May 19, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
* New or updated
Reminder: Fill Out The Children’s Trust Provider Supports Survey *
Earlier this month, 5,000 staff of our funded providers received a survey via email from The Children's Trust for input about program quality supports and resources The Trust offers. We spend more than $3 million/year on supports from outside agencies for Trust Academy. This is your chance to tell us what is working and what we can do better. What is most important for your program to be successful in the future? Are we requiring the right training topics and activities?

We need your constructive feedback to improve our offerings. 20 people who complete by May 28 will be randomly selected to win $75 gift cards. It should take less than 30 minutes, and responses are confidential. Check your spam filter if you have not seen your invitation yet.  
UM Team COACH Live Virtual Training: Finding Stress Management Strategies that Work for You *
Months of coping with the stressors of quarantines, shutdowns, losses, uncertainty and anxiety are taking a toll on our emotional health. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, you are not alone! In this virtual training, you will learn and practice strategies to calm your body and mind. We’ll practice different stress reduction techniques so you are able to identify strategies that resonate with you. This training is appropriate for front-line providers serving families and takes place. June 9, 10-11a.m.
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

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 11am-12pm. 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 10-11am. Click here to sign up!
UM Team COACH Live Virtual Training: Building the Road to Family Engagement
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 virtual 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. The training takes place Wednesday, May 19, 1-2:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Sign up on Trust Academy.
First-Ever Mental Health Walk Happens This Saturday! *
The Children's Trust is sponsoring Miami's first ever Mental Health Walk taking place Saturday, May 22, hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Miami-Dade County. NAMI Miami-Dade is inviting the Miami community to join it for Unity Week this week, with a host of virtual events geared towards providing mental health education and support, whether you need a break during the day to enjoy some Mindfulness Meditation or tune in to learn how you can look out for the youth in your life should they or their friends start to show symptoms of mental health conditions.
Nominations for Champions for Children Awards Now Open
Nominations for the 2021 David Lawrence Jr. Champion for Children Award and the Excellence in Direct Service Award are open and will run until May 30.
Two Drive-Thru Food Relief Events Coming in Late May
Please inform families in your provider network and beyond of two drive-through food distribution events will be held on May 22 or May 29 for hot meals. Those who register to host or attend a workshop in the month of May, will receive an additional goody bag at one of the drive through events. Those who participate in the drive-through must remain in their cars and wear masks at all times. The Drive-Thru Food Relief Program is sponsored by The Children's Trust and the Miami Dolphins Foundation.

  • Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Stanton Memorial Baptist Church, 50 NE 119 Street
  • Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Kendall Library, 9101 SW 97 Avenue
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 To download the current Trust logo, visit the Media Kit & Logos page on the Trust website:
Help with Camp is Available for Youth with Disabilities
Summer is a time for fun and vacation, but it can also be challenging to find the right summer camp – especially for children with disabilities who have significant support needs. With many children attending school virtually since last March, summer camp presents a wonderful opportunity for many to ease back into a routine and get ready to return to school this Fall.
Thanks to a generous allocation from The Children’s Trust, funding is available to provide supports that create meaningful, safe, and inclusive opportunities at Trust-funded summer camps. This is a highly INDIVIDUALIZED process taking into account the needs of each child or youth.

ELIGIBLE children and young adults have a diagnosed condition, and need significant support in areas that include:

  • Activities of daily living (eating, dressing, using the rest room);
  • Communication;
  • Mobility;
  • Managing health conditions or taking medication; and/or
  • Behaviors that interfere with program participation.
To learn more, contact Maggie Rivera at email below, or call 786.365.2274.
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities Training Opportunities *
Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. A Safe, Live, In-Person Training
Count Me In: Discovering Inclusion for Kids: One of our most popular trainings, come learn fun, meaningful activities to do with your students to build their disability awareness, and encourage them to appreciate differences. This will be a live/in person training event. In order to comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing the number of training registrations will be capped at 18 participants, and only those who pre-register may attend. Face masks will be required at all times during the training.

Wednesday, June 23, 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.
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

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 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.

Suicide Prevention Training, Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Car Passenger Safety, Tuesday, May 25, 1-3 p.m.
Home Safety Training & Education, Thursday, May 27, 1-2:30 p.m.
Getting Ready for a Successful Summer? Project RISE is Here to Help! *
Are you interested in learning strategies to increase self-motivation in students?
Are you eager to learn methods to promote youth leadership?
Are you looking for ways to increase your students’ self-esteem?

