Community Collaborators & Resources
It takes a village to create success
Jack & Jill Children’s Center collaborates with many community organizations to provide services for families in need. Collaborations are important to Jack & Jill because they allow us to expand and extend services to families at low or no additional cost. In addition, partnerships and new collaborations ensure that Jack & Jill will not duplicate other services provided by the community. Current key collaborative partners include the following.
Jack & Jill is among a number of licensed centers in Broward county enrolling children receiving state child care subsidies through Family Central. There are currently 69 children enrolled at Jack & Jill through this program, none of whom are included in the budget for private scholarships. Family Central currently has a waiting list of over 13,000 families waiting to receive subsidized child care dollars. All family enrolled at Jack & Jill are required to registered with Family Central.
Junior League of Fort Lauderdale
As our founding agency, the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale plays an active role in volunteering their time at the Center and in collecting in-kind donations for holiday baskets and for our food and clothing bank. Additionally, the league has a representative on the Board of Directors who is active in advocating for Jack & Jill.
Forum on Women’s Health
The Forum on Women’s Health works collectively with Jack & Jill to provide information to the medically underserved community in Fort Lauderdale. The Forum, in partnership with the Department of Community Service (DOCS) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has held five annual health fairs at Jack & Jill Children’s Center providing free health screenings and mental health assessments to over 800 individuals in the local community.
Children’s Opportunity Group
The Children’s Opportunity Group has a number of representatives who serve on Jack & Jill’s Auxiliary Board. Additionally, this group to donates their time and provides annual funding for necessary curriculum requirements.
Junior Welfare Society
The Junior Welfare Society works closely with Jack & Jill Children’s Center to provide additional services within the community providing a “hand up” to families working hard to provide for themselves and for their children to break the cycle of poverty.
Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center
Jack & Jill refers children and families in need of additional health related services to Children’s Diagnostic Treatment Center for medical treatment.
There are currently eight grandmothers who have been placed at Jack & Jill Children’s Center who work closely with staff and children to enhance the quality of the program provided and to bring a sense of family to the program.
Women in Distress
Women in Distress contracts with Jack & Jill to provide child care for mothers in need.
St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Students, faculty and families all work with the Center individually and collectively on a year-round basis volunteering the time and donating in-kind items.
Florida Atlantic University
Students at FAU’s RN Program complete practicum at our Center.
Sheridan and Atlantic Vocational Education Centers
Students in their LPN programs conduct practicum’s in pediatrics at our Center.
Provides FREE tax consultations on the Earned Income Tax Credit for parents and staff.
Mount Bethel Human Services Corporation
Mount Bethel Human Services provides innovative support through an array of services and programs for children, adults, and families that respond to the issues of parenting, education, unemployment, and crime.