Parent Information and Resources
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Free Immunizations & Lead Test! Florida Department of Health – Children/Adult Walk-in Services
Free Dental Services! *New Head Start requirement - Proof of dental examination
- Broward County Dental Office Locations
- Dental Form *(or proof of oral exam from your dental office)
- Dental Brochure
Does your family have health care? Please click on the link below for information about Kid Care!
- Kid Care Application
- Kid Care Brochure - English
- Kid Care Brochure - Spanish
- Kid Care Brochure - Creole
Please see our Head Start/Early Head Start Parent Handbook below.
Families are an important part of our work!
The School Board of Broward County’s (SBBC) Head Start/Early Intervention Department acknowledges that the parent is the most important influence on their child’s development, and thus gears its services to support families in nurturing the development of their children, to enhance their capacity to achieve their own goals and aspirations, and to influence the quality of life in their communities.
Head Start Attendance Policies
As part of the Head Start Performance Standards, attendance is closely monitored for all children. Children must meet guidelines for daily attendance to ensure the full benefits of the educational program. For children not attending on a regular basis and exceeding number of allowable days of absence, withdrawal from the Head Start Program may be considered resulting in a vacancy.
VPK Attendance Policies
As part of the State and District policies, VPK attendance is closely monitored for all children. Children must meet guidelines for daily attendance to ensure the full benefits of the educational program. For children not attending on a regular basis and exceeding number of allowable days of absence, withdrawal from the VPK Program may be considered resulting in a vacancy.
The Head Start Performance Standards require two home visits be made by the classroom teacher. In addition, two parent conferences for the year that the child is attending the program are required. Parent educators are also required to schedule a home visit with parents to provide program information and establish goals that assist families in obtaining services.
During the course of the year, Head Start staff will initiate four parent meetings in response to parent surveys reflecting areas of interest. Parent meetings provide information on a variety of topics that include but are not limited to: Health, Safety, Nutrition, Family, and Education. In addition, community representatives and Head Start staff may conduct workshops for parents to gain knowledge and obtain information related to services and agencies in their community.
What I Learned in VPK
The What I Learned in VPK is provided by the VPK teacher and will help you see your child’s progress as it relates to the Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards for Four-Year-Olds. It is designed to help you track and support your child’s progress.
The Parent Toolkit will help you navigate your child's academic and personal journey. It is designed to help you track and support your child’s progress at each stage. Included is an academic growth chart, tips to help you support and encourage your child’s educational achievement, and guidance on how to approach parent-teacher conferences. These resources will help you better support your child both academically and personally. The Parent Toolkit is also available in Spanish.
Transitioning from Pre-K to Kindergarten
Information on Transitioning from a Pre-K program to Kindergarten in Broward County Public Schools will be provided at the end of year transition meeting.
Broward County Birth Certificate
The cost for a birth certificate is $14.00 for the first original and $10.00 for each additional copy of the same birth certificate. Contact Broward County Vital Statistics for more information.
Broward County School Boundaries
There are no requirements for children in Head Start to attend a school in there boundary. However, it is recommended that your child attend a school that is closest to where you live or work. Contact Broward County Public School's Office of Demographics for more information.
Family Support Services in Broward County Schools
The School Board of Broward County provides support services for all BCPS students and their families. Day and evening hours are available at locations throughout the county and all services are private, confidential and free of charge. Contact Broward County Public Schools Office of Family Support Services for more information.