08 Resource and Referral Information Fall

08 Resource and Referral Information  Fall
Resource and Referral Information
Hearth Project
Polk County School Board
1915 S. Floral Ave, Bartow, Fl 33830
(863) 534-0801/ (863) 534-0629/ (863) 534-0202
Fax (863) 534-0210
Polk County School Board Members
Frank O’Reilly
District 1
Lori Cunningham
District 2
Hazel Sellers
District 3
Dick Mullenax
District 4
Kay Fields
District 5
Debra Wright
District 6
Tim Harris
District 7
Dr. Sherrie Nickell
Superintendent
Polk County School Board Mission:
To ensure rigorous, relevant learning experiences that result in high achievement for our students.
(863)534-0801, (863)534-0629, (863)534-0202
Dear Parent, Guardian or Youth,
This resource book is being sent to you based on information that you
have provided. The Hearth Resource and Referral Guide provides
information about our program and the legal rights that you may exercise
under the McKinney-Vento Act should you or your child qualify for Hearth
services. The book also provides valuable community resource information
that can assist you with specific needs.
Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or
are in need of further information about the Hearth Project and the rights
that you and your child may have.
We wish you the very best and look forward to speaking with you if
we may be of further assistance to you and your family.
Sincerely,
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Dee Dee Wright
Homeless Liaison
Hearth Project
(863)534-0801, (863)534-0629, (863)534-0202
Estimado Padre, Tutor o Joven,
Este libro recurso se le está enviado a usted basados en la
información que usted ha proporcionado. La Guía de Recursos y
Referencia “Hearth” provee información acerca de nuestro programa y de
los derechos legales que usted puede ejercer bajo la Ley McKinney-Vento
si usted o su hijo/a califica para los Servicios “Hearth”. El libro también
provee información valiosa de recursos comunitarios que pueden ayudarle
con necesidades específicas.
Por favor, no dude en llamar a nuestra oficina si tiene alguna
pregunta o necesita más información sobre el Proyecto “Hearth” y los
derechos que usted y su niño puedan tener.
Le deseamos lo mejor y esperamos hablar con usted si podemos ser
de más ayuda para usted y su familia.
Atentamente,
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Dee Dee Wright
Enlace para Personas sin Hogar
Proyecto “Hearth”
(863)534-0801, (863)534-0629, (863)534-0202
Chè Paran, Responsab oswa Jèn,
Yo voye bwochi rekou sa a ba ou dapre enfòmasyon ou te bay yo.
Gid Rekou ak Referans Hearth la bay enfòmasyon konsènan pwogram nou
an epi enfòmasyon konsènan dwa legal ou genyen anba banyè Lwa
McKinney-Vento a si ou menm oswa pitit ou ta kalifye pou resevwa sèvis
Hearth, kidonk kote pou w rete. Anplis, bwochi a bay bon jan enfòmasyon
rekou nan kominote a, enfòmasyon ki kapab ede w ak bezwen presi ou
genyen.
Tanpri pa ezite rele biwo nou an si w gen keksyon oswa si w bezwen
plis enfòmasyon konsènan Pwojè Hearth la epi konsènan dwa ou menm ak
pitit ou kapab genyen.
Nou swete w bòn chans e se ak anpil kè kontan n’ap tann pou pale
avèk ou si ou menm ak fanmi w ta bezwen èd nou.
Sensèman,
Dee Dee Wright
Kontak pou Sazabri
Pwojè Hearth
McKinney-Vento Act
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Hearth Project Information
Every child has a right to free and appropriate public education.
Hearth Project
Department of Specialized Services
Dee Dee Wright, Homeless Liaison
Karen Mehler, Homeless Parent Advocate
Nakita Scott, School Social Worker
Tami Ray, Technician
863 534-0801
863 534-0629
863 534-0202
863 534-0801
Under the McKinney- Vento Act, children are considered homeless if a student is:
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Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Living in a motel or hotel due to loss of housing or economic hardship
Staying in a shelter; emergency or transitional
Living in substandard housing; without electricity, running water, health code violations, lack of cooking
capabilities, etc.
Sleeping in a car, campground, park or public space
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, children in homeless situations have the right to:
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Go to school, no matter where the student is currently living
Be immediately enrolled in school if student lacks proof of residency or other documents
Continue enrollment in the student’s school that he/she attended before becoming homeless, or the school for
which the student is currently zoned
Attend classes while the new school secures previous school records
In case of an enrollment dispute, continue to attend classes while dispute is being heard and resolved
Request assistance with transportation to school of origin
Participate in school programs with students who are not homeless
Receive free lunch
Under the McKinney-Vento Act, homeless unaccompanied youth are students that:
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Are in homeless situations who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian
Include youth who have run away from home, been thrown out of their homes and/or been abandoned by
parents or guardians
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Have the same rights as other students experiencing homelessness including: remaining in their school of
origin, transportation to and from the school of origin, immediate enrollment in a new school serving the area
in which they are currently living even if they don’t have typically required documents (e.g. proof of
guardianship) and equal access to programs and services such as gifted and talented education, special
education, vocational education and English Language Learner services
For more information about protection under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act,
contact the HEARTH Project
at:
863-534-0801
http://www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/schoolbased/specializedservices/hearth.htm
Frequently Asked Questions
Whom can I contact for help with my child's education?
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Every school district has a local liaison. The Hearth Project is available to assist you and your child.
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When you enroll your child in a new school, you should ask to meet the teacher. You should make
contact with the teacher every so often to talk about how your child is doing in school.
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The school counselor can help your child deal with changes and challenges. Share with this person any
information about how your child is acting at home or things she or he is dealing with that might affect
his/her schoolwork.
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Other school personnel helpful to know are the principal, school secretary, bus driver, school social
worker and school nurse.
How will Hearth help my child?
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Hearth will ensure you have been advised of your child's rights, will assist you in determining which
school is best for your child, will set up free lunch for your child, will assist you with securing school
supplies for your child if needed and resources are available, will facilitate the transportation of your
child to and from their school of origin, and will provide you with referrals to agencies within the
community that may be able to help you and your family.
Should I keep my child in their school of origin or should I move them to the local school?
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Consider the following:
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How old is your child?
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How much time would your child spend commuting to and from their school of origin?
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How long do you expect to be in this living arrangement? Do you expect to stay in this area?
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How attached is your child to their school? Would changing schools be upsetting to your child?
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Are there safety issues to consider?
What can I do to help my child in school?
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Make sure your child goes to school everyday and gets plenty of rest; provide a quiet place for your
child to do homework; pay attention to your child's health and take care of problems early on; read to
your child everyday, for older children, have them read to you; listen to what your child shares with you
and talk about any problems he or she is having; encourage your child to participate in class and school
activities.
Todo niño tiene derecho a una educación pública gratuita y adecuada
Proyecto “Hearth”
Departamento de Servicios Especializados
Dee Dee Wright, Enlace para Personas sin Hogar
Karen Mehler, Defensora de Padres sin Hogar
Nakita Scott Trabajador Social Escolar
Tami Ray, Técnico
863 534-0801
863 534-0629
863 534-0202
863 534-0801
Bajo la Ley McKinney-Vento, los niños son considerados sin hogar o indigentes si:
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comparte la vivienda con otras personas debido a la pérdida de la vivienda o dificultad económica
vive en un motel u hotel debido a la pérdida de la vivienda o dificultad económica
permanece en un refugio de emergencia o de transición
reside en una vivienda deficiente; sin electricidad, agua corriente, con violaciones al código de salud, con
falta de capacidades de cocina, etc.
duerme en auto, terreno para campamento, parque, espacio público
Bajo la Ley McKinney-Vento, los niños en situaciones de indigencia o sin hogar tiene
el derecho a:
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Asistir a la escuela, no importa donde el/la estudiante viva actualmente
Ser matriculado/a inmediatamente en la escuela aún si el/la estudiante carece de prueba de domicilio u otros
documentos.