If you answered, "Yes." to any of these, click the button below to request coaching assistance.
Upcoming Differentiated Literacy Instruction Zoom Trainings
Project RISE will be holding two more Zoom-based Differentiated Literacy Instruction (DLI) trainings -required for all Certified Literacy Teachers- in June for summer program literacy staff as well as year-round literacy staff who have not yet completed the training. These trainings will be held on:

June 3, from 4:30 -7:30 p.m.
June 15, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Please make sure to register for these trainings in Trust Academy ASAP to guarantee your spot.
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
Florida Department of Children and Families Offers Rental Assistance *
The Department of Children and Families recently launched OUR Florida, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, that will benefit Floridians who have suffered due to the pandemic’s economic impact on working-class families. OUR Florida, or Opportunities for Utilities and Rental Assistance, is now accepting applications for families in need of aid, regardless of their city of residence, at The program focuses on low-income renters whose household income is at or below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI), which varies by county. The program will prioritize renters with income at or below 50% AMI and/or families who have experienced unemployment within the past 90 days.

Floridians who rent their homes are eligible if they:
  • Earn an income at or below 80% of the AMI; and
  • Have qualified for unemployment, experienced a loss of income, incurred significant costs or faced financial hardships due to the recent public health emergency; and
  • Are at risk of losing their home or are living in unstable or unhealthy conditions.
Technology 101 Online Workshop for Nonprofits *
The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) is hosting a free online workshop for nonprofits to explore technology tools designed to help enhance communications, project management, marketing, development, and more! The online workshop will take place Wednesday, May 26 at 11 a.m.. Register for the Zoom workshop below.
Laptops, Desktops Available for Nonprofits *
Summer is here and, with activities starting to ramp back up, the SFDA has a nice inventory of computers available for nonprofits to help with both their programming and operational needs. Additionally, sponsorships/donations are always accepted, allowing it to provide these directly to low-income households in need! Please contact the SFDA at the email below.
Free Parenting Program from the Family Resource Center *
The Family Resource Center is currently recruiting for its parenting program, Nurturing Parenting Program®, which is a free 16-week program for court mandated and voluntary parents/caregivers of children under the age of 12 years old. For more information call Rosario Hidalgo-Vargas at 305.960.5558 or write her at the email below. 
Employment Training Programs for Students with Disabilities
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is accepting applications for post high school employment training programs for students with disabilities ages 18-21 for the 2021-22 school year offered through Instructional Systemwide Center (SPED Outreach).

  • Project BRIDGE Shake-a-Leg
  • Project SEARCH City of Hialeah
  • Project SEARCH City of Miami
  • Project SEARCH Zoo Miami 

For more information, please contact SPED Outreach at 305.274.8078.
Parent to Parent Support Group for Families with Children and Youth with Disabilities/Special Needs
Grab your lunch and join with parents and experts to share concerns about dealing with children and youth with disabilities and special needs the second and fourth Friday each month.
Support Group for African American/Black and Haitian Families with Children and Youth with Disabilities/Special Needs

Support Group for African American/Black and Haitian Families with children and youth with disabilities/special needs. The support group will meet from 5-7 p.m., May 19, June 2,16, 30, and July 14.
Join Parent to Parent of Miami's support group with Outreach Enrichment Project team, Danielle Leys and Jeanette Cordova. There will be time for you to connect with other parents, discuss challenges, milestones, and anything else that needs sharing.
Parent to Parent of Miami Learning Opportunities | IDEA/IEP Seminar
Becoming a stronger advocate for your child starts by understanding special education law. Stay informed, know your rights, and play an active role in your child’s education. Learn about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which is designed to protect the rights of students with disabilities and the IEP.

IDEA Seminar
Wednesday, May 26, 5-7 p.m.
IEP Seminar
Wednesday, June 2, 5-7 p.m.
FREE Summer Camp Open to All Miami-Dade Middle School Students
Campers will engage in STEAM activities, business, cooking, nutrition, fitness, academic support, field trips and more! The camp will be held at Nautilus Middle School from June 21 - August 13, 2021, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Daily meals and transportation are included. Programming will be modified to follow the latest CDC COVID-19 safety guidelines. Space is limited.
Career Opportunities
Available Position at The Children's Trust

Program Manager
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. This position requires occasional non-traditional work hours (weekends and evenings). Background and experience in data analysis, process improvement and analytics is preferred.
Available Positions at Kristi House *

Clinical Site Manager - Kristi House Project GOLD South *
The Kristi House Project GOLD South Clinical Site Manager is responsible for carrying out the daily operations of the South Drop In Center. The position supports the directors in the supervision and training of direct care staff. Master’s degree required in social work or related field of study. Must be a Licensed Mental Health Professional for a minimum of one year. TF- CBT certification required. To view full description and application, visit website (link below).

Family Advocate *
Bachelor’s degree level position designed to provide case coordination services to child trauma victims and their families based in the community. Responsible for performing all case coordination functions to ensure that the children's and family's needs are met. Bachelor's degree in social work, psychology preferred. 1-year experience working with child victims of trauma or related population preferred.

