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MOST EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS IN MIAMI-DADE/MONROE REMAIN OPEN

March 16, 2020

Miami-Dade Office: 2555 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Suite 210, Coral Gables, FL  33134          

Monroe Office: 1111 12th St., Suite 206, Key West, FL  33040

www.elcmdm.org

Contact: Jackye Russell, Sr. VP. Public Affairs & Program Policy

Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐Dade/Monroe

Tel: 305.646.7220 ext. 2324| jrussell@elcmdm.org

NEWS RELEASE

March 15, 2020

MOST EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS IN MIAMI-DADE/MONROE REMAIN OPEN

The Early Learning Coalition understands that this is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty for everyone in our community.  To provide assistance and support, we are committed to ensuring timely and accurate information is given to the families and early learning programs that we serve.  Our offices and service centers in both Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties remain open and continue to provide needed services.

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Florida Department of Education’s (DOE) Commissioner of Education ordered all Florida schools, grades K-12 closed until March 30 due to concerns over the coronavirus. This school closure order does not apply to private preschool and child care programs. 

The Early Learning Coalition provides a child care subsidy through its School Readiness Program.  The subsidy pays a significant percentage of the child care cost for eligible families who are working or attending an educational program. The goal of the subsidy is to prepare children to enter school ready to learn and to assist families in becoming economically self-sufficient.

The Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), which is administered by the Early Learning Coalition is a free preschool program funded by the state.  It provides three (3) hours during the school year or six (6) hours during the summer, of free preschool to any child who is four or five years of age as of September 1 of the school year.

Most of the programs providing School Readiness and VPK remain open and continue to operate and serve children. Parents are encouraged to contact their child care provider to confirm if they will remain open in the coming weeks.

The Early Learning Coalition continues to monitor the situation and is in contact with DCF and the Florida Office of Early Learning, which oversees VPK. Please stay tuned for daily updates communicated via email blasts, website (www.elcmdm.org) and social media. Parents can also follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The Early Learning Coalition cares deeply about the communities we serve and wants to do everything we can to ease the burden on children, families and our early care and education partners. We encourage anyone who has questions or concerns to refer to our website or contact us at 305-646-7220.

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About the Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐Dade/Monroe:

The Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that children in Miami‐Dade and Monroe counties have an opportunity to receive high‐quality early education. The organization was established following the enactment of the 1999 School Readiness Act. The Early Learning Coalition supports the school readiness of more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old through a variety of innovative prekindergarten and early learning programs, while also encouraging parental involvement in the quest for educational success. Through a community‐based, collaborative approach, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami‐ Dade/Monroe is committed to promoting early learning, advocating for better public policies on behalf of children, and preparing every child for success in both school and life.