STEP Ahead

The STEP Ahead youth enrichment program offers free afterschool activities for high school students with special needs. In partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-CDPS), the program facilitates the shift from high school to the workforce through:

  • Job training activities
  • Financial literacy activities
  • Life skills activities and social skill lessons
  • Civic Engagement activities
  • Art
  • Fitness
  • Field trips

Our goal is to prepare the participants with the tools and experience necessary in order to ensure a comfortable and successful transition.

STEP Ahead After school Flyer -English

STEP Ahead After school Flyer- Spanish

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Free transportation is available from participating schools to our program site and from the program site to the home for students that live in the Hialeah, Hialeah Gardens, Miami Lakes and the Miami Gardens area.


Students with intellectual disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 are eligible for the program.


The program is staffed with M-DCPS certified teachers, experienced counselors and a professional work team.

Job Training

Program participants have job training opportunities at various sites throughout the city during the school year only.

Locations & Hours

STEP Ahead is offered year-round at:
Education and Community Services Department
7400 W 24th Avenue
Hialeah, 33016

The school-year program follows the M-DCPS calendar and is offered Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


To register please visit our office located at 7400 W. 24th Avenue, 2nd floor, Hialeah Fl 33016. Please bring the following documents to complete your registration.

Summer Program

Due to COVID-19, Summer Camp Registrations for the STEP AHEAD Program have been cancelled. We will advise residents via social media and this page when summer registration will take place.

Click the flyers below for more information on summer program activities:

To register for summer please complete a registration form below and bring the following documentation:

  • Non-Refundable registration fee of $50.00 (no checks accepted)
  • Copy of student’s birth certificate or passport
  • Copy of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Copy of utility bill
  • Current photo of student
  • Current report card
  • Completed STEP Ahead Registration Form- Available above

The City of Hialeah’s STEP Ahead Youth Enrichment program is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

The Childrens Trust website