Child Find Resources
CDC's Child Development Toolkit
Free resources available through the Centers for Disease Control, including the Milestone Tracker app and downloadable progress charts.
Office of Early Learning
As part of the Florida Department of Education, the Office of Early Learning dedicates its people, time and energy to ensuring access, affordability and quality of early learning services for the state’s children and families.
Special Ed Connection
Is your child receiving special education services? Gain a better understanding of special education processes and learn how to help your child benefit from special education services by accessing Special Ed Connection®. The Florida Department of Education is proud to provide access to Special Ed Connection® at no cost to families of individuals with disabilities who are enrolled in special education programs.
Social Emotional Intervention
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) – This website provides evidence-based practices to meet the needs of young children who have, or are at risk for, problem behavior.
Technical Assistance and Training System (TATS)
TATS is a statewide project which supports programs serving prekindergarten children with disabilities by providing technical assistance and training. This support promotes high-quality programs leading to positive outcomes for children and their families.
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is a national center focused on strengthening the capacity of child care and Head Start programs to improve the social and emotional outcomes of young children.
- What Works Briefs: Summaries of Effective Practices for Supporting Children’s Social-Emotional Development and Preventing Challenging Behaviors.
- Practical Strategies: Scripted Stories for Social Situations, Tools to work on “Building Relationships”/Book Nook/Teaching Social-Emotional Skills/Tools for Developing Behavior Support Plans
- Chat Sessions: – Print transcripts from previous chat sessions, sign up to join a future live chat session.
Early Education and Pre-Kindergarten
The Florida Department of Education website provides information for parents, providers, school districts, and early learning coalitions about Florida’s VPK program and transition to kindergarten. All information is provided in pdf format.
Parent ESE Information
Florida ESE Parent Involvement Website — Resources available for parents, provided by the Florida Department of Education
Welcome to the World
Welcome to the World: An Overview of Your Growing Child — A booklet, published by the FDOE, designed to help you as you live and work with children ages birth to five years. It recognizes and salutes your commitment to the care and nurture of young children. Grow to 5 embraces both the fundamental simplicity and the exquisite complexity inherent in the blossoming of a young life.
Vroom.org offers over 1,000 free activities to build your child's brain! Plus, sign up for their daily tip email.
As a parent, you are entitled to information about your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights, or procedural safeguards, are intended to ensure that you have the opportunity to be a partner in the educational decisions made regarding your child.
Do2Learn offers free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, and communication cards.
Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards
Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards — 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. In 2017, the Office of Early Learning convened a group of national and state early learning content experts to review current standards and recommend revisions to ensure that standards are rich, interactive and lead to better preparation for children based on current research to support high-quality standards. The Florida Early Learning and Developmental Standards – Birth to Kindergarten (2017) were adopted by the State Board of Education in December, 2017.
These standards address eight early learning and developmental domains reflecting a child’s expected age-appropriate progress – physical development, approaches to learning, social and emotional development, language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific inquiry, social studies and creative expression through the arts.