February 17, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
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!
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, 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.)
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, Feb.18; 1-2:15 p.m.

  • Poisoning Safety Training Tuesday, Feb. 23; 11 a.m. -12:30 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 February 24, from 4 p.m.- 6 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 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
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:
NAMI Miami Presents Aging & Mental Health: Impact of COVID Pandemic *
Join NAMI Miami-Dade and leading expert, Philip D. Harvey, PhD, to learn how mental health conditions and aging affects cognition, as well as the impact of the Covid pandemic. Dr. Harvey is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Mill School of Medicine and the Director of the Division of Psychology. This free, virtual event takes place over Zoom on February 23 from 6-7 p.m. Register below:
Systemic Racism in South Florida: The Past, The Present, The Future
Join the YMCA of South Florida for a FREE virtual discussion during Black History Month on Systemic Racism in South Florida: The Past, The Present, The Future. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 6-8 p.m.. Recommended pre-event viewing: The Black Miami, a documentary by Dr. Marvin Dunn, available on Amazon Prime.
Insurance Enrollment Through Florida KidCare Open
Through May 15, 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.

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 to Parent of Miami Learning Opportunity
Join Jeanette Cordova, Outreach Coordinator, as she updates school representatives, service agencies and community members on the mission, services and enrichment project at Parent to Parent of Miami. You will also learn how to refer families for support and meet some of our Education and Support Specialists. Open to Miami-Dade County Public School (M-DCPS) staff, services agencies, community members or anyone who wants to learn about Parent to Parent of Miami. Presented Tuesday's and Fridays in February from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Interested in a presentation to your agency, school, or other venue, please contact Jeanette Cordova directly at jcordova@ptopmiami.org.
Parent to Parent of Miami Support Group for Black and Haitian Families
Join Parent to Parent of Miami online as it discusses with other parents, challenges with school and any concerns during this time of COVID. The Zoom workshops take place Feb. 24, from 3:45-5 p.m.
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.
FREE Food Distribution Event in West Perrine Feb. 22
Mothers Fighting for Justice and Miami-Dade Police Department South District in conjunction with Farm Share are hosting a free food distribution event on Monday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 17500 SW 104 Avenue in West Perrine. First come, first served until supplies last. Masks required

For more information call Romania Dukes at 850.901.1553.
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.
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 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:
Parent Educator
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities is seeking a Parent Educator. Bachelor’s Degree and bilingual (English/Spanish) required. Experience with Nurturing Parenting Program or children with disabilities preferred. $40-44K. 100% employer paid health benefits. Services being provided virtually until conditions allow return to in-home visits.
Advancement Associate
Breakthrough Miami is looking for an advancement associate who will support all areas of the advancement function, with an emphasis on fundraising events coordination, raising annual gifts including renewals, gift acknowledgement and advancement-related administrative support in order to strengthen our work with donors and partners, thereby advancing mission, programs and impact. This is a full time position and reports to the Chief Philanthropy Officer.
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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