Welcome to The Madelaine Halmos Academy Construction Updates page!

Our goal is to keep the MHA community informed as we build our new elementary school. We welcome you to join us on this journey!

Thank you so much to our supporters who contributed to our Capital Campaign to construct a school to house our elementary program, Madelaine Halmos Academy. This building has been fully operational for the 2021-22 school year, serving kindergarten through fifth grade.

“With this new state-of-the-art school, we are able to significantly enhance our ability to develop lifelong learners with the potential for prosperous futures,” said Heather Siskind, CEO of Jack & Jill Center. “We are very thankful to the Halmos family and the community for their dedication to helping these children achieve success.”

When MHA reaches full capacity, Jack & Jill Center will serve 220 students and their families. MHA’s new building will also create 37 new full-time jobs.

The campaign has raised almost $10 million, completely covering the cost of construction on the building. However, fundraising momentum is still high as we seek donors to help meet essential operational funds for the next 4 years in order to close out the final $800,000 of the campaign.

Naming opportunities are still available! If you would like more information on the Madelaine Halmos Academy at Jack & Jill Center and the Capital Campaign or would like to schedule a tour, contact Chief Development Officer, Maria Meyer, at (954) 463 – 8772, ext. 203 or mmeyer@jackandjillcenter.org.

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April, 2021

February 27, 2021

We are nearing the final phase of the construction process for The Madelaine Halmos Academy, also known as the project closure. The building essence is both evident and notable as drywall, windows, doors, and other finishings are installed. Installation of the parking lot sub-base has been completed to ensure the structural integrity and proper drainage of the asphalt surface which will be laid in the upcoming weeks. Click Here to make a gift.

October 8, 2020

Raise the roof! We are so excited to share our latest construction update with you using these birds-eye view aerial drone photos of The Madelaine Halmos Academy. Click Here to make a gift.


September 17, 2020

July 28, 2020

Masonry and concrete are progressing on the second floor—Final lift of hollow core roof slabs will be in next week—Rough electric and rough plumbing are continuing to make headway. Our dreams are coming to fruition!  Click Here to help us reach our goal

JULY 10, 2020

And then there were two! Floors, that is! Thanks to the support of our amazing donors we have reached $9.1M and climbing! Join the growing list of MHA donors now! Click Here to make a gift.

June 19, 2020

Construction of The Madelaine Halmos Academy is reaching for the sky, just like our students! We are excited to see all of this visual progress as Herman Construction begins to build the second floor, and cannot wait until our doors open so that we can serve 220 more children. Click Here to make a gift.


May 13, 2020

The Madelaine Halmos Academy is growing by leaps and bounds! The crews are preparing the 1st floor slab for concrete. The reinforcing steel for the columns and beams is being installed.  After reinforcing steel and form work is complete we can pour the concrete for 1st floor columns and beams.

April 20, 2020

Construction of The Madelaine Halmos Academy has reached the first floor! Now that the block walls are up, the next step will be expanding to the second floor and putting the roof on the building. The visual proliferation is great cause for excitement!

April 9, 2020

Although COVID-19 has caused our programs to transition to digital learning, we are happy to report that construction of The Madelaine Halmos Academy has not stopped! We have made tremendous strides, including laying all of the foundation for the new building. There will be a lot more visual progress in the next day or two as the masonry walls start going up, so please continue to check our social media (InstagramFacebookTwitterLinkedInYouTube) and be on the look out for more email communications from us. Enrollment is now open for the 2020-2021 school year. In August, we will open our inaugural fourth grade class.

To date, we have raised $8.1 million of our $11 million goal. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and made this expanded vision possible. Thank you to Keith Arnold and Tom McManus for leading the charge as Co-Chairs of the Capital Campaign Committee. Thank you to Madelaine and Steve Halmos, Honorary Chairs, who have donated the lead gift for the campaign.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to our amazing neighbor, Dr. Michael Barnard and Broward DDS for being so patient and accommodating during this monumental period of expansion for Jack & Jill Children’s Center.