Quick Staycation Planning for Spring Break in Miami
Ten activities that will break the boredom without breaking the bank
Spot exotic birds and animals along the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades. Discover Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ critters and plants at the majestic Coconut Grove estate. Search for sea horses through seagrass at Biscayne Nature Center or foster an orphan kitty from a shelter for spring break pet therapy. Miami-Dade County offers a cornucopia of affordable, uplifting and educational family activities –many with online alternatives-- for fast approaching spring break March 29-April 4.  
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How to Know if Your Child is Developing Properly?
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
Some children learn to crawl and even walk when they are barely six months old, while others don’t until they are 18 months or older. Toddlers can begin saying words well before their first birthdays, but others won’t utter a word until after they are 2. While babies develop at different rates, some fail to reach certain milestones outside of the typical ranges and that could be an indication of a larger issue, like autism, cerebral palsy or other physical or intellectual disabilities. 
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing
Book of the Month: Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing
Before there were “software” engineers, Margaret Hamilton was an unusual girl who loved to solve problems in daily life and come up with original solutions and ideas for them. At a time when women, much less girls, were discouraged from studying math and science, Margaret forged ahead and became a pioneer writing computer code. NASA noticed and hired her as director of software programming before the first lunar landing. Her contributions with the spacecrafts life-saving error detection were critical to its historical success.  
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Book Club, KidCare and Early Learning Top Legislative Priorities
The Trust’s State Legislative Priorities for 2021
March means one thing in Tallahassee; the start of the legislative session for the State of Florida. In Miami-Dade, The Children’s Trust always advocates for legislative goals and priorities that benefit the children and families of our county. This year, is no different – well, if you don’t count the fact that physical access to the capitol is guided by strict COVID-19 guidelines and most business is done through Zoom meetings (thanks again coronavirus). The Trust’s legislative team top four legislative priorities for the year.  
The Children's Trust's Champions for Children David Lawrence Jr. Honoree Morris Copeland.
Morris Copeland, a Standard-Bearer for Juvenile Advocacy
Recent Champion for Children award winner named to Trust board, county mayor’s staff
Growing up in Liberty City, Morris Copeland saw firsthand the challenges facing Black youth in the inner city and the difficulties sidestepping trouble on the way to adulthood. Even with supportive and well-grounded parents, Copeland’s life could have ended after an altercation left him looking down the barrel of a gun, only to be spared by the assailant. What could have been the end for a 13-year-old kid, turned out to be the moment that changed his life.  
Parent Resources
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Parents with children with disabilities can quality for special funds for respite, in-home supports, and out-of-school programs.
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Miami-Dade County is taking applications for its Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to assist tenants and landlords with hardships.
Helpful Links for Coronavirus Related Information
Miami-Dade County’s Coronavirus page on where and how to sign up to get COVID-19 Vaccine:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has a special web page with Coronavirus information,
updates and tips.

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus page.
The Miami-Dade School Board also has a Coronavirus page, as well as a Parent Guide to the Novel Coronavirus.
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