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Lori Hanson, Chief of Research Evaluation and Strategic Planning

The Children's Trust was created by voter referendum in 2002 to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, Florida, by making strategic investments in their future.  As a dedicated source of funding for children's programs and services, The Children's Trust helps ensure all children get the best start possible in life and continue to have access to supports and services for their education, health and overall well-being. Placing a strong emphasis on accountability and documenting the impact of our investments, The Children's Trust engages in competitive grant-making, program monitoring and capacity-building, community research and public policy advocacy.

The Children's Trust's initiatives and funding support are guided by a Results-based Strategic Plan for Investments. This flexible, living document - informed by research and created with broad community consultation - allows us to respond to community needs over time yet focus on the results we want for children in our community.

The results we seek are that children are:

  • healthy physically and emotionally;
  • supported by safe, nurturing families and communities;
  • ready to succeed when entering school; and
  • succeeding in school and society.


The Children’s Trust emphasizes collaboration and partnership in order to provide programs and services needed by children and families and to effect community-wide change. As we have since our inception, The Children's Trust encourages creative approaches to coordinating, integrating and funding services across and within the areas of health, safety, development and to promote increased parental and community involvement on behalf of all our children, while stressing accountability and results.

Grettel Suarez
Director of Research
Jennifer Ulysse
Research Business Analyst
Lori Hanson
Chief of Research Evaluation and Strategic Planning


June 11, 2020
The Children’s Trust held a virtual community workshop, in concert with other agency partners, titled the IDEAS Synergy Event 2020, with a diverse group of 130 early childhood experts, from... [read more]
January 1, 2018
The Children's Trust is working with the University of Miami Center for Computational Sciences and multiple early learning agencies throughout Miami-Dade County, including the school system, on an... [read more]
May 2011
Users can now generate, view and print a customized report featuring selected community indicators from the website’s maps page. Users first select a primary indicator of interest then construct... [read more]


October 14, 2019
Presentation - By: Olivia Arena, Laura McKieran , Donovan Lee-Sin

Urban Institute, Community Information Now (CI:Now), The Children's Trust

November 16, 2017
Presentation - By: Zafreen Jaffery, Samuel McKinnon, Christine Selby

The Children's Trust

May 19, 2017
Meeting Materials - By: Lisa Pittman

The Children's Trust

September 15, 2016
Presentation - By: Donovan Lee-Sin

The Children's Trust


Partner Webinars

February 15, 2018 - 1:00pm

In 2014, we began holding virtual idea showcases after partners expressed the desire for more NNIP conversations between in-person meetings. Thanks to Idea Showcases, partners have shared their... [read more]

Presenters Matt Nowlin , Zafreen Jaffery , Steve Saylor