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 Class Series are offered in the evenings throughout the year. Classes are free and open to the public; they are offered virtually in the evenings. The schedule for 2022-23 school year includes:

Financial Literacy (Presented by Consolidated Credit, Inc)
Tuesdays, September 20, 2022 – October 18, 2022 and Thursday, October 17, 2022 @ 6:30-7:30 PM
This six-week course presented by Consolidated Credit, Inc covers a range of topics that include budgeting and saving as a family, rebuilding credit, saving during a crisis, renters’ rights, and investment basics.

First-Time Home Buyer Series (Presented by The Urban League of Broward)
Wednesdays, October 26, 2022  – November 16, 2022 @ 6:30-8:30 PM
 This six-week course, presented by The Urban League of Broward, offers a step-by-step guide for buying your first home. Learn about city, county and state purchase assistance programs for eligible low-to-moderate income families. 

Nurturing Parenting Series
Thursdays, January 26, 2023 – March 30, 2023 @ 6:30-8:00 PM
This ten-week course includes topics such as positive discipline, stress management, communicating with respect, building a child’s self-worth, family morals, values and rules, and basic child development.

Individual Monthly Financial Coaching (Presented by Consolidated Credit, Inc.)
January 2023 (Date & Time TBA)
A Financial Coach will be available to help attendees set financial goals, budget, save money, and improve their credit. Students who complete a minimum of four sessions will earn $50 deposited into their bank account. 

Entrepreneurship Series (Presented by Broward College)
Spring 2023 (Date & Time TBA)
Attendees in this six-week course will learn about the basics of starting, running and growing a business.

Healthy Relationships Series (Presented by Live the Life) 
Spring 2023 (Date & Time TBA)
Over the course of six-weeks, this class will cover topics such as Personality Styles, Meetings Our Emotional Needs, Love Languages, Dividing Responsibilities, The Power of Us, Conflict Resolution, and Listening Skills. 

Jack & Jill Center Health Series
Spring 2023 (Date & Time TBA)
Over the course of this five-week series, attendees will learn about Self-Defense, Yummy & Healthy Cooking, Mental Health and Wellness, Exercise, and CPR (including Infant and Child CPR). 

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 jjohnson@jackandjillcenter.org.