Continuar matriculado/a en la escuela a la cual el/la estudiante asistía antes de quedarse sin hogar o la
escuela de zona a la cual el/la estudiante está asignado/a actualmente.
Asistir a clases mientras la nueva escuela asegura los expedientes escolares anteriores.
Continuar asistiendo a clases mientras se tramita y resuelve algún conflicto, en caso de que haya un conflicto
con la matricula.
Solicitar ayuda con el transporte a la escuela de origen.
Participar en programas escolares con estudiantes que si tienen hogar.
Recibir almuerzo gratis.
Bajo la Ley McKinney-Vento, jóvenes sin hogar que no acompañados son estudiantes que:
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Se encuentran en situaciones sin hogar y no están bajo la custodia física de un padre o tutor
Incluye a jóvenes que han huido de su casa, han sido expulsado de sus hogares y/o han sido abandonados
por sus padres o tutores
Tienen los mismos derechos que otros estudiantes sin hogar, incluyendo: permanecer en su escuela de
origen, transporte hacia y desde la escuela de origen, inscripción inmediata en una escuela nueva que sirve
la zona en la que vive actualmente, incluso si no tienen los documentos normalmente requeridos (por
ejemplo, prueba de la tutela) e igualdad de acceso a los programas y servicios tales como educación a súper
dotados y talentosos, educación especial, educación vocacional y servicios de Aprendices del Idioma Inglés
Para obtener más información acerca de la protección bajo la Ley de Educación McKinney-Vento,
en contacte el Proyecto HEARTH al 534-0801
http://www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/schoolbased/specializedservices/hearth.htm
Preguntas que se Hacen Con Frecuencia
¿A quién puedo contactar para buscar ayuda con la educación de mi hijo/a?
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Cada distrito escolar tiene una persona enlace a nivel local. El Proyecto Hearth está disponible para
ayudarle a usted y a su hijo/a
Cuando usted inscribe a su hijo/a en una escuela nueva, usted debe pedir conocer al/a la maestro/a.
Usted debe contactar al/ a la maestro/a con frecuencia para conversar acerca de como su hijo/a está
trabajando en la escuela.
El consejero escolar puede ayudar a su hijo/a con los cambios y retos. Comparta con esta persona
cualquier información acerca de cómo su hijo/a está actuando en el hogar o cosas con las cuales está
lidiando que puedan afectarle en su trabajo escolar.
Otro personal escolar que es de utilidad conocer son el/la director/a, secretaria escolar, chofer del
autobús, trabajador/a social escolar y la enfermera escolar.
¿Cómo el Proyecto Hearth ayudará a mi hijo/a?
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Hearth se asegurará de que usted esté informado/a de los derechos de su hijo/a, le ayudará a
determinar cuál es la mejor escuela para su hijo/a, establecerá almuerzo gratis para su hijo/a, le
ayudará con la obtención de materiales o útiles escolares para su hijo/a si es necesario y hay recursos
disponibles, facilitará el transporte de su hijo desde y hacia su escuela de origen, y le proveerá
referidos a otras agencias dentro de la comunidad que puedan ayudarle a usted y a su familia.
¿Debo mantener a mi hijo/a en su escuela de origen o debería moverlo/a a la escuela local?
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Considere lo siguiente:
o ¿Qué edad tiene su hijo/a?
o ¿Cuánto tiempo le tomará a su hijo/a ir y venir a su escuela de origen?
o ¿Cuánto tiempo espera usted estar en este arreglo de vivienda? ¿Espera usted permanecer en
esta área?
o ¿Cuán apegado está su hijo/a a su escuela? ¿Podría el cambio de escuela alterar su hijo/a?
o ¿Existen problemas de seguridad que deban considerarse?
¿Qué puedo hacer para ayudar a mi hijo en la escuela?
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Asegúrese que su hijo/a asista a la escuela todos los días y descanse lo suficiente, provea un lugar
tranquilo para que su hijo/a haga la tarea; preste atención a la salud de su hijo/a y ocúpese de los
problemas desde el principio, lea con su hijo/a todos los días, y a los niños mayores, pídale que le lean
a usted, escuche lo que su niño comparte con usted y hable acerca de cualquier problema que él o ella
esté teniendo, anime a su niño a participar en las clases y en actividades escolares.
Chak timoun gen dwa pou resevwa edikasyon piblik gratis e kòrèk.
Pwojè Hearth
Depatman Sèvis Espesyalize
Dee Dee Wright, Kontak pou Sanzabri
Karen Mehler, Defansè Paran Sanzabri
Nakita Scott Travayè Sosyal Lekòl
Tami Ray, Teknisyen
863 534-0801
863 534-0629
863 534-0202
863 534-0801
Anba Banyè Lwa McKinney- Vento a, yo konsidere kòm timoun sanzabri tout elèv ki:
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Se lòt moun ki ba li fè ladesant lakay yo paske li pèdi kay li oswa li gen pwoblèm ekonomik
L’ap viv nan yon motèl oubyen yon otèl paske li pèdi kay li oswa li gen pwoblèm ekonomik
Li rete nan yon pansyon; pou ka ijans oswa pou yon ti tan
L’ap viv nan kay ki pa pwòp; san kouran, san dlo, ki vyole règleman sanitè, ki pa gen kote pou fè manje, etc .
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L’ap dòmi nan machin sou teren, nan pak oswa sou plas piblik
Anba Banyè Lwa McKinney- Vento a, timoun sanzabri gen dwa pou yo:
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Ale lekòl kèlkeswa kote elèv la rete
Enskri byen vit nan yon lekòl, menm si elèv la pa gen yon adrès kote li rete
Kontinye rete nan lekòl li te ye anvan li te vin pa gen kote pou l rete a, oswa pou li ale nan lekòl ki nan zòn
kote li rete a
Ale lekòl pandan nouvo lekòl la ap sanble ansyen dosye li te genyen
Nan ka yon enskripsyon ki gen dispit, kontinye asiste kou yo pandan y’ap tande epi rezoud dispit yo,
Mande èd transpò pou lekòl li ye a
Patisipe nan aktivite pwogram lekòl la ansanm ak lòt elèv ki yo menm gen yon demè kote y’ap viv
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Resevwa manje gratis
Anba Banyè Lwa McKinney- Vento a, jèn sanzabri ki poukont yo se elèv ki:
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Sanzabri ki pa gen yon paran oswa yon responsab an pèsòn k’ap voye je sou li
Kategori sa a gen gen ladann jèn ki sove kite kay kote yo rete a, jèn yo mete deyò epi/oswa jèn paran oswa
reponsab abandone
Gen menm dwa ak lòt elèv ki sanzabri tankou: dwa pou rete nan lekòl kote yo te ye anvan an, dwa pou yo
jwenn transpò pou ale e retounen lekòl kote yo te ye anvan an, dwa pou yo enskri byen vit nan yon nouvo
lekòl ki nan zòn kote yo rete a, menm si yo pa gen egzakteman dokiman yo mande yo (pa egzanp prèv ki
moun ki responsab yo), epi dwa pou yo gen menm aksè nan pwogram ak sèvis tankou edikasyon pou elèv ki
briyan e ki gen anpil talan, edikasyon espesyal, edikasyon vokasyonèl ak sèvis pou moun k’ap aprann lang
Angle.
