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Family Guide Education

AFTER-SCHOOL CARE
Before- and after-school care is available at a number of facilities, both on and off public school campuses. Check with nearby churches and synagogues, youth and recreation centers and children's activity programs and clubs. You also may enlist help at the public schools: Miami-Dade County
305-995-1899
http://sacc.dadeschools.net/BeforeAfterPrograms/ccLocations.asp Broward County
754-321-3330
http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/k12programs/bascc/ Palm Beach County 561-434-8821
http://www.palmbeach.k12.fl.us/AfterSchoolProgramming/
COLLEGE PLANNING
www.floridaprepaidcollege.com Choose from two options in the Florida College Program: Pay a lump sum or in installments, locking in today's college prices for a Florida college or university in the Florida Prepaid Plan, or invest in the market with Florida's new 529 College Plan and reserve money for any college or university costs.
800-552-4723
COMPUTER/INTERNET ACCESS
Check with your local library for free computer access, connections to the Internet and classes for kids and adults on basic computer skills and Internet research.
CHARTER SCHOOLS/SCHOOL CHOICE
Charter schools are publicly financed, yet privately run and offer parents another educational option. Check with the School Board office in each county.
Miami-Dade: 305-995-1922 Broward: 754-321-3035 Palm Beach County: 561-434-8929
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT
Please see also Learning Disabilities.
FLORIDA DIAGNOSTIC AND LEARNING RESOURCES SYSTEM (FDLRS) Screening, evaluation, case management and referral of children with special needs, from birth through age 21. Administered by the public schools.
Miami-Dade County: 305-274-3501
Broward County: 754-321-2204
Palm Beach County: 561-434-7337
CENTER FOR PRECIOUS MINDS
www.centerforpreciousminds.org Provides evaluations and strategies for students struggling with school, using techniques pioneered by Dr. Mel Levine, author of A Mind at a Time.
7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton
561-368-8686
EASTER SEAL CENTERS
www.easter-seals.org Evaluation and a variety of therapies, including speech, physical and occupational.
Miami-Dade County: 305-325-0470
Broward County: 954-792-8772
Palm Beach County: 561-471-1688
MAILMAN CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
www.pediatrics.med.miami.edu/mailman Screening and evaluation of learning disabilities, developmental issues and more. Parent support groups.
UM/Jackson Memorial Hospital, 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami
305-243-6123
UNICORN CHILDREN'S CLINIC www.nova.edu Diagnosis, treatment and support for communication and learning disorders at Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies.
7600 SW 36th St., Davie
954-262-6900
EDUCATION RESOURCES
EDUCATION RESOURCES INFORMATION CENTER www.eric.ed.gov A nationwide information network sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Free information on giftedness, childcare, special needs, performance assessments and helping students with reading, science and math.
800-538-3742


EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION
Each county's exceptional education department is responsible for special education programs to serve learning disabled children and those with other special needs in the public schools.
Miami-Dade County: 305-995-1789
Broward County: 754-321-2220
Palm Beach County: 561-434-8625

FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST (FCAT)
fcat.fldoe.org Separate fact from fiction about this standardized test administered by state law in all public schools. Get information about FCAT district and school reports, sample test materials and more.


FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
www.fldoe.org A wealth of information about Florida's public schools and universities, education statistics, policies and resources for parents.
850-245-0505


GIFTED EDUCATION NATIONAL RESOURCES
COUNCIL FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS www.cec.sped.org Publications and online information center on giftedness and exceptional students. 1110 N. Glebe Road, Ste 300, Arlington, VA
888-232-7733
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR GIFTED CHILDREN www.nagc.org A national nonprofit organization of parents and educators to address the unique needs of gifted and talented children. 1707 L St. NW, Ste 550, Washington, D.C.
202-785-4268
Public schools are required by law to screen children for giftedness at the parents' request and administer a test if it appears the child is gifted.
Miami-Dade County: 305-995-1934
Broward County: 754-321-2200
Palm Beach County: 561-434-8625


