The Children's Forum administers a number of programs contracted through the Agency for Workforce Innovation's Office of Early Learning, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education, the Department of Children and Families, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as for private and foundation resources to support the mission of the organization. The Forum also maintains information about other programs of interest as a resource for parents and providers alike. Click on the following links below to find out more information about our programs:
The Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood®
Funded by the Florida Office of Early Learning, T.E.A.C.H. provides scholarships for early care educators and center directors to work towards earning an Associate's degree or credentials in early childhood education.
The Child Care WAGE$® FLORIDA Project
Sustained by local funding, WAGE$ provides education-based salary supplements to early childhood teachers working with children ages birth to five.
The Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services (Central Directory)
Funded by Florida's Department of Health and Department of Education, the Central Directory provides information and referral services to families of children with disabilities, developmental delay or special health care needs.
The Quality Counts Career Center in Miami-Dade (QCCC)
Funded by the Children's Trust of Miami and the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, the QCCC provides assistance to the early care and education workforce by developing career plans and reviewing career goals, accessing financial aid and scholarship opportunities, tracking and maintaining professional development through a secure Registry and assisting providers in the selection of appropriate training and educational opportunities.
Florida's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Administrative Grant
Funded through a federal grant through the Florida Department of Education, the 21st Century Community Learning Centers administrative grant provides training, technical assistance, monitoring and evaluation for 21st CCLC programs across the state. The focus of the programs are for students, who typically attend high-poverty, low-performing schools, to meet or exceed local and state standards in subjects including reading and math through a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs. In addition, 21st CCLC programs offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Developmental Project Serving Miami-Dade County
Funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Refugee Child Care Microenterprise Developmental Project will assist refugee women in Miami-Dade County in establishing family child care homes (FCCHs) or finding FCCHs for their children so that they can secure employment. For this project, the Forum will leverage its existing partnerships with agencies and institutions that serve and train the early child care community in Miami-Dade County. We also seek to partner with local, county, and state entities that serve refugee women.
Program Assessment Center
Using the Environment Rating Scales (ERS) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), the Forum provides Program Assessment Services designed to increase the environmental quality of programs for young children and ensure that appropriate services are available to promote their optimal development and prepare them for school success.