Research Programs : Demonstration Projects

Jump Start: An early learning center enhancement model

The Jump Start program is a free program funded by the Children’s Trust- a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and family in Miami-Dade County 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 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 and 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.

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