Miami-Dade Service Centers will be open on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

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President and CEO, Evelio C. Torres

A Message from our President:

Dear Friends:

This year is rapidly coming to a close.  As we reflect back over the current year; we are also making plans for the coming year.  We have been gearing up to implement the many changes to the School Readiness and VPK Programs that resulted from the passage of House Bill 1091.  Important components of this bill are the requirement for program assessments and the approval of a tiered reimbursement for eligible providers who meet the program assessment benchmarks. 

In just a few short weeks, schools will close for the holiday break. Kids can still maintain their learning gains by reading books during the holiday break if they are readers.  For younger children not yet able to read, it is important they continue to develop their ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words (known as phonemic awareness), by having their parents, caregivers or older siblings read with them.  Phonemic awareness serves as the foundation for reading and is also the strongest indicator of a child’s potential for learning to read.

The Miami Dade Public Library is a wonderful resource for books for all ages and children enjoy a visit to the library to pick out their books.  For more information on library resources and locations, please visit:

On behalf of the board of directors and the entire ELC team, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a prosperous new year.

As always, we thank you for your partnership and encourage you to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for up-to-date information on our programs and events. 


Evelio Torres

President and CEO