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Evelio Torres Gets Tots On A Scholarly Road Early So They Are More Likely To Succeed Later In Life

Written by on June 14, 2012

As president and CEO of the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe for five years, Evelio C. Torres said the future of the nation, state and individual communities depends on early childhood education.

"If we want a better country and a better state and a better community, part of that solution is to really work with our families to try to make sure that they have every single opportunity to create a better future for themselves and their children," he said.

Traditionally, Mr. Torres said, education has been viewed as K-12 or even K-20. But now, he said, education is viewed as pre-K-12 or pre-K-20.

"We are working very closely with the public school system and with private schools to make sure that everyone starts looking at education from the very early stages," Mr. Torres said.

Early learning coalitions were created by the Florida Legislature about 10 years ago as part of the School Readiness Act of 1999. He said there are 31 in the state, serving all 67 counties, with the purpose of helping children from birth to age 5. Early childhood education can make a tremendous difference in a child’s entire educational career, he said.

"When children start falling behind from the very beginning, from kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, sometimes they never catch up," Mr. Torres said. "It is really amazing the number of children [who] are not reading at grade-level by the third grade."

Mr. Torres talked about the need for pre-kindergarten education and the advantages for both children and parents provided by the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe with Miami Today’s Rachel Tannenbaum in his Coral Gables office. To read the entire issue of Miami Today online, subscribe to e -Miami Today, an exact digital replica of the printed edition. To read this profile article in its entirety, subscribe to e-MiamiToday. With the e-MiamiToday you will be able to read the entire contents of Miami Today online exactly as it appears in print. Or order this issue, to receive a regular printed copy of this week’s Miami Today. You may also subscribe to the printed edition of Miami Today to receive the newspaper every week by mail. If you are reading this in Miami Today’s “Online Archive” as an archived web page and would like to see the entire article that was published, call Miami Today, 305-358-2663 and ask for the Circulation Department.   Top Front Page About Miami Today Put Your Message in Miami Today Contact Miami Today © Copyright 2012 Miami Today designed and produced by Green Dot Advertising and Marketingvar gaJsHost = ((“https:” == document.location.protocol) ? “https://ssl.” : “http://www.”);document.write(unescape(“%3Cscript src='” + gaJsHost + “’ type=’text/javascript’%3E%3C/script%3E”));var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker(“UA-4990655-1″);pageTracker._initData();pageTracker._trackPageview(); var _rsCI=”us-bpaww”; var _rsCG=”0″; var _rsDN=”//”; var _rsPLfl=0; var _rsSE=1; var _rsSM=1.0; var _rsCL=1;