Pou plis enfòmasyon konsènan pwoteksyon anba Lwa Edikasyon Sanzabri McKinney-Vento a,
kontakte Pwojè HEARTH nan:
863-534-0801
http://www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/schoolbased/specializedservices/hearth.htm
Keksyon/Repons
Ki moun mwen kapab kontakte pou ede mwen konsènan edikasyon pitit mwen an?
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Chak distri lekòl gen yon kontak lokal. Pwojè Hearth la disponib pou ede ou menm ak pitit ou a.
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Lè ou enskri pitit ou nan yon nouvo lekòl, ou dwe mande pou w rankontre ak pwofesè a. Ou dwe kenbe
kontak ak pwofesè a souvan pou w konnen kouman pitit ou a ap degaje l nan lekòl la.
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Konseye lekòl la kapab ede pitit ou a adapte l nan chanjman ak defi li gen devan l yo. Pataje ak moun
sa a nenpòt enfòmasyon konsènan kouman pitit fi oswa pitit gason ou ap aji lakay la, oubyen pwoblèm
li genyen ki kapab afekte travay lekòl li.
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Lòt moun ou merite konnen nan pèsonèl lekòl la se direktè a, sekretè lekòl la, chofè bis la, travayè
sosyal la ak enfimyè lekòl la.
Kouman Hearth pral ede pitit mwen an?
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Hearth pral asire li yo te ba w tout enfòmasyon konsènan dwa pitit ou a genyen, li pral ede w jwenn ki
lekòl ki pi bon pou pitit ou, li pral fè pitit ou a jwenn manje gratis, li pral ede pitit ou a jwenn materyèl li
bezwen pou lekòl li si nesesè e si gen rekou ki disponib, li pral fasilite transpò pitit ou kote y’ap depoze l
e vin chache l nan lekòl li te ye anvan an, epi l’ap ba w referans ajans ki nan kominote a ki kapab ede
ou menm ak fanmi ou.
Èske mwen dwe kite pitit mwen an nan lekòl li te ye anvan an oswa èske mwen dwe wetire li pou mete
li nan lekòl zòn nan?
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Konsidere bagay sa yo:
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Ki laj pitit ou a?
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Ki kantite tan pitit ou a pran pou li ale e retounen lekòl kote li te ye anvan an?
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Konbe tan ou konte pase kote w’ap viv kounye a? Èske w konte rete nan zòn sa a?
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Èske pitit ou a atache ak lekòl kote li ye a? Èske chanje lekòl pap bay pitit ou a pwoblèm?
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Èske gen keksyon sekirite ki ta merite konsidere?
Ki sa mwen kapab fè pou mwen ede pitit mwen lekòl la?
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Rasire w pitit ou ale lekòl chak jou epi li byen repoze l; bay pitit ou yon kote ki pa gen bwi pou li fè
devwa lekòl li; pote atansyon ak zafè sante pitit ou epi aji vit si gen pwoblèm; li pou pitit ou chak jou,
pou timoun ki gran yo, fè yo li pou ou; koute sa pitit ou ap di ou epi pale avèk li sou nenpòt pwoblèm li
genyen; ankouraje pitit ou pou li patisipe nan aktivite klas li ak nan aktivite lekòl la.
School Involvement
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School Related Information
Parental Involvement
Polk County Schools Website: www.polk-fl.net
The education of children requires a commitment from the parents, students, school and
larger community. Don't underestimate the importance of your involvement in your child's
education.
Ways that you can get involved:
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Contact your child's school for ways you can become more involved in your child's education
and decisions made at his/her school.
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The Polk County School District Parent Initiative Program emphasizes parent engagement as
an empowering form of parental involvement. This initiative is designed to impact student
achievement and student discipline by surrounding young people with sensitive, caring adults
who are committed to a better academic future for all children.
A successful implementation of the program is currently being offered at the following schools:
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Alta Vista Elementary
Boone Middle
Crystal Lake Elementary
Gibbons Street Elementary
Inwood Elementary
Jesse Keen Elementary
Kingsford Elementary
McLaughlin Middle
Sandhill Elementary
Westwood Middle
Each of these schools has been assigned a Parent Outreach Facilitator. This Facilitator
focuses on 40 targeted students and their families by outreaching to the community, churches,
and parents.
For further information, please contact Charisse Jones, Parent Outreach Coordinator at:
(863)534-3670
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
- B. B. King
"Responsibility for our children's education must begin at home."
- President Obama
How to Help Your Child Succeed in School
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Encourage your child to read
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Try to ensure that they have adequate sleep
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Limit TV and video time
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When possible, eat a well balanced healthy diet
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See that your child attends school regularly and is on time
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Try to establish a homework/study routine each school night
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Encourage your child to finish all school assignments
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Try to attend the events in which your child participates
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Talk and listen to your child about school activities each day
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Ask for help or advice when your child is struggling or having a problem
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Collaborate with the school in developing your child’s positive behaviors
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Establish communication with your child’s teacher through your child’s agenda or teacherparent conferences
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Update address and phone numbers with the main office
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Praise your child’s efforts
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Schedule at least one teacher conference during each school year
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Read everything that comes home from school, checking backpacks regularly
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Monitor test scores and performance carefully
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Emphasize positive attitudes and values - honesty, fairness, respect for teachers, respect for
the rights of others. Be sure that you set a good example by demonstrating these values
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Support your child's interests. If he/she likes music, for example, encourage him/her to join the
school band, or go to the library and borrow a book on the subject
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Talk with your child about the future. Help him/her understand that schoolwork is preparation
for his/her future.
For more information please access Polk County School Board’s Parent Guide at
http://www.polk-fl.net/parents/generalinformation/default.htm
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It Is Never TOO Late To Start Working On Your Future!
If you plan to pursue a GED, there are two testing sites in Polk County that are directly associated
with Polk County Schools.
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East Area Adult School 965-5475 –Auburndale, Winter Haven, and Haines City applicants
West Area Adult School 499-2835 –Lakeland applicants
For more information about the GED, call Pam Bodwell at (863) 534-7450.
GED Testing
In order to take the GED tests you must attend a one time registration and orientation session. These
sessions, as well as the actual GED testing are scheduled for the GED Testing Center at the West
Area Adult School in Lakeland.
Registration dates are tentative. Orientation and testing sessions are capacity controlled and will
close early if capacity is reached.
At the orientation session you will complete a required demographic information packet and the forms
necessary for your GED tests. Additionally you will be a shown a video designed to familiarize you
with the scientific calculator provided for the math section of the test. Also at this session, you will
choose which available test dates to attend.
Applicants must have the following at orientation:
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FL Driver's License/FL Photo ID Indicating Polk County Residency
Authentic Social Security Card (no photocopies)
Your receipt for GED fees
Completed GED Test Application Form
Accommodations are made for candidates with diagnosed physical, mental, sensory, or learning
disabilities who can provide appropriate documentation from a qualified professional of their
impairment and its effect on their ability to take the GED Tests under standard conditions.
GED Prep Centers
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East Area Adult School
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Ridge Career Center
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Traviss Career Center
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West Area Adult School
Online GED Preparation Course
Traviss Technical Center now offers an on-line GED preparation course. Contact Bonita Ruffin at
(863) 499-2700 ext. 246 for more information.
TABE Test required $15 one-time fee. 9th Grade level score recommended. www.fatdec.com Florida
Adult Technical Distance Education Consortium
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VOCATIONAL OR TRADE SCHOOLS (MIGRANT)
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Ridge Career Center
7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, Florida
(863) 419-3060
Mission
Ridge Career Center will assess, prepare, and place individuals in successful and rewarding careers
in an increasingly competitive and changing employment market.
Vision
Ridge Career Center will be Polk County's premier workforce training institution.
