Family Summer Kick-Off to promote childhood health, education, safety

The Healthy Start Coalition of Miami- Dade (HSCMD) has partnered with Early Learning Coalition of Miami- Dade/Monroe (ELCMDM) to host the Family Summer Kick-Off, a fun-filled day promoting childhood health, education and safety for pregnant women and families with children up to age 8. The event will take place on Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center: 10901 SW 24 St.

Encouraging whole families to enjoy quality time together in an all-ages environment, the event is completely free and features early pregnancy, childbirth, home safety, early literacy, bike safety, car seat inspection and first aid classes, plus a giant slide, rock wall, obstacle course, inflatable play town, bounce houses, arts and crafts, raffles and giveaways for the entire family.

“We are thrilled to be part of the first Family Summer Kick-Off,” said Evelio Torres, president and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition. “These events offering free services, resources and products to families in need allow access to proper care and healthy, constructive enjoyment for all Miami-Dade County residents. Our work and the efforts of our partners have helped build a community where our children are the priority.”

The event will feature an 11 a.m. program including remarks from South Florida’s elected officials, community partners and social service organizational leaders. “With state and federal funding cuts to early education and childhood health programs, citizens across the county are looking to us for help,” said Manuel Fermin, CEO of Healthy Start. “We and our partners are being called to step up to the plate, and I’m so glad South Florida’s noted leaders support our efforts for happier and healthier Miami-Dade families.”

Thousands of mothers and caretakers are expected to participate in the free event. HSCMD also is offering opportunities for corporations and local health and social service organizations to join the effort. To secure your organization as a partner or sponsor, please contact Manuel Fermin at 305-541-0210.

For more information on the event, or to pre-register (recommended if planning to attend classes), call Miami-Dade Area Health Education Center (AHEC) at 305- 597-3666, or visit

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