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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.

Key Initiatives and Partnerships

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Through our 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, which has improved classroom experiences for educators and students.

Education Effect

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. 

Learn more about Education Effect


Project Rise

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.



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.  

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Reading Explorers

Managed and operated by CCF in partnership with Nova Southeastern University, the Reading Explorers Program offers services funded by The Children’s Trust to providers and families to help improve foundational reading and reading comprehension skills for children. Since 2013, Reading Explorers has helped over 6,000 children and families and annually serves 1,500+ children across Miami-Dade County.

Learn more about Reading Explorers

Additional Key Partnerships

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