More foster homes are needed in Monroe County from Key Largo to Key West. Due to the limited number of foster families in our county, children in our community who have been abused and neglected have at times had to be placed in foster homes as far away as Broward County. These out of county placements make family visits and reunification very difficult for those most in need of our community’s support.

Foster Parent Training Classes will begin on June 7, 2011 in Tavernier.  We are also in need of homes that would be available to provide respite care for foster children to allow the foster parents an evening out or vacation time.

Foster parents can be married, single, and/or have children of their own. They represent parents with diverse backgrounds, lifestyles and income levels.  They own their own homes, live in apartments, condos, or trailers. They are working people, full-time caregivers, parents and retirees. They come from every walk of life, but they all have one thing in common. Foster parents provide a safe temporary home for children while they are separated from their families.

Please call Wendy Medeiros at (305) 853-3514 for more information.


Announces the start of The 2011 Birth to Five Florida Child Care Professional (FCCPC)

On August 23, 2011 enrolled students receive 120 classroom instruction hours in areas such as Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education and Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Activities.

Fee: $1000 covers the cost of tuition, resource file box, books and the FCCPC observation.
A deposit of $200 is due by : August 20, 2011

Financial Aid: T.E.A.C.H (Teacher Education And Compensation Help)

Early Childhood Scholarship Program provides funding for those who qualify.

Klaus-Murphy scholarship who for those who qualify.

Locations Key West and Tavernier


Prior to enrollment, students must:

• Have completed the required 45 hours of state mandated trainings and competency tests

Click here for a list of classes.

* Be working in a child care setting.

* Have a minimum of 480 contact hours with children.

* Have proof of a high school diploma or G.E.D.

How to sign up: Call Laurie Dunn at 809-5000 x 231 for questions and information.

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