July 7, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
* New or updated
Important Updates from DCF: Child Safety Alarms & Background Screenings *
SB 252 by Senator Linda Stewart (D – Orlando) creates the “Child Safety Alarm Act” and requires that after January 1, 2022, all vehicles used by childcare facilities to transport children must be equipped with an approved alarm system that prompts the driver to inspect the vehicle for the presence of children before leaving the area. This change is in response to reported deaths of small children who have been left in vehicles during periods of hot weather. The bill requires the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to adopt minimum safety standards for reliable alarm systems and maintain a list of alarm manufacturers and alarm systems that are approved to be installed in vehicles.

DCF Child Care Licensing Requirements & Site Changes If your background check and fingerprints are up for renewal, please ensure to obtain Level 2 screening as outlined in s. 435.04, F.S., is required for all child care personnel and includes a criminal records check (both national and statewide), a sexual predator and sexual offender registry search, and child abuse and neglect history of any state in which an individual resided during the preceding 5 years. All fingerprints must be submitted and processed through the Background Screening Clearinghouse and therefore a LiveScan vendor that is Clearinghouse compatible must be used for submission of fingerprints. Background screenings may be obtained in advance of their expiration date to ensure there is no lapse in coverage.
SB 252 is effective on October 1, 2021.

Please notify your Program Manager if you anticipate any site changes that will require a new application to DC).

The final version of SB 252 is below:
Mental and Emotional Support for Surfside Condominium Collapse
The Children’s Trust stands with all the victims of the Surfside building collapse on June 24 and is committed to helping victims, their families and friends navigate the traumatic aftermath. The Trust has created a Crisis Support page on its website that lists a variety of support agencies that cater to children and families’ mental and emotional wellness. Please visit if you or someone you know needs assistance.
Theater Implementation Course Now in Trust Academy
Good news for Youth Development programs using the Reader's Theater curriculum! Playbooks Reader's Theater Implementation webinars have now been made into a course in Trust Academy. You no longer need to contact Reader's Theater and search for their webinars on their website. Open your account in Trust Central, click into Trust Academy. In the Course Catalog, look in The Children's Trust Courses category or search for Playbooks. Watch all three videos and pass the course to earn your certificate
Trust's Pop-Up Family Expo Series Sets Dates, Locations
The Children's Trust Family Expo is coming to your neighborhood! This year's event will take place on different days and at different locations. Find the one that is closest to you!

  • South Miami-Dade - Saturday, August 28, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., at Sweet Home Community Campus, 10701 SW 184 Street, Cutler Bay 33157
  • North Miami-Dade - Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., at People Matter Pop-up, 3000 NW 199 Street, Miami Gardens 33056
  • Central Miami-Dade - Saturday, September 18, 10 a.m.– 3 p.m., at Family Fun Day, HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, Miami 33130
  • West Miami-Dade - Saturday, September 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at Jackson West Medical Center, 2801 NW 79 Avenue, Doral 33122

Download our exhibitor guidelines here.
Are You Having Your K-5 Campers Read for the Battle of the Books? *
Have you checked out the 6 weeks of activities on the StayHome.Miami/Battle website? Have you informed your parents? Have you encouraged your families to register for THE BATTLE on July 22?  
Remember, there are prizes for winning campers and their camps!

Post photos and videos of your campers reading or interacting with the books, with this blurb:

Campers prep for the #BattleOfTheBooks to compete to be the next GREAT BOOK WARRIOR!
Update the Children's Trust Logo
Providers using the Children's Trust Logo on any material must send that material for review and approval to communicationscompliance@thechildrenstrust.org. To download the current Trust logo, visit the Media Kit & Logos page on the Trust website:
Injury Prevention Trainings *
Childhood injury prevention capacity-building efforts facilitated by the Public Health Trust's Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami are offered to all Trust-funded providers via Zoom. Visit The Children's Trust Academy for full descriptions, meeting info and registration information. 

Suicide Prevention Training Thursday, July 8; 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Car Passenger Safety Tuesday, July 13; 1 pm- 3 p.m.
Home Safety Training & Education Thursday; July 15; 1-2:30 p.m.
Suicide Prevention Training Friday, July 23; 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Car Passenger Safety Monday, July 26; 1-3 p.m.
Poisoning Safety Training Tuesday, July 27; 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Home Safety Training & Education Thursday, July 29; 1-2:30 p.m.
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Training Opportunities
ACT is on the road again! Our Inclusion Specialists provided the first live/in-person training events in early June. Interested in a live/in-person training at your organization to keep your Summer Camp rolling?

Count Me In: Discovering Inclusion for Kids - Learn fun, meaningful activities to do with your summer camp students to build their disability awareness, and encourage them to appreciate differences.
Structures for Success - Youth both with and without disabilities can behave in challenging ways. Learn the 7 basic needs youth exhibit and take away strategies for meeting these needs through positive, preventive approaches. This training is especially relevant to YEN and YAS Providers.

Contact your Inclusion Specialist or Pat Donovan at pdonovan@advocacynetwork.org to schedule on-site training for 15-20 participants.
Always available online:

  • Discovering Inclusion & Successful Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 1.

