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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Parent Resources Readily Available Statewide

~ Community based resource centers offer education, training, and support to families ~

Tallahassee – As Florida continues its recognition of Parental Involvement Month throughout November, including tomorrow’s celebration of National Parent Involvement Day, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) is reminding parents that a valuable tool is available to help them support their children’s academic success. Developed in partnership with DOE, Florida School Choice Parent Resource Centers (PRCs) are community-based organizations that provide parents with the opportunity to become meaningfully involved in the education and development of their children.

“Florida is playing an important role in setting a new standard for school choice options in the United States,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I encourage parents to take advantage of our Parent Resource Centers so they can receive the best information possible about options that can truly benefit their children for years to come.”

Florida’s PRCs provide services to help match program and school options that are available within a district to a child’s specific educational needs. The PRCs also provide training and development for parents to help them better understand and deal with the challenges their children may experience in school and in learning, with special programs available for parenting skills, life skills, health and welfare skills, and more. Other services offered by the PRCs include workshops, technical assistance, hands-on training, and professional growth opportunities for district administrators, public school administrators, teachers, parent and community liaisons and specialists.

“Parents are the most important advocate for their child. Parental involvement is as easy as: homework done, a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and getting to school on time,” said Florida PTA President Jean Hovey. “The PTA is a leading resource for parent involvement and can provide tools to help with parent involvement, both in and out of school.”

Statewide, there are 10 PRCs serving students and families from the Panhandle to Miami. The Parent Resource Centers are part of the Florida Voluntary Public School Choice project which is a five-year competitive federally-funded project. To learn more about the Parent Resource Centers, visit http://www.knowyourchoices.org/ or call (866) 281-4678.