May 23, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • May 23, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC's Parent Link.
  • May 22, 2014: Have you registered your child for VPK? Read more.
  • May 21, 2014: Important Information about the TAP Program. Read more.
  • May 21, 2014: Additional VPK training dates have been added. Read more.
  • May 14, 2014: The Redetermination Unit has moved! Read more.
  • May 13, 2014: May, June and July VPK Training Schedule. Read more.
  • May 8, 2014: Please join us this May for an ASQ-3 training session. Read more.
  • May 7, 2014: The Early Learning Coalition is proud to announce we were named recipient of the 2014 Technology Leaders of the Year Awards in the area of Technology Project. Read more.
  • May 6: 2014: The Child Care Executive Partnership Program (CCEP) is now open for enrollment. Read more.
  • May 6: 2014: VPK Providers: Please enter the approved number of hours on your VPK calendars. Read more.
  • May 5, 2014: Read the latest form the Children's Movement.
  • April 29, 2014: Read Early Learning Works a newsletter from the Office of Early Learning!
  • April 28, 2014: Read CCDH’s News in ACTion e-letter. In partnership with people with disabilities and their families, CCDH advocates, coordinates and provides supports and services.
  • April 21, 2014: The South Service center has moved to its permanent location! 18901 SW 106 Ave., Unit B-208 Miami, FL 33157.
  • April 18, 2014: Read Building a Workforce Begins Early by Mark Wilson and David Lawrence Jr.
  • April 14, 2014: School Readiness contracts due Tuesday, April 15. Read more.
  • April 11, 2014: The Single Point of Entry System will be undergoing a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 p.m. on April 11. Read more.
  • April 9, 2014: A Program You Don’t Want to Miss. Read more.
  • April 4, 2014: Read the latest issue of the ELC News Alert.
  • April 4, 2014: Senate Passes Budget Focused on Education, Tax Relief and Reserves: Unprecedented Education Funding, $500 Million in Tax Relief, $3.2 Billion in Reserves. Read more.
  • April 3, 2014: The deadline to submit March attendance rosters has been extended until Friday, April 4. If you have any questions, please email the Payments Department at payments@elcmdm.org.
  • April 3, 2014: Join us April 16 for an ASQ-3 Training Session. Read more.
  • April 2, 2014: Join us this month for a Provider Meeting. Read more.
  • March 26, 2014: THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SHOWING INCREASE IN SHIGELLOSIS. Read more.
  • March 25, 2014: GOVERNER RICK SCOTT HIGHLIGHTS EARLY LEARNING FUNDING IN MIAMI. Read more.
  • March 25, 2014:
  • March 24, 2014: On Monday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m., Governor Rick Scott will hold a press conference to highlight increases to early learning funding at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 Macarthur Causeway, Miami.                                   
  • March 20, 2014: Read our latest News Alert!
  • March 20, 2014: Celebrate Children’s Week with our Monroe team. Read more.
  • March 18, 2014: IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CONTRACT DEADLINES. Read more.
  • March 17, 2014: Unemployment rate remains unchanged at 6.8%. Read more.
  • March 14, 2014: March 14 is the last day to make VPK transfers. Read more.
  • March 13, 2014: Governor Rick Scott highlighted increased funding for early childhood education at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida. Read more.
  • March 12, 2014: Read the latest issue of Parent Link!
  • March 7, 2014: Governor Rick Scott highlighted a report that shows for the fifth consecutive year Florida students who completed the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program were better prepared for kindergarten than those who only attended part of the program or did not participate in VPK at all. Read more.
  • March 4, 2014: Conference Scholarships Available to FCCH Providers. 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.