Ana M. Valladares

Ana M. Valladares is the Governor Appointee of Broward County's Children's Services Council
Governor Appointee

In 2007 Ana founded Destinations in Design, LLC, a company providing educational programs for the professional development of Architects and Interior Designers. A Broward County resident for more than 20 years, Ms. Valladares arrived in South Florida with her husband, Fredo and children Cecilia and Tomas after living and working in Germany and Italy. With a degree in museum administration and curatorship, Ms. Valladares has worked with prestigious local and international art institutions, including 15 years with Nylon Polymer a Fortune 500 manufacturer in the US.

A longtime community activist, Ms. Valladares has been a dedicated advocate for children by participating in many different initiatives geared to enhance children's lives. As a founding member of the ESOL parent advisory at the Broward County School Board, she was elected and became the first advisory chairperson for this grassroots organization, presenting recommendations to the school board from the multicultural parent and student community in order to improve the quality of program instruction and services.

In 2001 she was appointed by then Gov. Jeb Bush to the newly created Children's Services Council of Broward County. In 2007 she was reappointed by Gov. Charlie Crist.

In June 2009 Ms. Valladares was elected President of the Board of Trustees of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Southern Florida the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. Ms. Valladares has served as co-chair of the Broward Immigration Coalition and has been involved with Broward's Legislative Agenda through Broward Days. Ms. Valladares is also one of the recipients of the 2003 Heart Award by the Children's Consortium of Broward and in 2004 was recognized as one of Broward's Hispanic Women of Distinction.

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SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Coalition) | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The Children’s Services Council has been at the forefront in funding programming for children and youth with physical, developmental or behavioral health needs since its inception. In 2004, the Council commissioned Broward County’s Business Plan for Children with Special Needs which became the impetus for establishing a stakeholder group known as the Special Needs Advisory Coalition (SNAC). The SNAC has been instrumental in advocating for system improvements and reducing service gaps.

Primary POC: Marissa Aquino |

2-1-1 Broward General Hotline | 2-1-1 Broward
2-1-1 or 954-537-0211

2-1-1 Broward, an information & referral line, provides a 24-hour, comprehensive help line and support service for individuals seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. An impressive database of information is used to provide community callers with current, relevant information regarding a wide variety of services within the community. All calls are toll-free, confidential and anonymous from anywhere in Broward County.

Capacity Building Mini Grants | Children's Services Council of Broward County

Infrastructure building support is provided to local child and family serving nonprofit organizations through our annual Capacity Buildings Mini Grants. Through a competitive grant process, local organizations are awarded funding for capacity building projects, professional business coaching and or fundraising support each year.

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille |

Cribs for Kids | Heathy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County

In 2003, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a report that estimated that the risk of infant suffocation increases 20-fold when infants and adults sleep in the same bed. Cribs for Kids provides low-income families with free GRACO Pack ‘n Play® cribs, one crib sheet, and a safe-sleep sack, and counsels parents on the dangers of co-sleeping.

Primary POC: Ashley Sturm | | 954-765-0550 ext. 339

CSC Sponsored Trainings | Children's Services Council of Broward County

The CSC offers quality and affordable training workshops for professionals serving children and families in Broward County. Each session is led by instructors that are highly qualified and experienced in their field to provide an optimal learning environment. CEU’s are also offered for many of the completed courses. For a training calendar and to register, please visit our website at

Primary POC: Adamma DuCille |

Drowning Prevention | Florida Department of Health in Broward County

Drowning Prevention is a collaborative community effort driven by the Drowning Prevention Task Force. In 2009, the Children’s Services Council allocated funding to support a full-time coordinator housed at the Broward County Health Department who provides insight and accountability for the implementation of the Drowning Prevention Action Plan.
Task Force members create a culture throughout Broward that infuses drowning prevention methodologies, practices, and messages that directly impact families with young children.

Early Literacy Interventions | Reading & Math, Inc.

Reading & Math, Inc., through a partnership with Broward County Public Schools, is implementing the Reading Corps program in Broward County. Florida Reading Corps tutors serve Broward County’s most at-risk students with targeted early literacy interventions. Reading Corps screens all students at designated schools to identify children who are behind on early literacy skills, and develop individualized tutoring plans to meet each child’s needs.

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