Is your program looking for coaching, technical assistance, or other help with inclusion? Contact your Inclusion Specialist. Not sure who it is? Contact Pat Donovan at pdonovan@advocacynetwork.org.

It is the policy of The Advocacy Network on Disabilities to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in an accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Advocacy Network on Disabilities trainings, please contact Pat Donovan, 305.204.2644 (cell) or pdonovan@advocacynetwork.org at least one week in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)
Project RISE Introduces Two New Members of Coaching Staff
Amy Gallup, Project RISE's new Associate Director of Instructional Coaching, has nearly thirty years of experience as an educator, having served as both a teacher and administrator in both the private and public education sectors.

Stacy Silverman, RISE's new Associate Director of Youth Development, brings over two decades of experience in social work, adult training, coaching, and he has been involved with the Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality since 2002.

Both Amy and Stacy are interested in coming out to programs to see the wonderful work your program staff is doing. They can complete an observational assessment (using the Mini or SEL-PQA) to help your staff refamiliarize themselves with these assessments as we move into the next academic year. They will be reaching out to programs all summer long, so be on the lookout for a phone call or email.
If you'd like to request coaching assistance, please fill out the form at www.nova.edu/projectrise/webforms/request-assistance.html.
Become a Foster Parent
Hundreds of kids and teens in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties are in need of safe, loving homes through no fault of their own due to abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Citrus Family Care Network is looking for people who want to change the life of a child. Open your home and your heart, "Become a Foster Parent."

For more information call 1.855.786.KIDS (5437), or Ben Morales at 305.608.9640, or visit:
Inspiring Stories Welcomed!
Trust-funded programs and initiatives throughout the community have been doing inspiring, life-changing and heroic work to provide for the children and families of Miami-Dade during the coronavirus pandemic. Please continue the good work and make sure to share their stories on social media while tagging us. Also, don't forget to email your stories and latest triumphs!
From Other Agencies
Available Mental Health Services for Low-Income Families *
The Institute for Child and Family Health (ICFH) provides mental health services including Individual/family therapy and psychiatry for children and adolescents in Miami-Dade County. The institute accepts most Medicaid HMO’s and has funding for children of low-income families who do not have insurance. ICFH also provides individual/family therapy and psychiatry services for adults who have Medicaid.

For more information call 305.274.3172.
DACA and TPS Assistance for Immigrants
Americans for Immigrant Justice and partners are offering immigrant youth eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) free assistance with their applications. DACA allows individuals who were brought to the US as children prior to June 15, 2007, to be safe from deportation and receive a work permit for renewable two-year periods. Anyone interested in receiving assistance with their DACA application can fill out this online form to be contacted, or call 305.573.1106 extension 1400. All information is confidential.

In January, President Biden extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelan immigrants currently in the United States undocumented. TPS provides protection from deportation and work permits for approved applicants. Americans for Immigrant Justice, the Office of New Americans, and partners are holding free monthly clinics to assist Venezuelans in applying for TPS. Applicants can register for a clinic by clicking here or calling 888.600.5762. For an information session on how to apply for TPS click here. If interested in volunteering to assist clients with TPS applications, click here.

In May, Haitian nationals were also extended Temporary Protected Status. Those who were in and have remained in the U.S. since May 22, 2021, may be eligible to apply. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance regarding TPS for Haiti, call AI Justice at 305-573-1106 ext. 1180 to speak to a DOJ Accredited Representative or fill out a form: aijustice.org/get-help.
Free Webinars from Kristi House Education
Register today for the following free and live webinars to learn more about child abuse, trauma, exploitation and other topics, including:

  • Hurricanes: Supporting Families through Trauma: 7/15, 8/24
  • What Every Adult Needs to Know About Child Sexual Abuse: 7/27
  • Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior: 8/10
  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 101: 8/26
  • Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Men & Boys: 9/1
  • Children and Traumatic Stress: 9/9
  • Stewards of Children: 9/21
Summer Enrichment Slots Still Open From Ayuda Inc.
AYUDA, a Children's Trust provider, is offering its Summer Enrichment Program at Kiddie Ranch, 2470 NW 14 Street, from June 14 to August 13, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with breakfast, lunch and snacks. Field trips, arts & crafts, dance, social-emotional learning, sports, reading & math tutoring, and more offered. $100 per week includes 8 field trips. For more information call Anne-Marie Tristan at 305.240.6228 or email her below. annemariet@ayudamiami.org.
FREE Mental Health Support Group by NAMI
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Miami-Dade Support Groups are available online and by phone through Zoom. Groups are available in English and Spanish for either individuals with mental health conditions or for their loved ones & caregivers. Join to hear from others with lived experience. Click below for more information.
Last Day to Apply for FIU UP Labs Path to Career in Healthcare is July 14
Do you want a career in Healthcare? What if FIU UP Labs can make that happen for you and it would cost you nothing? If you are interested in jumping into a career in healthcare (administration and clinical) please log on to uplabs.fiu.edu to get started. Apply by July 14 and guarantee yourself a phone interview. This is a 14-week program designed for South Floridians who would like to get into a healthcare career pathway. Seats are very limited so please apply today.
FREE Professional Development Virtual Wellness Summit
Start planning for a healthy school year now during the Virtual Wellness Summit sponsored by Common Threads. The Wellness Summit is a virtual event that will be held July 13, 14 in partnership with After-School All-Stars, FreshFarm and FoodPrints. It’s a free professional development opportunity for educators (including after-school providers) to learn from experts in different industries how to prioritize health and wellness, both in the classroom and beyond. The goal is to provide attendees training and resources to better implement mindfulness, movement and nutrition education into their curriculum for the benefit of their students to better succeed academically and personally. Topics include Mindfulness in the Classroom, Garden Education, Cooking and Nutrition and Incorporating Movement.
Career Opportunities
Available Positions at Gang Alternative *
Gang Alternative Inc. is looking to hire for the following positions:
  • HR Manager
  • Data Coordinator
  • Program Manager, EFFECT
  • Employment Specialist, EFFECT
  • Care Coordinator, UPLIFT
  • Family Support Specialist, COS/Par
  • Manager, Public Policy/Coalition
  • Program Assistant, Public Policy
  • Employment Specialist
  • Therapist, OPP
  • Case Manager, OPP
  • Case Manager, Re-entry
  • Youth Prevention Specialist, NIOS
  • Educator

