February 24, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
Early Childhood Community Research Demonstration Project Request for Proposals *
This solicitation will fund several projects focused on implementing and evaluating evidence-based or promising programs that support early childhood development within high-need communities in Miami-Dade County. Projects require an active partnership between a community-based organization and qualified research partner. Funds may be used for both high-quality program implementation and program evaluation and/or research that will help establish program effectiveness. 

Release Date: March 8
Bidders Conference: March 11, 9:30 a.m.
Applications due: May 4, by 5 p.m.

Register below for Bidders' Conference and Application Training.
UM Team COACH, Building the Road to Family Engagement: Practical Tools for Parenting Programs *
When families participate actively in parenting programs, they are able to realize the full benefits of services. Yet, families face many barriers to engagement. During this live training, you’ll be able to identify at least three tools/strategies to support these families and improve caregiver engagement and retention in your program. This training is appropriate for direct service providers and supervisors of Parenting programs. First session is Friday, March 12, 2-4 p.m.

Sign up on Trust Academy.
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. Registration is on Trust Academy. If you have any questions, please contact teamcoach@miami.edu.

Creating a Resource Network- In this CoP, we will share information, gather and develop resources, and identify how to share those resources with our community. Topics will vary. Meets on Tuesday mornings, with frequency decided upon by those who attend. The first session is on March 2, from 10-11 a.m. and will focus on virtual service delivery. Click here to sign up.

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. Meets on Wednesday mornings, with frequency decided upon by those who attend. The first session is on March 3, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and will focus on parent mental health. Click here to sign up.

Creating Support Networks & Community Outreach/Recruitment- In this CoP, we will be diving into the topic of creating a support network for your practice and your families via community outreach and recruitment. Topics will vary. Meets on Thursday mornings, with frequency decided upon by those who attend. The first session is on March 4, from 10-11 a.m. and will focus on virtual recruitment. Click here to sign up.
Planned Maintenance to Trust Central on Sunday, February 28 *
Trust Central will not be available on Sunday, February 28, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. During this time, scheduled maintenance will be performed. Please plan accordingly.
The Children's Trust Annual Report Out Now
The last fiscal year proved to be one of the most challenging in the history of The Children's Trust. From COVID-19, to the census, to racial unrest and a turbulent election season, The Trust was there for the community the entire time. Check out the 2019-2020 Annual Report to the Board of County Commissioners of Miami-Dade County, now available online to see all the details of the support and impact The Trust had in support of children and families in Miami-Dade County.
Update Your The Children's Trust Logo
Providers thinking of 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:
Grant Opportunities Available Now
Help Me Grow: Request for Proposals (RFP)
To select one entity to implement the Help Me Grow Florida (HMGF) system model in Miami-Dade County for early identification of developmental and/or behavioral concerns in children ages birth through 8 years old, including linking families with community-based services and supports.
Response Deadline: March 22, 2021, 5 p.m.

Afterschool Meals Program Food Sponsor: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
To select one entity as an approved Department of Health (DOH) Afterschool Meals Program (AMP) Food Sponsor in Miami-Dade County to provide daily snacks (during after-school hours), lunches (when programs operate during full days), suppers (for sites serving participants in need) and beverages for participating children in The Children’s Trust funded youth development (YD) programs.
Response Deadline: April 19, 2021, 5 p.m.
Reading Explorers Available to Support Youth After-School & Summer Programs 
Reading Explorers coaches are eager to support youth after-school program staff in their work with children whether they are offering in-person, virtual or hybrid services. Coaching is personalized to further enhance both whole group and differentiated literacy instruction, and includes free evidence-based resources and curriculum materials to maximize students’ learning.

Planning for summer? Reading Explorers can help your program gear up to combat the COVID-19 learning slide. We can provide coaching to plan effective literacy programming to boost students’ success. We also have a highly-trained intervention team of certified tutors ready to deploy to YAS and early childhood education programs participating in Thrive by 5 to provide small-group tutoring to children entering grades K-2.

