O'Farrill Learning Center

A nonprofit organization

7% complete

$10,000 Goal

The center was conceived by Mateo and Francisca O'Farrill, who came to the United States escaping communism from Havana, Cuba in the 1960's. Francisca became one of the original Cuban teachers chosen to work for Head Start in the first center created for Hispanic children. For the next 23 years, she continued working as lead teacher and center director for several centers; while Mateo took the roll of Curriculum Specialist for the Head Start Program in Miami. After retirement, they decided to start their own childcare and and within the first two years of service, received the "Gold Seal Accreditation" from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Apart from their service in education, they were also very active in the arts, performing with the Miami Beach Philharmonic and sharing the stage with musical giants like, Armando Manzanero and Rene Touzet. In 1995, Francisca sang "Cecilia Vlades" at the National Convention of Head Start in Washington, D.C. for Bill Clinton and several U.S. Senators. As of July 2008, Southwest 67th Avenue, from sixteenth to twenty-fourth street was named after Francisca, for her continued service to the education and the arts.

The agency's services include pre-kindergarten literacy program to ensure school readiness for children entering Kindergarten, providing year-round out-of-school literacy, fitness, social skills and enrichment curricula and reinforcement to achieve scores of excellence on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for school age children, and assisting low-income families achieve stability and self-sufficiency through the Head Start/Early Head Start Programs. All participants served are low-income (below the Federal Poverty Guideline), and consequently, all services are provided free of charge. In addition, at least 10% of all children served annually have a diagnosed disability.

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Organization name

O'Farrill Learning Center

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Children & Family


6741 SW 24 Street Suite 31
Miami, FL 33155



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