The Ridge Philosophy
Our basic philosophy at Ridge is that students will be better prepared to enter the job market if their
training closely resembles on-the-job situations. The goal of instructors is to assist students in
acquiring the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to gain entry into and advance in an occupation.
Therefore, each training program is based on technical knowledge which applies to the chosen
occupation, performance of valid job tasks and the cultivation of healthy job related attitudes and
values. Students are provided with effective learning experiences designed to help them attain
relevant job competencies.
Every effort is made at Ridge to assist students in reaching an informed decision about entering a
career training program best suited to their individual needs and aptitudes. Students are encouraged
to choose their programs after exploring their potential choices and discovering their own strengths
and weaknesses, aptitudes and interests. Guidance is also available to help students succeed in their
chosen program and secure employment when leaving Ridge.
It is also Ridge's philosophy to accept students at the level of competency they have achieved upon
entering the program and provide competencies to give them training for various jobs. At Ridge, we
make it possible for each student to meet both short- and long-range employment goals. We can
tailor instruction to the wide variety of student needs through our policy of open-entry and open-exit,
self-paced, individualized instruction. Students enter and exit Ridge when personal employment
considerations dictate. Students progress through learning experiences at their own rate and focus on
attaining the competencies necessary to meet their personal career goals.
Ridge's philosophy, when put into practice, means that each program resembles as closely as
possible the job setting for which training is being offered. Equipment, tools, supplies and
environment closely match those on the job. Each program is managed by instructors who are not
only skilled workers in their trade or business but are well trained in the professional skills of teaching
their business or trade to others. Our instructors exhibit pride in their profession and enthusiasm in
teaching it to others.
© 2008 Ridge Career Center
Traviss Career Center
3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, Florida Ph Phone: 863.
(863)499-2700
Mission Statement
Traviss Career Center educates and prepares students for success in a changing workplace.
Traviss FAQ:
Is Traviss part of the Polk County School System? Does Traviss follow the same calendar?
Traviss is a Polk County Public School. It does follow the district calendar.
What high school grades does Traviss serve?
Traviss Career Center serves junior and senior high school students.
Can my 15 year old child attend Traviss?
A student must be at least 16 years old to enter the high school program at Traviss.
Can a high school student attend night classes?
No
What is the difference in taking day and night classes?
Traviss offers more programs during the day where the student would attend class 5 days per week, 7:30 a.m.
until 1:30 p.m. The night programs are either 2 nights per week or 4 nights per week depending on the
program, Monday-Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm. Most night programs require a longer period of time to complete.
When do the classes start?
The majority of the programs start in August of each year. However, many classes are open-entry/open-exit
allowing students to start throughout the year.
Does Traviss have a dress code?
Yes. Day programs require uniforms and/or safety apparel. The Center also follows the guidelines set by the
School Board of Polk County's Code of Student Conduct.
Does Traviss offer free or reduced lunch?
No
Does Traviss offer day care?
Traviss offers a day care program for children of students. The student must apply for an opening for their
child/children. The child must be between the ages of 3 and 5, and potty trained.
Is job placement available?
An On-the-Job (OJT) Coordinator, working through Student Services assists current and former students in
finding employment. Instructors also assist with placement through business and industry contacts.
© 2008 Traviss Career Center
Resource Referral Guide
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RESOURCE AND REFERRAL GUIDE
ABUSE
ADAPT- Abolish Domestic Violence Alternatives and Prevention
Children’s Home Society
 Bartow (CPT & CAC)
 Lakeland
DART (Domestic Abuse Response Team)
Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline
Domestic Violence Hotline
Florida Abuse Hotline
Guardian Ad Litem Program
Gulf Coast Community Care
Heartland for Children
National Domestic Violence Hotline
One Hope United
Peace River Domestic Violence Shelter
Peace River Rape Crisis
640-7972
519-3900
413-3126
834-8927
1 800 96ABUSE
1 800 500-1119
1 800 962-2873
534-4605
904-3000
1 800 799-7233
407 379-2900
413-2700
413- 2707
ADOPTION
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Catholic Social Services Family Help
Children’s Home Society
Florida Adoption Info Center
Florida Baptist Children’s Home
Heartland for Children
National Adoption Center for Special Needs
One Hope United
686-7153
299-7983
686-7153
413-3126
1 800 962-3678
688-4981
519-8900, ext. 289
1 800 862-3678
407 379-2900
ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Education/Outpatient
ACTS
Al-Anon Family Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous
Central Florida Human Services
Drug Court
Drug Helpline
Drug Prevention Resource Center
Lakeland Centers
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Mark Wilcox Center
Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Mothers Against Methamphetamines
428-1520
687-3800
687-9275
682-8111
534-4612
1 800 662-4357
802-0777
687-9900
687-1222
291-5355
668-7422
519-0000
Narcotics Anonymous Helpline
Peace River Center
Tri County Human Services
Residential- Central Florida Area
AGAPE House (Winter Haven)
Center for Drug Free Living
Adolescents- Orlando
Women-Orlando
Florida Center for Addictions & Dual Diagnosis (Avon Park)
House of Freedom Inc. (Kissimmee)
La Amistad Behavioral Health Services (Maitland)
New Horizon (Mulberry)
Operation Par- Par Academy for Behavioral Change (St. Pete)
Osceola Counseling Center for Drug Free Living
RASUW Center for Women (Winter Haven)
Teen Challenge (Lakeland)
The Bridge (Auburndale)
Winter Haven Center for Psychiatry
683-0630
248-3311
533-4139
299-7003
407 521-2495
407 297-2010
863 452-3858
407 846-1152
407 647-0660
863 428-1520
1 888 727-6398
407 846-5285
533-5860
647-1944
967-8190
800 723-3248
CLOTHING, FINANCIAL AID, FOOD & UTILITIES
AGAPE Food Bank
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Church Service Center
Department of Children and Families
(Access Florida- WAGES, Food Stamps, Medicaid)
Family Emergency Service Center of Winter Haven
Farm Workers
First Baptist Church “Compassion House”
Frostproof Care Center
HEARTH Program
Help of Fort Meade
HOPE Center
Hunger Hotline
Lake Wales Care Center
Lighthouse Ministries
Mulberry Community Service Center
Polk County Social Services
Salvation Army
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
SHARE Program
Social Security Administration
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
St. Vincent’s Depaul
Talbot House Ministries
665-7074
686-7153
299-7983
533-5822
866 762-2237
294-1939
967-9583
682-0163
863 635-5555
534-0801
285-6600
683-8182, ext. 246
1 800 329-3663
863 676-6678
687-3705
425-1523
534-5387
682-8179
291-5107
1 800 536-3379
1 800 772-1213
682-0555
419-4819
687-8475
The Outreach Center
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Women’s Resource Center
World Alive Ministries
665-7700
519-7542
294-5318
802-9673
DISABILITY SERVICES
Achievement Academy, Inc.
Agency for Persons with Disability
Alliance for Independence
Arthritis Foundation
Center for Independent Living
Disabled American Veterans
Easter Seals Camp Challenge
Epilepsy Services of West Central Fl, Inc
Florida Division of Blind Services
Florida Relay Service (Voice)
 TTY
Florida School for the Deaf & Blind
Goodwill Industries- Adult Day Training
March of Dimes
Polk County Schools (ESE)
Polk County Schools ESE Transitional Program
Polk County Schools Hospital/Homebound ESE
Polk County Schools Pre-Kindergarten ESE
Polk County Special Olympics
Polk Training Center for Handicapped Citizens, Inc.
