January 13, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
Florida Grade Level Reading Webinars Supporting Early Reading *
The Miami-Dade Grade Level Reading Campaign encourages you to sign up for the Florida Grade Level Reading Campaign's free webinars to support early reading presented by Dr. Paige Pullen from the Lastinger Center at the University of Florida. The intended audience is pre-K to 3rd grade after-school staff, summer learning staff, reading volunteers, paraprofessionals, etc. Certificates of participation will be provided at the end of each 1-hour webinar.

The 10:30 a.m., January 15 session is entitled "Selecting Books to Maximize Students' Reading Practice" while the 10:30 a.m. February 19 session is entitled "What is Phonological Awareness Anyway? Fun Games to Improve Students' Early Reading Development."

Sign up below:
LIVE in Trust Central! Retention and Engagement Metrics + Data Access updates *
Youth Development and Family Services providers now have access to new Program Participation metrics- Retention and Engagement in Trust Central. The retention and engagement metrics will help provide a comprehensive view of program participation by measuring the level of engagement or if participants received the dosage expected to see an impact. Additionally, depending on the initiative, providers have access to data at different levels including contract, site, activity and participant. These new updates are now available through the grids in the Trust Central Metrics Module. New resources are now available including videos and guides to help you better understand this new information. If you have questions, please reach out to your program manager.

For new Retention and Engagement Resources, click below.
UM Team COACH Community of Practice – Parenting Programs
Join UM Team COACH to launch the first Community of Practice (CoP) for Parenting Program providers! CoPs are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better through regular interaction. This CoP is a space to reflect on challenges and successes, problem solve issues, and share resources/strategies. Open to Trust-funded Parenting Program provider staff in all roles. First session is Friday, January 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Florida Statutes Now Require Public Employers, Contractors to Register for
Effective January 1, recently passed section 448.095(e) of the Florida Statutes requires all public employers, contractors and subcontractors, including The Children’s Trust providers, to use the E-Verify system to establish the authorization of new employees, including all new subcontractors and professional services consultants, to work in this country. Providers must also obtain and keep an affidavit from its subcontractors affirming that the subcontractors do not employ, contract or subcontract with any individuals who are not authorized to work in the US.

Providers who have been found to violate the statute will have their agreement or contract terminated, and not renewed for at least a year, per Florida Statutes. If a provider’s subcontractor has violated the statute, the provider must immediately terminate the subcontractor.

The E-Verify system is Internet-based and operated by the Department of Homeland Security that verifies the employment eligibility of employees. For more information on E-Verify and 448.095(e), F.S. (2020), click below.
Free Relationship-Focused Parenting Group for Infants and Caregivers 
Families First is offering weekly groups that meet via telehealth in both English and Spanish and are open to Miami-Dade County residents. Baby & Me promotes optimal attachment between infants and caregivers, increases knowledge of infant development and behavior, and encourages parents to use responsive techniques during routine interactions with their infants. Groups facilitated by UM trained parenting specialists. Now enrolling for January session. Program funded by The Children's Trust.

For more information or to register email below.
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Training Opportunities
Program Support and Youth Voice Training from Project RISE

Register, get Zoom access info, or take a course, by signing into your Trust Academy account.

Always available online: Discovering Inclusion and Successful Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Part 1
Looking for coaching, technical assistance or other help with inclusion? Contact your Inclusion Specialist. Not sure who it is? E-mail hgood@advocacynetwork.org.
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.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Thursday, Jan 14; 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • Car Passenger Safety Tuesday, Jan. 19 ; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Thursday, Jan. 21; 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Thursday, Jan. 28; 1 p.m.-2:15 p.m.
Program Support and Youth Voice Training from Project RISE
Providing programs with creative ideas/materials to make activities happen! 
As we navigate together through providing programming during a pandemic, Project RISE has found that programs may need extra materials.

  • Providers who are running in-person programming may find that they need more materials to avoid children touching shared items (i.e. balls, arts & crafts materials such as markers, glue, scissors, ingredients for science experiments, etc.) 
  • Providers who are running virtual programming may find that sending children and youth "activity kits" can allow them to do hands-on projects at home. This can increase the variety of activities that can be conducted virtually.