To request coaching and begin building a summer partnership, email below:
20-21 Renewal Timeline and Data Entry Reminder 
Attention all Trust-funded providers! Please note the renewals of our major initiatives will start in March and end in May 2021. It is imperative that your data is up to date in Trust Central-SAMIS. If you are experiencing any issues with data entry, please inform your program manager as soon as possible. As a reminder, the due date for all data entry for services provided through January 31, is February 28. Any data entered beyond that will not be taken into consideration for renewals.
Youth After-School K-5 Reminders
K-5 Attendance 
Daily attendance should be entered as usual. For participants that have moved from virtual to in-person services, ensure that attendance is no longer being entered under the virtual group. Attendance must be entered under the group that is attached to the site at which the participant attends. Group naming conventions should still include the fiscal year and the timeframe. Temporary site changes due to COVID protocols do not require a new group.

Mid-test assessments should have been completed by this time and should be entered as a mid-test admin point in SAMIS. As a reminder for providers that have transitioned back to in-person programming from virtual, the PACER assessment should have been completed at this time. If a participant is being tested with one of the assessments for the first time, as is the case for the PACER, this assessment score should also be entered as a mid-test admin-point, as it is being administered within the mid-test admin point timeframe.
Virtual SPARK Training is Back!
The Children's Trust is sponsoring SPARK (Sports, Play, and Active Recreation for Kids) training! These trainings are for contracted Youth Development K-5 providers using SPARK curriculum for fitness.

Upcoming date:
  • March 6

All trainings are held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Zoom link is provided after registration. Please limit registrations to two staff per agency per training. Go to Trust Academy to register!
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Training Opportunities
Thursday, March 4, 1-4 p.m.
Navigating Community Resources – Unsure what’s available or where to find help for children with disabilities and their families? Join us for an introduction to the most helpful resources, and learn how to assist families navigate these systems of care.

Wednesday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
An Administrator's Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act: Are you an Administrator, site director, or the person responsible for your organization meeting its legal obligations under the ADA? Join us to be sure you are up to date on enrollment, eligibility, reasonable accommodations, policies and procedures, and more.

To receive credit, participants must be present throughout the training with their cameras on, and achieve 80% on the learning assessment. Zoom access information provided upon registration.
Always available online:

  • Discovering Inclusion and 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.)
Reading Reimagined Peer Learning at Project RISE *
Are you wondering how to infuse diversity into your literacy? Join Project RISE, Reading Explorers and fellow YAS (K-5) providers for a one-hour, immersive and self-reflective exploration to diversify your on-site and virtual libraries. Let's talk and gain practical techniques that can positively impact your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals and outcomes. To further enrich this session, please come ready to share a favorite book title that contributes to your DEI mission.

Session 1: Wed, April 14, 2021, 12-1 p.m.
Session 2: Wed, April 28, 2021, 12-1 p.m.

Participants must register for both of these sessions to receive links to the Zoom meetings. Links will be sent out closer to the session dates.
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 social media while tagging us. Also, don't forget to email your stories and latest triumphs!
From Other Agencies
FREE Weekly LIVE Interactive Webinars from M-DCPS The Parent Academy *
The Parent Academy is committed to providing quality workshops to parents/caregivers on relevant topics. The one-hour live webinars happen on Tuesday (English), Wednesday (Kreyol), Thursday (Spanish); morning and afternoon sessions.

 For additional information or assistance, contact 305.271.8257 or email TPA1@dadeschools.net.
PhilanthropyMiami Innovators Series: Building a 1-Page Strategic Plan Workshop Part 2 *
The Scaling Up One Page Strategic Plan provides a simple & dynamic process to move your organization into a strategic mode. It gives your team a simple, concise direction that they can use daily. Gil Bonwitt, certified Scaling Up Coach, presents a template & process to enable you to build a quick plan & more importantly align your team around that plan.

