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Engaging Latino Communities for Education: Overview

What is the FIU-ENLACE Miami Children’s Trust program?
Florida International University (FIU) and select elementary schools in the West Dade area are working in partnership with The Children’s Trust to provide after school and summer programs for elementary, middle, and high school students and K-Parent informational meetings at FIU. Through a generous grant from The Children’s Trust FIU-ENLACE Miami offers a summer program at Florida International University and an after school program at Charles R Hadley Elementary, Coral Park Elementary, EWF Stirrup Elementary, Rockway Elementary, and Sweetwater Elementary.

Who is eligible?
Students who are in grades 4th-11th and attend schools in the West Dade area welcome to apply for the FIU-ENLACE Miami Summer Enrichment Program. Students must have a “B” average and should exhibit a high degree of interest in learning and in obtaining a college/university education. Applications are ready in March, please contact the FIU-ENLACE Miami office.

For the after school program students should attend the above mentioned schools, be in grades 3rd, 4th, or 5th, and be in need of additional academic assistance. Students scoring a 1, 2, or 3 on the FCAT are encouraged to apply.

K-Parent meetings are open to all parents.

Who is directing the courses?
Academic classes are taught by certified teachers using the latest educational tools. In addition, Fit Kids, Inc offers nutrition and physical fitness education. The Yaeger Foundation teaches students about technology and leadership skills. And the Non-Violence Project instructs students on having respect for others, developing a high self esteem, and solving problems without violence.

When do students do their homework?
During the school year it is important that homework is be done at home in order to establish good studying habits in children. However, for those students who need extra help with their homework we offer homework time at the end of the tutoring hour and from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.

How much does the program cost?
The fee for the after school program is determined by the school site and is based on a sliding scale depending on family economic status. There are no additional fees for these services. All students are required to have the school insurance which is a one-time fee of $10.00 and is effective for the complete school year including summer.

Summer program fees are a one-time registration fee based on a sliding scale as follows: Free Lunch students -0-, Reduced Lunch $25, and Others $90.

What are the hours of the program?
The summer program is a four-week intensive academic program and runs from 9:30 am -3:30 pm at Florida International University. The after school program is an extended school day program and runs from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm at selected school sites. It consists of one hour of grade-appropriate tutoring and one hour of life-enhancing skills and fun activities. The K-parent meetings are informational parent workshops that present opportunities related to education and parenting skills and are held at FIU on the first Saturday of the month.

Who is responsible for my child?
The After School and Summer Program staff are responsible for your child from the time of dismissal until they are signed out by a parent, guardian, or authorized caregiver.

Do all schools offer this program?
No, at this time only four schools in Miami-Dade County offer the FIU-ENLACE Miami / Children’s Trust after school program.

After school sites include:

Coral Park Elementary
Charles R Hadley Elementary
Rockway Elementary
Sweetwater Elementary
EWF Stirrup Elementary
Royal Palm Elementary
Blue Lakes Elementary
Eugenia B. Thomas Elementary
Kendale Elementary

Summer Site:
Florida International University - students residing in West Dade, Sweetwater, Westchester, are encouraged to attend.


Who can I contact if I need more information?
Please contact the ENLACE Miami office at Florida International University for more information: (305) 348-3714


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