It takes a village to raise a child

Little Masters collaborates with many community organizations to provide services for families in need.  Collaborations are important to Little Masters because they allow us to expand and extend services to families at low or no additional cost.  In addition, partnerships and new collaborations ensure that Little Masters will not duplicate other services provided by the community.  Current key collaborative partners include the following.

Family Central Little Masters located in Lauderhill is among a number of licensed centers in Broward county enrolling children receiving state child care subsidies through Family Central.

Early Leaning Coalition of Miami Dade and Monroe County – Little Masters located in Miami is among a number of licensed centers in Miami Dade county enrolling children receiving state child care subsidies through the coalition.

Early Leaning Coalition of Broward CountyOur communities of practice bring together educators in ongoing, facilitated collaboration. Participants use protocols designed to promote reflective practice, shared leadership, authentic pedagogy, civil discourse and racial equity. Groups of teachers and administrators join forces to boost student achievement by establishing and publicly stating learning goals, helping each other come up with better teaching practices, looking closely at curriculum and student work, and identifying school wide issues that affect student achievement.

Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church– Provides free access to their Computer labs, food pantry and many other programs

Highland Food Resources– Processes all the applications for the Free and Reduce Meal program. Research shows that well-nourished children are healthier, more attentive, and have better mental performance than children who are under-nourished.  Findings also indicate that children served by the Child Care Food Program (CCFP) eat healthier food than children who bring food from home.  The CCFP helps child care facilities implement “best practices” to ensure children have access to a variety of nutritious foods for healthy growth and to reduce obesity risk.

The CCFP and two related programs, the Afterschool Meals Program and the Homeless Children Nutrition Program, are administered by the Bureau of Child Care Food Programs.  These programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to children through public-private partnerships with organizations committed to caring for children.  All three programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten: VPK is Free to All 4-Year Olds! 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.

If you live in Florida and have a child who turns 4 years of age by September 1, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE VPK program. Your 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

International Children’s Outreach: International Children’s Outreach Inc. (ICO) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to providing food, clothing, medical, and educational supplies to deserving children. ICO is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt charity under Sec. 501c3 of the Revenue Code.

Nova South Eastern University- Roads to Outcome Program This initiative systematically integrates quality within the Early Care and Education Community; building on national best practices and adapting evidenced based exemplary practices focused on the Child, Family, and Teacher and Learning Environment, in order to realize maximum outcomes for children in identified communities.

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