Weekly Provider Bulletin
May 24, 2017
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The Children's Trust Announces
The 10 Days of Connection Challenge Has Begun!
The Children’s Trust, MCCJ, Miami Foundation, Miami Herald and United Way of Miami-Dade have come together to promote Connect Miami, a grassroots initiative encouraging personal connections between people of diverse backgrounds and experiences - and we’re kicking it off with a 10-day challenge, held May 22-31, to step outside your normal routine and get to know a neighbor, coworker or any other stranger, better! The long-term goal: to create genuine, meaningful relationships rooted in kindness and empathy that will strengthen our community. And who doesn't want that? To learn more about the Connection Challenge, including tips on ways to rock it, visit www.connectmiami.org. And to see how The Trust started off the challenge, click here.

Injury Prevention Training
All Trust-funded providers are required to participate in childhood injury prevention capacity-building efforts facilitated by the Public Health Trust's Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami. Available trainings for May and June are listed below; all trainings are held at 1601 NW 12th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. Visit www.thechildrenstrust.org for full descriptions and registration information.
  • Poison Safety Education Wednesday, May 31, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Wednesday, May 31, 3-4 p.m.
  • Passenger Safety Education Wednesday, June 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Wednesday, June 14, 3-4 p.m.
  • Passenger Safety Education Wednesday, June 21, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Wednesday, June 21, 3-4 p.m.
Letters to the Editor Workshop - Just One Week Away!
Having trouble getting attention from traditional media about your program? Writing a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald and other newspapers who print them is an untraditional and creative way to get some visibility. Attend our workshop on Wednesday, May 31, 10:30 a.m. - noon, to learn how to write the best letter possible and seize the moment by connecting it to a timely news story, increasing the probability that your letter will be published. Bring your laptop and your ideas and you will walk out of this workshop with a letter ready to submit for publishing! Registration required as space is limited; click here to reserve your seat.

SPARK Training - North & Far South
The Children's Trust is sponsoring a SPARK curriculum training for YAS providers:
  • Thursday, June 8, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Roberto Alonso Community Center, Royal Oaks Park, 16500 NW 87th Avenue, Miami Lakes, FL 33018
  • Friday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Homestead YMCA Family Center, 1034 NE 8th Street, Homestead, FL 33030.
If your agency implements SPARK for its summer programming, the staff member who delivers your SPARK curriculum should attend. Registration required; reserve your spot via our community calendar. Contact Carol Brogan at carol@thechildrenstrust.org for additional information.
Summer Content Area Team (CAT) Observations
The Trust will conduct CAT observations at all summer programs (programs with multiple locations will receive at minimum a single site visit), including year-round programs that may not have been observed in the past. Visits will take place between June 19 and June 30. Given the number of observers available within this short time frame, only one observer (rather than a pair) will conduct the visit, and the exact timing will need to be flexible within the specified date range, based on your daily programming schedule. All CAT observers will plan to see at least one literacy activity and one fitness activity, as well as observe overall behavior management. The most useful feedback stems from observations that take place on a typical program day. No need for extra preparation; simply continue to provide high-quality services. You'll hardly notice your observer is there!

Please ensure that your contract manager has your final summer sites schedules no later than June 1, so we can take that information into account when planning visits. Be sure schedules include daily programming, activity names/times (especially for literacy and fitness) and any planned field trips. Questions or comments? Kindly email programmetrics@thechildrenstrust.org.

FREE Summer Meals for Children & Youth - Sign Up TODAY!!
Summer BreakSpot, a program that provides free meals to children and youth ages birth-18 in participating summer programs, is underway. We encourage ALL children and youth summer program providers to contact available sponsors today to secure participation at each of their program sites. Be sure to confirm available menus (hot or cold) and delivery times BEFORE making a decision on which sponsor best meets the needs of your participants and program environment.

In addition, we strongly urge providers to designate their program sites as “open sites,” where children and youth ages birth-18 living in their communities may also participate in the free meals program, even if they do not participate in provider programming. Open sites serve a critical role in minimizing food insecurity in Miami-Dade while schools are closed and are, for some children, a literal lifesaver. The Children’s Trust is also supporting Florida Impact efforts to increase accessibility to summer meals for those children who have no access to open sites, through pediatric clinics and WIC and HUB sites. Contact Christina Sudduth at csudduth@flimpact.org for more information.

