The City of Miami’s Education Initiatives is a division that works closely with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), The Children’s Trust (TCT), and other agencies identifying gaps of services/programs which will prepare children and youths for their future. The program is a city-wide initiative managed by the Office of Grants Administration.
Education Initiatives identifies and promotes large-scale programs that help educate and empower children, youth, and/or families within our community. We develop a wide variety of presentation materials and resources to help inform eligible residents and families about the various beneficial programs they may be able to participate in.
Families First Program
The Families First Parenting Program is a year round program funded by The Children’s Trust. The program is comprised of a free, 16-session, two-cycle workshop series for parents/caregivers of children ages 3-6 years old using the Incredible Years evidenced-based curriculum. Since 2010, this program has been serving 100 disadvantaged parents/caregivers, and supportive family members of children ages 3 to 6, in Overtown, Coconut Grove, Wynwood, Little Haiti, Allapattah and Little Havana.
The City of Miami partners with established childcare centers to create convenient accessible sites to promote social, emotional, and academic competence for these families. The Families First program provides materials in child development awareness; and developing positive interactions between parents and children. The program builds up parenting competencies and encourages involvement in children’s school experiences to strengthen parenting skills and foster more tolerant communities.
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County. https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States, comprised of 392 schools, 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. Located at the southern end of the Florida peninsula, the school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural and suburban to urban cities and municipalities. A truly global community, district students speak 56 different languages and represent 160 countries. http://dadeschools.net/