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For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2011

Media Contact:
Tomas Martinelli

Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez to Visit Head Start Centers


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Tomorrow, Tuesday August 23rd, 2011, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez will visit two independently-operated Head Start facilities in Miami-Dade County.  The purpose of the visit is to view firsthand the operation of independent Head Start delegate agencies that are rated highly on the Quality Count Star rating scale. The Early Learning Coalition has identified delegate agencies like the O'Farrill Learning Center and Centro Mater as being well-equipped to prepare our community's youngest citizens for productive academic careers. Mayor Gimenez is eager to see their work in action and media are invited to cover the visit.

The Mayor's site visit comes as Miami-Dade County students head back to school.  Last week, Mayor Gimenez and U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson visited Gwen Cherry Park in Liberty City, where they encouraged children to participate in enriching after-school programs at County Park and Recreation facilities

10:00 a.m. - Arrive at O'Farrill Learning Center, 6741 Coral Way, # 31 Miami, FL 33155
10:08 a.m. - Tour of Facility conducted by Ms. Sonia O'Farrill
10:20 a.m. - Conclude O'Farrill Learning Center visit
10:35 a.m. - Arrive at Centro Mater Child Care Center, 418 S.W. 4th Avenue Miami, FL 33130
10:45 a.m. - Tour of Centro Mater Child Care Center conducted by Miriam Roman and Madelyn Rodriguez
11:00 a.m. - Conclude Centro Mater Child Care Center visit

Background Information
Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. Programs actively engage parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.

Centro Mater is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Sister Miranda R.S.C.J. to accommodate the educational and developmental needs of the many Cuban children and families who were arriving in Miami at the time.  Centro Mater has been a partner with the Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency (CAA) Head Start/Early Head Start Program, since 1980.  Originally one of the centers under Catholic Charities Services, Centro Mater currently provides services to children and families under the auspices of Catholic Health.  The Program has multiple sites serving Head Start and Early Head Start children and their families.

The O'Farrill Learning Center has been providing Early Childhood Services in the Miami area for 17 years.  The center has been a partner with the Miami-Dade CAA Head Start/Early Head Start Program for eight years.  With the capacity to serve 93 children, O'Farrill provides comprehensive services for 82 Head Start children and their families.  The center is accredited by the National Association for Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) and joins several others that can boast a five star rating from the local "Quality Counts" Initiative.

Who: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, District 6

What:Head Start Center Visits

When: August 23, 2011, 10:00 a.m.

Where:O’Farrill Learning Center
6741 Coral Way # 31
Miami, FL 33155

Centro Mater Child Care Center
418 S.W. 4th Ave.
Miami, FL 33130


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