All Are Welcome In Broward County Public Schools

The District Welcomes Students and Families Displaced by Recent Natural Disasters 


The District is providing information, including answers to frequently asked questions regarding enrolling students and resources available.

In addition, the District has established a Welcome Center to provide a centralized support for parents, guardians and others in the community who have questions about enrolling a student.  The Welcome Center also provides immunizations and physicals, a clothing bank, food pantry, and other family support services. The Welcome Center is located at Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Resource Center, 1400 NW 14th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. The phone number is 754-322-6650.  The hours of operation for the Welcome Center are Tuesdays, 8 - 11 a.m.; Thursdays, noon - 6 p.m.; and Fridays, 9 a.m. - noon. 



Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes all students and families displaced due to recent natural disasters locally and abroad.  District staff members are working with these families to ensure they receive the support and resources necessary during this transition period.

To assist displaced families, the District is providing the following answers to frequently asked questions.  


Frequently Asked Questions


I just arrived in Broward County and I need to enroll my child(ren) in school.  
What do I do?

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) welcomes all students and families who have been impacted by recent natural disasters that occurred locally and abroad.

The first step for enrolling is to determine which school your child will be attending, which is based on the address where you are staying.  To determine your school, click on the “Find My School” school locator icon on the right side of your screen or click here.  This will allow you to input your address and receive the appropriate school information.

If you don’t have access to the internet, call the District’s main number, 754-321-0000, and a switchboard operator can assist you in determining your school.

The next step is to visit the school to complete the enrollment process.  Please bring with you any records you may have to assist the school in placing your child appropriately.

I don’t have any paperwork or school records. Do I need these to enroll my child?
No. BCPS understands that due to the circumstances of the natural disasters and displacement of families, parents may have incomplete records or no records at all for their child.  School staff will work with parents to obtain as much information as possible to place the student appropriately.

I am not the parent or legal guardian of a child temporarily residing with me.  Can I enroll the child in school?
Yes. Unaccompanied youth who have lost housing causing them to reside with someone who is not their parent or legal guardian can still be enrolled and provided services.  School leaders will assist you through the enrollment process and completing any required documentation.

My family just arrived in Broward County and we don’t have a temporary or permanent address; can I still enroll my child in school?
Yes.  BCPS has established a Welcoming Center to assist families displaced by one of the recent natural disasters.  You can contact the Welcoming Center at 754-322-6650.  You can also visit the Welcoming Center, located at Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Resource Center,
1400 NW 14th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311, for assistance in enrolling your child.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, 8 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – noon

Support Services

  • Student Registration Assistance
  • Immunizations and physicals
  • Clothing Bank
  • Food Pantry
  • Other Family Support Services


I have a child with special needs, can I do enroll my child in school and will they be eligible for services?
Yes. Visit the school the child will attend to complete the enrollment process and provide information to the school’s leadership regarding the student’s special needs.  School staff will assist you with determining the appropriate accommodations and services for your child.

I need to enroll my child, but my child does not speak English, are there services to help my child in school?
Yes. All schools across BCPS provide services for English Language Learners and our staff is here to help.  During the enrollment process, information will be provided by the school regarding the services and resources available for your child during this time of transition.  

What forms do I need to complete to enroll my child and begin receiving services?
The school will provide all the required forms necessary to enroll your child.  However, you can complete some of these forms in advance, should you choose.  Click on the links below to download the forms.


Will my child qualify for any special services due to the displacement and relocation to Broward County?
BCPS wants all students to be successful and that includes ensuring your child receives all available services and resources during this time of transition.  Under the District’s McKinney-Vento HEART Program, students are eligible for the following services:

  • Immediate enrollment in school (even in the absence of normally required documents)
  • ​Transportation to ensure educational stability (certain rules apply)
  • Free school meals (breakfast and lunch)
  • Assistance with school supplies, school uniforms and other identified needs
  • Referrals to school and community resources
  • Post-secondary planning for high school students

In addition, BCPS is partnering with the Florida Department of Health - Broward to provide health services to displaced students.  This includes providing free immunizations, health screenings, physicals and other health-related services.

Who can I contact if I have questions?
BCPS has established a Welcome Center to assist families displaced by one of the recent natural disasters.  You can contact the Welcome Center at 754-322-6650.  You can also visit the Welcome Center, located at:

Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Resource Center
1400 N.W. 14th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Hours of Operation
Tuesday, 8 - 11 a.m.
Thursday, noon – 6 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – noon

Support Services

  • Student Registration Assistance
  • Immunizations and physicals
  • Clothing Bank
  • Food Pantry
  • Other Family Support Services

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