Founded in 1942 by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Jack & Jill Children’s Center started as a day-care for women whose husbands went to war and now needed to enter the workforce. We proudly serve as the Junior League’s oldest and longest running Legacy Project.

Jack & Jill Center, as we are known today, is the oldest nonprofit provider of early childhood education in Broward county.

The changes in family structure has led to our evolution as an organization, transforming Jack & Jill into what it is today: A school for children of high-need working families, fighting to break the cycle of poverty in South Florida. We strive to achieve our mission by focusing on both the child and the family unit as a whole, offering family strengthening programs so that the entire household, children and parents alike, have the tools they need to succeed in life.

Through our programs, families increase financial stability, maintain employment, achieve job advancement, decrease the risk for incidences of abuse and neglect, and foster their child’s healthy growth and development. As a result, parents gain confidence, children perform and behave better at home and in the classroom, and families function at higher levels of stability. Over the past 79 years, Jack & Jill has served more than 14,000 children and families.

Jack & Jill Center and Madeline Halmos Academy currently offer the following programs to the community:

  • Year Round Early Education Center: 6 weeks – Pre-K4
  • The Madelaine Halmos Academy: K – 5th Grade
  • Summer Camp: 6 – 12 years

We are accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and hold a Gold Seal through Broward County Childcare Licensing.