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Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™
New Pre-Kindergarten

New Pre-Kindergarden  

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Early Learning Coalition offers an inclusion Pre-K program for three- and four-year-old children (50% visually impaired and 50% typically developing sighted children). Using the evidence-based HighScope Curriculum, blind or visually impaired students are supported in a print/braille rich environment. Miami Lighthouse is the first vision rehabilitation educational institute in the U.S. using the international HighScope Curriculum, and this is the first time that the HighScope has been applied to blind learners in a fully inclusive model.

Learning in all classrooms is conducted by Florida certified early learning teachers, teachers of the visually impaired and teaching assistants. Research faculty from the University of Miami is conducting a longitudinal study of the participating pre-kindergarten students as we prepare them to be mainstreamed into our public school system.

For more information please contact Lisa Santana, Program Coordinator 786.362.7481.

     

Graduation of first Lighthouse Learning Center for Children Pre-K

Blind Babies Program

Home Visitation Program

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. provides services to blind or visually impaired children from birth to age 5. Through the home visitation program implementation of Parents as Teachers, an evidence-based early childhood home visitation model, the Blind Babies Program supports families, enables strong community building, and supports blind children's readiness to learn.

 


Addison

     
Playgroups

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers weekly playgroups at our state-of-the-art facility. Playgroups foster learning through active play and support social emotional, physical, cognitive, and sociolinguistic needs of blind or visually impaired children. Through a family-centered approach, families come together weekly resulting in a strong emotional support network for parents and caregivers.

 

Amanda
Amanda

Support Groups

Each month Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides supportive services for families on various topics based on a family needs assessment. Support groups include meet and greet, available community resources and how to access them, understanding your child's eye condition and preparing for your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting.

For more information please contact Krizia Perez, Manager of Children's Programs 786.362.7481.

School-Age Programs

 

Braille and Technology Program

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is committed to supporting the academic needs of school-age children and braille and technology literacy. Offered on Saturdays, teacher planning days, and holiday breaks, the program provides individual support to each child to achieve IEP goals.

STAR Summer Program

A seven-week summer camp for blind or visually impaired children and their siblings ages 5-13 to support literacy, physical fitness, and social skills using the expanded core curriculum and evidence-based literacy program, Lit Art. During camp children participate in activities such as yoga, archery, goalball, and judo.

For more information please contact Krizia Perez, Manager of Children's Programs 786.362.7481.

   


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The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Children’s Summer Program and Babies Early Childhood Development Program are partially funded by The Children’s Trust. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.
 
 



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“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
“Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Case Study: Vision Rehabilitation for the First Florida Resident to Receive the Argus II “Bionic Eye” appeared in the May/June issue of the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness.
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The Blind Visionary
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royalty income will be donated to blind services at
the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind
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State of Vision
Sales of the “State of Vision” license plate support services to blind and visually impaired people. Miami Lighthouse is the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this license plate. The cost is $25.00 in addition to the regular registration fee.

 

 
 

 

STAR Summer Camp Children Testimonials

  • STAR is really cool. I like it because I get to be
    with all my friends and learn a lot during summer,
    from typing to art to music.
    - Marino, age 12


  • STAR is fun because we get to read a lot, go on lots of field trips, use the computers and learn programs like PowerPoint. I make a lot of friends here and get to learn things with them. It's a lot better than staying at home watching TV during the summer!
    - Madisleny, age 11


  • We learn a lot and have fun activities in STAR. The large print books I get have helped me a lot in school, and I like learning with a lot of friends that
    I've made here during my second year in STAR at Miami Lighthouse.
    - Taknighis, age 12


 
 
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

 

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned nine consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation’s premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

 

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Silver participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse’s commitment to data transparency.

 

 

                 

 

 

 

 

 

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

   

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

 

Miami Lighthouse was the recipient of the 2013 Switchboard Miami All Star Most Valuable Non-Profit Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

 

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

   
                     

 

 

 

 

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

 

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.

 

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.

   
 
 

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