Students must be 5-17 years old, and either reside or attend school in Miami-Dade County. Our program also provides services to students with disabilities who may participate in the program up to age 22. All students will be required to attend the program for a minimum of 1 1/2 hours per day, 4 days a week. If students are unable to meet this requirement they will not be able to participate.Students and parents are required to complete a contract upon entering the program indicating that the student will actively engage in school, (i.e. complete all assignments and turn in homework).
WHAT WE OFFER
Our after-school program offers a variety of services, including homework completion, FCAT preparation, individualized tutoring (as needed), social skills development, and opportunities to improve physical fitness. Completion of homework is one of our top priorities therefore an hour to an hour and a half of each day is dedicated to homework. Although this is of extreme importance to us there are some occassions in which all of the homework can not be completed. Subsequently, parents must provide assistance at home to ensure it is completed. We will aid students wherever possible, answering questions like “what is proofreading?” or “where did I go wrong here?” and other homework-related queries. If students are unable to complete their homework during the allotted time this information will be communicated to parents.
At least one hour each day will be dedicated to promoting reading and literacy. This will be done through teacher instruction and in various creative ways. Several months of each year is devoted to SAT and FCAT preparation, with one goal being to improve students’ test taking skills. Students will be responsible for developing a newsletter for families, teachers, and The Children’s Trust. We will also utilize a variety of software to enhance student literacy and math skills.
There are certified teachers on staff who specialize in Science, Humanities, Computer Technology, Literacy, and Mathematics. One-on-one and small group tutoring is offered to students in need of intensive intervention.
The program operates Monday thru Friday, 2:00 to 6:30 pm. We provide transporation from the following schools in the Miami Gardens area: Norwood Elementary, Parkway Elementary, Hibiscus Elementary, Sabal Palm Elementary, Scott Lake Elementary, and Norland Middle. The fee for transporation is $5/week and the program fee is $10/week. These fees are due by the 7th of each month.
Diamond Minds is provided through the awarding of a grant by the Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future. It is only through this funding that United Cerebral Palsy of Miami, and its collaborative partners are able to provide services that will help students retain previously learned skills as well as learn new skills through enjoyable and challenging activities. We strongly encourage and invite parents and other family members to visit the program at any time.