The City of Miramar contributes to our community by providing secure, supervised, learning and play through the Early Childhood Program. The philosophy of the Early Childhood Program is based on the belief that a childcare, preschool, after-school or camp program should provide physical, social, emotional and intellectual activities which enable a child to have a positive learning experience. Teachers are carefully selected and screened to assure a quality experience for each child. Our programs offer age appropriate activities and an anti-bias curriculum.
AWARD WINNING CHILD CARE PROGRAMS
APPLE - Accredited Professional
Preschool Learning Environment
The City of Miramar’s Early Childhood Programs are Nationally Accredited by Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE). APPLE Accreditation recognizes our commitment to provide quality learning programs.
Department of Children & Families (DCF) approved Gold Seal Quality Care Programs - The City of Miramar’s Early Childhood Programs are Department of Children & Families (DCF) approved Gold Seal Quality Care Programs. A Gold Seal Approval emphasizes our programs exceed National Standards. It is a level of care that exceeds the minimum licensing standards by meeting the higher standards set by the accrediting agency.
The City of Miramar’s Early Childhood Programs have
received the Broward County Gold Seal of Excellence annually since 1996. Broward
County recognizes Early Childhood Programs annually that are committed and dedicated
All programs offered by the Early Childhood Division are licensed and teachers are certified with a Child Development Association Credential or a Florida Child Care Professional Credential. Developmentally appropriate activities are taught in a safe and positive atmosphere. Children participate in motivational programs that focus on building self-esteem and a sense of being important. Come Grow With Us!
The City of Miramar Early Childhood Program provides high quality child care for children. The vision of community which is provided through this program can color a child’s ideas and expectations about equity, cooperation and citizenship.
- Each child is provided the physical, social, emotional and intellectual activities which enable them positive experiences.
- Importance is placed on cooperative play.
- Emergent literacy is the core emphasis of the anti-biased curriculum.
- Developmentally appropriate activities and learning materials are taught
by Child Development Associate Credentialed Teachers in a safe and secure environment.
The Early Childhood Program philosophy is based on the belief that a child care, preschool, after school or camp program; should provide the physical, social, emotional and intellectual activities which enable each child a positive learning experience.
The Early Childhood Program contributes to our community by providing secure and supervised learning and play. The overall program is designed to grow with each child’s needs. Age appropriate activities and an anti-bias curriculum shall be followed to assure quality learning experiences. Staff professionalism is a priority. Loyalty to the children, families and our City shall be conveyed at all times.
Emergent literacy is the core emphasis of our anti-biased curriculum. Our age appropriate activities and anti-bias curriculum is followed to assure quality learning experiences.
The curriculum guidelines are established by the Florida School Readiness Performance Standards. Curriculum is annually updated to meet the Performance Standards.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed on the prior Friday.
Applications may be printed from our web site, signed and brought to the child care center. They are also available at the child care centers. Parent handbooks may be printed from our web site or they are available at the child care centers. All forms for each application must be printed and signed by the child’s parent, a notary is available at each location. Please call ahead for a registration appointment. The legal parent(s)/custodian of the child must be present to register the child in the program.
- Preschool Registration Application & Parent Handbook: All forms for the application must be completed and signed. Please refer to the preschool parent handbook regarding program policies and procedures.
Preschool Parent Handbook
- VPK (Voluntary Pre Kindergarten) Registration Application, VPK Parent Handbook & Preschool Parent Handbook: All forms for the application must be completed and signed. Please refer to the preschool parent handbook regarding program policies and procedures. The VPK parent handbook includes additional policies and procedures that pertain exclusively to the VPK program.
VPK Parent Handbook
Preschool Parent Handbook
- Elementary Age Registration Application & Parent Handbook: This application is for our elementary age programs: ACES After school, Spring Camp, Winter Camp and Teacher Planning Days. All forms for the application must be completed and signed. Please refer to the elementary age parent handbook regarding program policies and procedures.
Elementary Age Parent Handbook
Our monthly Curriculum Calendar provides day to day information about what children will be learning and the activities that are happening for the month.
ACES Monthly Activity Calendar
Our monthly ACES Calendar provides a day to day calendar for the after-school program activities.
2012/2013 VPK Voluntary PreKindergarten Calendar
2012/2013 ACE After-School Calendar
The City of Miramar Early Childhood Program is a participant in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Care Food Program which assists centers in serving nutritious meals each day to all enrolled children.
All meals served meet the meal pattern requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Health. Children will receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. There is no additional fee for the meals served to your child.
Please know that The United States Department of Agriculture and the Florida Department of Health require that each child have a completed Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application on file. All Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications will be placed in our files and treated as confidential information.
The posted menus are rotated by week. Please check with your child's center to note which week's menu is being served.
Child Care Licensing & Enforcement - The Child Care Licensing and Enforcement (CCLE) Section of the Children’s Services Administration Division of the Human Services Department is responsible for the implementation of the state-mandated licensing of all child care facilities in Broward County. CCLE monitors child care providers for compliance with health and safety standards.
Florida Department of Children and Families - Information on Abuse Hotline, Adoption, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Care, Developmental Disabilities, Domestic Violence, Economic Services/ACCESS Florida (Food Stamps), Foster Care, Homelessness, Medicaid, and Mental Health.
VPK Voluntary Prekindergarten Program - Providing every 4-year old child in Florida a high quality Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. The Vision: All of Florida’s children are eager to learn and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. View program information, registration requirements, provider lists and eligibility.
Broward County Public School - Broward County Public School is the Nation’s sixth largest and largest fully accredited school district.
Florida Department of Children and Families Child Care Information - View and obtain the latest information relating to the child care program in the State of Florida. Learn more about Gold Seal Quality Care program, provider search, and view provider inspection report information.
Family Central -is a not-for-profit agency that is the central child care agency for Broward County. They provide the full complement of child care resource and referral services, eligibility and enrollment services for child care subsidies, individual and family therapy, parent training, resource libraries and developmental screening for young children.
Immunizations Program - “We want to make sure Broward County’s children stay healthy” Infant, Pre-School and School Enrollment immunization are offered to the general public without regard to income. Information for appointments may be obtained by calling or visiting the nearest public health center. Immunizations are offered throughout the community for locations, dates, and times check the web site’s service location..
Florida KidCare - Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18, even if one or both parents are working. When you apply for the insurance, Florida KidCare will check what you may qualify for based on age and family income. Apply on line now, enrollment is open all year.
Florida Department of Health - The mission of the Broward County Health Department is to promote, protect and improve the health of all of the people of Broward County. We carry out this mission in pursuit of our vision, which is, “a healthier future for the people of Broward County”.