Our Approach

Miami Children's Initiative has been developed similarly to the Harlem Children's Zone evidenced-based cradle to career model, with prominent features such as clearly delineated geographical zones and rates of 'penetration' into communities through the use of community based networks.

Our afterschool, summer programming, and wrap around services seek to engage and support each member of the family in promoting the safe, nurturing, and positive environments for every child in the neighborhood. 

Cradle to Career

Our Goals for Children and Teens

Early Care & Education

Children are afforded a quality early care and education experience

Ready to Learn

Children enter kindergarten ready to learn

Consistent Improvement

Children and youth improve on academics and behavior indicators

Grade Level Expectations

Children leaving third grade are meeting or exceeding grade level expectations in reading and math

A Plan for the Future

Youth have a plan for college, military or vocation school


Our Goals for Parents & Caregivers

Opportunities to Learn & Grow

Invest in families by offering opportunities to learn and grown as advocates for their children and community

Parent/Caregiver Workshops

Workshops on topics such as stages of development, discipline, bonding, safety, health and nutrition

Social and Emotional Support

Counseling services and referrals to services based on need

A Better Future

Education and employment training and placement

Access to Healthcare

Patient-centered medical home (PCMH), that is intended to provide comprehensive and continuous medical care to patients with the goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes.

MCI has tangible data and documented results spanning three years of its work. 

Miami Children’s Initiative Feature

Our Achievements Include:

  • 96% of children, ages 0-5, are enrolled in an accredited early learning center
  • 75% of school-age children enrolled in afterschool
  • 96% of school-aged children enrolled in meaningful summer experiences and increase of overall Grade Point Average (GPA) mean with significant changes in math and science;
  • Significant decreases in annual absences with average reduction of more than 10 absences

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