Community Impact


The Center for Children and Families collaborates with a number of partners - including various agencies and non-profits - to improve the lives of children and families affected by mental health disorders, both in South Florida and around the world.

•Through CCF’s partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and The Children’s Trust, the center has provided professional development training to more than 6,000 M-DCPS teachers and nearly 450 schools that has improved classroom experiences for educators and students.

•As part of FIU’s Achieving Community Collaborations in Education and Student Success (ACCESS) initiative, the CCF, along with M-DCPS, co-chairs the Behavioral Supports for Enhanced Learning Workgroup subcommittee.

•The CCF is involved with FIU’s Education Effect, a university supported community-school partnership to improve educational outcomes in schools. As part of this effort, we have provided training, student support, professional developments opportunity, and outreach to caregivers at the Jessie J. McCrary Jr. Elementary School.

• Developed in partnership with ABC’s For Success and funded by the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, the Support for Adaptation and Family Enrichment in Homes (SAFE Homes) program is led by Dr. Miguel Villodas and provides families support to improve caregiver-child relationships and child behavior, as well as promote the safety and stability of families.

• Through a collaboration with Project Rise at Nova Southeastern University and under the guidance of Dr. Erika Coles, the behavioral assessment team (BAT) provides behavior management support and training to programs funded by The Children’s Trust. The activities of the BAT team include training, observations, feedback, and development of individual behavioral interventions plans in collaboration and consultation with after school program providers.

Additional key partnerships include:

• Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

•The Children’s Trust summer and after-school programs

•Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Department

•Our Kids of Miami Dade and Monroe, Inc.

• Children's Bereavement Center

• ABCs for Success

•Monkey Jungle

•Banyan Health Systems

•Miami-Dade Public Library System