For job descriptions, requirements and to apply, click below:
Available Positions at Overtown Youth Center *
The Overtown Youth Center has available Program Coordinator positions and a Data Compliance Specialist position. Those interested should send email to HR director Nicole McMillon at email below.
Clinician at Jewish Community Services of South Florida *
Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) is seeking a full-time clinician to provide direct services to the cross-section of the program’s caseload including children, adolescents, adults and families in the assigned offices and via telehealth. This position requires training and/or experience in trauma or disaster response. Master’s degree from an accredited university in Mental Health Counseling, 3+ years of clinical experience including experience working with clients who have experienced trauma, LCSW, LMHC, LMFT required.
Miami Connected Fellow at Samvid Ventures in Partnership with The Miami Foundation
The Miami Connected Fellow will be responsible for supporting Miami Connected, an initiative to bring free broadband internet, digital literacy and career opportunities in technology to more than 100,000 students and their families in Miami-Dade County. This person will take a lead role in managing student and family outreach strategies, including partnerships with schools and community-based organizations. This role is entrepreneurial in nature and a great opportunity to help scale a new initiative across the county.

Those interested should send their resumes to the email below.
Program Manager at MDC's Institute for Civic Engagement & Democracy
Miami Dade College is looking for a program manager at its MDC Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy, Wolfson Campus, to oversee day-to-day operations and priorities; create, lead, and implement campus civic learning, democratic engagement, changemaking, and voter engagement programming, awards ceremonies, and myriad civic engagement events. The manager supervises a part-time program coordinator, federal work-study students, and program interns; and is responsible for the oversight and administration of the entire iCED department at the Wolfson Campus.
Regional Director at Young Musicians Unite
Young Musicians United is currently seeking a full-time regional director with a minimum of 2 years of experience in managing educational, musical and/or cultural programs. A music educator is preferred but not required, with a broad vision on the impact of a/music education program in public schools. This position is required to be in person with permanent visits to the designated school areas assigned, and meetings at Young Musicians Unite central office in Allapattah.
Available Positions at Jewish Community Services of South Florida
Jewish Community Services of South Florida is actively recruiting for the following positions:

  • Quality Assurance Specialist - Full-Time
  • Clinician (Full-Time and Part-Time)

Please visit the below link for more information or to apply.
Research Analyst at The Children's Trust
The Research and Evaluation Analyst is a critical member of both cross- and inter-departmental teams at The Children’s Trust who engages in proactive problem-solving and critical thinking/analysis related to the design and effectiveness of various child, youth and family services. Primary responsibilities include: contributing to effective program and systems designs for The Children’s Trust’s priority investments in child, youth and family services; designing and maintaining sound data collection tools and systems to capture meaningful program, operational and community data in a user-friendly, accessible manner; and analyzing and making meaning from available data to tell our stories using compelling visualizations and reports with an intentional focus on the specific audience and purpose of the message.
Available Positions at Institute for Child and Family Health Inc. *
The following positions are available at the Institute for Child and Family Health Inc.:

  • Developmental Specialist
  • Therapist
  • Mental Health Targeted Case Manager

For complete job listing, descriptions, requirements and to apply, visit CAREERBUILDER and/or e-mail resume and cover letter by clicking below. 
Available Positions at Miami-Dade County Public Schools

  • Family Service Case Specialist - Associates degree
  • Head Start Educator - Associates Degree in Early Childhood, CDA, 45 hrs DCF
  • Head Start Assistant - CDA in Pre-School or equivalent, 45 hrs DCF
  • Early Head Start Educator - Early Childhood classes, CDA in Infant/Toddler, 45 hrs DCF
  • Early Head Start Assistant - CDA in Infant/Toddler or equivalent, 45 hrs DCF

Click below to email resume:
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