Early Childhood Education Programs
The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of funding created by voter referendum in 2002 to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future – because all children are our children. The Trust focuses its investments in the areas of health, development and safety and to increasing parental and community responsibility in children.
Early Discovery provides services to young children and their parents, ages 0-5, with special needs throughout Miami-Dade County. Services include: early intervention for children with a developmental delay of 10-24% and therefore do not meet the criteria for Part C and Part B funding through IDEA. Program services are provided at child care centers, at home, or other convenient locations in the community. Parents will receive one on one assistance in accessing needed services and services will be delivered in collaboration with agencies affiliated with the Young Children with Special Needs and Disabilities Council.
Jump Start to Child Health
The Jump Start program is a free program funded by the Children’s Trust to help early childcare centers to improve mental health of children, improve safety of the centers, reduce health risks, and improve nutrition. The child care centers are assigned a care coordinator, who will conduct initial needs assessments with center staff, as well as provide trainings focusing on the four child-health areas. The services provided are based on “best practice” recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Healthy Childcare America. Participating centers are offered a minimum of 10 in-service hours for the staff. For additional information visit the Jump Start to Child Health.
The Debbie School
The Debbie Institute, a division of the Mailman Center for Child Development, is a center for early intervention research, training and service. For more than 30 years, the Debbie Institute has conducted research on problems impacting children with special needs, provided early intervention services for children and their families and provided training for university students interested in careers in special education, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and social work. Our mission is to nurture and enrich the lives of children during the critical years of early learning to create the strong foundation they need to flourish throughout life.
For more information, visit the Debbie School website.