Parent to Parent of Miami was founded in 1986 by Paula Lalinde, Iliana Hernandez, Ven Sequenzia, Jr., and Christine Sequenzia.
In 1988, Iliana Hernandez assumed the responsibility of Family Support Coordinator and provided services to families directly from her home with the support of grant funds from CCDH.
During 1989, a grant proposal was submitted to the Dade Community Foundation to assist families of Haitian descent and the grant was funded. With this growth also came the acquisition of our first computer.
Our quest for funding and office space finally was realized when the Florida Diagnostic Learning Resource Systems (FDLRS) offered to house Parent to Parent of Miami in their facility. This year we also received funding from the March of Dimes to provide information and support for families of children ages birth through five years old. Parent to Parent of Miami designs the first logo.
In 1990, Parent to Parent of Florida merged with the Parent Education Network to form what we know today as the Family Network on Disabilities (FND). By this time, Parent to Parent of Miami had already incorporated, and the Board of Trustees decided to continue as an independent entity. This decision was also based on the fact that the organization was well established in the community. Public awareness was clearly reflected by the increase in referrals. A change in name would not be in the best interest of the organization.
In 1998, Parent to Parent of Miami was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Programs (OSEP) to serve as a CPRC for families who have children and adults with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Other funding sources included grants from the Dade Community Foundation, Community Committee for Developmental Handicaps, the Alliance for Human Services, private donations, volunteers and fundraising activities. Parent to Parent of Miami also administered the funds set aside for parent involvement from the Early Intervention Program Regional Policy Council of Miami-Dade. During this period, thanks to the generosity of Les Leech, Parent to Parent of Miami was housed at Sunrise Community, Inc.
In October 2002, building on the foundation of the CPRC funding and its effectiveness in working with families, Parent to Parent of Miami entered into a cooperative agreement with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The goal of this agreement was to expand the opportunities for school-based parent/professional partnerships. The partnership was formed resulting in blended resources, and with Parent to Parent of Miami housing, training, and supervising six Miami-Dade County Public School Parent Liaison employees.
By July 2003, Parent to Parent of Miami secured sufficient funds to move to a new location and provide the staff with the necessary office space to work and grow. During this period, we obtained additional funding from the Alliance for Human Services for the Partners in Education and Support Conferences and for Respite and Aftercare Stipends.
In 2004, Parent to Parent of Miami submitted grant proposals for continued funding for the following projects: the Community Parent Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs; The Partners in Education and Support Conferences and Respite and Aftercare Stipend grants funded by the Alliance for Human Services; and Parent to Parent of Miami submitted the Building a Community of Excellence through Support, Training and Leadership Project to The Children’s Trust.
All grants submitted were funded and Parent to Parent of Miami’s budget exceeded $500,000 for fiscal year 2004-2005. Later that year, Hispanics in Philanthropy provided funding in the amount of $10,000 to enable the program to conduct the first strategic planning process.
Parent to Parent of Miami launched its first annual Journey of Dreams benefit.
2005 with funding support from Hispanics in Philanthropy, Parent to Parent of Miami conducted its first Organizational Assessment.
The Dade Community Foundation funds a grant proposal for the design of a new logo:
Parent to Parent of Miami is honored with The Children’s Trust 2008 Champions for Children with Disabilities Award
Parent to Parent of Miami celebrates 25 years of serving families and children with disabilities in Miami-Dade county!
Parent to Parent of Miami partners with F.I.U and M-DCPS to develop and implement Project Panther LIFE (Learning Is For Everyone).
Parent to Parent of Miami rebrands logo and redesigns the website with funding from The Miami Foundation.