School to Work Vocational Rehabilitation Program
Social Security Administration
Special Needs Shelter Registration/Info
Sunrise Community of Polk County
TLC Retirement Residence
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind/Polk
Vocational Rehabilitation
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
683-6504
413 3360
665-3846
1 800 283-7800
413-2722
687-4885
352 383-4711
686-5880
499-8385
1 800 955-8770
1 800 955-8771
1 800 344-3732
701-1351
687-8909
534-0930
534-0934
534-7480
519-8870
815-6671
956-1620
680-5534
1 800 772-1213
534-5600
680-2817
688-1196
299-3633
680-5534
291-5280
EDUCATION RESOURCES
Child Development of Polk County
Drop Back In
East Area Adult School
Families of Faith Christian Academy
Florida Virtual School
HEARTH Program
InnerAct Alliance (Substance Abuse Prevention)
Learning Resource Center
Mark Wilcox Center
683-6504
687-9222
965-5475
686-7755
1 800 374-1430
534-0801
802-0777
688-9477
291-5355
New Beginnings High School
Polk County School Board (ESE)
Polk County School Board (Home Education)
Polk Virtual School
PreSchool Programs
 Child Find (Special Needs PreK)
 Early Learning Coalition
 Florida First Start
o Frostproof Elementary School
o Griffin Elementary School
o Snively Elementary School
 Head Start
 School Readiness
 Voluntary PreKindergarten – VPK
Ridge Career Center
Teen Parent Services
 Lakeland Teen Parent Center
 Ridge Teen Parent Center
Travis Career Center
Truancy Interdiction Program (Lakeland Police Dept)
West Area Adult School
298-5666
534-0930
534-0960
665-4538
648-3047
647-4262
733-9064
635-8569
853-6027
291-5316
648-3051
648-3047
648-3047
419-3060
534-0930
499-2700
419-3060
499-2700
413-2051
499-2835
ELDERLY SERVICES
Action Health Care & Staffing, Inc
Alzheimer’s Information Line
Amedisys Home Health Care
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
American Association for Retired Persons
Bartow Multi Purpose Center- Elderly Services
Bay Area Behavioral Health Division
CareSouth
Catholic Charities
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Cornerstone Hospice
Department of Children and Families (Adult Services)
Elder Helpline
Experience Works
Faith In Action
Good Shepherd Hospice
Interim Healthcare Inc-Homemaker Assistance
Lake Morton Senior Center
Neighborhood Service Center
Polk County Elderly Services
Retired Senior Volunteer Program
Seniors vs. Crime
680-2273
292-9210
676-3300
682-2293
293-0769
1 888 687-2277
534-0393
297-1702
863 439-8215
686-7153
299-7983
421-1482
619-4100
1 800 963-5337
967-9631
686-0009
297-1880
619-8822
687-2988
294-5860
534-5320
534-5329
577-1672
Veterans Services
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Volunteers in Service to the Elderly
West Central Florida Agency on Aging
West Central Florida YMCA
683-5627, ext. 7642
683-5627, ext. 7641
284-0828
800 336-2226
644-3528
EMPLOYMENT & JOB TRAINING
Employment
Displaced Homemakers Program
Polk Works One Stop Center
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Veterans Services
GED/ Career Training
East Area Adult School
Job Corp
Polk Works Young Leaders
 Ft. Meade
 Haines City
 Lakeland
 Lake Wales
 Winter Haven
Ridge Career Center
Travis Career Center
West Area Adult School
Youth Build
683-5627, ext. 3114
683-5627
508-1100
683-5627, ext. 140
965-5475
508-1100, ext. 3307
508-1100, ext. 3323
508-1100, ext. 3401
508-1100, ext. 3701
508-1100, ext. 3501
508-1100, ext. 3321
419-3060
499-2700
499-2835
687-2911
HEALTH SERVICES
Dental
Central Florida Health Care Dental Clinic
 Frostproof
 Lake Wales
 Wauchula (Hardee County)
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
Polk County Health Department Dental Clinics
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Lakeland
Traviss Career Center
Health Care & Medications
Access Florida
Agency for Healthcare Administration
Florida Healthy Kids
863 635-4891
863 678-4360
863-773-2111
688-5846
965-6333
534-7258
413-2636
499-2700
1 866 762-2237
1 888 419-3456
1 888 352-5437
Florida Kid Care
Florida Medicaid
Healthy Kids Corporation
MEDNET- Prescription Assistance Services
MomCare Program (Healthy Start)
Polk Health Care Plan
St. Ann’s Catholic Church
Medical
Central Florida Health Care, Inc.
 Dundee
 Frostproof
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Children’s Medical Services
Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
Polk County Health Department
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
Vision & Hearing
All Children’s Specialty Care of Lakeland
Central Florida Speech and Hearing
Florida Division of Blind Services
Florida School for the Deaf and Blind
Florida Vision Quest
Our Children’s Rehab Services Center
Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc.
Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind
Traviss Career Center
Vision USA
1 800 821-5437
1 800 226-2316
534-5313 or 1 888 352-5437
519-2042
519-4700
533-1111
422-4370
863 419-3330
863 635-4891
413-8600
292-4280
1 800 741-2250
688-5846
965-5400
519-7916
678-4144
413-2620
802-6600
686-3189
499-2385
1 800 344 3732
386 917-1001
294-1429
802-3800
813 251-2407
499-2700, ext. 268
1 800 766-4466
HOUSING
Emergency Housing (Shelter)
Lighthouse Ministries
Peace River Short Term Residential
Salvation Army
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven (women & children)
Talbot House Ministries
Tri-County Human Services
Women’s Care Center (women & children)
Housing Assistance
Emergency Financial Assistance
Habitat for Humanity
687-3705
519-3741
682-8179
291-5109
687-8475
701-7373
534-3844
1 877 891-6445
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Housing Authority
 Bartow
 Haines City
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
HUD Housing
Polk County Homeless Coalition
Section 8 Housing
Housing Rehabilitation
City of Lakeland Division of Housing
Housing & Neighborhood Development
Lake Wales Care Center
Peace River Short Term Residential
USDA, Rural Development
Winter Haven Community & Economic Development
Transitional Housing
Lake Wales Care Center (Families)
Peace River Short Term Residential
Salvation Army
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven (Women & Children)
Talbot House Ministries
Tri-County Human Services
Women’s Care Center (Women & Children)
682-3812
292-2256
533-6311
863 421-3680
863 676-7414
687-2911
294-7369
813 228-2026
687-8386
534-5240
834-3360
534-5240
863 676-6678
519-3741
420-4833
291-5600
676-6678
519-3741
682-8179
291-5109
687-8475
701-7373
534-3844
JUVENILE JUSTICE
Bay Area Youth Services
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Probation
Juvenile Assessment Center
Polk County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Center
Public Defenders Office
State Attorney’s Office
Teen Court
Truancy Interdiction Program (Lakeland Police Dept)
Youth and Family Alternatives
802-8000
534-7175
519-3655
519-3611
534-4200
534-4800
534-4656
413-2051
499-2430
LEGAL SERVICES
Child Support Enforcement Program
Domestic Violence Program- Injunction for Protection
Florida Child Support Enforcement Customer Service Line
Florida Four Legged Advocates
284-4462
534-4184
1 800 622-5437
299-9115
Florida Rural Legal Services
Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society (Divorce)
Polk County Clerk of the Court
Social Security Administration
Victim’s Assistance Office
688-7376
519-5663
534-4000
1 800 772-1213
534-4800
MENTAL HEALTH
Hope Center for Counseling
Lakeland Regional Medical Center for Counseling
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Park Place Behavioral Healthcare
Peace River Center
