Upcoming Meetings and Events






Dear Friends,

"Back to School" is quickly approaching, and we are happy to participate in a number of outreach events to share early education resources with the community.  The month of August is a very busy month the highlight of which is the start of school and the school year VPK program.  The Early Learning Coalition will be participating in back-to-school fairs throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties as we work to prepare children for the upcoming year.  We welcome both providers and families to be a part of these events, as they provide both information and resources that greatly benefit the children we serve.  The Early Learning Coalition distributes hundreds of books at outreach events to promote reading at all ages, to help children build their at-home libraries and to encourage parents to "Talk, Read and Sing" with their children. These three words can secure the bond between parent and child, child and caregiver and the overall development of young children. 

To continue to drive this message into every home, the Early Learning Coalition alongside trusted messengers: Holtz Children's Hospital, Jackson Health System, Help Me Grow, and Miami-Dade Public Library System has partnered with Too Small to Fail and the Opportunity Institute to provide every newborn  with a "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" resource bag that reinforces parents as a child's first teachers. Additional community partners will distribute posters and milestone cards to remind families and caregivers that everyday activities are filled with infinite learning opportunities.   Please see our monthly featured poster included in each newsletter for "Talking is Teaching" ideas. 

Lastly, this August we return to our monthly installment of the ELC Lunch Café Series. The theme for this month is the First 1000 Days. If you have not participated in one of our dynamic cafés, we invite you to come and join us.  Each café is open to the community and free of charge . To register,  go to trainings.elcmdm.org.   This month's cafè highlights the integral first 1000 days of a child's life.  The first 1000 days is a singular window of opportunity to maximize brain development. We invite the community to come learn just how.  

We thank you for your continued partnership.

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Evelio C. Torres
President & CEO






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  • August 16, 2016: Read the latest School Readiness enrollment update.
  • August 11, 2016: Read the latest ELC Newsletter.
  • August 2, 2016: 2016 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Read more.
  • 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.
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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.