New Program Offering Free Childcare Services to Qualifying Residents
Published on February 10, 2021
The City of Miami’s Department of Human Services announced a new program to provide tuition-free childcare to eligible local families at the City’s three Child Learning Centers. The centers provide developmental, educational and recreational services to children from infancy to age five through a robust curriculum approved by Early Learning Coalition and the Florida Office of Early Learning. Mayor Francis Suarez and District 5 Commissioner Jeffrey Watson were on hand at the Moore Park Child Learning Center to announce the new program, which will give much needed assistance to local families facing financial difficulties amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The impacts of COVID-19 in our community are far-reaching, and even as we focus on keeping all Miamians healthy and safe, we can’t forget about providing fundamental services like childcare to our residents,” said Mayor Suarez. “This new tuition-free childcare program meets that charge, and we’re excited to be able to extend this tuition-free service to Miamians.”
Before making the announcement, Mayor Suarez and Commissioner Watson toured the Moore Park Child Learning Center and visited with staff and children. The new program is made possible by a $600,000 federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for the implementation of Child Care Services. The grant is allowing the City to provide much needed assistance to those families in need of childcare during unprecedented times. If eligible, a family will be able enroll their child in one of the City’s three Child Learning Centers and receive tuition-free childcare.
“Even in normal times, the need in our Miami community is great,” said Commissioner Watson. “That need has only grown as COVID-19 has taken its toll on employment and incomes. I thank our Human Services Department for their successful efforts to make vital childcare services even more accessible to all of our residents.”
Program eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Proof of residency in the City of Miami (ex: utility bill, check stub, or ID)
- Proof of income. Must be a member of a low-to-moderate income household (ex: check stub, letter from DCF, SSI printout, notarized third-party contribution letter)
- Proof of child’s age (birth certificate)
For enrollment, please call (305) 759-3507 or send an e-mail to the following address: email@example.com.
The City of Miami’s three Child Learning Centers offer a learning environment conducive to developing children’s personal and intellectual strengths and the infrastructure to offer families and children various assessments and pathways to resources. All centers operate a year-round program with 11 holiday closure dates and accept children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The Centers are open Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the following locations.
- Eaton Park Child Learning Center - 490 N.E. 61 Street
- Lemon City Child Learning Center - 27 N.E. 58 Street
- Moore Park Child Learning Center - 765 N.W. 36 Street