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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…

34,988
EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS have benefitted from professional learning opportunities.

$100+ million
IN EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDING INCREASES through our advocacy work.

In 12 years, together with many early education partners, we provided:

36,040
children with quality early interventions and experiences that increased their chances for success in school and in life.
45,673
total hours of professional learning to 34,789 early care and education professionals.
2,794
early care and education programs with quality enhancement services.

Recent news

Beyond our walls

September 16th, 2019|

The Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan visited the Center in early August to learn about our model and practices. This Michigan program shares our vision of having a community where all [...]

Two national studies showcase United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education as delivering transformational results

June 25th, 2019|

USING DATA-DRIVEN STRATEGIES, ENHANCING QUALIFICATIONS OF TEACHERS, FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AND PROMOTING DUAL LANGUAGE AMONG TOP PRACTICES The 2019 school year has been one for the record books, as the United Way Center for Excellence in [...]

Leveling the playing field for our community’s children

April 16th, 2019|

Science learning at any age involves curiosity, exploration, and discovery. These come naturally to most infants and toddlers.  At the Demonstration School and all of the Early Head Start programs we serve in our community, [...]