Initiatives

  After-school and Summer Camps   Quality summer camps and after-school programs stimulate academic, athletic, cultural and social learning in a nurturing and supervised environment while parents are working and during times of day when adolescents are most prone to at-risk behavior. Download The Children's Trust Programs Guide App page to access a complete listing.
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  Early Childhood Development   Reaching children early and often with the services they need is a major focus for The Trust. Through a range of initiatives, we strive to ensure that, by the time a child enters kindergarten, he or she is prepared academically, socially, and emotionally. As part of this effort, our parenting programs support parents to be their child's "best" teacher.
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  HealthConnect   A three-part quality-driven health initiative spearheaded by The Trust, together with the county Health Department and the public school system, with the goal of providing for the healthiest children possible in Miami-Dade County. Learn more
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  Read to Learn   Read to Learn/Leer para aprender/Li pou apran is a multi-year campaign spearheaded by The Children's Trust that seeks to improve third-grade literacy across the county. Learn more
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  Quality Counts
(Formerly QRIS)
  Helps to improve the quality of early child care and education programs, while providing parents with the information they need to make sound decisions about the care and early education of their infants and young children. Learn more
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  211 Helpline   A call to "211" connects parents, caregivers and adolescents to The Children's Trust Helpline, where specially trained Switchboard of Miami counselors are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer help in English, Spanish and Creole. Click here for details.
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  Health Insurance Enrollment   As part of its support for the well-being of families, The Trust assists eligible families to enroll and access health services. When children and families have access to the health care they need, costly crises are avoided and everyone enjoys improved well-being. 
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  Miami Heart Gallery   The Miami Heart Gallery website provides information - photographs, narratives, and "talking" videos - of children in the Miami-Dade welfare system who are available for adoption. These children - siblings, teens and children with special needs - are often the most difficult to find forever homes for.  
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  Service Partnerships   A place-based and special services model that encourages community agencies and organizations to partner in order to provide a network of services needed by children, youth and families, especially in targeted, at-risk neighborhoods or for certain especially vulnerable populations.
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  Youth Enrichment   A range of supports that encourage positive behavior especially for youth most at-risk due to poverty, neglect and abuse. These programs help young adults to communicate more effectively, reduce and mediate conflict, avoid harmful substances, and become good decision-makers.
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  Youth
Advisory
Committee

(YAC)
  The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) of The Children's Trustis comprised of 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students from across the county, helps to develop leadership and advocacy skills, especially through community service and service learning opportunities. As part of their year together, youth travel to the Capitol in Tallahassee to meet legislators and view the political process first-hand.
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  Program and Professional Development   A range of trainings, offered by The Trust and Trust partners, to improve quality, skills and advocacy. The Research, Inspiration, Support and Evaluation (RISE) initiative helps to improve quality in out-of-school programs; All Children Together (ACT) fosters awareness and skills for inclusive settings and awareness of children with special needs; and Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Miami encourages awareness of preventing injuries to our youngest and most vulnerable. 
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