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.


Since the Center
opened its doors…

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

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 just one decade, together with many early education partners, we provided:

children with quality early interventions and experiences that increased their chances for success in school and in life.
total hours of professional learning to 32,525 early care and education professionals.
early care and education programs with quality enhancement services.

Recent news

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership expands to serve 200 more children

April 13th, 2017|

In December 2014, the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education (the Center) was awarded a 5-year, $22.5 million federal grant to enhance and expand access to quality infant and toddler care in high-need [...]

Gladys Montes, vice president of the Center, selected to serve on the Educare Leadership Council

April 11th, 2017|

The Educare Learning Network is a partnership between the Ounce of Prevention Fund and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund that aims to narrow the achievement gap for children living in poverty by building schools and [...]

United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education celebrates 10 years of raising the quality of early care and education

January 11th, 2017|

The Center has directly impacted the lives of 14,915 local children; better prepared 32,525 early education professionals; helped 1,280 early education centers and family childcare homes improve services; joined partners to successfully advocate for $100M [...]