Winter Haven Hospital Behavioral Health Division
Women’s Resource Center
683-8182
687-1222
533-4411
407 846-0023
248-3300
294-7062
294-5318
Bereavement/Grief
Bethany Center
Cornerstone Hospice
Good Shepherd Hospice
Innovations in Counseling
968-1707
291-5567
297-1880
294-8845
Crisis
Peace River 24-Hour Crisis Line
Suicide Hotline
519-3744
1 800-SUICIDE
MENTORING
4 H of Polk County
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Boys Scouts of America
Camp Fire USA, Sunshine Council
City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation
Girls Inc
 Lakeland
 Winter Haven
Girls Scouts of America
Gulf Coast Community Care
Parks and Recreation Department
Police Activities League
YMCA
 Lake Wales
 North Lakeland
 South Lakeland
 Winter Haven
519-8677
682-5191
686-1719
967-1532
533-2775
688-5491
834-6035
682-3002
967-2864
688-7648
904-3000
534-4341
834-8970
863 676-9441
859-7769
644-3528
292-0922
MIGRANT SERVICES
Agricultural & Labor Program (ALPI)
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project
Farmworkers Ministry
Immigration Services
Migrant Education
Redlands Christian Migrant Associations (Childcare)
 Lakeland
 Mulberry
 Winter Haven
Social Security Administration
956-3491
1 800 282-8260
967-9583
800 375-5283
534-0655
686-1221
425-9246
295-5917
800 772-1213
PREGNANCY/ PARENTING EDUCATION
Breast Feeding Support
Healthy Start
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
Regency Medical Center
Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Haines City
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
965-5400
519-7916
678-4144
413-2620
687-1100, ext. 2097
294-7068
965-5452
519-7542
419-3250
678-4013
413-2638
Parenting
Alternative Behavioral Concepts
Family Fundamentals
GoGrandmaGo
Gulf Coast Community Care
Head Start
Healthy Families Polk
Healthy Start
Heartland for Children
Peace River Center Family Builders
Positive Co-Parenting
Winter Haven Center for Behavioral Health
Youth and Family Alternatives
551-3300
686-1221
255-1202
904-3000
648-3051
603-6680
413-2620, ext. 1089
519-8900
519-0575, ext. 1156
534-4698
291-3611
499-2430
Prenatal Care/Education
A Woman’s Choice
Catholic Charities of Central Florida
683-2341
686-7153
Central Florida Health Care (Lakeland Primary Clinic)
Exodus Women’s Center
Healthy Start
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
March of Dimes
Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic
Planned Parenthood
Polk County Health Department
 Auburndale
 Bartow
 Lake Wales
 Lakeland
Regency Medical Center
Teen Parent Program, Polk County Schools
 Traviss Career Center, Lakeland
 Ridge Career Center, Winter Haven
413-8600
1 800 780-2229
965-5400
519-7916
678-4144
413- 2620
687-1100
687-8909
682-5763
665-5735
965-5400
519-7916
678-4144
413-2620
294-7010
499-2700
419-3060
SUPPORT GROUPS
A Differently Abled National Alliance for Mentally Ill
Aids Support Group
Alzheimer’s Support Groups
Aphasia Support Group
Better Breathers (Chronic Lung Disease Support Group)
Brain Injury Support Group
Breast Feeding Class
Cancer Support Group
Cardiac Support Group
Diabetes Information and Support Group
Epilepsy Support Group
First Months Club for Parents
First Steps Club for Parents
GoGrandmaGo
Grief Support Group (Good Shepherd Hospice)
Life After Breast Cancer
Lifelink Donor Awareness & Support Group
Lupus Information and Support Group
Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group
Mental Health Peer Recovery Group
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Newborn Care Class
Ostomy Club
Parental Encouragement for Autistic Children Everywhere
Peace River (Rape Crisis Support Group)
Peer Recovery Group
686-1221, ext. 228
299-2348
292-9210
293-1121, ext. 3614
293-1121, ext. 1355
292-4060
687-1100, ext.2097
293-1121, ext. 3363
292-4688
293-1121, ext. 3066 or 284-1604
686-5880
294-7068
294-7068
255-1202
968-1707
603-6565
439-5347
956-3904
291-6705
293-1121, ext. 5716
533-4411
687-1100, ext. 2097
293-1121, ext.1511
686-1221, ext. 228
413-2708
294-7056, ext. 3611
Prepared Childbirth Class
Pulmonary Rehab Support Group
Stroke Support Group
Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Support Group
Teen Pre-natal Classes
Woman to Woman (Breast Cancer Support Group)
687-1100, ext. 2097
687-1100, ext. 3240
292-4060
603-6526
687-1100, ext.2097
294-7020
Support Group Resources
Family Fundamentals
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Peace River Center
Winter Haven Hospital Behavioral Health Division
Winter Haven Hospital
686-1221
687-1100
533-4411
519-0575
294-7062
293-1121
TRANSPORTATION
Citrus Connection
 Handy Bus (Lakeland)
 Polk County Transit Services
Department of Motor Vehicles
Florida Medicaid
Polk County Transit Services
688-5438
688-7433
499-2323
1 800 226-2316
534-5500
YOUTH SERVICES
Day Treatment/Schooling
Associates Marine Institutes (AMI Lakeland)
Bill Duncan Excel Center
Don Woods Excel Center
PACE Center for Girls
682-7600
499-2860
421-3325
688-5596
Residential/Shelter
Anchor House Ministries
Florida Baptist Children Homes
Florida Sherriff’s Youth Ranch
George Harris Youth Shelter
New Horizons
University Behavioral Center (Orlando)
665-1916
688-4981
533-0371
595-0220
428-1520
407 281-7000
Agencies
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Through Florida KidCare, the state of Florida offers health insurance for children from birth through age 18,
even if one or both parents are working. It includes four different parts. When you apply for the insurance,
Florida KidCare will check which part your child may qualify for based on age and family income.
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MEDIKIDS: children ages 1 through 4
HEALTHY KIDS: children ages 5 through 8
CHILDREN’S MEDICAL SERVICES NETWORK: children birth through 18 who have special health
care needs.
MEDICAID: children birth through 18. A child who has other health insurance may still qualify for
Medicaid.
Some of the services Florida KidCare covers are:
Doctor visits
Metal Health
Dental
Check-ups and shots
Hospital
Surgery
Prescriptions
Emergencies
Vision and hearing
There are several ways to apply for Florida KidCare:
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If you applied for Florida KidCare before,
call 1-888-540-5437 to update your information by telephone, or
Apply online or print an application and instructions at floridakidcare.org
Eligibility
Florida KidCare is for children, not adults.
To qualify for premium assistance, a child must:
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Cost
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Be under age 19
Be insured
Meet income eligibility requirements
Be a U.S. Citizen or qualified non-citizen
Not be eligible for Medicaid
Not be in a public institution
Families who are not eligible for premium
assistance may buy
Florida KidCare
(MediKids or Healthy Kids)
at the “full pay” premium rate.
Call 1-888-540-5437
for more information.
There is no charge for Medicaid for children (KidCare Medicaid)
For other Florida KidCare programs, monthly premiums depend on your household’s size and income.
Most families pay $15 or $20 a month. If you need to pay more, Florida KidCare will let you know.
Make checks or money orders payable to Florida KidCare. Do not send cash. If your child (or children)
is approved for Medicaid or denied coverage, your premium payment will be refunded.
You may have to pay small charges or co-payments for some services.
A child who is a member of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaskan Native tribe may qualify
for no-cost Florida KidCare coverage.
