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Contact your State Legislator or Members of Congress - click here.

 

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State Benefit Programs and Federal Benefit Programs
 

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program - A comprehensive community-based Suicide Prevention Program. Call 1-800-615-1245 24 hours a day/7 days a week for Community Mental Health or 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433).

 
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Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten.

 

Parent Reviews Give an Inside View - How does your school do in meeting the needs of its students? Just click on Parent Reviews on any school profile to see personal, up-close comments about schools.

 
Children and Politics in Your State - click here.

 
Find your local Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC) - click here.

 

Homework Help for Kids & Teens - click here.

 

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids - Law Enforcement support for programs preventing juvenile crime and violence.

 

For the substance abuse treatment facility nearest you, click here.

 
For the mental health treatment center nearest you, click here.

 

Find K-12 school information for your state - Visit Standard & Poors, Educational CyberPlayGround, SchoolMatch, or RateMyTeacher.

  

How to volunteer to help a child - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Children - click here.

  

Reading & Literacy Help for Adults - click here.

 

Find help in your state or region for children with chronic, life-threatening illnesses or disabilities - click here For resources in Spanish, click here

  

U.S. Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) 

 

U.S. Department of Education

 

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

 

No Child Left Behind

 

U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

 

Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)

 

Visit School Websites - links to over 70,000 school websites from around the country. 

 

Covering Kids & Families works to reduce the number of uninsured children and adults who are eligible for public health care coverage programs but not enrolled. To find low-cost and free health care for children call 1-877-KIDS-NOW.

 

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  • State Government Website - click here.

  • Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

  • Contact List for Early Childhood Programs - click here.

  • Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk - click here.

  • Education Resources & Information - click here.

  • Literacy Resources - click here.

  • Articles of Interest - click here.

  • Miscellaneous Information & Resources - click here.

  • Things To Do & Places To See - click here.

  • Support Group Information - click here.

 
School house and school bell

Education Resources & Information

  

Department of Education - http://www.fldoe.org/

  

Teacher Discipline Records Going Online - The state announced recently that it will soon launch a new website, www.MyFloridaTeacher.com that will list teacher discipline records from the state. Parents can check if teachers have had state action taken against their Florida teaching certificate. State officials said this will make already public records more accessible.

 

Florida's K-12 Public Schools - http://www.fldoe.org/k12/

 

Download your state's educational profile - click here (click on State Profiles)

Special Education Mediation Services - click here.

 

Featured Website: Click here for information on how to prepare students for the reading portion of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT).
 

Links4Youth - A community service project created for the purpose of providing a valuable service to youth, this website was designed as a pathway for students, and in some cases parents, to access information that will provide guidance, support and overall enrichment to youth as they develop from an educational, cultural and civic dimension.

 

Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
Parent Education Network
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
(727) 523-1130; (800) 825-5736 (In Fl only)
E-mail: pen@fndfl.org
Web: www.fndfl.org/

Parent to Parent of Florida
Family Network on Disabilities of Florida, Inc.
2735 Whitney Road
Clearwater, FL 33760-1610
(727) 523-1130; (800) 825-5736 (In Fl only)
E-mail: Diane@FNDFL.org
Web: http://fndfl.org/

Parent to Parent of Miami, Inc.
Community Parent Resource Center
7990 S.W. 117th Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, FL 33183
(305) 271-9797; (800) 527-9552
E-mail: info@ptopmiami.org
Web: www.ptopmiami.org

Florida Congress of Parents and Teachers, Inc.
1747 Orlando Central Parkway
Orlando, FL 32809-5757
(407) 855-7604
E-mail: janice@floridapta.org
Web: www.floridapta.org

 

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People working together

Agencies, Organizations, and State Government Contacts for Children At-Risk

 

Agencies & Organizations for Children with Disabilities - click here.

 

Florida Department of Children & Families (Health & Human Services): http://www.state.fl.us/cf_web/

 

Working The Puzzle, Inc.
Jim Dawson, Director/Certified Teacher
(954) 616-9071
Email: jim@workingthepuzzle.com
Web: http://www.workingthepuzzle.com
Working The Puzzle, Inc. is an organization that provides educational programming for individuals with exceptionalities. We are now serving Jacksonville, FL. We offer ABA Therapy, Music Therapy, Parent Advocacy, Parent Training, In Home and In Office Treatment, and much more.

 

stack of books

Literacy Resources

 
Find State & Local Literacy Hotlines - http://www.literacydirectory.org/hotlines.asp

 

Read to Learn 

 

Just Read, Families!

 

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newspaper

Articles of Interest

 

FL State v Christie Supports the Filing of Charges if Teachers See and Fail to Report Abuse Taking Place In Their Midst at School (PDF) - In State v Christie the Florida Court of Appeals (3rd District, Nov. 2, 2005), held that a teacher may be charged with caregiver neglect under the Florida child abuse and neglect statute (excerpt): “The charges in this case stemmed from incidents where Christie, a public school teacher, stood by and did nothing while her teacher’s aide bound certain students to their desks and/or to the blackboard with adhesive tape, in the classroom. The State charged Christie with five counts of child neglect with no bodily harm under sections 827.03 (3)(a) and (c). That statute defines “neglect of a child” as a caregiver’s failure or omission to provide a child with care or supervision. Section 827.01(1), in turn, defines “caregiver” as “a parent, adult household member, or other person responsible for a child’s welfare.”” The holding stands for the proposition that the traditional status of teachers as "in loco parentis" supports the notion that actionable abuse/neglect charges may be filed (and proven) by a prosecutor when the teacher ignores abusive/neglectful actions of others in his or her midst.

 

FL Broward Parents Find Programs Inadequate for Gifted Children at Some Schools - Alex Ruiz began reading at age 3. Now the bilingual first-grader already is polishing off Harry Potter novels and adding four-digit numbers. His mother, Dalida, pulled him out of Peters Elementary in Plantation recently, opting for a new charter school. She says she couldn't get his previous school to give him the advanced academics he needs.

 

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puzzle pieces

Miscellaneous Information & Resources

 

National Centers for Independent Living - Map of U.S. leads to a listing of Centers for Independent Living by state.

 

Zimmerman School House
4175 NW 100th Ave
Coral Springs, FL 33065
954-753-4441
Email: info@zimmermanschoolhouse.com
Web: http://www.zimmermanschoolhouse.com
Zimmerman School House is a non-profit organization for children with physical and mental disabilities. We focus on daily living skills and building independence, teaching school readiness, communication, and social and emotional skills; as well as implementing therapy services throughout the school day. Our program provides 2:1 student to teacher ratio, an indoor sensory integration program, augmentative technology, specialized therapy equipment, parent resources and much more.
 

John Morgan, Esq.
Attorney at Law
20 North Orange Avenue, Suite 1600
Orlando, FL 32801
(800) 896-2709
Email: jmorgan@forthepeople.com
Web: http://forthepeople.com/traumatic_brain_injury.htm
Lawyers representing injured victims, including spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury victims.

 

Easter Seals Florida
2010 Mizell Avenue
Winterpark, FL 32792
(407) 629-7881
E-mail: info@fl.easterseals.org
Web: www.fl.easterseals.com

Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Inc.
2475 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 205
Tallahassee, FL 32301-4946
(850) 877-4816
Web: www.floridaarf.org

VSA arts of Florida
3500 E. Fletcher Avenue, Suite 234
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 558-5095
Web: www.vsafl.org

 

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child playing in water

Things To Do & Places To See

 

Guide to Florida: http://www.florida.org/

 

U.S. National Parks - http://www.nps.gov/parks.html

 

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This page last updated on 01/04/2017

 

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