Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership


For years, United Way of Miami-Dade has been working to change the system of early care and education in Miami-Dade and beyond. Since 2014, with a federal grant, the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education has expanded its reach and provided additional resources to 520 low-income infant and toddlers in early care and education in 20 programs throughout our community.  Four of these programs are operated by the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education at Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Ethel Beckford/Richmond Elementary, Lillie C. Evans K-8, Carol City Elementary, and the new state-of-the-art Lotus Village Early Care and Education Program.

“As an elementary school principal, I believe a high quality early learning program is essential to a child’s later educational success. Our teachers have noted that that students transitioning from the United Way Early Head Start Program into the Head Start and VPK Programs at Ethel F. Beckford exhibit significantly higher levels of independence, ability to work in groups with minimal conflicts, possess socialization skills and often have a more extensive vocabulary.”

~ Mrs. Crystal Coffey, principal, Ethel F. Beckford/Richmond Elementary School


Location of the 20 programs served through the grant in Miami-Dade County


Annual Reports