Resources

  • Association of Early Learning Coalitions
    www.floridaearlylearning.com/

    The 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
    www.autismnavigator.com
    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.
  • Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
    www.floridahealth.gov/

    The CMS Network is a valuable resource and option for children approved for Medicaid or Florida Healthy kids who require more extensive and intensive medical services. The CMS network provides children with special health care or behavioral needs with a family centered, managed system of care.

  • Early Head Start/Head Start
    www.floridaheadstart.org/

    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.

  • Florida Children’s Services Council
    http://flchildrenscouncil.org/

    Children’s Services Councils, or CSCs, is a type of government entity established by county citizens to help fund organizations that serve children and families. They were created to make sure these dollars are being spent wisely and invested in programs that will provide the best outcomes for the children and families within their communities. Their top priority is to make sure children of all ages are healthy, safe and prepared to learn.

  • Parents as Teachers
    www.parentsasteachers.org

    To provide the information, support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life.

  • The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
    www.centerforautism.com

    A state funded agency authorized to service individuals with autism and related disabilities and their families. All services are free of cost.

  • The Arc of Florida
    http://arcflorida.org

    The Arc of Florida is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They work with local, state and national partners and advocates for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome and other developmental disabilities to be fully included in all aspects of their community. They also work to reduce the incidence of and eliminate the adverse social impacts of developmental disabilities through education, awareness, research, advocacy and support of families, friends and the community.

  • The Children’s Forum
    www.thechildrensforum.com/

    The Forum provides an array of programs and services to enhance the early care and education workforce through professional development opportunities. In addition to a variety of benefits, belonging to the Children’s Forum also satisfies the renewal of many credentials for education professionals.

  • The Technical Assistance and Training Systems (TATS)
    www.tats.ucf.edu

    TATS is a statewide project which supports programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training. This support promotes high quality programs leading to positive outcomes for children and their families through coordinators for programs serving prekindergarten (Pre-K) children with disabilities in each of Florida’s 67 school districts. TATS also works with school district early childhood partners such as Head Start, community child care programs, Early Learning Coalitions which oversee Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) programs, and Early Steps.