Family Resources

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  • Administration for Children & Families promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. ACF programs aim to:Empower families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity. Encourage strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on quality of life and the development of children.Create partnerships with front-line service providers, states, localities and tribal communities to identify and implement solutions that transcend traditional program boundaries. Improve access to services through planning, reform and integration. Address the needs, strengths and abilities of vulnerable populations including people with developmental disabilities, refugees and migrants.
  • Association of Early Learning Coalitions Office of Early Learning administers federal and state child care funds and partners with 30 local early learning coalitions to deliver comprehensive early learning services statewide. The office oversees three programs—the School Readiness Program, the Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program, and Child Care Resource and Referral services.
  • Autism Navigator
    Autism Navigator is a unique collection of web-based tools and course bridging the gap between science and community practice. Autism Navigator increases the capacity for healthcare, early intervention providers, families, and caregivers to improve outcomes of young children with ASD. Autism Navigator contains a unique collection of web-based tools and courses developed for practitioners in the field. Autism Navigator was created by the faculty and staff in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine. The FIRST WORDS® Project and the Early Social Interaction Project (ESI) contributed to the content of Autism Navigator.
  • Autism Speaks Autism Speaks’ goal is to change the future for all who struggle with an autism spectrum disorder. They are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a possible cure for autism. They strive to raise public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society: and work to bring hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. They are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.
  • Center for Early Literacy Learning The Center for Early Literacy Learning(CELL) provides parents with several free products to provide their infants, toddlers. or preschools with fun and exciting literacy learning.
  • Children’s Home Society of Florida Children’s Home Society of Florida protects and heals children. They build and strengthen families. They rescue and embrace teens struggling to survive on their own. They also prepare youth for bright futures.
  • Early Head Start/Head Start Head Start is a national school readiness program that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to children from low-income families. The purpose of the this program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Early Steps Early Steps, within Children’s Medical Services, serves families with infants and toddlers, birth to 36 months of age, who have developmental delays or an established condition likely to result in a developmental delay. Each child receives an Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) that meets his or her needs. Families and caregivers also receive support to develop the skills and confidence they need to help their children learn and develop.

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  • Easter Seals Seals has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families, live better lives for nearly 100 years. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.
  • Florida Sheriff’s Association www.flsheriffs.orgThe mission of the Florida Sheriffs Association as a self-sustaining, charitable organization is to foster the effectiveness of the Office of Sheriff through leadership, innovative practices, legislative initiatives, education and training. Florida’s sheriffs, united in purpose and voice, for the protection of Florida’s citizens and visitors.
  • FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy The FSU Center for Prevention & Early Intervention Policy focuses on vulnerable infants and toddlers who can be positively affected through nurturing relationships, strong maternal and child health, and quality early childhood care and education. The Center has also developed a Practitioner Series to increase the infant and early childhood mental health knowledge base and improve practice in managed care healthcare settings-
  • Healthy Families Florida Healthy Families Florida is a nationally accredited home visiting program for expectant parents and parents of newborns experiencing stressful life situations. The program improves childhood outcomes and increases family self-sufficiency by empowering parents through education and community support. Parents voluntarily participate in Healthy Families so they can learn how to recognize and respond to their babies’ changing developmental needs, use positive discipline techniques, cope with the day-to-day stress of parenting in healthy ways, and set and achieve short- and long-term goals.
  • Helping Babies Thrive With 85 percent of brain growth happening within the first three years of life, infants and toddlers need to hear lots of loving words in order to thrive. The “Talk with Me Baby” website is an excellent tool parents and caregivers can use to learn how to up babies’ “language nutrition.” This is a FREE tool.
  • Maternal, Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting (HRSA), Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting supports pregnant women and families and helps at-risk parents of children from birth to kindergarten entry tap the resources and hone the skills they need to raise children who are physically, socially and emotionally healthy and ready to learn.
  • Parents as Teachers provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.
  • Parent to Parent USA www.p2pusa.orgParent to Parent programs offer parent to parent support as a core resource for families with children who have a special health care need, disability, or mental health issue. Through a one to one “match” experienced support parents provide emotional support to families and assist them in finding information and resources. Parent to Parent programs are committed to listening and learning from families and developing an array of services and supports in response to family identified needs.
  • Project Launch (SAMSHA) Florida Project launch aims to prevent youth emotional and behavioral disorders by improving family function and the quality of the parent-child relationship. The project plans to broaden prevention through parent training, skill-building, and selective interventions for young children. Led by a partnership between the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Health.
  • Postpartum Support International The mission of Postpartum Support International is to promote awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.It is the vision of PSI that every woman and family worldwide will have access to information, social support, and informed professional care to deal with mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI promotes this vision through advocacy and collaboration, and by educating and training the professional community and the public.
  • The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. Service centers include 19 centers that directly serve school districts in the areas of Child Find, Parent Services, Human Resource Development (HRD), and Technology.
  • Tuck Sleep – Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep surfaces on the web (over 95,000 customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. This guide covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD and much more.

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  • United Way The United Way of Florida is a statewide association representing Florida’s 32 United Ways on legislative and administrative issues, training, and disaster preparation, response and recovery issues, among others. The mission of the United Way of Florida is to enhance Florida United Ways’ efforts to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another by mobilizing communities to advance the common good.
  • United Cerebral Palsy Florida UCP’s programs and services are designed to meet the special needs of each individual and family served, with a common goal: to enable people with disabilities to reach their greatest potential, and achieve rewarding and productive lives as fully participating members of their communities. In addition to Cerebral Palsy, children and adults with conditions such as Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida, prematurity, hearing, intellectual disabilities and speech delay are enrolled in programs through UCP.
  • Whole Child Whole Child communities are designated to serve young children and their families. Assist families in identifying the needs of their young children.Connect families with appropriate service providers. Encourage and enable service providers to build collaborative networks, and enable communities to identify gaps in service and assess their progress in ensuring that all children thrive.
  • Zero to Three Zero to Three has created a parent portal to support parenting practices. They believe that parenting is an ongoing process and in an effort to support this process have developed resource designed to help parents tune in to your child’s individual needs.