School Readiness programs provide early education opportunities to children ages birth to 5 years old, particularly children whose parents are economically disadvantaged; children who have been determined to be at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation; and children with disabilities.Services may be provided to children ages 6 to 7 depending on availability of funding.
VPK offers all 4 and 5 year-old children a jump start on reading, math, language and social skills. Qualified VPK teachers utilize developmentally appropriate curricula to educate children, preparing them for kindergarten while inspiring their desire to learn. The program is offered free-of-charge during the school year as well as the summer, offering all children and families an equal opportunity for educational success.
The Neighborhood Place for Early Head Start is a year-round, federally funded program that provides comprehensive services to 750 infants and toddlers, ages zero to three years, in targeted zip codes of Miami-Dade County. High quality care and support at the earliest age possible is the foundation for getting children ready to learn and developing self-confidence. That is why The Neighborhood Place for Early Head Start has partnered with 26 child care providers to offer the highest quality care for children who meet the eligibility criteria. Additionally, the program is committed to building strong families. Families who are enrolled with the program are assigned to a Family Advocate who works jointly with the family to establish and achieve goals based on their strengths and needs.
Developmental Screenings and Assessments
The Coalition, through its strong partnership with certified School Readiness Providers, administers developmental screenings and assessments for children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten eligibility. Referrals for additional services and evaluation are made when developmental screenings identify areas of concern in children, ensuring each child receives the individualized attention he/she needs.
The Coalition also assesses learning environments in early care and education centers and homes, ensuring teachers are able to provide quality education and meaningful activities for children in positive, educational settings.
Inclusion Services help ensure that children who are at risk for developmental delays/disabilities or those with identified special needs are able to access the early care and education settings in their communities and play and learn alongside their same age peers. Utilizing established best practices in early childhood inclusive education, evidence-based intervention strategies and strength focused support plans, Inclusion Services address the individualized needs of children. Inclusion Services also address the needs of the educators and parents by equipping them with the tools and advocacy skills they need to feel efficacious in their work with children with disabilities.
Early Learning Performance Funding Project
Performance Funding Project is part of the voluntary Early Learning Quality Improvement System. This system is designed to reward providers for achieving or maintaining a high level of quality as indicated by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS.)
Programs selected to participate are assigned to levels of proficiency based on a composite score from the program’s CLASS assessments. Each level of proficiency has different support strategies designed to improve or maintain the quality of services provided to the children in care. Support strategies may include: assistance with implementation of child assessments, professional development opportunities and the creation of a career pathway for practitioners. In addition, providers may receive technical assistance and coaching to help achieve their quality goals. Eligible providers may receive a rate differential per child when they demonstrate higher CLASS scores and elect to implement child assessments. Lastly, providers will have access to Scholarships, WAGE$, mental health consultation, and a variety of other supports.
The Refugee Services Program provides subsidized child care services to the children of eligible refugees/entrants who reside in Miami-Dade County, Florida participating in an employability service, as well as administrative and direct services necessary to develop and to maintain a safe, cost effective, family friendly system to assist refugee/entrant families to become or remain economically self-sufficient.
This program offers early care and education services to teenage parents enrolled in Miami-Dade and Monroe County Public Schools.
Technical Assistance and Mentoring
The Coalition provides a variety of support services to early care and education centers and homes, including one-on-one mentoring and professional development trainings, to ensure child care staff are equipped to prepare children for kindergarten and elementary school success. Additional supports include classroom materials and supplies, curricula and curricula training.
The Coalition also provides technical assistance, such as accreditation, selected curriculum enhancement and necessary materials, enriching the quality of care and education provided to children in early education programs.
The Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based, early intervention program that helps parents create experiences for their children that lay the foundation for success in school and later life. The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe offers HIPPY Services in Monroe County.