June 30, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
* New or updated
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.
Get Going with Summer Battle of the Books
Motivate your campers to read and register for the biggest competition of the summer, The Battle of the Books, by visiting StayHome.Miami/Battle for activities, videos and registration. Encourage your campers to join us for the Battle of the Books on July 22 at 6:45 p.m. for performances, prizes, read-alouds, and the battle to become the next Great Book Warrior!
UM Team COACH Communities of Practice
UM Team COACH is now offering various Communities of Practice for Parenting Program providers! Join a community where members support one another, share best practices and deepen their knowledge. All of the following CoPs are appropriate for direct service providers and supervisors of Parenting Programs and are currently being offered virtually. If you have any questions, please contact teamcoach@miami.edu.

Parent Stressors & Barriers - In this CoP, we will be identifying key stressors and barriers your families may currently be facing, as well as identifying and practicing strategies to solve these barriers. Topics will vary. This CoP will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Click here to sign up!

Creating Support Networks & Community Outreach/Recruitment - In this CoP, we will work collaboratively to create networks of outreach and referrals across parenting providers in the community. You will have the opportunity to get to know other community providers, share information, and support one another. Virtual recruitment will be an ongoing topic. This CoP will be held on the first Thursday of each month from 10-11 a.m. Click here to sign up!
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:
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
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.
Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Looking for Head Start and Early Head Start Services Vendors
The Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) is soliciting profiles from public or private non-profit organizations, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit organizations interested in providing Head Start/Early Head Start program services to eligible children and families in Miami-Dade.

This Request for Profile Information will establish a Waiting List of Vendors (List) capable of providing Head Start/Early Head Start Program services for the CAHSD. Placement on this list is not a contract with the county, but an acknowledgment that the organization meets the qualifications in a Request for Profile Information. Organizations interested in becoming part of the Waiting List of Vendors can review the Solicitation online: CAHSD Head Start Early Head Start Solicitation.

Questions or profiles must be submitted to Brad Skinner, Procurement and Contracts Manager Telephone: 786.469.4657  E-mail: Brad.Skinner@miamidade.gov.
Tackling the Opioid Crisis in Age of COVID Presentation
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, in partnership with Florida Blue, has joined forces with Project Opioid Florida to address the devastating impact of opioid addiction in our community. In 2020 the coronavirus pandemic had an immense impact and accelerated the already rampant opioid crisis in the U.S. at an unfathomable rate. Recent studies have identified a disturbing trend that has emerged in the dramatic and disproportionate rise in overdose deaths among communities of color. For the first time ever, the death toll increased significantly among Black, Hispanic, and other underserved communities having limited access to medical care.

Pubic, business, philanthropic, and government leaders are welcomed to join a presentation and learn how this crisis is affecting our community on Wednesday, June 30 at 2 p.m.
Florida Foster Care Review Needs Volunteers for Citizen Review Panel
Change the life of a child in foster care. Florida Foster Care Review, which advances the safety, stability and success of abused and neglected children, youth and young adults by connecting them to essential services, healthy relationships and forever families, seeks caring community members to volunteer one weekday a month for a minimum of one year to serve on its Citizen Review Panel (CRP); volunteers must be at least 25 years old. The CRP reviews active, judge-referred child welfare court cases.
Free Meals for Youth During the Summer
The Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church serves free breakfast and lunch through the SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM through August 6 at the following sites:

  • Christian Fellowship MBC -8100 NW 17 Avenue
  • Jordan Grove Baptist Church 5845 NW 12 Avenue
  • Peace MBC-11500 NW 17 Avenue

The church is committed to combatting childhood hunger when schools are not in session. For more information contact Benjamin Parrott at 305.282.2544/Anna Jackson at 786.593.2610
Schedule a Free Mental Health Presentation for Summer Camps
At NAMI Miami they are looking forward to teaching students and parents/caregivers about the warning signs of mental health conditions, facts and statistics, and resources to help themselves or others. The FREE program “Ending the Silence” is a 60-minute or longer virtual or in-person presentation. The program for parents is available in both English and Spanish
Synergy Annual Summer Event from Miami-Dade County Public Schools
The Synergy Annual Summer Event is hosted by Miami-Dade County Public Schools to increase staff capacity and prepare for the coming school year. Synergy also hosts informational and educational sessions for parents via The Parent Academy. This year’s theme is “Synergy 2021 Parents: Strength Reimagined”. Topics are available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole. Registration is now open. Email tpa1@dadeschools.net for more information.
Career Opportunities
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.
Teachers Needed at SCC Preschools
Now hiring! Several positions available at SCC Preschools, a quality accredited preschool. Candidate must possess passion for young children and education. Must have a minimum of 45 DCF Hours, CDA/FCCPC or currently enrolled in the course. The following positions are available:

  • Infant Teacher
  • PreK 3 Lead Teacher
  • VPK Teacher

Send resume to the email below or call 305.248.1919
Presenter Needed for NAMI's "Ending the Silence" Program
Are you a parent or a caregiver of someone affected by a mental health issue? Do not miss the opportunity of becoming a presenter for NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” program for families in Spanish and English. Joining the team is easy: no public speaking experience necessary, free training, flexible scheduling, and a $50 reward. Help grow the movement to end the mental health stigma! For more information, please contact the email below or call 786.775.1661.
Teachers and Teachers Assistants Needed at Paradise Christian Schools
Paradise Christian School is looking for Preschool Teachers and Teacher Assistants for its Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Candidates must be energetic and love working with young children;
Speak and read English and Spanish; Must have completed the Florida Department of Children and Families 45 hours of training; Must have CDA/FCCPC; AA or BA preferred; and experience in Early Childhood. Candidates must also be able to use a computer and have data entry skills. They will also be subject to an FDLE level 2 background screening.

Those interested should send resumes to the email below or call 305.248.1919
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 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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