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Educate. Demonstrate. Advocate.

The Center models evidence-based practices through its Demonstration School, Educare of Miami-Dade. It shares those practices with adult learners including families, educators and early care and education providers, and works with business leaders and lawmakers to raise the standards of early care and education and support sustainable and lasting change.

Quality early education:
An investment in our future

The early years of a child’s life are a critical time for brain development. A child’s early experiences can have a positive impact on their current development as well as brain connections that will last a lifetime. The evidence is convincingly clear, we know that high-quality early learning programs, which include well-qualifed teachers, research-based curriculum and assessments and family engagement are essential to nurturing young bodies and minds.

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Since the Center
opened its doors…

34,133
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS have benefitted from professional learning opportunities.

709
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION ADMINISTRATORS AND PROFESSIONALS have graduated from the Early Childhood Program Administrator’s Institute (ECPAI) which helped improve the quality of 470 programs in our community.

In 11 years, together with many early education partners, we provided:

15,097
children with quality early interventions and experiences that increased their chances for success in school and in life.
39,843
total hours of professional learning to 34,133 early care and education professionals.
2,538
early care and education programs with quality enhancement services.

Recent news

Leveling the playing field for our community’s children

August 9th, 2018|

Getting all children off to a strong start with a high-quality early education that focuses on science can have such a positive impact on the development of low-income infants and toddlers that it can level [...]

United Way expands Early Head Start to Lotus Village

August 9th, 2018|

Last month, when Lotus House opened its state-of-the-art $25 million Lotus Village shelter for homeless women and children, our United Way was proud to be part of this milestone event. That’s because as part of [...]

Meet Jorge

August 9th, 2018|

The sooner children get on a path to learning, the more successful they’ll become. That’s the lesson Jorge learned after he enrolled Malvin, his shy foster son, into our United Way Center for Excellence in Early [...]