Join him for part 2 on Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. for free:
 Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged Workshop *
The Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged (CTD) will be hosting a public workshop on Thursday, February 25, at 2-4:30 p.m. The purpose of the workshop is to gather feedback from stakeholders on the use of CTD funding to serve individuals with disabilities who are also eligible for complementary paratransit services covered under the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The workshop will be held via GoToMeeting webinar as well as telephone conference.
Help Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Set Priorities
Will you help inform Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s priorities? The mayor, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, civic partners, and other elected leaders, has launched thrive305, a powerful and inclusive civic engagement initiative that leverages Miami-Dade's biggest asset: you, its residents. Thrive305 will activate Miamians throughout the county to inform the mayor’s policies, initiatives and strategies centered on an equitable recovery and a thriving community.

Thrive305 includes:

  • Countywide Resident Survey – the widest-reaching survey in the history of Miami-Dade, designed to be non-partisan, issue-oriented, and solicit input from all county residents.
  • Civic Weekends – “Town Hall”-style virtual events to provide residents opportunities to learn about county government, discuss the survey findings and recommend ideas for the Action Plan.
  • Action Plan Workshops – smaller events that allow community leaders and policy experts to collaborate with county staff on recommendations for the Action Plan.

For survey and details, click below:
Career Mentoring Survey for High School Students
During Career and Technical Education Month (February), please be aware of an opportunity for students to participate in career mentoring and earn volunteer hours through The Mentoring Hour, a virtual career mentoring program for high school students. First, the Youth Career Institute needs input from high school students to ensure that this community program meets their diverse needs. Please share this brief survey with high school students. Deadline to submit is February 26.
NAMI Miami Offers Free Virtual Mental Health Presentations for Students
Learn about the warning signs of mental health conditions, treatment, coping strategies, and local and national resources.

For more information call 786.775.1661, or email below:
Insurance Enrollment Through Florida KidCare with Assistance
Floridians can enroll in Florida KidCare for comprehensive, affordable health insurance with the assistance of a Covering Florida Navigator, by scheduling a confidential and unbiased appointment for free through May 15. KidCare enrollment is all year long!

Florida KidCare is the umbrella brand for the four government-sponsored health insurance programs – Medicaid, MediKids, Florida Healthy Kids and the Children’s Medical Services (CMS) Health Plan – that together provide a seamless continuum of coverage for Florida children from birth through the end of age 18. Benefits include doctor visits, surgeries, check-ups, immunizations, vison and hearing benefits, prescription medication, dental care, emergency care, hospital stays, and mental health services.

To make an appointment, call 877.813.9115, or click below:
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Do you or someone you know have a 2 to 7 year old with challenging behaviors? Has being at home due to COVID worsened those behaviors or increased your parental stress? Citrus Health Network is offering telehealth sessions to help. Through parent-child interaction therapy ( PCIT) you will be able to improve your parent-child relationship and learn discipline techniques to manage difficult behaviors and reduce parental stress. Sessions are at no cost to you and can be done from the comfort of your home using telehealth.
The Miami Foundation’s Community Grants Now Open 
The Miami Foundation’s Community Grants is now open for applications! The updated program will invest in nonprofits, their work and their organizational strength to best serve Greater Miami. The community is ready for new ideas to address thriving youth and families, economic stability, and access to health. If you are working to advance equity or build long-term progress in these areas, please click for more information below and consider an application. Ideas are due on Feb. 26.
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 305.274.317.
Positive Parenting Program at Federation of Families
The Triple P Parenting Program is for parents with children who have mild to moderate behavioral issues and are under the age of 12 years old. The Program consists of 10 free, 1 hour, parenting sessions with a Triple P Parent Educator from Federation of Families. Parents will learn and practice the skills necessary to tackle behavioral challenges with various strategies implemented from the evidence based Triple P curriculum. We provide the sessions in English or Spanish, in home or virtual.
Career Opportunities
Available Positions at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind *

Early Intervention Specialist *
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks an Early Intervention Specialist to provide comprehensive rehabilitation, developmental training, and family/home intervention services to children aged birth through five. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in education or related field; experience working with infants and toddlers.

Preschool Teacher Assistant *
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a Teacher’s Assistant to provide support and assistance to the Lighthouse Learning Pre-K Program daily operations. Requirements include DCF; Birth through Five Child Care Credentials.

