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 transition from high school to the adult world 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.

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

Location, Days and Hours of Operation

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 to 6:00 p.m.


Our staff includes state-certified teachers, trained counselors and program leaders. There are CPR and first aid certified staff the site. Staff meet Level 2 screening requirements as described in F.S. 1012.32 (Florida Statutes).

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

Registration for After School Program and Fees

To register please visit our office located at 7400 W 24 Ave (2nd Floor) Hialeah, FL 33016. You will need to bring the following documents to our office to complete your registration:

English Registration Form 2021-2022

Spanish Registration Form 2021-2022

Parents may be required to attach or bring the following Required Documents to completed registration if needed:

  • 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
  • There is a one time non-refundable registration fee of $50.00 required for all participants for the program year.

For questions please call 305-818-9143.


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

Summer Program

The summer program is offered Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 pm. Register early because space is limited.


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.


Updated 10/19/21