Jack & Jill Children's Center

Fort Lauderdale, FL   |  www.jackandjillcenter.org

Mission

To break the cycle of poverty for children of high need working families through quality early childhood education and family strengthening programs so that every child and family has the tools they need to be successful in life.

Ruling year info

1952

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs Heather Siskind

Main address

1315 W. Broward Blvd.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 USA

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EIN

59-0637870

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Jack & Jill Center was originally established in 1942 by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale as a day care center for children whose mothers entered the workforce when their husbands were called to fight in World War II. Today we are a community-based organization serving young children of high-need parents who work or attend school in order to strengthen themselves and their families. We are the oldest nonprofit provider of early childhood education in Broward County, and at our core our critical work has remained the same – we continue to educate young children and support and advocate for their families and our community. Over the course of our history, Jack & Jill Center has served nearly 20,000 children and families.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Education Center

Jack and Jill Center's Early Education Program is designed to meet the cognitive, social-emotional and physical needs of young children and their family. Our Program places emphasis on helping children gain confidence and self-control, thus empowering them to become strong decision makers and problem solvers. Children are encouraged to construct their own knowledge of the world around them by having hands-on experiences with diverse people, materials, ideas and events. The Center is licensed by Broward County Child Care Licensing and Enforcement Office and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Jack and Jill Children’s Center implements The Creative Curriculum, a nationally recognized curriculum guided by five fundamental principles:
1. Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.
2. Social–emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.
3. Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.
4. The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.
5. Teacher–family partnerships promote development and learning.

Special programs such as Mind Up and PBS (Positive Behavior Support) enhance the curriculum by supporting children’s emotional intelligence development. Additionally, the Program implements Continuity of Care: a high-quality practice of having children stay with the same caregiver throughout their early years. As learning occurs simultaneously with emotional attachment, it is best for young children to have a consistent caregiver. The practice fosters strong connections and benefits children by giving them caregivers who know them and their parents well.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

All children grow and learn in their own unique way and at their own pace, thus the Infant/Toddler program is tailored to meet the individual needs of each child in the classroom. At this level, children are encouraged to use emerging skills to discover and learn about the world. A child’s day consists of meaningful group and individual activities to help all children reach developmental milestones.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Once a child transitions to our Preschool Program, our fundamental goal is to empower the child to become an active learner. At this stage, children focus on establishing and maintaining a classroom daily routine and strengthening problem solving and interpersonal skills.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Madelaine Halmos Academy (MHA) is a private elementary school, serving Kindergarten through 5th grade. Educators, staff and volunteers work together to create a safe, academically challenging and socially supportive environment for all learners. MHA’s unique program nurtures the whole child by combining academic, social-emotional, and wellness elements to ensure a highly-effective educational experience.
The Academy is uniquely qualified to shape future leaders with a curriculum that exceeds Florida and Common Core standards.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Out-of-School and Summer Camp programs provide students with an opportunity to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. Children are engaged in a stimulating yet comfortable environment with homework help, physical activities and a healthy snack. Activities have included soccer, jewelry making, gardening, martial arts, dance, drama, music and science.

The Summer Camp Program is offered to children ages five to twelve years of age. Camp hours are 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with free before & after care available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided. Activities are STEAM focused and hands-on learning is applied in order to prevent summer learning loss. All campers go on weekly field trips to educational sites like the Museum of Discovery and Science, Zoo Miami, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center and many more. Because it is Summer, we also decompress with water days, luau parties, and visit movies, theaters, and water parks. To get our families involved, we welcome parent and guardian chaperones on all trips, as well as invite them to all parties and our annual End-of-Summer Talent Show!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our comprehensive Family Program is designed to strengthen families by providing intensive parent education, case management and referrals, a food and clothing pantry, and an emergency assistance fund. Through this program, families increase financial stability, maintain employment, achieve job achievement and foster their child’s healthy growth and development. As a result of addressing the needs of whole families, parents gain knowledge and confidence while children perform and behave better at home and in the classroom.

Our Family Program aims to empower our families and reduce their levels of stress by giving them formal skills, follow-up, and professional guidance in a supportive environment. We respect them as parents, recognize their cultural and parenting beliefs, and build on their positive skills. Programs are open to parents and the community; they include family strengthening classes, nurturing parent series, career advancement and entrepreneurship, financial literacy, first time home buyers series, cooking matters and a health series.

We have extensive experience working with children with special needs. The Family Program works closely with teachers and school administrators to help identify and provide referrals for children in need of special services. We partner with other agencies to provide onsite therapeutic services. These agencies include Kids Spot, whose therapists provide Speech, Occupational and Physical therapies, and Kids in Distress (KIDS) which provides Infant Mental Health Counseling.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Jack & Jill Center utilizes a two-generation approach to breaking the cycle of poverty in Broward County. Through our Early Education and Elementary Programs, children are provided with affordable, high-quality education and care. Our Family Program is designed to work in tandem with our educational programs by providing support to Jack & Jill Center families through an innovative combination of parent education, stress reduction, basic need satisfaction, development of meaningful relationships, and family empowerment. Our mission is to break the cycle of poverty in Broward County by providing high quality early and elementary education programs and family strengthening support.

Jack & Jill Center provides high quality educational programming and family support services to families in need. Our programs include:

Early Education Program: Jack & Jill’s Early Education Program provides quality early childhood education focusing on enabling children to grow emotionally, physically, and socially in a safe, caring environment using age-appropriate methods for cognitive growth.

Madelaine Halmos Academy (MHA): Our private elementary school serves kindergarten through 5th grade students. Educators, staff and volunteers work together to create a safe, academically challenging and socially supportive environment for all learners. MHA’s unique program nurtures the whole child by combining academic, social-emotional, and wellness elements to ensure a highly-effective educational experience.

Family Program: Designed to work hand-in-hand with Jack & Jill Center's educational programming, our comprehensive Family Program is designed to strengthen low-incomes, at-risk families by providing intensive parent education, case management, referrals, and an array of other support services. Through these programs, families gain the skills, knowledge, and resources they need in order to reduce the risk for incidences of abuse and neglect and to foster their child’s healthy growth and development.

The educators, administrators, staff and volunteers of Jack & Jill Center work tirelessly each day to fulfill the organization’s mission to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. Our programs offer our children long-term and consistent quality education and our families with the resources, support, and stability to yield economic independence and financial stability. Jack & Jill Center has served 20,000 children and families to date through the tireless work of our exceptional staff of nearly 60 highly experienced individuals, hundreds of annual volunteers, two program sites, dozens of community partners and our dedicated Board of Directors.

So much has changed at Jack & Jill Center since 1942, yet we remain steadfast in our mission to break the cycle of poverty for children of high-need working families through quality early childhood and elementary education and family strengthening programs—and we are proud to serve not only children, but their parents, guardians, families, and individuals in our community.

Financials

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Jack & Jill Children's Center

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tony Coley

Truist

Term: 2021 - 2020

Pat McKay

Vice President

Scott MacLaren

Secretary

Dulce Stephens

Treasurer

Organizational demographics

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