Knowledge Builders of Florida

After-School Technology Center

10750 SW 156 Terrace, Miami, Florida 33157

Phone: 305.234.1645

Email for info: info@kb-florida.org

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Our Afterschool Program

Knowledge Builders of Florida’s (KBF) S.M.A.R.T. initiative integrates Sports, Math, Arts, Reading, and Technology in a structured after-school tutorial program for students in Kindergarten - 5th grades.  

 

Our S.M.A.R.T. program incorporates homework completion/comprehension, tutorial in reading and math, technology development, physical fitness, social skills development, family involvement, nutrition education, art and cultural awareness, and standardized test preparation in an inclusionary setting.  

 

As reading continues to be a fundamental tool for academic success, differentiated instruction in reading supports the individualized reading needs of program participants and helps to ensure students most in need of reading assistance receive the most help.  Moreover, KBF was founded and continues to function on the principle that technology basic instruction is another key tool for success.

 

The program provides students with an enjoyable and engaging learning environment after school when many parents need to be at work. Parents can feel comfortable knowing their children are interacting with their peers in a physically and emotionally safe setting. Students can participate in structured and self-selected activities with their friends while under the careful supervision of our staff of well-qualified and well-trained Paraprofesionals and Certified Teachers.  

 

After-school model

Knowledge Builders of Florida, Inc. (KBF) afterschool programs are developed as an extension of the researched based model “PROJECT LEARN”.   PROJECT LEARN was founded on research conducted by Dr. Reginald Clark which showed that low-income students who engaged in a variety of high-yield learning activities in their non-school hours had greater academics success than those who did not.   High-yield learning activities are enriched versions of many of the same fun activities that Knowledge Builders (KBF) has always implemented and know how to do well.

 

What is unique about PROJECT LEARN: It is a strategy, not a program based on a set curriculum. Therefore, it looks a little different in each Club and each community.

 

The goal of PROJECT LEARN is to improve Club members’ school performance by accomplishing the following outcomes among participants:
• Increased motivation to learn.
• Increased school attendance.
• Better grades.

 

The goal of S.M.A.R.T. is for S.M.A.R.T. Kidz:

  • To enjoy and seek out physical activity and maintain acceptable levels of physical fitness.

  • Improve the school and classroom learning environment, develop social skills, enhance violence prevention, and nurture citizenship.

  • Each student receives assistance with homework completion, while making sure each student understand the concepts, and develops effective study skills, work habits, and organization skills.

  • Increase parents’ desire to become more involved in their child’s academics and after-school program.

  • Demonstrate the power and effectiveness of public-private partnerships to improve education and bolster student achievement

  • Help each young person adopt eating behaviors that will promote health and reduce risk for disease.

 

Accommodations for Children With Disabilities:

  • KBFs’ staff are trained in  "Discovering Inclusion" and "Learning Together: Strategies That Work for All Children" offered by CCDH, Inc.’s ACT program.    

  • Staff work with family members and school staff to ensure consistency in promoting learning and behavior strategies.

  • Direct lines of communication are created with participant's teachers through homework journals and access to program's phone number and email address for additional followup. 

  • Additional resources may be found here: 

    • The Advocacy Network on Disabilities- Champions the rights of individuals with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities by promoting inclusion, providing services, and advancing systems change. http://www.advocacynetwork.org/

    • Switchboard of Miami: The 2-1-1 helpline assists with health and social services in our community by providing assessment of need and crisis counseling. Services are available 24/7 every day in English, Spanish and Creole, with other languages available as well. With more than 5,000 entries, we maintain the largest and most comprehensive database of social services for the county and beyond.  http://switchboardmiami.org/

    • UM CARD – Center for Autism and Related Disabilities: Provide supports and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.  http://www.umcard.org/

    • The Children’s Trust   -The Children's Trust partners with the community to improve the lives of all children and families in Miami-Dade County. The Children's Trust envisions a community that works together to provide the essential foundations to enable children to achieve their full potential.  https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/parents/

    • Parent to Parent- Parent to Parent of Miami is a Community Parent Resource Center serving parents of children with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and provides information, educational training and support to families who have children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs http://www.ptopmiami.org/