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Activities/Programs for 2012-13

Florida Learn and Serve - The Florida Learn and Serve program recently lost its federal funding for K-12 service-learning opportunities in Florida's public schools. For nearly two decades technical assistance and trainings related to implementing and expanding service-learning were available to grantees, schools and/or districts. For the 2010-11 school year Florida Learn & Serve awarded funds to 64 projects in schools and districts across the state, with approximately 30,000 student participants providing service to their schools and communities through this funding.

Dropout Prevention and Academic Intervention - The Office of Dropout Prevention provides technical assistance, strategies and resources to assist students, schools, parents and community organizations throughout the state of Florida. Our efforts ensure students have access to innovative programs which improve the quality of education options available to enhance students’ opportunities for access, advancement, and achievement.

Parental Involvement - Provide technical assistance to schools, school districts, and other eligible entities receiving federal funding. In addition, information, guidance and clarification on parental rights, responsibilities and opportunities under Title I No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as it relates to parent involvement will be provided. A statewide parent involvement plan has been developed.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools-Title IV, Part A - Assists school districts and schools in their substance abuse and prevention efforts by providing funds, ensuring compliance and accountability, and providing technical assistance and training for school-based substance abuse and violence prevention programs in K-12. The Office of Safe Schools serves to promote and support safe learning environments by addressing issues of student safety and academic success on state, district and school levels.

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) - Title IV, Part B- The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to provide federal funds to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours or when school is not in session. These services support student learning and development and may include: tutoring/mentoring, homework help, and academic enrichment, such as hands-on science or computer technology programs. Other activities may include community service opportunities, as well as music, arts, sports and cultural enrichment. In addition, 21st CCLC programs offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating students. Florida’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) serve over 75,000 students and over 13,000 family members in the state of Florida.

The Family and School Partnership for Student Achievement Act (1002.23, Florida Statutes) - This law was created to provide parents with specific information about their child’s educational progress and promote family and community involvement. Each school year districts are required to develop and distribute a parent resource guide which gives parents information about their school district. The parent resource guide is due on October 1st of each fiscal year to the Department of Education. The Bureau of Family and Community Outreach provides technical assistance to districts to ensure compliance.

Faith and Community-Based Outreach/Governor’s Strengthening Families Initiative - To provide technical assistance, resources and services promoting family and community involvement within faith and community-based organizations. This program currently has 1,021 community & faith-based partners throughout the state who assist with local and state education initiatives.