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Resources for Families

Early Childhood

Office of Early Learning - Here you will find school readiness tools, apply to VPK, find your local early learning coalition, find childcare, and more http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/

VPK Provider search https://cares.myflfamilies.com/PublicSearch

College Readiness

FAFSA - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/

https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org/PDF/BFHandbookChapter1.pdf

https://scholarships360.org/scholarships/florida-scholarships/

https://www.fastweb.com/

https://www.scholarships.com/

https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/undergraduate-students

http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/undergraduate-students.htm

Social/Emotional Development Resources/Bullying

Edutopia Activities to Build Social-Emotional Development - Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and happiness/wellness skills are important for all ages. Edutopia has a great collection of informational articles and ways to improve social skills and emotional health.

Bully and Harassment Prevention and Reporting Hillsborough https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/394/bully-prevention/about/bullyprevention-about/

Bullying and harassment - student support and reporting Pasco

http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ssps/page/stop_bullying

Bullying resources Pinellas https://www.pcsb.org/Page/29523

Say Something - National anonymous reporting system for bullying and harassment https://www.saysomething.net/

Stop Bullying - government resource for bullying, cyber-bullying and prevention https://www.stopbullying.gov/

Diagnostic Services

Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System - FDLRS provides diagnostic testing, guidance, and information about programs and resources available to support families with exceptional education needs.

Special Needs/Behavioral

Office of Early Learning Services for Children with special needs - Programs and resources for students and families. http://www.floridaearlylearning.com/family-resources/find-quality-child-care/services-for-children-with-special-needs

Hillsborough County Schools - ESE Programs and services https://sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/117/exceptional-student-education-special-education/about/ese/

Pasco County Schools - Pasco ESE Programs and services http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/ssps/page/programs

Pinellas County Schools ESE Programs and services https://www.pcsb.org/ese

Special needs family hour - local and national resources for children with disabilities and their families https://specialneedsfamilyhour.com/resources/

Disability Rights Florida - Florida’s designated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system for individuals with disabilities https://disabilityrightsflorida.org/

Lighthouse for the Blind - Striving to maximize independence and provide employment opportunities for persons who are blind or visually impaired. Various locations throughout Tampa Bay.

Best Buddies Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Autism Speaks - Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Society of America - Information about ASD and resources

Autism Society of Florida

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF - No cost training, consultation services and technical assistance.

Transportation/bussing information

Hillsborough transportation services - Information pertaining to bussing and transportation of students in Hillsborough County https://hillsboroughschools.org/departments/26/transportation/about/?click=redirect

Find my bus route Hillsborough https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/445/transportation/resources/busroutes/

Pasco http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/transportation/

Pinellas https://www.pcsb.org/transportation

County School Boards

Hillsborough County School Board - Meetings and Information https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/239/school-board/about/board-about/

Pinellas County School Board https://www.pcsb.org/

Pasco County School Board https://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/school_board

Student Nutrition Services

Search school menus, allergy information and make payments or request refunds for Hillsborough County School meals https://www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/doc/list/student-nutrition-services/about/53-252/

Nutrition Services for Pasco County https://connectplus.pasco.k12.fl.us/do/fns/

Food and Nutrition Department Pinellas County https://www.pcsb.org/Page/3406