Miami Children's Trust programs

The Children's Trust funds evidence-based programs in Miami-Dade to achieve positive outcomes for children & their families.

The Children's Trust of Miami-Dade is a Children's Services Council (CSC). A CSC is a countywide special taxing district created by ordinance, and approved by voters, to fund programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families. While the services offered and age groups served vary depending on the needs of the community, the primary focus of all CSCs is to invest in prevention and early intervention programs that produce measurable results.

The Children's Trust staff and board of directors are dedicated to funding evidenced-based programs that achieve positive outcomes for children and families in the Miami-Dade community and deliver a robust return on investment. As a government agency, they are committed to transparent, public and competitive solicitations processes awarding a variety of grants that balance long-term ambitions with short-term needs, to agencies proposing high-quality programs as outlined in their strategic plan.

More information about The Children's Trust is available on their website childrenstrust.org.

More information about Children's Services Councils (CSC's) is available on the website of Florida Children's Council (FCC). FCC serves as the statewide umbrella organization for the Children's Services Councils.

The Children's Forum (CF) has partnered with The Children's Trust to provide verification services, scholarship services, and educational advising to providers working in Miami-Dade county.

By applying for the Early Learning Educational Scholarship through the EL Career Center, you agree to the following:

  1. I agree to participate in the Early Learning Quality Improvement System (QIS) & Education Registry, a database that records an individual's education and training.
  2. I agree to participate in development, maintenance and implementation of a Professional Development Plan in the Quality Improvement System (QIS).
  3. I understand that this application for the Early Learning Scholarship is not a guarantee of payment, and that any fee must be approved prior to the start of the education or training course.
  4. I understand that to receive Early Learning Educational Scholarship I must present proof of current employment (minimum of 20 hours per week) in a licensed or legally license-exempt childcare program or related service agency in Miami Dade County. Applicants must work directly with children, such as teachers and assistant teachers, or provide support services to early childcare and education programs, such as directors and curriculum specialists.
  5. I understand that this scholarship is contingent on available grant funds. This scholarship may, at any time, be suspended due to the lack of fund availability.
  6. I agree to notify the Career Center of any changes in my work status. I understand that if I am no longer employed with a childcare program in Miami-Dade County that my scholarship may be terminated. I also understand that failure to report changes in my work status could result in denial of future scholarships and/or repayment of funds.
  7. I agree to successfully complete any college coursework or training paid by this scholarship and will submit my grades to the EL Career Center upon completion of each course. I understand if I do not achieve a grade of A, B, C, or P or S (for pass/no pass classes) for a course paid for by the scholarship, my scholarship benefits and eligibility will be affected.
  8. I authorize the institution I am attending to release my final grade for the course(s) attended to the Career Center for reporting purposes and guarantee my future scholarship eligibility.
  9. I agree to keep a current e-mail address on file with the EL Career Center and understand that all of the correspondence regarding this scholarship will be sent to me via e-mail.
  10. I understand that any falsification or forgery of information and/or documentation submitted for the purposes of obtaining an Early Learning scholarship will result in a 12 month scholarship suspension.

The Children's Trust requires all ECE professionals receiving Trust-funded services provide the following:

  • Demographics
    • Full legal name
    • Date of birth
    • Full social security number
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • Country of birth
    • First or native language
  • Employment
    • Start date at site
    • End date at site (if applicable)
    • Hourly wage
    • Current position title
    • Start date in current position
    • Hours worked in an average week
    • Ages of children in care (if applicable)
    • List of benefits offered by the employer
    • Recent pay stub
  • Education
    • Recent copy of staff's DCF Transcript
    • Transcript listing completed accredited classes (if applicable)
    • High school diploma or GED certificate (if applicable)
    • Copy of accredited translation and evaluation of education completed outside the USA (if applicable)
    • Proof of completion (e.g., course grades) for professional development activities funded via The Children's Trust scholarships
  • Contact information
    • Active personal email address
    • One (1) additional contact method (mailing address or phone number)