Project RISE can purchase materials for programs, deliver them and provide staff with coaching designed to best utilize these materials. For more information, please fill out the Request Coaching Assistance form here.

Youth Voice Training from Project RISE 
Are you providing children and youth with authentic, meaningful choices throughout your program? Does your program reflect the input of the youth involved? Participants will learn how to provide meaningful choices within activities and opportunities for youth input within the youth program itself. Take a plan to implement back to your program and learn more about items on the SEL-PQA that will help you increase your CAT scores. The training takes place January 26, from 11a.m.- 1 p.m.

Register for this training on Trust Academy in order to receive the Zoom meeting link.
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 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 social media while tagging us. Also, don't forget to email your stories and latest triumphs!
From Other Agencies
Get $500 to $5,000 Through UM's New Racial Justice Grant Program *
The University of Miami's Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Butler Center for Service and Leadership are launching new Racial Justice Grants to support service, research, and/or programming activities that center on race, racial justice, and racial equity with a focus on Black communities on campus and/or in South Florida. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. Grants range from $500-$5,000.

The application deadline is January 15.
Prevent Human Trafficking Education Symposium *
It's time to open our eyes. Child victims exploited for sex, domestic servitude, and forced labor have been invisible. Until now. Join Kristi House for a free education symposium. A panel of Miami-Dade County professionals and experts collaborate to answer some of the most important questions on how you can keep all children safe from human trafficking. The symposium is January 28, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This program was created for child-serving agencies and college students.

For more education webinars hosted by Kristi House visit https://kristihouse.org/education/.
The Growing Brain from Birth to 5 Years Training Series via Zoom *
FAIMH Training Academy is offering this innovative 18-hour training series for early childhood professionals from Jan. 25-Feb. 10 via Zoom. Taught by a Zero to Three Certified Trainer, this competency-based training gives professionals a comprehensive understanding of brain development, along with evidence-informed strategies to prepare them for their critical role of building healthy brains. A "must" if you work with young children or their families. Membership required; group rates available.

Register below.
Brief Introduction to Infant Mental Health in English and Spanish *
FAIMH Training Academy offers a 1-hour Introduction to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health via Zoom on Thursday, Jan 28 at 12:30 p.m. in English and 2:00 in Spanish/en español . This training gives a simple overview of what mental health is for infants and children under age 5, and is perfect for any professional working with young children who wants to understand more about our early social, emotional & relational health. $15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members. In-service certificate provided.

Register below.
PhilanthropyMiami Academy: Fundraising Fundamentals 2021 *
Fundraising Fundamentals is a resource for those new to the professional, or experienced leaders who want the extra training. Engage and interact with some of Miami’s most experienced professionals. Classes are every Tuesday beginning February 9 and continues through March 23. All classes are taught via Zoom. Cost is $399, includes a digital copy of Fundraising Principles and Practice.
Organizational Housekeeping for Nonprofits *
At the beginning of every new year, we all make personal resolutions and plans. So, why not make “Organizational Housekeeping” the resolution for your nonprofit? Whether it is grant applications, monitoring visits, annual audits, board retreats, or other projects, there are organizational documents you need to provide at a moment’s notice, when you are the busiest. Tickets cost $15 or the Zoom Workshop.
Building Your Grant Calendar Workshop *
In this workshop, participants work together with Lorinda Gonzalez of Grants, Ink. to build out a grant calendar for 2021. Map out the year to fundraise mindfully. Gonzalez brings over 10 years of grant writing experience to the conversation and her efforts have led to over $14M in awarded funds from government, local and private funders. The workshop costs $15. Register below.
Upcoming Enrichment Project Presentations by Parent to Parent of Miami *
Learn about Parent to Parent Services and Enrichment Project by joining Jeanette Cordova, Outreach Coordinator, as she provides school staff, service agencies, and community members information about Parent to Parent of Miami. Parent to Parent of Miami is a community parent resource center providing support for children, youth and adults with disabilities and their families. Offered multiple dates:
Advancing Racial Equity with Your Privilege Workshop
In a time when privilege has become a bad word, even the most well-intentioned business executives can struggle to support, let alone relate to, their diversifying teams. Fortunately, when it comes to engaging diverse groups of people in a movement toward a common goal, we can study the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to understand and model how he used his privilege to move millions of people toward positive change despite adversity. In this special executive training with Kemy Joseph, DEI Specialist and Co-Founder of F.E.A.R.S. Advantage™, participants will understand learn how to use privilege to move millions of people toward positive change despite adversity.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
The workshop is free. You can register by clicking below.
Career Opportunities
Program Manager *
The Children's Trust is seeking to fill a Program Manager position. This position is responsible for administering and monitoring contracts for various early childhood programs and services throughout Miami-Dade County that are funded by The Children's Trust.

