By 1990, the number of children requiring residential placement options grew exponentially, as well as the ages
of the children residing in our programs. In order to serve the growing needs, Broward Children’s Center,
again with the support from Developmental Services, opened its second Group Home.
The older residents were transferred to the new facility, located on SW 8th court in Pompano Beach.
In 1990, Broward Children’s Center moved the Residential Habilitation program to the state-of-the-art-facility,
that remains as the current location, at 200 SE 19th Avenue in Pompano Beach. Additionally, the Preschool program
then moved to the former residential building. Another addition to BCC’s programs included the development of an
onsite ventilator dependent class, funded through a grant from Broward County Children’s Services Administration Division.
Broward Children’s Center’s Preschool, now located in Pompano Beach, continued its growth, serving the needs of
children with special needs, throughout the northern end of Broward County.
The School Board of Broward County expressed a need for additional classes to serve the medically complex population,
in the south end of the county. This led to the opening of Broward Children’s Center’s second preschool
location (St. Ambrose Church, 31st Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.)
In 1992, Developmental Services, along with Children’s Medical Services, indicated they would no longer to be able to
support the payment of services for the patients in the Residential Habilitation Program, due to the
increasing complexity of the population.
The population continued to become more complex, expanding from developmentally delayed children, to those with
tracheotomies, G-tubes, and children who were ventilator assisted. With the change, Broward Children’s Center also shifted,
becoming a licensed by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), as the first Pediatric Skilled Nursing
Facility in the southeast region of the United States.
Broward Children’s Center recognized the need to expand our continuum of care, and in 1996, opened Coastal Kids Home Care,
providing nursing care in the home of infants, children, and adolescents with medically complex conditions, up to 24-hours per day.
Broward Children’s Center’s administrative staff, led by Marjorie Evans, CEO, consulted with Sable Palms Nursing Home in Largo, Florida,
assisting them with the grand opening of their pediatric unit.