STP for Pre-Kindergarteners


The Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners (STP-PreK) is a comprehensive school readiness program for children entering kindergarten with behavior problems. The STP-PreK is a summer program based on the award-winning comprehensive research-based Summer Treatment Program (STP) for elementary-aged children.

Program goals include:

• Develop problem-solving and social skills to improve friendships

• Improve academic skills needed to succeed in kindergarten

• Improve ability to focus and follow classroom rules and routines

• Improve emotional functioning, self-control skills and self-esteem

• Build a positive attitude towards learning and school

• Build independent organizational and self-case skills

• Build teamwork, good sportsmanship, and basic sports skills

The STP-PreK also encourages parent involvement with weekly parent training sessions to develop the skills needed to prepare their child for kindergarten, to change their behavior at home/school, and to assist in their progress in camp.

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Pre-Kindergarten Program Schedule:

Pre-Kindergarteners will participate in a variety of activities during the day. A typical schedule may look as follows:

7:30-8:00 Morning Arrivals/Journal Time
8:00-8:10 Transition/Bathroom Break (BB)
8:10-8:40 Morning Meeting/Social-Emotional Skill Building
8:40-9:10 Independent Seatwork
9:10-9:50 Centers (Math, Reading, Writing, and Science)
9:50-10:00 Transition to Sports
10:00-10:30 Sports Skills (Tee-ball, Soccer, Kickball)
10:30-10:45 Transition to Classroom/BB
10:45-10:55 Morning Snack
10:55-11:35 English Language Arts (ELA)
11:35-11:40 Transition to Computer
11:40-12:10 Computer Classroom
12:10-12:20 Transition to Lunch
12:20-12:35 Lunch
12:35-12:45 Transition to Recess
12:45-1:00 Recess
1:00-1:15 Transition to Classroom/BB
1:15-1:45 Mid-Day Meeting/Social-Emotional Skill Building
1:45-2:15 Math/Science
2:15-2:25 Transition to Sports
2:25-2:55 Sports Game (Tee-ball, Soccer, Kickball)
2:55-3:10 Transition to Art/BB/Snack
3:10-3:40 Art Classroom
3:40-3:45 Transition to Classroom
3:45-4:15 Practicing Our Abilities to Control our Emotions, Attention, and Behavior (PACE) Skill Building Period
4:15-4:35 End of Day Meeting/ Social-Emotional Skill Building
4:35-4:40 Transition to Recess
4:40-4:55 Recess
4:55-5:00 Transition to Classroom for Dismissals
5:00-5:30 Dismissals – Daily Parent Feedback

Treatment Summary

A final report, which includes detailed information regarding the effects of these interventions and recommendations for future treatment, is sent to parents and referring professionals at the end of the program.

Parent Training Groups

Parents form an integral part of STP-PreK by participating in weekly group evening sessions. Parent sessions are designed to help parents develop skills to reduce problem behaviors, to improve their child's task skills and relationships with parents and peers, and to maintain and extend the gains made in the STP-PreK to the child's natural at-home environment and kindergarten classrooms.


Children entering kindergarten are eligible. Enrollment is limited, and participants are selected based on an evaluation conducted by program staff. Information required for admission is collected by program staff upon application. Recent testing from other sources may be helpful in supplementing the intake process. Children will be evaluated for ADHD, oppositional disorders, aggression, learning problems. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians, or parents. Those children who meet certain criteria are offered admission.


The STP-Prek is in part funded by The Children’s Trust as well as an Institute of Education Sciences grant. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

During the application and screening process, each parent has an opportunity to meet with a representative from the Center for Children and Families, who can answer questions concerning health care benefits and other important financial aspects associated with the Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners.

How to Apply

To initiate the enrollment process, interested parents or professionals should call (305) 348-1833.

Enrollment is limited, and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible!

STP-PreK Staff

The program is implemented by highly trained, undergraduate paraprofessional therapists, students pursing advanced degrees in psychology, and educational specialists. Supervision and oversight are carried out by highly experienced staff members who have been conducting treatment programs for ADHD children for over 20 years. The psychosocial and behavioral aspects of the program are supervised by doctoral level psychologists. The medical aspects of program are supervised by developmental pediatricians and/or child psychiatrists. For more information on working in the STP-PreK, please see the STP Internships page.


Treatment includes individually adapted reward and response-cost programs aimed at improving behavior, academic performance and social skills. Treatment plans and strategies are continuously monitored and modified as necessary.

Program Evaluation and Investigation

The STP-PreK is based on the STP for elementary-aged children which uses treatments that have only been well documented and shown to be effective through research; however, program staff continue to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Data are gathered via several methods, including observational, psychometric, neuropsychological, and rating measures, evaluated to determine individual and group responses to treatments.

To help further the understanding of behavioral problems in pre-Kindergarteners, information is gathered from the families enrolled in the program. Pre-Kindergartners may be asked to participate in a variety of programs, including performance measures of computerized tasks involving different aspects of learning, attention, and memory, or participating in additional social-emotional skills training activities in the STP-PreK classroom. Similarly, parents may be asked to complete rating scales or to be observed in controlled settings that measure different aspects of family functioning. In order to maintain confidentiality and a complete understanding of these projects, parents are asked to sign consent forms that describe each project prior to their pre-Kindergartener’s participation in the project.