Upcoming Meetings and Events







Dear Friends:

We thank you for your participation in the Children First Conference, "Early Education. Lifelong Success."   Dynamic early education workshops, panels, and presenters; the support of the early education community; and the enthusiasm of early education providers and teachers made this conference a success.   We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference which will is scheduled for September 8-9, 2017; “Healthy Families. Healthy Communities."  

This month, we prepare for Read for the Record, Jumpstart's national campaign to get families, schools and children reading across America.  In partnership with the Miami-Dade Public Library System, we will host readings at participating libraries:  Miami Springs Branch, West Flagler Branch, Sunset Branch, Hispanic Branch and Miami Beach Regional Library.  We invite you to join us at your closest participating library.   Early care and education programs throughout Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties will also participate.

This month, the Early Learning Coalition celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month through our monthly ELC Café Series: It's More than Just Lunch.  We are grateful for the participation of  a range of attendees from the business community, staff, early education care and education providers and more.  Lakeshore Learning Materials sponsored lunch to kick-off the second year of cafés. Please join us on November 13, 2016 for our next café which will discuss “Re-imagining Thanksgiving”.

On November 18-20, the Early Learning Coalition will participate in the Miami Book Fair. We invite you to join us at our Tot Lot which will feature interactive activities and impromptu readings.  We will also staff our booth and share information regarding early education programs, our new initiative, "Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing" and books to encourage reading.   We invite your early education center to visit our Miami Book Fair booth and activity tent.

As always, we thank you for your continued partnership.

Please follow us on Facebook  and Twitter for up-to-date information on programs and events. 


Evelio C. Torres
President & CEO






Updates and News

  • On a sunny day in the low 80s it only takes 20 minutes for the temperature inside your car to become deadly. Children under 5 are at greatest risk for hyperthermia which can lead to seizures, organ damage, brain damage, stroke and death. NO AMOUNT OF TIME IS OK. Look Before You Lock!
  • October 27, 2016: This is a reminder of the Miami Dade College timeline shared during the October provider meeting.  If you have Early Head Start teachers who would like to enroll in spring classes, but have not applied to Miami Dade College online, they must submit their application no later than October 28, 2016.  Read more.
  • October 19, 2016: Read the issue of the Provider Newsletter.
  • October 19, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC's Parent Link.
  • October 18, 2016: Trainings available form the Professional Development Institute. Read more.
  • October 7, 2016: Provider Attendance and Reimbursement during a Temporary Closure. Read more.
  • October 3, 2016: Reminder - If your VPK program began on August 22, 2016, your Assessment Period 1 assessment data must be entered on the Online Reporting System by Thursday, October 6, 2016. Read more.
  • September 26, 2016: Children First Conference Wrap-Up. Read more.
  • September 20, 2016: This is a reminder that the requirements for VPK assessment administration and submission have changed. Read more.
  • September 19, 2016: Reminder that the 45-day screenings were due on September 14, 2016 for the children who started on August 1, 2016. Read more.
  • September 16, 2016: Trainings available form the Professional Development Institute. Read more.
  • September 13, 2016: Read the latest ELC News Letter.
  • September 1, 2016: Read the latest information on VPK Pre- and Post-Assessment from the Office of Early Learning.
  • August 16, 2016: Read the latest School Readiness enrollment update.
  • August 11, 2016: Read the latest ELC Newsletter.
  • August 2, 2016: 2016 Back to School Sales Tax Holiday. Read more.
  • July 29, 2016: Early Childhood Educator of the Year is an award intended to recognize and honor selected early childhood staff for years of hard work and dedication. Read more.
  • July 18, 2016: Are you prepared for hurricane season? Download our guide and watch this video.
  • July 14, 2016: Using the Safari Web Browser to Access the Family Portal. Read more.
  • July 13, 2016: Learn more about Early Learning Florida. Read more.
  • July 11, 2016: VPK Assessment- Online Ordering. Read more.
  • July 7, 2016: Zika Information Sessions are being offered. Read more.
  • July 5, 2016: Active Shooter Trainings are being offered. Read more.
  • July 1, 2016: Read the latest ELC Provider Newsletter.
  • June 30, 2016: Early Head Start Providers - National Child Development Associate Credential Reminder. Read more.
  • June 29, 2016: Professional Development Institute Update; Inclusion Trainings. Read more.
  • June 24, 2016: During the 2016 legislative session, House Bill 7029 was passed allowing parents whose children are born from Feb. 2 through Sept. 1 of a calendar year to defer enrolling their child in a VPK program for one year.  Read more.
  • June 23, 2016: The Florida Department of Health  has recently confirmed a case of the measles in an unvaccinated child in Miami-Dade County.  Read more.
  • June 14, 2016: Itinerary for OEL Executive Director's Visit. Read more.
  • June 8, 2016: VPK Assessment Updates and Deadlines for AP3, Professional Development Trainings. Read more.
  • June 8, 2016: VPK Summer 2016 - All summer VPK providers are required to administer Assessment Period 1 (AP1) the first 30 days of the VPK classroom's schedule. Read more on page 2.
  • June 8, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC Newsletter.
  • May 23, 2016: The Department of Children and Families, Office of Child Care Regulation, will be conducting two public workshops regarding rule development of School-Age Child Care standards to amend Chapter 65C-22 Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.). Read more.
  • May 19, 2016: Download "Drain and Cover" information from the Florida Department of Health.
  • May 17, 2016: Monroe Country School Readiness Update, read more.
  • May 13, 2016: FFCCHA Contest Winners. Read more.
  • May 11, 2016: Due to the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, service centers will be open Saturday, May 21, 2016  and closed Saturday, May 28, 2016. 
  • May 9, 2016: Read the latest issue of the ELC Newsletter.
  • May 6, 2016: For Monroe providers - Effective June 1, 2016, all School Readiness certificates will be uploaded to the ELC Provider Portal in the provider's ELC Documents folder.  Read more. 
  • May 6, 2016: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is currently accepting CCEP Employer Participation Agreements for the 2016-2017 school year. Read more.
  • May 4, 2016: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe in partnership with Quality Counts will hold a scholarship raffle to sponsor 10 Family Childcare Home practitioners who are actively participating in the Quality Counts initiative in Miami-Dade County to attend the Florida Family Child Care Home Association  (FFCCHA) 24th Annual Conference, "Enhancing Our Minds" on June 24-26, 2016 Read more.
  • May 2, 2016: Children First Conference Early Bird Registration Now Open. Read more.
  • April 27, 2016: Recent legislation directs the Office of Early Learning to not issue VPK Provider Kindergarten Readiness Rates for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 VPK program years. Read more.
  • April 26, 2016: 2016-17 Performance Funding Project Deadline EXTENDED, VPK Requirements Changed. Read more.
  • April 22, 2016: Summer Camp information from DCF. Read more.
  • April 21, 2016: 2016-17 Performance Funding Project Deadline; Teaching Strategies Gold Webinar; Answers to Teaching Strategies Gold Questions. Read more.
  • April 20, 2016: CareerSource South Florida is offering youth employment opportunities. The Ready to Work Program provides young adults ages 18-27 with employment opportunities. The Summer Youth Employment Program will provide summer job experience to young people ages 14-17. These two programs are open for enrollment and will provide approximately 1,800 jobs for young people in Miami-Dade County. Read more.
  • To read previous news and updates, click here.



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The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.

Founded in 2000, the Coalition is among 30 similar organizations in the State of Florida established following the enactment of the School Readiness Act, which consolidated Florida’s early learning services into one integrated program.