HIGHER EDUCATION
BARRY UNIVERSITY
www.barry.edu Main: 11300 NE Second Ave.
305-899-3100
Davie: 954-434-8858
Fort Lauderdale: 954-493-8892
Boynton Beach: 561-364-8220
BROWARD COLLEGE
www.broward.edu Central: 3501 SW Davie Road
954-201-6500
South: 7200 Pines Blvd.
954-201-8835
North: 1000 Cocont Creek Blvd.
954-201-2240
FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
www.fau.edu Main: 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
561-297-3000
Jupiter: 561-799-8500
Fort Lauderdale: 954-236-1000
Davie: 954-236-1000
Dania: 954-924-7000
Port St. Lucie: 772-873-3300
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
www.fiu.edu Main: SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue
305-348-2000
Biscayne Bay Campus: 305-919-5500
Pembroke Pines: 954-438-8600
Center for Engineering & Applied Science: 10555 W. Flagler St.
305-348-2522
College of Continuing and Professional Studies: University Park 305-348-2522
FLORIDA MEMORIAL COLLEGE
www.fmuniv.edu 15800 NW 42nd Ave., Miami
305-626-3600
LYNN UNIVERSITY
www.lynn.edu 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton
561-237-7000
MIAMI-DADE COLLEGE
www.mdc.edu Wolfson: 300 NE Second Ave.
305-237-3000
North: 11380 NW 27th Ave.
305-237-1000
Medical Center: 950 NW 20th St.
305-237-4141
Kendall: 305-237-2000
Homestead: 305-237-5000
Interamerican: 627 SW 27th Ave.
305-237-6000
Hialeah: 305-237-8700
West: 3800 NW 115th Ave.
305-237-8000
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF ART & DESIGN

www.ifac.edu 1501 Biscayne Blvd.
800-225-9023
NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
www.nova.edu Main: 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale
954-262-7300
MIAMI STUDENT EDUCATIONAL CENTER
www.nova.edu/sec/miami 8585 SW 124th Ave.
305-274-1021
School of Education and Human Services
www.schoolofed.nova.edu North Miami Beach
800-986-3223
Oceanographic Center
www.nova.edu/ocean 8000 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach
954-262-3600
Palm Beach County Service Center


3970 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens
561-622-7018
PALM BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE
www.pbcc.cc.fl.us Central: 4200 Congress Ave., Lake Worth
561-868-3350
Boca Raton: 561-862-4313
Palm Beach Gardens: 561-207-5340
Belle Glade: 561-993-1167
ST. THOMAS UNIVERSITY
www.stu.edu Main: 16401 NW 37th Ave., Miami Gardens
305-628-6546
Miami: 305-628-6737
UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI www.miami.edu 1252 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables
305-284-2211


HOMEWORK HELP HOMEWORK HOTLINES Stumped on how to help your child? Try the homework hotlines established by the public schools and staffed by certified teachers.
Miami-Dade County: 305-995-1600
Broward County: 754-321-1970
Palm Beach County: 561-640-5042


HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT
NATIONAL/STATE RESOURCES
NATIONAL HOME EDUCATION NETWORK
www.nhen.org Online information for new homeschoolers, fathers as teachers and more. E-mail questions to board members.
HOME EDUCATION OFFICE OF FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
www.floridaschoolchoice.org 325 W. Gaines St., Ste 522, Tallahassee
800-447-1636
FLORIDA PARENT-EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION
www.fpea.com Association offers parent support for those currently or considering homeschooling. Contact info Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
877-275-3732
HOME SCHOOL CENTRAL
www.homeschoolcentral.com/support/florida_homeschool.htm Homeschool curriculum, resources, support, message board and other information and support for families in Florida.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MIAMI-DADE SCHOOLS HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT
Assists parents and monitors students' progress.
305-883-5323
ARCH-ANGELS OF SOUTH FLORIDA
South Miami
www.archangelsmiami.com PARENT ASSOCIATION FOR CHRISTIAN ENRICHMENT
www.pacemiami.org 305-559-4010
PARENT ASSOCIATION FOR TEACHING AT HOME
www.pathhomeschool.org 305-254-9228
THE EDUCATOR'S ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN'S HOMESCHOOLING
www.solarcontrol.com/homeschool.htm North Dade : 305-655-2831
PARENT ASSISTED LEARNERS
South Dade: 305-253-4321
BROWARD COUNTY BROWARD COUNTY CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOLERS
www.browardcountychristianhomeschoolers.org 954-920-2530
BROWARD HOMESCHOOL PARENT SUPPORT GROUP
www.browardcountypsg.org Hollywood: 954-938-5442
HOME EDUCATORS APPLYING RIGHTEOUS TEACHING STANDARDS
www.heartshomeschoolers.com 954-434-0771
HOME EDUCATORS LENDING PARENTS SUPPORT
www.helpsonline.org Sunrise: 954-791-9733
PALM BEACH COUNTY
PALM BEACH COUNTY HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT
561-434-8052
BOCA HOMESCHOOLERS
www.bocahomeschoolers.com
CHRISTIAN HOMESCHOOL ASSOCIATION
561-642-9630
PALM BEACH COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS
561-792-6222
PARENTS EDUCATING CHILDREN
www.parentseducatingchildren.com 561-798-1229
SOUTH COUNTY HOMESCHOOLERS
www.southcountyhomeschoolers.org Delray Beach: 561-638-2602

LEARNING DISABILITIES NATIONAL RESOURCES AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT INFORMATION
www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada Information line operated by the Department of Justice. Specialists answer general questions during business hours; automated information line allows callers to order ADA materials.
800-514-0301
FAMILY NETWORK ON DISABILITIES
www.fndfl.org Information, referral services, training workshops and more.
2735 Whitney Road, Clearwater
800-825-5736
INTERNATIONAL DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
www.interdys.org 410-296-0232
NATIONAL INFORMATION CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES
www.nichcy.org Offers free publications, advice and referrals.
800-695-0285
NATIONAL CENTER FOR LEARNING DISABILITIES
www.ncld.org 888-575-7373
NATIONAL INFORMATION CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
www.ldanatl.org 412-341-1515
HEATH RESOURCE CENTER
www.heath.gwu.edu A clearinghouse on post-secondary education for people with disabilities.
800-544-3284
STATE RESOURCES CHILD FIND
www.nefec.org Locates children potentially eligible for services under the Individuals With Disabilities Act and links them with needed services (developmental delays and problems in communication, motor development, speech, vision, hearing and cognition).
Miami-Dade County: 305-274-3501
Palm Beach County: 561-434-7337
Broward County: 754-321-2204
CHADD
Children & Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder
www.chadd.org National office: 800-233-4050
Miami-Dade County: 305-361-2609
Broward County South: 954-680-0799
Broward County North: 954-753-3518
Palm Beach County: 561-478-5160
EASTER SEAL CENTERS www.easter-seals.org Evaluation and a variety of therapies including speech, physical and occupational.
Miami-Dade County: 305-325-0470
Broward County: 954-792-8772
Palm Beach County: 561-471-1688
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
MAILMAN CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT
pediatrics.med.miami.edu/mailman Screening and evaluation of learning disabilities, developmental issues and parent support groups at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami
305-243-6631
COMMUNITY COMMITTEE FOR DEVELOPMENTAL HANDICAPS
Miami-Dade County's lead agency to plan, provide, arrange and coordinate free services to individuals with disabilities and their families.
305-596-1160
ATTENTION DEFICIT & LEARNING DISORDERS GROUP
Support group for parents. Usually meets at South Miami Hospital Health Education Center.
6200 SW 73rd St., South Miami
786-662-5080
PARENT TO PARENT OF MIAMI
www.ptopmiami.org Nonprofit group assists families with a child or adult with physical and mental disabilities through training, referral to community resources and information. English, Spanish and Creole.
305-271-9797
FLORIDA ALLIANCE FOR ASSISTIVE SERVICES & TECHNOLOGY
www.faast.org Nonprofit organization funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide those with disabilities with the technology to function independently.
11200 SW Eighth St., Miami
305-348-7585
BROWARD COUNTY
UNICORN CHILDREN'S CLINIC
www.nova.edu Diagnosis, treatment and support for communication and learning disorders at Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Institute for Early Childhood Studies.
7600 SW 36th St., Davie
954-262-6900
PALM BEACH COUNTY
CENTER FOR PRECIOUS MINDS
Evaluations and strategies for students struggling with school, using techniques pioneered by Dr. Mel Levine, author of A Mind at a Time.
7000 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton
561-368-8686
HELPING HANDS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DIFFERENCES
Parent support for a range of learning issues.
561-719-4653
PARENT TO PARENT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY
1201 Australia Ave., Riviera Beach
561-795-0144