Program Coordinator *
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a Program Coordinator on a full-time basis to be responsible for scheduling and managing the day-to-day office and clinical operations for the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program. HS Diploma required, AA preferred; one year of experience working with database and running queries/reports; experience working in a medical office preferred; and bilingual (English/Spanish) required.

Driver *
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a Driver to be responsible for transporting clients (within Miami-Dade County) to and from Miami Lighthouse using company vehicles and also assisting with general housekeeping duties. Requirements include one year of experience driving a bus/passenger van, valid Florida Driver’s License, clean driving record, able to work a full-time flexible schedule, and bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
Available Positions at Easterseals South Florida *

Easterseals South Florida is growing! The organization is looking to expand its team and is actively searching for the following roles:

ESE Autism Teacher *
Bachelor's Degree in Special Education or related field, valid MDCPS teacher certifications, experience working with special needs children.

Teaching Assistants *
HS Diploma or equivalent, 45 hrs. of training with DCF, supervised teaching experience preferred.

Please apply at our website or email us below.
VPK Teacher Positions Available at RCMA *
RCMA's early childhood program seeks full-time teachers for VPK classrooms. Seeking teachers who are patient, passionate, and willing to be trained. Responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment, screening and assessing children, planning activities and routines for children, to support their ongoing development. Must possess DCF 45 hours, bilingual preferred (English/Spanish). The early childhood program is located in Florida City.
After-School Site Manager *
The YWCA South Florida is looking for an After-School Site Manager, part-time to work 21 hours per week, 1:45 p.m to 6 p.m. M-F, PTO benefits, downtown Miami. The rate of pay is $13.03 per hour. Minimum of an associate's degree w/DCF Staff Verification Certification; DCF 45 hours child care training required; CDA/FCCPC certification acceptable instead of degree. The position will be responsible for assisting the Youth Program Coordinator with an After School Program site. This position carries the responsibilities for the management/supervision of a site with children ages 4-12
Clinical Director at Family Resource Center *
This is a highly responsible, senior management position that involves the overall monitoring and supervising of the clinical services provided by the agency. The Clinical Director shall conduct regular clinical supervision with each of the clinicians in the agency, review clinical records on a regular basis, and ensure that clinical services are being provided in a timely, thorough and clinically appropriate manner.
Available Positions at the City of Hialeah Education and Community Services Dept. *

  • Program Leaders- starting at $10.00 an hour working with students ages 5-18.
  • After-school Tutors- starting at $11.26 an hour working with students ages 12-15.
  • After-school Certified Teachers- starting at $29.00 an hour working with students ages 5-18.
  • Recreation Leader-(Painting instructor) starting at $10.00 an hour working with Senior population.
  • Literacy Assistant- starting at $11.26 an hour consisting of clerical and front desk work
Available Positions at United Way of Miami-Dade *

Currently hiring for the following open positions:
  • Licensed Mental Health
  • Infant Toddler Teacher (Multiple locations)
  • Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Resource Specialist
  • Co-Teacher 10-month
  • Financial Coach
Available Positions at Breakthrough Miami

Director of College Access
Build relationships with students, parents and key high school and college partners to help students build the life and leadership skills necessary to enroll in competitive colleges and pursue career goals.

Assistant Site Director
Oversee campus logistics, student volunteers and Teaching Fellows. Build supportive relationships with students, parents, schools, the community and other stakeholders.
For more information, click below:
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 grow the movement to end the mental health stigma!
Joining the team is easy: no public speaking experience necessary, free training, and flexibility to make your own presentation hours over Zoom.

For more information call 786.775.1661 or email below:
Academic Tutor for At-Risk Students
If you are seeking an opportunity to make a positive impact in someone's life and have a heart, and the skills, to help others with various school subjects, this is your chance. Academic tutor needed for high school and early college age students who are at-risk or verified victims of human trafficking. The hours are after school between 3:00 and 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

For more information and application information click below:
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.
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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