This is a partnership between the University of Miami and four agencies: Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe Counties (ELCMDM), The Children’s Trust, and The Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency and Human Services (CAHSD) Head Start/Early Head Start Program.

M-DCPS is the local educational agency, and jointly the ELCMDM, CAHSD, and M-DCPS are the primary early childhood agencies providing or contracting for subsidized childcare, Head Start/Early Head Start, and early intervention services. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of local revenue established by voter referendum in 2002, with more than $150 million budgeted this year to partner with the community to plan, advocate for and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County.

Collectively, our agencies provide early childhood services to more than 80 percent of young children residing in the County, prior to kindergarten. DCF is working with the steering committee to address the needs of foster children in future work.