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Important Links for the Families

Child Abuse Report

The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment.

ELC Family Portal

Find information here about Florida’s early learning programs: School readiness and VPK


Nutrition Standards

The CACFP nutrition standards for meals and snacks served in the CACFP are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, science-based recommendations made by the National Academy of Medicine, cost and practical considerations, and stakeholder’s input.

Florida Develomental Standards

Florida adopted the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards (2017) in Fall 2017. The standards and benchmarks reflect the knowledge and skills that a child on a developmental progression should know and be able to do at the end of an age-related timeframe.

Several organizations in Broward County provide services to families in need, including:

1. Local Agencies:

1.1. Broward County Human Services Department: Offers a range of social services, including assistance with housing, food, and emergency financial assistance. 


1.2 Family Success Centers: Provides various support services, such as parenting classes, job training, and referrals to community resources.


1.3 Children's Services Council of Broward County: Funds and supports programs that benefit children and families, including early childhood education, health, and family support services.


2. Local Organizations:


2.1 211 Broward: Offers a comprehensive directory of community resources and services, including crisis intervention, counseling, and referrals to local agencies.


2.2 Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County: Provides support and resources for expectant mothers, including prenatal care, parenting classes, and breastfeeding support.


2.3 Women in Distress of Broward County: Offers services and shelter for victims of domestic violence, including counseling, support groups, and legal assistance.


3. Annual Health and Developmental Screenings:


3.1 Broward County Public Schools Early Identification and Child Find Program: Conducts screenings and assessments for children ages birth to five to identify developmental delays or disabilities.,receive%20a%20free%20appropriate%20education.


3.2 Broward County Health Department: Offers various health services, including immunizations, well-child exams, and developmental screenings for young children.


4. Early Intervention Diagnostic Services:


4.1 Broward Regional Health Planning Council: Provides early intervention services for children with developmental delays or disabilities, including assessments, therapy services, and referrals to community resources.


4.2 Early Steps Program: Offers early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities, including evaluations, therapy, and family support services.


5. Counseling Services:


5.1 Henderson Behavioral Health: Offers a range of mental health and counseling services for children, adolescents, and families, including individual therapy, family counseling, and psychiatric evaluations.


5.2 211 Broward: Provides crisis intervention, counseling referrals, and support services for individuals and families needing mental health support.


These organizations play vital roles in supporting families in Broward County by providing essential services, resources, and support to address various needs, including health, developmental, and counseling services.

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