MONTESSORI METHOD
Preschools in South Florida using Montessori methods and materials vary in the quality and adherence to Montessori philosophy.
AMERICAN MONTESSORI SOCIETY www.amshq.org A center of Montessori information that provides information and referrals to schools and parents.
281 Park Ave. South, New York, NY
212-358-1250
ASSOCIATION MONTESSORI INTERNATIONALE
www.montessori-ami.org Founded by Maria Montessori in 1929.
410 Alexander St., Rochester, NY
800-872-2643

PRIVATE SCHOOL RESOURCES
FLORIDA COUNCIL OF INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS
www.fcis.org Information on a broad range of independent schools throughout Florida.
813-287-2820
SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
www.sacs.org Information from the agency that accredits all public schools in Florida, as well as many private schools.
404-679-4500

PUBLIC SCHOOLS
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY www.dadeschools.net School addresses and phone numbers, the school calendar and information on special programs, news updates and more.
To reach individual departments:
School Board administration: 305-995-1000
School Board members: 305-995-1334
Advanced academic program: 305-995-1934
Alternative Education: 305-995-1270
Athletics and Activities: 305-995-7300
Attendance Services: 305-883-5323
Bilingual Education: 305-995-1936
Boundaries, attendance services: 305-883-5651
Curriculum & Instruction: 305-995-1451
Dial-A-Teacher: 305-995-1600
Dropout Prevention: 305-995-1737
Early Childhood Programs: 305-995-7632
Food & Nutrition: 786-275-0400
Foreign Records/Student Visa: 305-882-1887
Magnet/Innovative Programs: 305-995-1922
School Volunteers: 305-995-1215
Special Education: 305-995-1721
Student Services: 305-995-7338
Student Transfers: 305-882-1853
Transportation: 305-234-3365
BROWARD COUNTY
www.browardschools.com School addresses, phone numbers and information on district policies, boundaries, calendar and more.
School Board members: 754-321-0000
Advanced Academic Programs: 754-321-1830
Alternative Education: 754-321-2120
Athletics & Student Support: 754-321-2550
Bilingual Education: 754-321-2950
Boundaries: 754-321-2480
Broward Education Foundation: 754-321-2030
Bus transportation: 754-321-4440
Community Involvement: 754-321-1970
Food & Nutrition Services: 754-321-0214
Headstart: 754-321-1961
Health Education Services: 754-321-2270
Magnet Programs: 754-321-2380
Media Relations: 754-321-2300
Safety: 754-321-4200
School Boundaries: 754-321-2480
Social Work & Attendance: 754-321-2490
Student Support Services: 754-321-2110
Student Reassignments: 754-321-3035
Volunteer Services: 754-321-1961
VPK (Voluntary Pre-K): 954-724-2040
PALM BEACH COUNTY
www.palmbeachschools.org Information and links to individual school Web sites, resources for parents and more.
General info: 561-434-8000
School Board members: 561-434-8139
Alternative Education: 561-242-4131
Boundaries: 561-434-8100
Choice Programs & School Choice: 561-434-8755
Curriculum & Learning Support: 561-434-8549
Early Childhood Education: 561-969-5884
Food Services: 561-383-2012
K-12 Literacy: 561-434-8255
Pre-K programs: 561-434-8026
Student Reassignments: 561-434-8823
Supplemental Educational Services: 561-963-3876
Transportation: 561-242-8300
Volunteers: 561-434-8789
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