Polk County Health Department Locations
Auburndale Clinic
1805 Hobbs Rd Auburndale, FL 33823
Clinic Phone: (863) 965-5400
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dental Clinic Phone: (863) 965-6333
Dental Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
WIC Phone: (863) 965-5452
WIC Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
2nd Saturday of the Month 9:00 am – 12:00 pm *by appointment only*
Services Provided:
Adult Health Care, Breast & Cervical Cancer Referrals, Child Health Care, Dental Care, Family
Planning, Healthy Start, HIV Testing, Immunizations and Traveler Immunizations, Lung Disease
Treatment, Prenatal/Maternity Care, Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening and Treatment, WIC
(Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Education, and Supplemental Foods)
Bartow Clinic
2020 E Georgia Street, Bartow, FL 33830
Clinic Phone: (863) 519-7916
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services Provided:
Family Planning, Healthy Start, HIV Testing, Immunizations, Prenatal/Maternity Care (including HighRisk Pregnancies), Sexually Transmitted Disease Screening and Treatment
Bartow Dental Clinic
2090 E Clower Street, Suite 100, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: (863) 534-7258
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services Provided:
Dental Care
Bartow Immunization Clinic
1255 Brice Blvd, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: (863) 519-8242
Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services Provided:
Adult Immunizations, Child Immunizations, Flu Shots, Traveler Immunizations
Bartow WIC Office
1275 Brice Blvd, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone: (863) 519-7542
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Services Provided:
WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and Supplemental Foods)
Haines City WIC Office
910 N 20th Street, Haines City, FL 33844
Phone: (863) 419-3250
Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Services Provided:
WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and Supplemental Foods)
Lake Wales Clinic
835 W Central Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853
Clinic Phone: (863) 678-4144
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
WIC Phone: (863) 678-4013
WIC Clinic Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Services Provided:
Family Planning, Healthy Start, HIV Testing, Immunizations, Prenatal/Maternity Care, Sexually
Transmitted Disease Screening and Treatment, WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and
Supplemental Foods)
Lakeland Clinic
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
Clinic Phone: (863) 413-2620
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Dental Clinic Phone: (863) 413-2636
Dental Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm *closed from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm for lunch*
WIC Phone: (863) 413-2638
WIC Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
1st Saturday of the Month, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm *by appointment only*
Services Provided:
Adult Healthcare, Child Health Care, Dental Care, Family Planning, Healthy Start, HIV Testing,
Immunizations and Traveler Immunizations, Prenatal/Maternity Care, Sexually Transmitted Disease
Screening and Treatment, WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and Supplemental Foods)
Lakeland Central WIC Office
1291 Ariana Street, Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: (863) 284-3075
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
3rd Saturday of the Month, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm *by appointment only*
Services Provided:
WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and Supplemental Foods)
Mary Sand Clinic
1805 Hobbs Road, Auburndale, FL 33823
Clinic Phone: (863) 965-5400, ext. 10065
Clinic Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Services Provided:
Support services for people with chronic lung disease
Specialty Care Clinic
1255 Brice Blvd, Bartow, FL 33830
Clinic Phone: (863) 519-8233
Clinic Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Services Provided
Communicable Disease Control, Hepatitis Screening and Vaccination, HIV/AIDS Outreach, HIV
Testing
Winter Haven WIC Office
1475 Dundee Road, Winter Haven, FL 33884 *located at Elbert Elementary School*
Phone: (863) 291-5244
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Services Provided:
WIC (Nutrition, Breastfeeding Education, and Supplemental Foods)
PLEASE NOTE: Parents MUST Bring A Copy of Previous Immunizations to the clinic.
Permanent Immunization Certificates Cannot Be Issued Without A Complete Shot Record.
Family Fundamentals
1021 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
Phone: (863) 686-1221
Hours: Monday –Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Services Provided: Health Promotions (Childbirth Preparation Classes, Parent & Child Interaction
Classes, Child Passenger Safety, Car Seat Distribution, Bicycle Safety and Helmet Fitting Provided
By The Coalition on Injury Prevention)
Hospitals & Medical Centers
Bartow Regional Medical Center
2200 Osprey Blvd
Bartow, FL 33830
Telephone: 863-533-8111
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
40100 US Hwy 27
Davenport, FL 33837
Telephone: 863-422-4971
Lake Wales Medical Center
410 South 11th Street
Lake Wales, FL 33853
Telephone: 863-676-1433
Lakeland Regional Medical Center
1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805
Telephone: 863-687-1100
Winter Haven Hospital
200 Avenue F NE
Winter Haven, FL 33881
863-293-1121
Winter Haven Hospital/Regency Medical Center
101 Avenue O SE
Winter Haven, FL 33880
863-294-7010
Insert (3 pages front & back)
CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH CARE, INC. (CFHC)
Separate Attachment - Publisher Document
Birth Certificates
(Vital Statistics)
Main Office
1290 Golfview Ave., 3rd Floor, Bartow, FL 33830
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri
Phone: (863) 519-7900
Fax: (863) 519-7587
AND
Satellite Office (Polk County Health Department)
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri
Certified copies of birth and death certificates are available through the Polk County Health
Department Vital Statistics Office.
Birth Certificates are available for anyone born in the state of Florida from 1917 to the present.
Birth Certificates:
Cost: $ 15.00
Additional Copies: $5.00 ea
To obtain a birth certificate, you must present a photo ID
Birth Certificates can be issued to the following people:
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Persons 18 years of age or older
Parents or Legal guardians
Forms of Payment Accepted: Cash, Checks, MasterCard or VISA, and money orders.
Polk Works
(www.polkworks.org)
One-Stop Career Center Services
Let Polk Works help you with your career exploration. Job seekers can take
advantage of the following programs and services available for no cost at the One-Stop Career Centers.
Search for Jobs
Register with Employ Florida, post your resume, search for open positions and access a variety of useful
websites to help you find your next career.
How We Can Help
View our orientation online or attend our daily orientation session to learn about all the free tools and services
available to you in your career search.
Free Job Readiness Workshops
Attend one or all of our free workshops on interview techniques, resume writing, dressing for success and
other topics that will help you stand out from other candidates.
Schedule of Program Orientations Many of our programs schedule daily or weekly orientation sessions to
provide information on how to qualify for services.
Career Development You may qualify for one-on-one career counseling after attending our "Work First"
training program (WIA).
Career Resource Room If you do not have access to a computer, Polk Works Research Room is your office for
career search. Available on a first-come basis as time permits.
Identify Your Skills or Obtain Training Find out how you can improve your computer skills and earn the Florida
Ready to Work Credential. We also provide a variety of career assessment tools to help you identify what
types of jobs you would like and determine which jobs best suit your personality and training.
Jobs In Demand
These are the targeted industries with the highest-growth occupations in Polk County.
FREE GED Classes
A large majority of employers require at least a high school degree or equivalency. Learn how you may be able
to obtain your GED at no cost to you.
Mobile One Stop Unit
Our "office on wheels" travels to outlying cities in Polk County, providing free access to computers with internet
capabilities. Job seekers can search job boards, prepare and post resume and apply for open positions.
One-Stop Career Centers:
One-Stop Career Centers
309 N. Ingraham Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 508-1100
500 E. Lake Howard Dr.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
(863) 508-1100
Additional TANF Offices
940 E. Parker Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 508-1100
One-Stop Career Centers are open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm, except for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving,
Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Administrative Office
600 N. Broadway Ave. Suite B
Bartow, FL 33830
(863) 508-1600
Business Services Unit
600 N. Broadway Ave. Suite A
Bartow, FL 33830
(863) 508-1100 ext. 1102
REACT Team
600 N. Broadway Ave. Suite A
Bartow, FL 33830
(863) 508-1100 ext. 1103
Young Leaders
500 E. Lake Howard Dr.
Winter Haven, FL 33880
(863) 508-1100 ext. 3321
705 Ingraham Avenue, Suite 15
Haines City, FL 33844
(863) 508-1100 ext. 3401 or 3402
315 Martin Luther King Blvd. North
Lake Wales, FL 33853
(863) 508-1100 ext. 3501
997 E. Memorial Blvd, Suite 103
Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 508-1100 ext. 3701, 3702, 3703, or 3704
Peaceful Believers Church (in-school youth only)
510 S. Charleston Avenue
Ft. Meade, FL 33841
(863) 508-1100 x 3323
Bartow Main Branch & Tag Office
430 East Main Street
Bartow, FL
Office Hours - 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays.
