Program Metrics

The Children's Trust is adopting a continuous learning and improvement framework, aimed at capturing whether or not our organization and providers are successfully supporting children and families in Miami-Dade. The program metrics include a set of critical safety, administrative and fiscal compliance items, as well as several key components that will be reviewed periodically in order to:

  • Young child reaching up to measure height on ruler drawn with chalk on wall.Identify program strengths and needs through direct observation of activities, file and desk reviews.
  • Inform the type and intensity of supports, resources and follow-up required by the program under each component; these efforts will be implemented in collaboration with the provider and in alignment with our Program and Professional Development (PPD) vision and plan for capacity building.
  • Evaluate programs by component and inform the board and other key stakeholders of the programs' progress (or lack thereof) on a consistent basis.

To learn more about the specifics of our revamped Program Metrics click on the link below.

Growth Plans Replace Quarterly Narrative Reports for Most Initiatives
To support our Program Metrics framework and a shift toward continuous learning and improvement, in contract year 2017-18 quarterly growth plan updates replaced quarterly narrative reports for most initiatives. Below is a complete list of applicable initiatives and requirements. In partnership with contract managers, providers will develop and implement growth plans up to four times per contract year. A growth planning guidance document with additional information can also be found below. 

Training Expectations

Please visit the Training section for details and resources. 


Content Area Team (CAT) Observation Tools

Parenting Programs (PAR)

Youth Enrichment (YEN) 

Youth After-School (YAS)



Information related to Program Metrics is also available in video format. Click here to access The Children's Trust Provider Support Channel on YouTube.