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Enrollment period to end on July 31, 2020, for state-funded childcare for first responders and healthcare workers

MIAMI ( July 28, 2020 )

Miami-Dade County is reminding all first responders and healthcare workers that the enrollment period for state-funded childcare services, administered by the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe, will end on July 31, 2020.

“First responders and healthcare workers are on the frontline of this pandemic, and access to childcare options is paramount to ensuring that they can continue to meet the evolving health needs of our residents during this pandemic,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

The Florida Department of Education Office of Early Learning funded the Early Learning Coalitions across the state to provide childcare services for first responders and healthcare workers during the pandemic. Locally, the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is administering the program with more than 2,400 children being served.

Childcare services for first responders and healthcare workers are available regardless of income, and scholarships are available to cover childcare and out-of-school care for children ages 0 to 13 years old, for up to an initial period of three months.

“This program has been a tremendous benefit to the first responders and healthcare workers in our community, many of whom have struggled to find and pay for childcare services for their children during this difficult period,” said  Evelio Torres, President and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe. “It has allowed them to continue to take care of the community, without the worry of who would care for their own children.”

An employer referral is required, and new applications for enrollment must be submitted by July 31, 2020. No new referrals will be accepted after July 31, 2020.

Applications are available here. First responders and essential healthcare worker families receiving services prior to July 31, 2020, may continue to receive services upon employer referral renewal 

For more information, visit the Early Learning Coalition website at https://www.elcmdm.org/ or contact 305-646-7220 to speak with a customer service representative.