1980 – 1989 | Broward Children's Center

1980 – 1989

In 1980, with an increasing number of children being referred to 24-hour care, Broward Children’s Center recognized
the need for an alternative environment for residents who have stabilized health, but still require 24-hour care
in a less restrictive environment. Because of the overwhelming need, with the support from Developmental Services,
BCC opened its first Group Home, then called the Sevebeck House, located on SE 19th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

The Home was originally designed to function as a transitional living facility.

Broward Children’s Center moved both the childcare/preschool and residential programs to Pompano Beach, Florida.
Initially, all programs were housed at 114 SE 19th Avenue in Pompano Beach, but as an organization, decided that the
childcare/preschool program needed room to grow. BCC opened its first free-standing preschool at
St. Martin In The Fields Episcopal Church, located at 140 SE 28th Avenue.

Broward Children’s Center’s Residential Habilitation Center became established in Pompano Beach, and began to gain local and community support.
The Center continued to work in partnership with Developmental Services and the Department of Children and Families,
and as a result, began accepting children with special needs for emergency Respite stays in the residential facility.

To meet the expanding needs of children with respiratory conditions, Therapy professionals consulted with staff, resulting in new services
for ventilator assisted patients. Broward Children’s Center, with approximately 25 residents and a small nursing staff, accepted our first
ventilator-assisted patient, a six-year-old boy, diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder.

Broward Children’s Center’s Respiratory Therapy Department formed, enhancing the medical services offered to the increasing
number of medically fragile children.

Educational services for cognitively intact children were added and provided via Broward County’s Hospital Homebound Program.

Additionally, BCC introduced a formal Respite Program for children with special needs, funded by a grant from the
Children’s services Board of Broward County. The program would provide a break for the caregivers of children with special needs who resided at home.

1989 newspaper clipping