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The mission of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation is to ensure that all children in Miami-Dade County have the community's attention, commitment and resources and, hence, the chance to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically so that they are ready and eager to learn by the time they reach first grade. Our projects focus on providing parents and caregivers information through our monthly newsletter, our website and 24-hour parent hotline, in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. We work on all fronts that involve children 0 to 5.
The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation was the starting place for the establishment of a dedicated funding source for children the children of Miami-Dade County: The Children’s Trust. The State of Florida voluntary pre-kindergarten initiative was the collaborative work of our President David Lawrence Jr. and then County Mayor Alex Penelas.

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Recognition and Response Activities
The Emily Hall Tremaine Grant for Recognition and Response helps to build on an existing collaborative relationship between The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation and the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. Through the Coalition’s NEED Program –Natural Environment Educational Development – a greater emphasis is placed on identifying early and making and supporting interventions for small children with special needs. We work in 12 child care centers in Miami-Dade County and with the support of coaches that visit the centers, the children, teachers, directors and families receive an added boost through modeling, training and coaching to help make the most gains for the children. was developed and is managed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, which is solely responsible for its content.
Funding was made possible by grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the Cisco Systems Foundation.

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