Activities & Programs

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program

This program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.

Dropout Prevention

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.

Family Engagement

The Bureau of Family & Community Outreach (BFCO) provides resources, recognition and technical assistance to families in an effort to increase family engagement that promotes their children's success in education. BFCO has the role of fostering wider and more substantive family and community involvement by identifying and sharing information with schools and districts about the many different ways to get involved in your child's education.

Mentoring/Student Assistance & School and Instructional Enhancement Grants

Funds are appropriated by the legislature to the Florida Department of Education each year for Mentoring/Student Assistance Initiative grants and School and Instructional Enhancement grants. The purpose is to improve student performance for low-performing, at-risk students by providing additional learning opportunities; increasing personal responsibility and community involvement; discouraging drug and alcohol and weapon use, and other delinquency involvement; reducing dropout rates; and improving academic achievement.

Pre-Collegiate Programs

The Office of Pre-Collegiate Programs provides administrative and fiscal oversight to state funded academic programs that provide activities and services for low-performing, at-risk students in all public schools, with a primary focus on students in low-performing middle and high schools. Programs are designed to motivate students to pursue a postsecondary education; to enhance students’ basic learning skills and performance; to strengthen students’ and parents’ understanding of the benefits of postsecondary education; and to foster academic, personal, and career development through supplemental instruction and professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators.

Volunteer & Community Involvement

Volunteer & Community Involvement programs develop community resources in response to the differing needs of classrooms. By accessing the many diverse resources found in communities, these programs enrich and enhance school curriculum. A wide array of community partners enables these programs to maximize their impact. Volunteers may tutor, mentor, assist in the classroom, help with fundraising and participate in developing school plans, as well as many other opportunities. Recognition awards promote community involvement, highlight outstanding volunteer practices and showcase exemplary projects which are then shared statewide.