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Based on the nationally acclaimed Summer Treatment Program, the Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners (STP Pre-K) is a comprehensive school readiness program for children entering kindergarten with behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

About the Program 

We equip students with:

  • Problem-solving and social skills to improve friendships
  • Academic skills to succeed in kindergarten
  • Ability to focus and follow classroom rules and routines
  • Emotional functioning, self-control skills and self-esteem
  • Positive attitude toward learning and school
  • Independent organizational and self-control skills
  • Teamwork, good sportsmanship and basic collaborative skills

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.

Parents form an integral part of STP Pre-K by participating in weekly evening group 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 Pre-K to the child's at-home environment and kindergarten classrooms.

Christopher's Story

Christopher's parents, Tim and Kayla, talk about the huge difference the Summer Treatment Program made for them and their son.


Pre-Kindergarteners participate in a variety of activities during the day. A typical schedule may look like this:


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Student Arrivals

8:20 - 8:30 a.m. Transition/Bathroom Break (BB)

8:30 - 8:40 a.m. Child-Direction Interaction (CDI) Time

8:40 - 9:10 a.m. Morning Meeting/Social-Emotional Skill Building

9:10 - 9:35 a.m. 1st Academic Period (Independent Seatwork: Reading, Math, Writing)

9:35 - 10:20 a.m. 2nd Academic Period (Small Groups: Writing, Math, Technology)

10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Transition to Physical Fitness Activities/BB

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. 1st Exercise Period (Fitness/Physical Activity, Sports Skills)

11:00 - 11:10 a.m. Transition to Class

11:10 - 11:50 a.m. 3rd Academic Period (Whole-& Small-Group Reading)

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Transition to Lunch/Handwashing/BB


12:00 - 12:20 p.m. Lunch

12:20 - 12:30 p.m. Transition to Recess

12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Recess (free play)

12:45 - 1:00 p.m. Transition to Classroom/BB/CDI Time

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. 4th Academic Period (Whole- & Small-Group Math)

1:30 - 2:00 p.m. 2nd Exercise Period (Self-Regulation Activity)

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. BB/Snack

2:15 - 2:25 p.m. Transition to Enrichment

2:25 - 2:55 p.m. Enrichment Activity (Art/Technology)

2:55 - 3:05 p.m. Transition to Classroom

3:05 - 3:35 p.m. End of Day Meeting

3:35 - 3:40 p.m. Transition to Recess

3:40 - 3:55 p.m. Recess

3:55 - 4:00 p.m. Transition to Dismissal Areas

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Dismissals & Parent Sign-Out

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Aftercare (Additional Fee)

Parents: How to Apply to STP Pre-K

Children entering kindergarten are eligible for the program. Enrollment is limited, and participants are selected based on an evaluation by program staff. Recent testing from other sources may be helpful in supplementing the intake process. Children will be evaluated for ADHD, oppositional disorders, aggression and learning problems. Referrals can be made by school personnel, mental health professionals, physicians or parents.

STP Pre-K is funded by The Children's Trust. 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 financial aspects of the program.

Call us at 305-348-1833 to apply or fill out our inquiry form.

Work for STP Pre-K

Summer positions are available for enthusiastic Counselors (new and returning), Lead Counselors and Teachers who are interested in gaining hands on child intervention work by helping young children and their families using evidence-based techniques to improve functioning, increase school readiness, and prepare children for kindergarten. Positions are available for undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, and graduate students. All staff will be following CDC safety recommendations.

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

To apply, please go to and search for the job ID you are interested in.

What is Needed:

Resume/CV: Please attach your current resume or CV in the FIU Careers job application.

Transcripts: Please send your current unofficial transcript/grade report to Lissandra Sotolongo at 

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

Interviews: 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 Summer Treatment Program for Pre-Kindergarteners will be held at Paul Bell Middle School, 11800 NW 2nd Street, Miami, FL 33182, about 1.9 miles from the main entrance of FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus. Please do not contact Paul Bell Middle School with questions regarding the STP.

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