Summer BreakSpot Sponsors

  • After-School Program (ASP) Contact Christina at 954.596.9000.
  • Christian Fellowship CDC In addition to programs/sites serving children and youth up to age 18, the organization seeks to support those that serve developmentally delayed young adults over the age of 18, and will also serve as an open site itself, serving breakfast (8:30-9:30 a.m.) and lunch (noon - 1 p.m.) to children and youth at its offices at 8100 NW 17 Avenue, Miami, FL  33147. Contact Anna Jackson at 305.308.0542. 
  • Community Action Agency Contact Rani Panchanathan at 786.469.4789 or ppancha@miamidade.gov.
  • FLIPANY Visit www.flipany.org for more information and to register; a free, one-time healthy food demo event for parents is available for 50 or more participants. Contact Viktoriya Yudovina at 954.636.2388 or vyudovina@flipany.org.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools Contact Berne Galvez at mgalvezberne@dadeschools.net.
  • Rayfield Family Literacy Contact Senetta Carter at 800.913.5481, 954.894.0518 or senettacar@aol.com.
  • Sisters for Abundant Living Download an application at www.sistersforabundantliving.com. Contact Courtney at 305.826.7900.
  • Village Youth Services In addition to free meals, Village Youth Services is also offering free nutrition education workshops. Contact Lamekka Noble at 305.621.5836 or info@villageyouth.org
NEW Participant Information Forms for 2017-18
Updated child and adult information forms for 2017-18 contracts are now posted on our website. Only minor edits were made, primarily to identify mobile phone numbers and notify participants about the possibility of follow-up contact, which will aid in communication strategies. The updated forms are to be used for all new and renewal 2017-18 contracts; summer programs for 2017 may continue using 2016-17 forms. SAMIS will ultimately be updated to reflect this change.

In addition, we’ve added the Getting to Know Me form developed by the Advocacy Network on Disabilities as a supplemental form that providers may opt to use to gather more helpful data about children with disabilities. Information from this form is for providers' usage only and is not to be reported to The Trust. Click here to visit the Form Downloads page.

The Advocacy Network on Disabilities - Upcoming Trainings
For free workshops about inclusion and serving children and youth with disabilities, view the calendar, read training descriptions and register online at www.advocacynetwork.org/training/calendar. All PowerPoints and supplemental training materials can be found at www.advocacynetwork.org/training.

Discovering Inclusion Level 2: Beyond Awareness A hands-on and highly interactive workshop providing participants the opportunity, through case studies, to identify and apply specific accommodation and adaptation strategies. This training is for anyone and everyone who has already completed Discovering Inclusion Level 1.

  • Friday, June 2, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL 33186

Other available trainings include:

  • All Children Together Summer Inclusion Institute Saturday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Wayside Baptist Church, 7701 SW 98th Street, Miami, FL 33156
  • An Administrator’s Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act Tuesday, June 6, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Belafonte Tacolcy, 6161 NW 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
  • Navigating Community Resources Friday, June 9, 1-3 p.m., Camp Matecumbe, 13841 SW 120th Street, Miami, FL 33186

Questions? Contact Tanisha McCall at 305.596.1160 ext. 222 or tmccall@advocacynetwork.org.

Updated (YAS) Summer PACER Meaningful Improvement Requirements
With the support of Project RISE, The Trust recently completed an updated review and analysis of summer PACER results, and our meaningful improvement expectations. Based on those reviews and effective immediately, we are changing the summer PACER meaningful improvement requirement from an increase of at least four laps to an increase of at least two laps. PACER results for Summer 2016 will be recalculated accordingly. The school year PACER meaningful improvement requirement will remain at an increase of at least four laps.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your contract manager or Stephanie Maestri, research and evaluation analyst for after-school and summer camp programs, at 305.571.5700 ext. 543.

Project RISE Trainings for After-School and Youth Enrichment Providers

  • YEN: Ask-Listen-Encourage Thursday, May 25, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., The Children's Trust
  • Effective Literacy Instruction - Online
  • Literacy Assessment: Maze - Online
  • Literacy Assessment: ORF - Online (recertification only)
  • Fitness Assessment: PACER - Online (recertification only)
  • Effective Behavior Management 101 - Online
  • Homework Assistance in After-School - Online

Register at www.collabornation.net/login/projectrise; click here to download a pdf of the 2016-17 training schedule in its entirety. 

From Our Friends
Tackling Youth Depression & Suicide - Workshop Tonight!
Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is currently trending in the news and on social media, sparking controversy and concern among parents about teen suicide and depression. Baptist Health is seizing the moment by facilitating an informative conversation about those issues - and others highlighted in the show, like mental health, bullying and substance abuse - and the available community resources that address them. Join Baptist this evening from 6:30-8 p.m. at South Miami Hospital, 6200 SW 73rd Street, Miami, FL 33143, to help remove the stigma associated with these issues and learn how to encourage parents and youth to seek help when needed. Registration is required; click here to reserve your spot.