Lakeland Branch & Tag Office
930 East Parker Street, Suite 261
Lakeland, FL
Located in the Polk County Government Center (Back of Town
Center Plaza)
Office Hours - 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays.
Lake Wales Branch & Tag Office
658 Highway 60, West
Lake Wales, FL
Located in the Polk County Government Center (Lake Wales Plaza).
Office Hours - 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays.
Haines City Branch & Tag Office
74 Maxcy Plaza Circle
Haines City, FL
Located behind McDonalds and Blockbuster Video on US 27
Office Hours – 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays
Winter Haven Tag Office
300 Avenue M Northwest
Winter Haven, FL
Located in American Legion Post # 8 (by Lk. Silver)
Office Hours – 8:30AM to 5:00PM, Monday through Friday, excluding observed holidays
Florida Driver License Offices
Driver License services in Polk County are currently obtained at one of the following locations:
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Lakeland - 3249 Lakeland Hills Boulevard - Telephone: (863) 499-2323
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Lake Wales – 658 Highway 60, West - Telephone: (863) 534-4700
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Haines City - 930 Lily Avenue, East - Telephone: (863) 421-3201
Automobiles: Registrations & Renewals
Initial Registration
Residents operating automobiles on Florida's roadways must register those vehicles in the State of
Florida.
Non-residents must register their automobiles in Florida if they engage in a trade or occupation or are
employed in Florida or their children attend public schools in Florida.
Non-resident exemptions may be applied to college or university students who are in Florida for less
than six months in an accredited work-study program recognized by the State of Florida, or to any
nonresident enrolled as a full-time student in a Florida institution of higher learning, or to recreational
vehicles not located in Florida for at least six consecutive months.
Vehicle registrations for automobiles may be obtained at one of the Tax Collector's Offices.
To receive a vehicle registration for an automobile you must have the following items:
 A registration renewal notice or previously issued registration. (Note: If these are not available,
the tag number, title number or vehicle identification number may provide enough information.)

Also required for automobiles, current proof of Florida Property Damage Liability and Personal
Injury Protection insurance, including the insurance company's name and policy number.
Registration and Renewal
Florida law requires automobile tags and registrations to be renewed before they expire. Florida vehicle
registrations and tags (license plates) expire as follows:
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For automobiles owned by individuals, the expiration date is the birthday of the first owner listed
on the registration;
For leased automobiles, the expiration date is indicated on the vehicle registration;
For company owned automobiles, the expiration date is June 30th;
For 9 passenger automobiles for hire and trucks over 5,000 lbs., the annual expiration date is
December 31st (Note: Six month registrations issued to these types of vehicles expire May 31st).
Miscellaneous
Fares
Adults (one way only)
$1.50
Students+
$1.25
+
Seniors (those age 65 & older)
Citizens with Disabilities
+
80¢
80¢
Fares available to students, seniors (65 or older) and disabled (either temporary or permanent) presenting proof or the
Citrus Connection ID Badge. Presenting a Medicare card also entitles bearer to discounted fares.
ADA/Handy Bus Fare
$2.00
ADA/Fixed Route
FREE
Children*
FREE
* 7 and under when accompanied by adult.
+ Fares available to students, seniors (65 or older) and disabled presenting proof or the Citrus Connection ID Badge.
Presenting a Medicare card also entitles bearer to discounted fares.
Passes
31 Day Unlimited Pass
Unlimited rides for a 31 day period. $47 (Save $46)
(Individual Use Only)
Weekly Pass
Unlimited trips for one week $12 (Save $10.50)
(Individual Use Only)
Adult Day Pass $3
Unlimited Rides for one 24 hour period after activation on the bus
Student Day Pass $2.50
Unlimited rides for one 24 hour period after activation on the bus
Must present proper ID to Bus Operator to use discounted pass
Senior/Disabled Day Pass $1.60
Unlimited rides for one 24 hour period after activation on the bus
Must present proper ID to Bus Operator to use discounted pass
10 Pack Adult Day Pass $27
$3 savings over individual purchases – 24 hour unlimited rides
10 Pack Student Day Pass $22
$3 savings over individual purchases – 24 hour unlimited rides
10 Pack Senior/Disabled Day Pass $16
24 hour unlimited rides
How to Buy Passes...
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Lakeland Bus Terminal, 200 N. Florida Ave. – CASH ONLY
Citrus Connection, 1248 George Jenkins Blvd., 7am-5pm M-F – cash, Visa/MasterCard/Debit or money order
Phone, (863) 688-7433 – Visa/MasterCard/Debit
Online, Ridecitrus.com – Visa/MasterCard/Debit
Mail, PO Box 1687, Lakeland, FL 33802 – Visa/MasterCard/Debit
Please Note: Passes purchased by phone, mail or online will be mailed on the next business day. All prices are
subject to change.
Insert
Lakeland Area Transit System
http://ridecitrus.com/content/routes/SystemMap2012_web.pdf
Insert
W.H.A.T.
Winter Haven Area Transit
http://ridecitrus.com/content/routes/WHATMap.pdf
Insert
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (2 pages front & back)
http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/preventingcan.pdf
Insert
LOOKING FOR HOUSING
http://www.migrant.net/clip-sheets/sheets/survival/housing-e.pdf
Budget Help
Many folks have difficulty finding ways to make ends meet. Here are some suggestions to
get control of your money.
1. Living within your means - If there is more money going out than coming in there
needs to be some decisions and changes in spending. This is crucial to
resolving money problems. Plan out expenses you know you have regularly and
make a plan to cover those expenses. If you have more output than input,
consider what can be eliminated.
2. Have an emergency fund - Stuff happens! Even if it is just a few dollars, put it
away for those times when life happens as it invariably will.
3. Eliminate living on credit - Folks who use credit to cover the cost of their basic
needs like food and shelter or to reward themselves with "fun" toys will often find
themselves in a deep hole of debt that can be difficult to climb out of. If you want
something, instead of reaching for the plastic get an envelope and put a dollar
inside. Add to that dollar whenever you can. You will probably enjoy that item
much more once you get it!
Complete the budget on the following page. Spend some time thinking about what you
learn from this. Talk to your partner if you have one.
_________________ Family Budget
Fill in your monthly expenses and income below:
EXPENSES:
Rent:
Utilities:
Electricity
Water
Gas
Cable or Satellite
Phone (wireless and
landline)
Car:
Loan
Insurance
Gas
Maintenance / repairs
Food:
Groceries
Dining out
Medical (physical, dental,
vision):
Premiums
Co-pays
Other
Personal:
Clothing
Services (hair cuts)
Childcare
Entertainment (going out)
Laundry expenses
Other
Other
TOTAL EXPENSES:
INCOME:
Pay from employment
SSI or other benefit
Child support
Other employment
Partner or spouse income or benefit
Other
TOTAL INCOME:
What is higher, your expenses or income?
If your income is higher, great, now how much are you saving each month?
If your expenses are higher, you have some decisions to make. How can
you lower your expenses? Or, how can you increase your income?
The funding for the printing and dissemination
of these materials has been made available through a
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth
Title X, Part C Sub Grant
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