Special Population Center

The City of Hialeah’s Edgar J. Hall Special Population Center, located at Bucky Dent Park, offers a day program for adults with developmental disabilities.

Parents of participants benefit from the shared community life that revolves around the center as well as a safe haven for their adults while they are away at work.  

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Program Activities

The program offers a variety of activities, including:

  • Development of personal daily living skills
  • Educational classes which include financial literacy, nutrition, technology and art
  • Social skills and fun social events
  • Recreational and educational field trips and activities
  • Special Olympics training and competitions

Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 16-65
  • Function within a 1 to 8 staff to participant ratio
  • Must agree to participate in all independent and group activities (Social Events, and Special Olympics. Recreation and Educational field trips are optional)
  • Eat with minimal or no assistance
  • Be free of any maladaptive behaviors (physical/verbal aggression, non compliance, etc.)
  • Be able to respond to staff's direction and independently stay with group while in the community
  • Be able to toilet independently (Staff can facilitate verbal cues or toileting schedules - No diapers)
  • Be diagnosed with a Developmental Disability (cognitive impairment) in accordance with the Department of Family and Children services standards
  • Be certified by a licensed physician to be free of communicable disease including Tuberculosis and physically capable to participate in the program
  • Must have a recent physical examination by a licensed physician within 60 days of date on application (medial exams are to be renewed annually)
  • Function within a 1 to 10 staff or better: student ratio; if applicant requires closer supervision a case-by-case evaluation will be done
  • Must agree to undergo a psychosocial evaluation (administered by City staff)
  • Provide their own transportation

Determining Eligibility

Upon receipt of all required admission material and subsequent to the initial interview with an applicant, the City of Hialeah will determine eligibility for admission. Prior to admission, the applicant must have completed all admission requirements. 

The decision to admit or deny is based on the applicant's ability to meet all required criteria. In order to determine whether this is the most appropriate setting for the participant, admission is for a 30-day trial period (start date is to be determined by the City).

Hours & Fees

The program operates Monday through Friday. The day program runs in two different session lengths: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Both sessions require a $30 registration fee.

Weekly Day Program Fees

Program Type
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Hialeah Residents
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Hialeah Residents $140
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for Non-Hialeah Residents $125
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Non- Hialeah Residents $155

More Information

To learn more about the programs at the Special Population Center, contact the Center at 305-824-5705