Resources

Resources for Parents

Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy offers a free digital library with over 150 titles to choose from. Book narrations in English and other languages are offered as an additional support.

MDCPS Public Library

The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers access to more than 3.8 million books and materials, 1,735 public computers, and a wide range of digital resources.

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Making Healthy Happen Map

This interactive map shows the location of parks, healthy hubs, smoke-free buildings, and much more to support your family’s healthy, active lifestyle.

Florida Health

WIC is a nutrition program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or who have recently been pregnant, infants & children under age 5. Information about this program is also available in Spanish and Creole.

Child Mind Institute

A guide to information about parenting, from “best practices” to tips for raising challenging kids, managing behavior, nurturing healthy self-esteem, helping kids through a divorce, surviving holidays, and handling conflicting parenting styles.

Esta página web ofrece recursos para los padres de niños con dificultades de aprendizaje y otros problemas de salud mental.

Talking is Teaching

Talking is Teaching offers ideas, tips, and activities to help parents and caregivers make everyday moments learning opportunities.

PBS Parents

PBS Parents offers  helpful information about child development and early learning. They also provide access to educational games and activities for children.

Baby Sparks

BabySparks is a mobile application that is full of  development-boosting activities that empower parents to help their children progress across key development areas.

Zero to Three

Zero to Three’s Parent Portal offers resources to help you tune in to what makes your child tick, and to guide you in thinking about the best way to meet your child’s individual needs.

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The Advocacy Network on Disabilities champions the rights of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities by promoting inclusion, providing services, and advancing systems change.

Sesame Workshop created Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children, a nationwide initiative aimed at communities with children ages 2 to 5. Developed with input from parents, people who serve the autism community, and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children offers families ways to overcome common challenges and simplify everyday activities. At the same time, the project fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

Parent to Parent

Parent to Parent of Miami is a Community Parent Resource Center serving parents of children with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. They provide information, educational training, and support to families who have children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs.

The National Military Family Association offers support for military families with special needs family members through the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). Although each Service has its own EFMP, they all serve the same essential function: coordinating the assignment process to ensure special needs families are not sent to locations that lack adequate medical or educational resources. Installation EFMP programs offer support programs and provide families with information about and referral to local services.

Home City Real Estate has developed some tips to help with the process of modifying your home to create a place where children with disabilities can thrive in a safe and comfortable environment.

La Leche League

La Leche League offers helpful information about breastfeeding and support for mothers who want to breastfeed their babies.

Healthy Children

Car Seat Checkup

Using a car seat correctly makes a big difference in protecting your child during a crash. Healthychildren.org offers a guide to make sure your child’s car seat is properly installed and developmentally appropriate.

Up and Away

Any medicine or vitamin can be dangerous if it is taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person. Up and away offers tips and resources to help protect your children.

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Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a free mobile application for parents to access important information about vaccinations for their children.

Read to Learn

Read to Learn is a free, monthly book club for all 3-year-olds in Miami-Dade County. On their third birthday, all children are eligible to receive a free book every month, delivered to their home.

Resources for Providers

TCT

The Children’s Trust partners with the community to plan, advocate for, and fund strategic investments that improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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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.

Shared Resources

Shared Resources is a premium service offered and funded by The Children’s Trust.  This web-based platform provides an array of resources and tools such as cost savings programs and business support services for program directors, owners and teachers.

FCI

The Family Central, Inc. Training Academy offers their official Training Academy Job Board as a free service to employers that are licensed child care providers. As students complete the FCCPC/CDA National Credential Course at  FCI Training Academy, many of them seek employment opportunities to further their careers. To share your current open positions, download and complete the Employer Job Post Form and email it to tacademy@familycentral.org or fax it to 954-724-3947. You can contact the office at 954-724-3957 or tacademy@familycentral.org with any questions.

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Bridging Worlds Interactive Case: Family Engagement in the Transition to Kindergarten

Harvard Family Research Project’s brand-new online interactive case in family engagement lets learners engage and reflect on a difficult situation related to family engagement, independently or with a group, with or without the explicit input of a case facilitator or course instructor.

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Dual Language Learner Toolkit

Head Start offers the Dual Language Learner Toolkit which provides  resources that can be used to support young children who are learning their home languages and English. It is divided into three sections: administrators and managers; teachers, caregivers, and family services staff; and families.

Caring for Our Children

Caring for Our Children

Caring for Our Children is a collection of 686 national standards that represent the best evidence, expertise, and experience in the country on quality health & safety practices and policies

ERS

The Environmental Rating Scales Institute provides general information about the Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) as well as any updates or changes made to them.

IDEA

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Early Childhood Teacher

The Early Childhood Teacher is an online resource edited by Bevin Kateri Reinen, the 2015 Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach Public Schools. She posts articles related to early childhood education and also offers a variety of resources to plan lessons and engage children.

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ACEI is a global community of educators and advocates who unite knowledge, experience, and perspectives in order to exchange information, explore innovation, and advocate for children.

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Exchange promotes the exchange of ideas among leaders in early childhood programs worldwide through Exchange magazine, books, and training resources.

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Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities, educational songs and games, communication cards, and academic materials.

Early Childhood Investigations

Early Childhood Investigations offers free webinars to early childhood educators presented by leading authors and experts with the goal of allowing participants to access conference-quality training.