Summer Academy in Liberty City

Led by Dr. Katie Hart, the Summer Academy in Liberty City is a comprehensive school readiness program adapted from the Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners.

FIU Summer Academy is funded by The Children's Trust and operates in Liberty City at Thena Crowder Early Childhood Diagnostic and Special Education Center.

Program Dates: June 20 - August 3, 2023

Each summer, the Summer Academy serves 45 pre-kindergartners (5-years-old by September 1). Children participate in various recreational and classroom activities within a seven-week therapeutic summer day camp setting.

The program helps children to:

  • Surpass moderate to severe learning and behavioral needs
  • Overcome academic shortfalls, underachievement and failure
  • Learn school readiness skills
  • Positively transition and succeed in kindergarten and beyond

Parental involvement is encouraged through weekly parent meetings where parents develop the skills needed to prepare their child for kindergarten, to change their behavior at home and school, and to assist in their progress in camp.

Read more about the program in The Miami Herald.

Cost of the Program:

The program is completely free to participating families thanks to the funding of The Children's Trust. The only cost participating families have to pay is a $50 registration fee. 

How to Apply:

To see if your child is elegible, please call us at 305-396-1241 to complete a brief phone screener.

Work for the Summer Academy in Liberty City


Summer positions are available for enthusiastic Counselors, Lead Counselors and Teachers who are interested in helping young children and their families using evidence-based techniques to improve functioning, increase school readiness, and start kindergarten off on the right foot. Positions are available for undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, and graduate students.

Position Announcements: Please see the position announcements linked below for specific responsibilities, salary, hours, and dates.

 TO APPLY, please fill out the Google Form application:

What is Needed:

Resume or CV

Please attach your current resume or CV in the Google Form application above.


Please send your current unofficial transcript or grade report to the Google Form application above.


Applicants who are selected for an interview will be required to provide us with names and contact information for three recommenders.


Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis to select applicants to interview. We will continue interviewing until all positions are filled.

Program Location

The FIU Summer Academy will be held at Thena Crowder Early Childhood & Diagnostic Center School, 757 NW 66th St, Miami, FL 33150. Please do not contact Thena Crowder with questions regarding the Summer Academy. Some staff training activities will take place on the Modesto A. Maidique Campus. 

For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Lissandra Sotolongo at 305-396-1241 or by email at