January 20, 2021

The Children's Trust Announces
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:
  • January 30
  • 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."
LIVE in Trust Central! Retention and Engagement Metrics + Data Access Updates
Youth Development and Family Services providers now have access to new Program Participation metrics- Retention and Engagement in Trust Central. The retention and engagement metrics will help provide a comprehensive view of program participation by measuring the level of engagement or if participants received the dosage expected to see an impact. Additionally, depending on the initiative, providers have access to data at different levels including contract, site, activity and participant. These new updates are now available through the grids in the Trust Central Metrics Module. New resources are now available including videos and guides to help you better understand this new information. If you have questions, please reach out to your program manager.

For new Retention and Engagement Resources, click below.
UM Team COACH Community of Practice – Parenting Programs
Join UM Team COACH to launch the first Community of Practice (CoP) for Parenting Program providers! CoPs are groups of people who share a concern or passion for something they do and learn how to do it better through regular interaction. This CoP is a space to reflect on challenges and successes, problem solve issues, and share resources/strategies. Open to Trust-funded Parenting Program provider staff in all roles. First session is Friday, January 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. via Zoom.
Free Relationship-Focused Parenting Group for Infants and Caregivers 
Families First is offering weekly groups that meet via telehealth in both English and Spanish and are open to Miami-Dade County residents. Baby & Me promotes optimal attachment between infants and caregivers, increases knowledge of infant development and behavior, and encourages parents to use responsive techniques during routine interactions with their infants. Groups facilitated by UM trained parenting specialists. Now enrolling for January session. Program funded by The Children's Trust.

For more information or to register email below.
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.
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, Jan. 28; 1 p.m.-2:15 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
Home Visiting Needs Assessment Survey for Community Stakeholders *
Miami-Dade's early childhood system partners are encouraged to participate in a statewide survey for all home visiting programs in Florida related to providing services during the COVID pandemic. This survey is being conducted by The Florida Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Initiative. To be sure that Miami-Dade's needs are accurately represented, survey completion is encouraged by Friday, January 29.
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.
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.
Prevent Human Trafficking Education Symposium
It's time to open our eyes. Child victims exploited for sex, domestic servitude, and forced labor have been invisible. Until now. Join Kristi House for a free education symposium. A panel of Miami-Dade County professionals and experts collaborate to answer some of the most important questions on how you can keep all children safe from human trafficking. The symposium is January 28, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
This program was created for child-serving agencies and college students.

For more education webinars hosted by Kristi House visit https://kristihouse.org/education/.
Career Opportunities
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.
Clinical Director
This is a highly responsible, senior management position that involves the overall monitoring and supervising of the clinical services provided by the agency. The 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.
Student Success Advocate for Aftercare Program
TACOLCY Center is seeking a part-time Student Success Advocates to monitor the progress of each student assigned to them through regular contact and collaboration with the student, their legal guardian, school staff, and all other stakeholders. The Student Success Advocate will develop individualized action plans to help students achieve academic, social and personal success. This position requires facilitating and instructing youth during out of school programs using evidence-based curriculums.
Available Positions at the City of Miami

The City of Miami Department of Human Services /Opportunity Center Division is calling all City of Miami residents to apply for the following current employment opportunities:

  • School Bus Drivers 
  • School Custodians 
  • LPN 
  • Client Support Assistant II
  • Dental Care Assistant 
  • Pharmacy Technician 
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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