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Pre-K–12 & Post Secondary

http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/
Navigate the St. Lucie County Public School’s website to find information on school-related topics such as: school zones and grades, student assignment application process, Exceptional Student Education (ESE), Title I SES Tutoring, Parent Involvement, support for Migrants and English Speakers of Other Languages, District test information, Family Access, promotion/graduation requirements, and much more.

http://schools.stlucie.k12.fl.us/dcs/
The Dale Cassens Education Complex is a very unique school that has been designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Students volunteer to attend DCEC to achieve their educational goals, to earn credits toward graduation, to learn how to manage behavior as society expects and to REACH for the STARS to pursue their life-long goals. Contact Principal Dr. Ellen Harden at 772.468.5190. Located at 1905 S 11th Street, Fort Pierce, Florida, 34950.

http://www.irsc.edu
IRSC offers over 150 programs leading to Bachelor’s Degrees, Associate Degrees, Technical Certificates, and Applied Technology Diplomas. IRSC is committed to advancing the educational, cultural, career training, workforce, and economic development of its surrounding area. Located at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Florida 34981. Phone: 772.462.4772 or 866. 792.4772

Early Childhood Links

http://www.elcslc.org/
Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County website provides parents of young children with information on locating child care, Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK), Father & Child Connection Program, and access to the Early Learning Coalition Calendar of Events.

http://www.cms-kids.com
Early Steps is a program which offers early intervention services to infants and toddlers with special needs. Services are provided by local Early Steps offices across the state of Florida. Phone: 1-800-218-0001

http://www.fdlrsgalaxy.org/
The Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resources System (FDLRS) provides support services to educators and families of students with exceptionalities. FDLRS also screen preschool age children (ages 3–5) who may have special needs. Some children experience difficulties with vision, hearing, language, learning, physical movement, and/or emotional control. Parent services and resources are also posted on the site. St Lucie County 772.429.4601

http://www.floridaheadstart.org/
Provides comprehensive, developmental services for low-income pre school children ages three to five and social services for their families. The purpose of the Head Start program is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of health, educational, nutritional, social and other services. The cornerstone of the program is parent and community development.

Health and Safety

St. Lucie County Health Department 
Provides Adult Health, Dental, Family Planning, Immunizations, Pediatric, Pregnancy testing and counseling, and Teen Zone Clinic Phone: 772.462.3800

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Phone: 772.462.3900

Fort Pierce Community Health Center 
Ft. Pierce Community Health Center uses a sliding fee scale (SFS) based on federal poverty limits (FPL) to determine the amount of financial responsibility each patient carries regarding their health care services. Patients who are at or below 100% of FPL have their health care provided by FCHC at a minimal charge. Phone: 772.461.1402

Hands of St. Lucie County
Provides primary healthcare services and access to a continuum of healthcare to qualified, low-income, uninsured, adult residents of St. Lucie County.  If you are 18-64 and financially qualify, you may have access to free primary healthcare. Phone: 772.462.5646

Project Response 
Project Response works to enhance the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. Building upon a foundation of quality case management, we strive to open all available avenues to improved health, well-being, and personal development for our clients. We work to prevent further spread of the disease; reduce the fear, ignorance, and discrimination surrounding AIDS; and increase community support and compassion for those affected by AIDS.

WE LEAP, INC
An organization providing domestic violence awareness & advocacy services in St. Lucie County, FL.  Their mission is to support  and empower people affected by domestic violence, increase community awareness through promoting healthy relationships, to end the cycle of intimate partner abuse.WE LEAP sessions are held MONTHLY at: R Duke Nelson Human Development Centre, 3002 Avenue D, Fort Pierce, FL 34947.

Quit Smoking Community
Everything you want to know about the effects of smoking and support to help you quit.