Therapist *
This Master’s level (licensed or unlicensed), full-time, therapy position is designed to provide comprehensive services to youth who are victims or at risk of sexual exploitation and their non-offending caregivers. Master's Degree must be from an accredited university in Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Therapy. Minimum of 1 year Masters level experience working with at-risk or trauma exposed (sexual abuse and HT/CSEC preferred) youth and their families.
After-School Park Counselor at Amigos for Kids *

Under the supervision of the program manager, and in collaboration with the teachers, the park counselor is responsible for the implementation of the Amigos after school and summer program. The park counselor shall adhere to all guidelines outlined in the Out of School Handbook. Work hours are Monday - Friday, approximately 20 hours per week. Please click link the below for full job description and details: 
Available Positions at the Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club *

  • Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club's After-school House Program: 3 program aide positions available, from 2-6 p.m. Must have 45 hours Childcare training Certificate. 
  • Richmond-Perrine Optimist Club's Parent Support Program: 2 part-time link person positions available, 1 full-time family support specialist position available.

For more information call 305.233.9325.
Literacy Teacher for Summer Camp Program *

Town Center Preschool is looking for a literacy teacher for summer camp. The position is 25 hours per week. Valid Florida Teaching Certificate a must. Candidate must undergo a Level 2 background screening. Please call Cristina de la Torre, Program Director for further details at 305.385.9981. Email resume below fax to 305.385.9274.
Available Positions at Family Central Inc.

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant
This position is responsible for providing three levels of early childhood mental health consultation to early childhood education centers: Program, Classroom, and Child Level; and to maintain a consistent roster of four centers at all times. Candidate must have a Master's Degree in Social Work or related field.

HIPPY Home Visitor (Full Time & Part Time; 24 hours/week)
In this position you will teach parents how to become their child's first teacher. We are looking for a bilingual (English/Spanish or English/Creole) candidate who can work with our diverse population in Miami-Dade.

Program Assistant (Bilingual, Part Time: 24 hrs/week)
Family Central Inc. is looking for a part-time Bilingual (English/Spanish) Program Assistant in Miami-Dade. This position is responsible for providing general administrative and office-based support for the HIPPY team and program.

Benefits Enrollment Specialist (Part-Time: 24 hours/ week)
This position is responsible for completing benefits enrollment applications and follow-up with referred clients in Miami-Dade County. Provide benefits enrollment services for participants in their home, virtually, at community meetings, and special events.
Center for Family and Child Enrichment Hiring

Why join CFCE:
  • Great benefits package, including a Zero (0) cost out of pocket medical plan, 12 Paid Holidays and a competitive Paid Time Off Package
  • Making an invaluable impact in your community
  • Growth and professional development opportunities available
  • Qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

For a list of vacancies, click below:
Literacy Teacher at Summer Camp Program

Town Center Preschool is looking for a Literacy Teacher for summer camp. Position is 25 hours per week. Valid Florida Teaching Certificate a must. Candidate must undergo a Level 2 background screening. Please call Cristina de la Torre, Program Director for further details at 305.385.9981. Email resume to link below or fax to 305.385.9274.
Preschool and After-School Positions at FL Academy

FL Academy is looking for preschool and after-school teachers for full time positions. Experience is a plus with the position responsible for lesson planning, classroom instruction, safety and creating a healthy environment. The position pays $10-$15/hr.
Available Positions at ConnectFamilias, Inc.

Partnership Associate
Supports CF Team by tracking data, assisting with partnership activities, fostering collaboration across team members, partners.

Partnership Coordinator
Conducts research, data analysis, connects cross-sector partners, and communicates results.

Family Coordinator
Assess needs and co-design solutions that inspire children/youth and support families by connecting them to individualized resources and supports.
Available Positions at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Heiken 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.

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; one year of experience working with database and running queries/reports; experience working in a medical office preferred; and bilingual (English/Spanish) required.

Teacher Assistant
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a Teacher’s Assistant to provide support and assistance to the Miami Lighthouse Academy daily operations. Requirements include DCF; Birth through Five Child Care Credentials.

Summer Music Instructor
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a summer music instructor from June 14 - August 13 with minimum eight (8) years of industry-specific experience in the field (i.e. MIDI Production, performance, sound engineer, guitar, piano, violin, vocal, percussions, bass or sax). Ability to lead multiple ensemble. Ability to communicate effectively in verbal and written English. Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.

Preschool Teacher Assistant
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind seeks a Teacher’s Assistant to provide support and assistance to the Miami Lighthouse Academy daily operations. Full-Time position with benefits. Requirements include DCF; Birth through Five Child Care Credentials
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:
Available Positions at Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc.

  • 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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