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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VIRTUAL Programming - COVID-19

At this time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Special Populations Program has gone VIRTUAL. 

Virtual Services Times:

9:00 AM-1:00 PM Monday though Friday

9:00 AM-12:00 PM on Fridays

Virtual Activities provided to registered participants:

Zumba with Modifications for Special Needs, Nutrition Classes, Arts and Crafts, Social Activities, Bingo, Virtual Field Trips (Ceramics and Painting), Special Olympics Home Fitness Program. All supplies are provided except food for nutrition classes.

Registration for Virtual Program:

  • Applicants must meet the Admissions Criteria below
  • Completed Registration form must be submitted with any back up documentation listed below.
  • Registration Fee (One-time non-refundable) $30 per participant
  • Weekly Fees are currently FREE for Virtual Programming. When hybrid or in person services resume the weekly fee will be required for all in person services. The program will be establishing a fee for Virtual services at a later time for those who can not come to the center due to ratios or health guidelines.

Program Activities (In-person services)

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 18-65
  • 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
  • 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 weekly program operates Monday through Friday in two different session lengths: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The program also offers a 3 and 4 day program from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Both sessions require a $30 registration fee.

Weekly Day Program Fees

Program Type
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  weekly program for Hialeah Residents
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  weekly program for Non-Hialeah Residents $125
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekly program for Hialeah Residents $140
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekly program for Non- Hialeah Residents $155
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3 day a week program for Hialeah Residents $66
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 3 day a week program for Non-Hialeah Residents $75
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 4 day a week program for Hialeah Residents $88
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 4 day a week program for Non-Hialeah Residents $100

More Information

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