Prekindergarten

Resources

Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD)
The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities.

Children’s Medical Services (CMS)
Children’s Medical Services is a collection of programs for eligible children with special needs.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
ECTA is designed this to help families understand their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), connect with other families, and find high-quality resources related to caring for infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities. ECTA Center relies on families to share their views and help us make sure our work and our products are useful to them and reflect their needs and perspectives.

Early Head Start/Head Start
Early Head Start programs provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services on a year-round basis to low-income families.

Early Steps
Early Steps is Florida's early intervention system that offers services to eligible infants and toddlers (birth to thirty-six months) with significant delays or a condition likely to result in a developmental delay.

Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)
The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System provides diagnostic, instructional, and technology support services to district exceptional education programs and families of students with disabilities. 

Florida 211 Association
The Florida 2-1-1 Association provides free, confidential information and referral services.

Florida Early Learning Coalitions
Florida Early Learning Coalitions is part of the Florida Department of Education, the office of Early Learning is dedicated to ensuring access, affordability, and quality early learning services.

Florida’s Transition Project
Florida's Transition Project for Infants, Young Children and Their Families assists local communities in establishing trained teams to develop a seamless system of transition among agencies providing services to young children with disabilities, birth to six years of age, and their families.

Florida Voluntary Prekindergarten Specialized Instructional Services Educational Program
Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Specialized Instructional Services educational program is a new option for parents of four-year old children with disabilities that is available outside the traditional VPK classroom setting.

Learn the Signs. Act Early.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed tools and information to help you keep track of your child’s development and get help if you’re concerned.

Office of Early Learning
The Office of Early Learning provides information on school readiness and Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program.

National Education Association (NEA)
National Education Association members throughout the nation are working closely with parents to ensure our students succeed.

Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)
Technical Assistance and Training System 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.

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention (TACSEI)
The Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children takes the research that shows which practices improve the social-emotional outcomes for young children with or at risk for delays or disabilities and creates FREE products and resources to help decision-makers, caregivers, and service providers apply these best practices in the work they do every day. 

Terrific Transitions: Supporting Children’s Transition to Kindergarten
The parent and family pages of the Terrific Transitions website contain ideas for how to ease your child’s transition into kindergarten, tips for helping you communicate with your child’s teacher, and ways to become involved in your child’s education.

What is Exceptional Student Education for Children with Disabilities?
This publication was developed and produced by the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Division of Public Schools, Florida Department of Education, as a brief overview of exceptional student education in Florida.

Zero to Three
ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals, and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development.