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The Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners (STP-PreK) offered by the Center for Children and Families at FIU is designed for children entering preK-4 and kindergarten. Funded by The Children’s Trust and the Institute of Educational Sciences, the program is based on the award-winning comprehensive research-based Summer Treatment Program (STP) for elementary-aged children.

Children engage in a variety of recreational and classroom activities, embedded within a 8-week therapeutic summer day camp setting.

The STP-PreK employs a high staff-to-child ratio of 1:3, implemented by trained counselors and educational specialists. Staff are supervised by doctoral level psychologists at the Center for Children and Families, an organization with more than 25 years of experience in helping children succeed at home and school.

The STP-PreK Program runs from mid-June through mid-August, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m 

  • Program Goals
    • Develop problem-solving and social skills to improve friendship
    • 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-care skills
    • Build teamwork, good sportsmanship and basic sport skills
  • Parenting Strategies Group

    Parents will participate in weekly evening meetings and learn strategies to improve children’s behavioral and emotional functioning as well as promote school readiness. The curriculum is adapted from the internationally recognized Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program. The program will provide parent skills to be ready for kindergarten including techniques to:

    • Reduce problem behaviors
    • Promote learning and academic success
    • Promoter better communication with their children
    • Work effectively with teacher to maximize long-term school success

    Parent training with child and instructor

  • Daily Program Components

    Pre-Kindergarteners participate in a variety of activities during the day.

    Behavior and Attention Development

    A positive behavioral system is implemented throughout the day aimed at helping children adjust to the classroom rules and structure expected in kindergarten including following teacher directions, remaining in assigned area, and staying focused on their work.

    Children work on an activity in a computer lab

    Literacy and Academic Development

    Children participate in large and small group learning activities focused on age-appropriate literacy and numeracy skills. They also participate in science and art activities.

    Children work with blocks at a table

    Social Skills and Emotional Development

    Children participate in daily social skills/emotional development activities focused on teaching them how to work, play and communicate positively with classmates. they also learn positive-problem solving and coping skills.

    Children seated at a table listen to instructions

    Teamwork and Sports Skills Development

    Children participate in daily sports activities teaching the fundamentals of team sports (tee-ball, kickball, and soccer), as well as good sportsmanship.

    Children play tee-ball

  • How to Apply & Eligibility

    How To Apply

    To learn the dates of the upcoming program and to initiate the application process, interested parents or professionals should call the Center for Children and Families at 305-348-1833 or visit the CCF's website: Center for Children and Families. Enrollment is limited, and parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. 


    The program is open to children entering Kindergarten during Fall, with behavioral, attention, and/or emotional difficulties in preschool and/or currently have behaviors that are challenging to manage at home or school.

    An initial assessment will be performed to determine in your child will benefit from this summer program. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians, or parents.