News You Need Now: Grade-Level Reading
The Helios Education Foundation is sharing its second set of education briefs focused on early childhood assessments. Exploring how states can make continued efforts toward ensuring children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed and on track to read at grade level by the end of third grade, the brief addresses key discussion points that must be contemplated in developing or refining child assessment protocols within the broader early learning accountability system. Click here to download the report; The Trust urges its partners and providers to take a look.

Literacy Enrichment: After-School & Summer Camp Programs
The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy has released a helpful practice guide developed to support literacy enrichment in after-school and summer programs. This free resource includes information on how programs can support reading instruction, developmental milestones and curricula that can be used to support student outcomes; click here to download.

Change the Life of a Child in Foster Care
Florida Foster Care Review seeks caring citizens from our community to volunteer one weekday a month to review cases of children in foster care and make recommendations to the Juvenile Court; training provided. Your time and attention as a volunteer means that you can directly and positively impact the life of a child or youth in foster care. For more information, email ialbrecht@fostercarereview.org.

Career Opportunities
* Denotes new posting
Care Coordinator
Gang Alternative seeks a care coordinator to provide case management and service linkage for its UPLIFT Community Partnership. Must be able to lead effective family team conferences leading to individual course of action plans; provide/coordinate critical services for children and youth; help families access services in the community; and maintain accurate and confidential client records. Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field and minimum three years’ relevant experience a must. Email résumé and cover letter to info@myga.org.
Chief Executive Officer *
Catholic Charities seeks a CEO to assume leadership of the agency immediately. The CEO will provide leadership and guidance in the development and implementation of strategies and plans to meet the goals and objectives of the organization. For complete job description, requirements and application guidelines, click here.

Community Outreach Coordinator *
The Segal Institute for Clinical Research (SICR) seeks an experienced and professional community outreach coordinator to be responsible for new business development, patient recruitment, increasing clinical trial enrollment and cultivating strategic partnerships through community outreach activities. This position also develops sponsorship arrangements and relationships with businesses, individuals, schools and other organizations interested in supporting SICR program areas. Must possess at minimum one year outreach coordinator experience. Email résumé to mdesroches@segalinstitute.com.

Miami Children's Initiative (MCI) seeks a president/CEO with extensive experience in building and sustaining community relationships, launching and successfully executing place-based initiatives, and engaging and fostering community participation and involvement in MCI’s mission and vision. Position reports directly to MCI’s board of directors, and is responsible for overall leadership, fiscal and operational management of the organization as directed by its strategic plan. Click here to download complete job description, requirements and application guidelines; résumés must be received no later than June 5, 2017.

Therapists *
University of Miami seeks therapists to fill two separate positions. One successful candidate will provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy services at Touching Miami with Love Overtown; the second will provide Parent-Child Interaction Therapy services at Touching Miami with Love Homestead as well as HealthySteps services at UHealth Pediatrics South in Kendall. Must possess at minimum a master’s degree and relevant licensure (or be license eligible). For complete job descriptions, requirements and application guidelines, visit careers.med.miami.edu and reference job opening P100028487 or P100028488.

Available Positions at Citrus Health Network 
  • Early Childhood Development and Intervention Specialist Must possess at minimum bachelor’s degree in social work, education or special education (master’s preferred); three years’ experience working with children birth to 5; specialized training in child development and early care/education and screening; knowledge of childcare and early care operations; knowledge of inclusive practices and trauma-informed care; experience with parent/teacher engagement and consultations/technical assistance; and a valid driver’s license. Bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Creole) preferred. Email résumé to susang@citrushealth.com.
  • Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist Must possess at minimum master’s degree in social work or mental health; five years’ experience working with children birth to 5; specialized training in infant mental health, child development, trauma-informed care and early care/education; screening and observation skills; ability to provide coaching, technical assistance and guidance to parents, teachers and caregivers in childcare at early learning settings; strong interpersonal, communication and engagement skills; bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency; and valid driver's license. Email résumé to emmad@citrushealth.com.
Available Positions at Cherry Blossom Learning Center 
  • Teacher - PreK 3 Must be fully bilingual (English/Spanish) and possess CDA or FCCPC.
  • Teacher - VPK Part-time; afternoon. Must possess at minimum DCF-mandated 45 hours and be fully bilingual (English/Spanish); CDA or FCCPC preferred.
For more information and application guidelines, contact Kathy Nieto at kathy@cherryblossommiami.org.
Available Positions at Village Youth Services
  • Site Supervisors (Summer)
  • Program Assistants (Summer)
Email résumé to jobs@villageyouth.org.
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