Resources for Parents
Home Learning Activities and Tools
HighScope at Home - HighScope's “at-home” activities, strategies, and resources for a practical way to keep children engaged in active learning at home.
M-DCPS Inclusion Team's Distance Learning Toolkit - Resources to features resources for both teachers and parents to help children who are learning from home.
TATS Activity Calendar for Children - Almost four months' worth of activities for children. Parents can focus on one activity per day as a "brain break" for children.
TATS Staycation Toolkit - An at-home toolkit featuring activities for parents to use with children.
TATS Home Learning Choice Boards - This provides educational applications and webpages. It also contains choice boards that have activities for a variety of areas.
TATS Early Childhood (Birth - Age 2) Home Learning Plan - This provides home learning activities specifically for children from birth to 3 years old.
TATS Early Childhood (Ages 3 - 5) Home Learning Plan - This provides home learning activities specifically for children ages 3- to 5-years-old.
TATS Handwashing Guide - This provides hand washing visuals that can be displayed at home.
Easter Seals School Closure Autism Kit - Provides examples of visual schedules that can be used with young children or children with special needs.
COVIBOOK - Mindheart provides a short story about coronavirus in several languages. Parents can read this story with their children and discuss their feelings regarding the virus.
NCPMI's Positive Feedback Starters - A list of positive feedback parents can use with their children, especially when the children are doing distance learning.
TATS Talks Reading and Language Development Guide - TATS provides strategies and activities for parents to use when reading to children.
ESE Support and Resources
ESE Eligibility - The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services supports school districts and others in their efforts to provide exceptional student education programs for students ages 3 – 21 who have disabilities and students who are gifted. Each school district is responsible for providing services to students who are eligible for exceptional student education (ESE) programs.
Exceptional Student Education - The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services administers programs for students with disabilities. Additionally, the bureau coordinates student services throughout the state and participates in multiple inter-agency efforts designed to strengthen the quality and variety of services available to students with special needs.
U.S. Department of Education - Disability resources for parents of children with special needs.
Learning Disabilities Association of America - Support and resources for parents of children with learning disabilities.
Family Network on Disabilities - ESE resources for parents.
Project 10 - Florida's statewide discretionary project supporting transition of youth with disabilities.
Family Cafe - Annual event free for individuals with disabilities and their families that offers exposure to private and public resources, networking with other families, and access to policy-making officials.
Understood - Learning resources for parents, educators, and individuals with disabilities.
McKay Scholarship - Scholarship to give students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school or a public school of the parents' choice.
John M. McKay Scholarship Fact Sheet - More information in Haitian Creole, English, and Spanish about the conditions and choices for the McKay Scholarship.
The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (SEDNET) - Resource for students with or at-risk of emotional and/or behavioral challenges.
Children's Medical Services (CMS) - Collection of programs with specially qualified doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals that serve children with special health care needs.
Bright Expectations - Florida's site dedicated to helping individuals with special needs to find support, resources, and inspiration to break barriers, defy expectations, and achieve bright futures.
Florida Inclusion Network (FIN) - Information about inclusion practices, family-school collaboration, networking opportunities, as well as local resources and support.
Parent to Parent of Miami - Community Parent Resource Center serving parents of children with disabilities in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
APD Resource Directory - Informational service to help find available resources and organizations in your area.
The Advocacy Network on Disabilities - Agency advocating, coordinating, and providing services for people with special needs.
Florida Standards ACCESS Points Brochures
Academic Resources for Students
Discovery Education - Digital textbooks and curriculum resources for K-12 classrooms.
MES Games for ESL Students - ESL games for children and adults to learn English.
Reading Websites for Elementary Students - Blog with free teaching resources.
IXL Reading and Math Activities/Lessons - Personalized, comprehensive K-12 curriculum. Currently offering resources for at-home learning.
Cool Math 4 Kids - Math games for kids, teachers, and parents.
Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) conducts a survey designed to provide FDOE and the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), with information on how well Florida's schools are partnering with parents and promoting parent involvement in their child's education. The survey is open to all parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) receiving ESE services from preschool age through grade 12 and is not intended for parents of students receiving only gifted services through an educational plan (EP). All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Florida uses the instruments developed by the National Center for Special Education and Accountability Measures (NCSEAM). The survey is available from February 1, through to May 31 of each year.