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Single Stop partners with the following organizations for childcare assistance:

The Pre School at Exploration Station Miami Dade College, (North Campus students)

  • Single Stop Coordinators refer eligible students to the Exploration Station for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS ) grant.
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant to the Exploration Station preschool to help defray the cost of childcare for student-parents at the North Campus. The $170,000 Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS ) grant reduces the price of tuition of child care for students enrolled at the College.
  • The grant provides a discount on the preschool tuition to student-parents enrolled.
  • Monthly tuition at the Exploration Station for children of MDC students varies depending on age.
  • To be eligible for the discount, students must be Pell Grant eligible and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Miami-Dade County Head Start and Early Head Start (College-wide)

  • The Head Start / Early Head Start Program provides comprehensive child development services for low income children and families in Miami-Dade County.
  • The program is open to children ages new born through age 5, and provides care and instruction for children in a classroom setting.
  • Single Stop receives a weekly list of all Head Start Centers with 3 or more vacancies.
  • The program is free to eligible participants.
  • Miami-Dade County's Head Start / Early Head Start Program accepts applications for pregnant women and children ages birth to 4 years old.
  • To be eligible children must be three (3) or four (4) years of age on or before September 1, 2016, or no more than five (5) years old after September 1, 2016.
  • For additional information on Head Start or to locate a center accepting applications, students can contact Single Stop, Head Start 786-469-4622 or by dialing 311 from any phone.
  • Single Stop Coordinators assist students with applying for Head Start and Early Head Start; in addition to, locating a center with a vacancy.
  • Students receive a listing of all of the Head Start and Early Head Start sites(attached to this email correspondence).

Early Learning Coalition (College-wide)

  • Single Stop Coordinators utilize the Early Learning Coalition for childcare referrals.
  • The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring early care and education for children in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. Through a variety of affordable and innovative early education and voluntary pre-kindergarten programs, the Coalition serves more than 50,000 children ages birth to 12 years old and their families.
  • The Early Learning Coalition has a Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) resource line available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday (305-646-7220).
    • CCR&R will assist students with the information needed to make a careful and informed choice of an early learning or child care provider. Which curriculum is right for their child’s learning style? How to identify if a provider is offering age appropriate activities? What are indicators of quality programs?
    • The information also includes a referral listing of licensed or approved providers operating in Miami-Dade/Monroe Counties.
    • The provider listing is based on client’s needs and matches those with the provider’s services. The search details can also include location, care-schedule, curriculum offered, the program’s environment and other services the provider offers, such as transportation.
    • Early Learning Specialist can assist with referrals to other services.
    • Early Learning Coalition also provides the School Readiness Child Care Financial Assistance allows eligible families to offset the expense of child care by paying a reduced parent fee.
    • VPK is Free to All 4-Year Olds!

Voluntary Prekindergarten

  • Voluntary Prekindergarten or VPK gives children a jump start by preparing them for school and enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language and social skills. By developing the skills children need to become strong readers and students at an early age, children are more likely to be successful in school. VPK classrooms offer high-quality programs that include high literacy standards, developmentally appropriate curricula, manageable class sizes, and qualified teachers.
  • Florida residents with a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program. The child can attend one of the two programs offered annually. The school-year program includes 540 hours of instructional time and begins in August. The summer program consists of 300 instructional hours and can begin as early as May 1.

Single Stop Coordinators assist students with applying for VPK.

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