February 3, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
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:
Two Grant Opportunities Will be Released Soon *
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.

Both grant opportunities are scheduled to be released on Monday, February 8. A combined virtual Bidders' Conference & Application Training is scheduled for Thursday, February 11. Register to attend 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.
Feature Your Organization in the MDGLR READy, Set, Go Miami! Early Literacy Toolkit
Would you like your organization to be featured in the READy, Set, Go Miami! early literacy toolkit produced by the Miami-Dade Grade Level Reading Campaign?

Please complete the short form below to add your program(s) to the toolkit’s RESOURCE LIST which will be provided to families participating in the initiative.
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 dates:
  • February 6
  • 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!
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 webinar 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 the 1-hour webinar.

The 10:30 a.m. February 19 session is entitled "What is Phonological Awareness Anyway? Fun Games to Improve Students' Early Reading Development."
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Training Opportunities
Thursday, February 11, 1:30-4 p.m.
An Introduction to 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.)
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.

  • Poisoning Safety Training Tuesday, Feb. 9; 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
  • Suicide Prevention Training Friday, Feb. 12; 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

  • Car Passenger Safety Tuesday, Feb. 16; 1-3 p.m.
  • Home Safety Training & Education Thursday, Feb.18; 1-2:15 p.m.

  • Poisoning Safety Training Tuesday, Feb. 23; 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Program Support 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.
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
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.
Virtual Informational Session on Employment Training Programs for Students with Disabilities *
Join Miami-Dade County Public Schools for a virtual informational session on post high school employment training programs for students with disabilities ages 18-21 offered through Instructional System-wide Center, Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
- Project BRIDGE Shake-a-Leg
- Project SEARCH City of Hialeah
- Project SEARCH City of Miami
- Project SEARCH Zoo Miami

The event takes place Thursday, February 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
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.
COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall for Nonprofit & Social Entrepreneurship Leaders *
#SmartMiami presents COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series for non-profit and social entrepreneurship leaders. Share your experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic and learn about resources to support your work. This free virtual series will occur the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 1-2:30 p.m. Pre-registration required. For inquiries, please email David Capelli.

The first session on February 5 features John Pimentel, Executive Director of FRIEND Long Term Recovery Group. More speakers to be announced soon.
Join a Coordinated Care Network of Health and Social Care Providers *
Unite Florida is a coordinated care network of health and social care providers. It connects community-based organizations, health care providers and public agencies through a shared technology platform enabling them to send and receive electronic referrals, address social needs and improve health across communities. It's a secure closed-loop system that offers visibility into each client's care journey and the ability to track and report outcomes. The SoFlo network is launching by 1st quarter.
Child Care for Farm-Working, Low-Income Families
The RMCA Childcare Program is currently accepting child care applications for children 6 weeks old - 4 year old's. The program serves the farm working, low-income families (nursery, packing house, landscaping, migrant families), and children with disabilities have priority.

Please feel free to contact Francis Contreras at 305.242.2588 for any additional questions.
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
Nurturing Parenting Facilitator Training
The Postpartum Healing and Education Center is holding a three-day training that will focus on understanding the philosophy of nurturing parenting, assessing high risk parenting beliefs and environments, creating competency- based parenting lessons and programs tailored to meet the individual parenting needs of families, and implementing programs at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of prevention.

When: March 22-24
Where: Zoom
Cost: $300 per participant

For more information or to register, contact Ana Romero at 305.450.8445.
Catalyst Miami Recruiting for CLEAR and HEAL Cohorts
Catalyst Miami is recruiting for their next cohort of CLEAR Miami, Community Leadership on the Environment, Advocacy, and Resilience. This is a free 10-week leadership training course around community organizing, social justice, and climate resilience specific to Miami-Dade County. The course will be held virtually on Zoom starting on Wednesday, February 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The class is free of charge; a dinner stipend, a youth class, and translation are all provided.
Catalyst Miami is also recruiting for their next cohort of HEAL Miami, Housing, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership. This is a free 7-week leadership training course around community organizing, social justice, and issues of housing advocacy and leadership specific to Miami-Dade County. The course will be held virtually on Zoom starting on Thursday, March 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The class is free of charge; a dinner stipend, a youth class, and translation are all provided.
Career Opportunities
Lead Child and Family Specialist *
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. Bi-lingual: English/Spanish. Master’s degrees in social work, psychology, or related field. Licensed Required
Quality Assurance/ Quality Improvement Manager *
The position requires a person who is highly responsible and technically proficient, who will be in charge of overseeing Quality Assurance / Quality Improvement for Citrus FCN and DCF performance metrics as directed and assigned. The QA/ QI Manager shall have a working knowledge of Florida Statutes Chapter 39, Safety Methodology Practice Model, and Guardianship Assistance Program. Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent and CWCM, is required.
Available Positions at St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center *
St. Alban's Child Enrichment Center is seeking individuals with a passion for working with children ages 0 to 5 years of age with our Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

  • Infant and Toddler Teacher Assistant (3)--Allapattah location--DCF 45 hours, CDA in Infant and Toddler
  • Head Start Assistant Teacher--South Miami location--CDA in Pre-School or equivalent
Available Positions at ConnectFamilias *

Family Care Coordinator *
The Family Care Coordinator assists families with linkage to services, training, and support needed to promote family strengths and protective factors to build nurturing environments where children, youth. and their families thrive and succeed.
Program Coordinator *
The Family Programs Partnership Coordinator supports partnership coordination activities to activate the partnership network's ability to leverage resources, integrate seamless services, and build nurturing communities where children and families thrive and succeed.
Early Head Start Teachers *
Step Above Academy is seeking professional passionate teachers, who are well qualified and willing to be trained if necessary. Qualifications sought include teachers that are CPR/First Aid trained, have all child care credentials , and in TSG ( Teaching Strategy Gold).
Prevention and Intervention Program Manager
Girl Power, a leader in providing safe spaces and trauma focused evidenced-based programs and services for at-promise girls, is seeking a full-time Prevention and Intervention Program Manager
Trafficking of Girls grant award for the Girls Intervention Program- Plus (GIPP).
Program Facilitator for Teen Program
TACOLCY Center is seeking a full time high quality Program Facilitator for our teen program. The essential duties and responsibilities is to facilitate the planning, coordination, and on-site execution of program projects, initiatives, curricula and activities for youth, parents, and/or site staff ("direct service"). Must pass DCF Level 2 Background Screening. The annually salary for this position is $35,000.
Child Caregiver
Lord's Learning Center is currently seeking a compassionate, reliable, experienced Child Caregiver to join our thriving child care facility. In this role, the employee will see to the children’s basic needs, provide an enriching learning environment, and create a safe, compassionate “home-away-from home” for our little ones. To succeed in this position, the applicant should be patient, enthusiastic and fun-loving, with a passion for child development and care. Applicants must have a high school diploma, 45 hours, CDA (training available).

For more information call 305.756.6119 or email below.
Manager of Music Programs
The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is looking for a manager of music programs who will be responsible for developing, coordinating and supervising our music programs, and music instruction. Experience as a music educator preferred. Minimum of three years’ of industry-specific experience in the field (i.e. MIDI Production, sound engineer, performance; guitar, piano, violin, vocal, percussion) preferred.
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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