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2018 Annual Report


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For 16 years, The Children’s Trust has committed itself to improving the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County through strategic data- and grassroots-driven investments that strengthen our community and its members. It’s with pride and gratitude to our stakeholder partners that we present to you this annual report, which highlights our work and successes over the last fiscal year.

Published in: Government & Nonprofit
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2018 Annual Report

  1. 1. Honoring Our Commitment to Community More than $120,000,000 was invested in Miami-Dade County through hundreds of Children’s Trust-funded programs and initiatives, benefiting children, youth, parents and caregivers across the community.
  2. 2. Honoring Our Commitment to Community The release of 19 competitive grant opportunities led to direct services in more than 1,600 locations across the county, 55% in high-poverty areas as identified by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  3. 3. Strengthening Our Families More than 15,000 children and parents were served through 40 culturally sensitive parenting and family programs in group, office and home settings, resulting in improved parenting skills and stress reduction, decreased problem behaviors in children and significantly enriched parent-child relationships. Programs also focus on leadership, advocacy and community involvement with parents and caregivers.
  4. 4. Giving Kids What They Need to Succeed Our Quality Improvement System (QIS) for early learning served nearly 400 programs, almost 3,900 practitioners and more than 26,000 children. Thousands of children were screened for developmental and social-emotional delays, facilitating early intervention for potential challenges and connecting them and their families to needed services.
  5. 5. Giving Kids What They Need to Succeed Thrive by 5, an expanded, even more comprehensive continuum of supports established in August of 2018, continues to impact healthy physical, cognitive, social and emotional readiness for starting school through an array of early interventions; a revamped early learning QIS; parenting and home visiting services; early literacy supports; and early childhood health services.
  6. 6. Boosting Literacy 231,856 books were distributed to Miami-Dade children through our Read to Learn grade-level reading initiative, while 82% of struggling readers in our Reading Explorers program showed meaningful gains in literacy skills over the summer, a time when many children fall behind.
  7. 7. Advancing Our Youth More than 30,000 students attended Trust-funded after-school, summer camp and youth enrichment programs at more than 300 sites across the county. Thousands of teens received life skills training, mentoring, college prep and employment, as well as access to sports, the arts, technology and other critical opportunities for long-term academic and professional success.
  8. 8. Advancing Our Youth Collaboration with Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Public Schools and other community partners allowed nearly 2,600 students to secure paid summer internships, significantly increasing their financial literacy and employability skills.
  9. 9. Championing Inclusion Across the Board 12,000+ children and youth with special needs enjoyed inclusive programs alongside their typically developing peers.
  10. 10. Nearly 91,000 students made more than 308,000 visits to public school health clinics, where they received first aid, medical and mental health assessments, diagnosis, treatment, counseling, dental and vision screenings, vaccines and referrals. Keeping Kids Healthy
  11. 11. More than 8,000 eye exams were administered. 5,500+ children and youth received needed glasses. Keeping Kids Healthy
  12. 12. Supporting Those That Need It Most Nearly 5,500 children in our most challenged neighborhoods received comprehensive case management and crucial intervention services. Almost 1,500 children and youth involved in the child dependency and delinquency systems were supported by Trust services.
  13. 13. Supporting Those That Need It Most 1,800+ children and youth received tailored intervention services through countywide support partnerships, which serve unaccompanied immigrant minors, LGBTQ youth, children of incarcerated parents, youth in the child welfare system, families living with disabilities and children exposed to family conflict.
  14. 14. Supporting Those That Need It Most Leadership of Together for Children, a communitywide effort to reduce youth violence, was transitioned to neighborhood coalition members to ensure its long-term sustainability. As part of iAttend, an initiative designed to reduce chronic absenteeism among elementary school students, the referral and family case management system was expanded to 39 elementary schools – or about 16,000 students – with nearly 4,700 receiving home visits and referrals.
  15. 15. Fighting the Good Fight Our legislative advocacy efforts secured both needed funding and the passage of several bills for children in the areas of early learning and care, health, safety, child welfare and juvenile justice.
  16. 16. Fighting the Good Fight We played an instrumental role in the creation and passage of HB 1091, a bill that reinforces and strengthens accountability measures in publicly funded school readiness programs, restoring local flexibility in determining eligibility so that early learning coalitions can prioritize children at greatest risk of school failure.
  17. 17. We continued to support groundbreaking ideas that fill important gaps in children and family services through our innovation fund: Universal children’s savings accounts will be opened for a group of kindergarten students in the fall of 2019 through a funder collaboration with the City of Miami to fund future higher education pursuits; the initiative aims to establish a college savings account for every kindergarten student in Miami-Dade within a five-year period. First Star University brings rising 9th-graders living in foster care to the University of Miami campus each summer throughout high school, with the goal of college preparation for youth who don’t have family supports. Searching for New Solutions
  18. 18. Sandy Hook Promise’s Say Something Anonymous Reporting System (ARS) provides Miami-Dade Public Schools students, parents, teachers and administrators with a telephone, text, mobile and web-based platform for anonymous reporting of any concerns, threats or at-risk behavior by an individual who may pose a danger to themselves and/or others. The Therapeutic Child Care Program, which serves homeless children with special needs along with their mothers by addressing trauma and mental health, is a high-quality Early Head Start partnership with a therapeutic overlay serving infants and toddlers living at Lotus House Women’s Shelter. Searching for New Solutions
  19. 19. Working Smarter Through Technology We created a foundation for a robust business process management system, simplified our online funding application process and launched new technology solutions that streamline processes and facilitate the use of data to make informed decisions.
  20. 20. We implemented improved ADA-accessible website solutions, increased unique page views on our website by 52% – and by 920% on our Spanish-language site – and launched a newly designed, mobile-friendly Miami Heart Gallery website. Connecting with Families Through Technology
  21. 21. Breaking Down Our Program Investments Parenting 12% Early Childhood Development 17% Youth Development 38% Health & Wellness 13% Family & Neighborhood Supports 10% Community Awareness & Advocacy 5% Program & Professional Development 5%
  22. 22. Leadership The Children’s Trust Board of Directors
  23. 23. 3150 SW 3rd Avenue, 8th Floor Miami, FL 33129 305.571.5700 • The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County.