Click below for complete job description and application instructions.
Finance Coordinator *
The Center for Social Change (C4SC) is a nonprofit coworking space for visionaries who are changing the world. In this position, you will support the Finance Director in managing/handling our organization’s books and supporting our members and team with their billing and financial requests. This is currently a part-time position starting at 20 hours per week.
Available Positions at Thomas Armour Youth Ballet *

Site Director *
Thomas Armour Youth Ballet is currently seeking a Site Director for their after school program and 8-week summer camp. The Site Director is responsible for creating a positive and fun atmosphere; building positive relationships between families while consistently recruiting and retaining student engagement. The Site Director must have basic computer skills; the ability to establish positive leadership with the administrative staff; and possess excellent communication skills.

Administrative Assistant *
T​homas Armour Youth Ballet seeks an experienced and dynamic​ Administrative Assistant to be the coordinating force in a highly active dance training and youth empowerment after school programs in five locations across Miami-Dade. This is a full-time position working out of the South Miami administrative office.

To apply, send resume and a cover letter to the email below.
Get a New Paid Position as a Part-Time Virtual Presenter! *

Are you a parent or a caregiver of someone living with a mental health condition? If you are willing to share your story with other family members, don’t miss the opportunity of becoming a presenter for NAMI’s “Ending The Silence” program. Help us grow the movement to end the mental health stigma!
Joining our team is easy: no public speaking experience necessary, free training, and flexibility to make your own presentation hours over Zoom.

For more information call 786.308.9680 or write below:
Available Positions at FIU After-School Treatment Program

The FIU After-School Treatment Program (ATP) at the Center for Children and Families is a school-year program dedicated to positively impacting the lives of children between the ages of 6-12 at-risk for behavioral (e.g., Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), academic, interpersonal and organizational difficulties.
The ATP is currently seeking to recruit for two roles:

  • Certified Teacher: Job ID# 521287
  • Counselor: Job ID# 521288
Those interested can apply below:
Lead Child and Family Specialist Position
The Advocate Program Inc. is seeking a full time lead child & family specialist to provide home based services to families with exposure to high conflict and/or domestic violence. Position must have supervisory skills and strong clinical assessment skills with a minimum of two years working with children and families. Candidates should be bilingual in English/Spanish, have a master’s degrees in social work, psychology, or related field and have required licenses.
Workforce Development Manager 
The Opa-locka Community Development Corp. is looking for a passionate educator interested in making a difference in the lives of young adults and working professionals. The successful candidate will be a well-organized, self-motivated individual who likes to create new systems and build programs. In this role, the Workforce Development Manager will be responsible for leading the workforce program in the newly formed Financial Empowerment Center. This is a full-time position.

For more information click below:
Available Positions at Miami-Dade County Public Schools *

  • Head Start Educator - Associates Degree in Early Childhood, CDA or equivalent in Pre-School
  • Part-time Center Director - Center Director credentials
  • Mental Health Consultant - Master's Degree in Social Work, LCSW, LHMC, LMFT or licenses psychologist
  • Staff Assistant - Bachelor's degree *
  • Community Liaison Specialist - High School degree, Bachelors preferred *
  • Head Start Assistant - CDA in Pre-School or equivalent
  • Early Head Start Assistant - CDA in Infant and Toddler

Click below to email resume:.
Available Positions at 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 CAREERROOKIE and/or e-mail resume and cover letter by clicking below.
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