Welcome to Jack & Jill Center

Discover more about Jack & Jill Center, on this page you can explore our dedicated team members, access annual and financial reports, meet our esteemed board of directors, and explore exciting career opportunities.

Team Member Directory

Contact information for each member of the Jack & Jill team can be found here. 

Annual & Financial Reports

Annual Reports, Financial Reports, and organizational policies can be found here. 

Board of Directors

Meet the dedicated members of the community who make up our Board of Directors. 


Are you interested in joining our team? Great! Click "Learn More" to view our open positions. 

Our History

In 1942, the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale established Jack & Jill Center as an emergency nursery school, offering childcare to women entering the workforce during World War II as their husbands served overseas.

Today, Jack & Jill Center has evolved into a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community-based organization committed to providing comprehensive, holistic, wraparound support services to children from high-need families. Our aim is to improve the wellbeing and quality of life for these children and their parents who work or attend school. As the oldest nonprofit provider of early childhood education in Broward County, our core mission remains unchanged: serving families, educating children, and supporting and advocating for our community.

Originally known as "Jack & Jill Nursery" until 2003, we started in a small school house in Fort Lauderdale's historic Sailboat Bend neighborhood, catering to 40 children and their families. Over time, the demand for early childhood education in South Florida grew, leading to our relocation to a 17,000 square foot facility on West Broward Boulevard and expanding our capacity to serve up to 140 children. Our programming also expanded to include infants through Preschool/VPK (4), a food & clothing pantry called the J&J Boutique, and a Family Resource Room with a computer lab.

In 2017, after careful planning and community feedback, we embarked on constructing a modern elementary school on our campus. This resulted in the establishment of the Madelaine Halmos Academy (MHA), which began serving kindergarten through fifth grade in August 2021. Thanks to the generosity of The Halmos Family, every MHA student who graduates high school will receive a two-year college scholarship from the Jack & Jill Center Opportunity Scholarship Fund.

As our name evolved to Jack & Jill Center to reflect our expanded scope of services, we now provide not only children's education but also family support programs to address long-term and systemic inequality. We recognize the challenges faced by hard-working families, which is why we strive to empower them with the tools they need to build a better future. Our family strengthening programs help improve financial stability, job prospects, child development, and overall family stability.

Throughout our journey, we have served over 20,000 children and families in our community through our Early Education Program, Madelaine Halmos Academy, Family Program, and the HEALTH Program.

Looking ahead, Jack & Jill Center remains committed to our mission of strengthening children and families through innovative education, supportive programming, and community engagement. We take pride in serving not only the children but also their parents, guardians, and individuals in our community. As we continue our next chapter, we will adapt to the changing needs of our community and persist in making a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.

We are Jack & Jill Center

The Mission of Jack & Jill Center is to strengthen children and families through innovative education, supportive programming, and community engagement. Our Vision is for every child and family to reach their full potential. 

Our Values are represented by treating others with the respect and the highest degree of empathy, equity and trust while valuing their contributions. Through teamwork we promote and support a dedicated, unified team to passionately meet one common mission. By having open, honest communication and the frequent sharing of information in a safe environment, where opinions and views are encouraged, we encourage innovation and the use of creativity to deliver quality education and support by viewing challenges and opportunities from new angles and exercising our curiosity. We do our very best to uphold integrity, the highest ethical standards by acting with honesty and fairness in every action we take.

Location & Hours

Mon - Fri: 7:00 am - 6 pm

Sat & Sun: Closed

Address: 1315 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312