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February 2010

Career Opportunities

Early Care and Education Quality Specialist
Family Central seeks a Quality Specialist for work in Miami-Dade County. Qualified candidates must have at least a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and one year experience; Master's degree preferred as well as experience with accreditation systems and early childhood curriculum preferred. Candidates also require a valid Florida Driver's License, reliable transportation and proof of insurance. Job entails flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. Bilingual preferred. Email resumes to 

Emergent Literacy Specialist
Family Central, Inc. has an opening for an emergent literacy specialist for work in Miami-Dade County area. Applicants require a minimum of a B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and a minimum of two years of Early Childhood or Kindergarten experience. Knowledge of center-based childcare best practices and mentoring experience preferred. Applicants also must have a valid Florida driver's license, reliable transportation and proof of automobile insurance. Work requires flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends. For questions, call (954) 724-3932. Email resumes to

Child Care Center Director
The YWCA has a position open for a Child Care Center director. Candidate must have Florida Directors Credential; an A.A./B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred, experience in ECE programs; prior supervisory experience or knowledge of supervision; knowledge of the budget process and fiscal responsibilities; and possess all DCF certification requirements. Submit resume with cover letter to: or fax to (305) 416-4618.
Director for Youth Advocate Programs - Orlando
Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. seeks a high-energy professional with at least five years of neighborhood- based program experience with high-needs youth and families to serve as director of YAP, Inc., an advocate program based in Orlando. Director will supervise and train all new staff of this 35-year-old non-profit organization committed to strength-based, family-centered programming as a means of keeping families fully intact, and successful returning youth to their community. Starting salary based on experience. Benefits include health insurance, retirement savings plan, paid time off, and holiday pay. B.A. in a Human Services field required. Send cover letter, resume, 3 professional references, and salary requirements to:

Development Director
United HomeCare Services seeks a director of development responsible for providing leadership and a plan to attract philanthropic
dollars to support strategic initiatives and programs. Candidate should have a minimum of five years of fundraising experience in a health care system, academic, cultural and/or social services environment; an established track record of success in direct fundraising, managing campaigns and working with volunteers; experience with launching and managing capital building campaigns; experience leading public relations/marketing, advertising consultant to implement rebranding/branding campaign in support of development efforts. Spanish preferred but not required. To apply, please click here. For more info, contact the Human Resources Department at (305) 477-0440.

Grant Writer
ReCapturing the Vision seeks a grant writer to be responsible for researching, writing, collating, and submitting appropriate grant applications for federal, state, county and city funding sources. Candidate must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines. Qualified and interested candidates submit cover letter, writing samples, grant writing samples and resume to

Case Manager
ReCapturing the Vision is looking for a full-time case manager to serve as an integral part of the agency's team. Primary duties are to link families to the necessary social services. Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to
Administrative Assistant
Recapturing the Vision seeks a high-performance professional to assist administration with clerical duties. Candidate must be comfortable navigating the web; highly proficient in the following Microsoft Office programs: Word, Outlook, PowerPoint; and able to type at least 45 WPM. Please send resume packet to
Source: The Children's Trust Bulletin

Memorial celebration ends in tragedy as 3 shot

Two teens and an adult were shot at a celebration in honor of a cancer victim.
A memorial celebration for a woman whose life was ended by cancer turned from a party into a tragedy late Sunday afternoon, after people were scattered by gunshots fired into the crowd. Two teens and an adult were hit, and were rushed to Ryder Trauma Center for treatment of gunshot wounds.

Miami ranks #6 in Forbes poll on America’s most miserable cities

Forbes magazine recently released a listing of the 20 most miserable cities in America and Miami is #6. Here's why Miami received that ranking.

No. 6 Miami, Fla.

The weather and no personal state income tax are nice, but the city rates in the bottom 10% of areas when it comes to commute times, violent crime and corruption. Foreclosures hit 7.2% of homes in 2009, 10th worst in the U.S.

Here's how misery was measured, verbatim from the online article:

Our Misery Measure takes into account unemployment, taxes (both sales and income), commute times, violent crime and how its pro sports teams have fared over the past two years. We also factored in two indexes put together by Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling that gauge weather and Superfund pollution sites. Lastly we considered corruption based on convictions of public officials in each area as tracked by the Public Integrity Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Like many, I'm sure you're questioning the some of the metrics used in the poll. Check the Forbes site for photos and other details.

America's 20 Most Miserable Cities

  1. Cleveland, OH
  2. Stockton, CA
  3. Memphis, TN
  4. Detroit, MI
  5. Flint, MI
  6. Miami, FL
  7. St. Louis, MO
  8. Buffalo, NY
  9. Canton, OH
  10. Chicago, IL
  11. Modesto, CA
  12. Akron, OH
  13. Kansas City, MO
  14. Rockford, IL
  15. Toledo, OH
  16. New York City, NY
  17. Sacramento, CA
  18. Youngstown, OH
  19. Gary, IN
  20. Philadelphia, PA

Photo: David Adame

My cell phone bill shocker

This is not a joke. When I opened my cell phone bill yesterday, I thought Ashton Kutcher and his crew were trying to punk me or maybe the folks from Candid Camera were reviving the show. I knew it was a joke when it was 74 pages and totaled $2,441.67.

A quick call to customer service connected me with Kelly who quickly realized I wasn't irate and explained what happened. I had changed plans recently and was incorrectly charged for air time. Kelly apologized several times and explained the next steps the process to correct this.

As I discussed this with my family, my brother laughed, "See you wouldn't have that problem with Metro PCS. Hello... hello... hello. Unlimit yourself."

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