Stabilizing and Educating Families for Lifelong Success

Our comprehensive Family Program is designed to compliment our educational programming by addressing the needs of not only a child, but the whole family. The Family Program strengthens 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. All of the parent education courses are held in the evenings to accommodate working parents and are open to members of community.

Services Available for Jack & Jill Center Families:

Case Management

Our Family Program team members are present to assess and support each family’s unique needs and to link families to resources and opportunities for self-help. Additionally, our Case Manager is available to help with resume writing, goal setting, job search, and family budgeting. Family assessments are done annually in order to more effectively assist a family.

J&J Boutique and Family Resource Room

Jack & Jill Center provides a dedicated room that, with dignity and privacy, enables families to select clothing, shoes, canned and boxed goods, diapers, infant items and gift cards donated by the community. Also, the center has a Family Resource Room that gives families the ability to access online resources, complete homework assignments, and perform employment searches.

Helping Hands Fund

Should a Jack & Jill Center family face a financial emergency, such as an unexpected medical, dental, rent, food or utility bill, our Family Program team will assess that family’s need and provide emergency assistance funding from our Helping Hands Fund. This program is only available to Jack & Jill Center families. Community members may explore emergency resources provided by Broward County by clicking here.

Therapeutic Services

Our Director of Student Services and Case Management works in conjunction with teachers and center administration to help identify and provide referrals for children in need of special services. We have partnered 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.

Classes and Resources that are Open to Jack & Jill Center Parents and Our Greater Community:

Family Program Classes

Several Family Strengthening Class Series are offered in the evenings throughout the year. Free dinner, childcare and incentives are offered for all series. Series offered vary each year and include:

Nurturing Parenting Series

This 10 week course includes topics such as positive discipline, stress management, basic child development.

Career Advancement & Entrepreneurship

This 6 week course includes topics such as effective resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search strategies, intro to entrepreneurship, business planning, and marketing.

Financial Literacy 

This 6 week course includes topics such as healthy spending, money management, financial recovery.

Making Dreams a Reality: First-Time Home Buyer Series 

This 6 week course includes Urban League’s Center for Working Families Orientation, and first time homebuyer workshop.

Cooking Matters

This 6 week course includes topics such as healthy nutrition and cooking.

Health Series

This 5 week course includes topics such as mental health, women’s health and pediatrics.

For more information about the Family Program or to sign up for classes, please contact Jeanette Johnson at 954-463-8772, ext. 208, or email