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Lives Changed

Meet some of the lives you helped change through United Way of Miami-Dade. For more testimonials, visit the United Way of Miami-Dade website.


LissandraResearch tells us that reading at grade level by the end of third grade can predict high school graduation. United Way of Miami-Dade invests in programs across our community to help our children to be successful in school and in life. One of those programs, at Centro Mater, helps children to improve their English language skills, making academic success more attainable. When she arrived at Centro Mater, Lissandra was scared people would laugh at her because she could not speak any English; she was having difficulty with her schoolwork and falling behind in her classes. Since enrolling in Centro Mater, Lissandra has improved her English through literacy activities, receives help with her classwork, and dreams about her future.


LissandraA good education is the foundation for a child’s success in work and life -- and a good education starts early.  In 2007, the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education opened with the vision of providing all children with access to the highest quality care and education, so they can have the best possible start in school and in life.  When Luca began his journey with the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education at 15 months old, his first teacher observed that Luca might have some developmental challenges ahead. After diagnosing Luca’s eyesight problem and providing him with the proper therapy, Luca’s ability to learn and socialize with other children began to improve immediately.

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Miami, FL 33128
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