Parks and Recreation

http://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/parks-recreation-and-facilities-

The St. Lucie County Parks, Recreation & Facilities website provides information on a variety of events in the county including, but not limited to, sports and athletics, community centers, camps, recreation areas, and special events.

http://www.cityofpsl.com/parks-recreation/index.html  
The City of Port St. Lucie’s website provides information on parks, recreational facilities, special events, classes and programs for children and adults, sports programs, and more.

Baseball/Softball: PSL national little league baseball/ softball at Sportsman’s Park has a list of board members and their email address’s on their website at http://www.eteamz.com/PSLNationalLL/

Football: PSLAA football has their board members and email address’s listed on their website. They are located across the street from Sportsman’s Park. http://www.pslaa.com

Soccer: Mako soccer plays at McChesney Park right next to St. Lucie West Centennial High School at 1585 SW Cashmere Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34986.  http://clubs.bluesombrero.com/Default.aspx?alias=clubs.bluesombrero.com/makosoccer.

Soccer: Port St. Lucie Soccer Club plays Swan Park located at 700 SW Carmelite St., Port St. Lucie, FL 34983. http://pslsoccerclub.com/home/

Organizations Serving Children & Parents

United Against Poverty
Our mission is to help those in need to transform their lives by providing food, crisis care, opportunities for education and employment, and a hand up to families, individuals and children who are fighting to break the cycle of poverty. Located at 2520 Orange Ave, Fort Pierce, Florida 34950. Phone: 772.468.8543

Children’s Services Council of St. Lucie County
Children’s Services Council (CSC) is a 20 year-old agency that uses dedicated property tax revenue to improve the lives of children and families in St. Lucie County. Information on all CSC funded programs can be found on the site.

In the Image of Christ
Our agency offers charitable services, health programs, educational training, and prevention outreach to address health disparities in the community. Phone: 772-461-7788

The Arc of St. Lucie County
The Arc provides a comprehensive array of services to individuals with intellectual, physical,  and developmental disabilities and their families . Programs provided are: Child services – After-School program, Summer Camp program, Adult Day Training program and Community Living program. Phone: 772.468.7879

 

Mentoring and Homework

The Academic Support Center- Mueller Campus
Provides homework assistance for younger students who are at least middle school age (enrolled in sixth grade or higher) and are working on high school level material. Students seeking homework assistance should be enrolled in a local school, in a recognized program of online study, or be participating in a comprehensive home school curriculum.  Phone: 772.226.2508

ALPI (Computer Assisted Tutorial)
After school and summer program for children grades K-6.  The program assists students with homework, FCAT preparation, and other areas as needed for school readiness and success. Phone: 772-466-2631

Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County
Dedicated to serving the youth of the community. The Clubs offer daily access to a broad range of programs that promote health, social, educational, vocational, character and leadership development. Phone: 772.460.9918

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides several programs that support children who benefit from community or school-based mentoring, as well as programs that support special populations of children. Parents can learn more about how enroll their child, volunteer, and support the organization. Phone: 772.466.8535

Daniel M Center for Behavioral Change
Provides individualized educational programs and specialized child care for 6-12 year olds with diagnosed emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.  Also offers after-school care, extended care and summer camp programs staffed by behavior specailists.  The Camp Holiday program also provides Saturday respite care to give parents a much needed break. Call 772.466.0051, for information about availability and cost.

Dr. Math
Dr. Math is a web-based question and answer tool for math students and their teachers. It has an archive that is searchable by level and topic.

Frontline for Kids
Intervention and prevention after school program.  Homework assistance and other activities. Located at 309 S. 7th Street, Fort Pierce.  Phone: 772.464.0100

Future Generations
An after school music program and summer educational and recreational program.  Call 772.528.9931 for more information.

Employment

http://careersourcerc.com/about-us/#
The Florida Workforce System connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. The Employ Florida toll free number is 1.866.FLA.2345. Locally, CareerSource is located at 584 NW University Blvd, Ste 100, Port Saint Lucie, FL. Phone: 772-408-1260 and also, at 2102 Ave. Q, Room 16, Fort Pierce, FL. 34950. Phone: 772-461-6293

Transportation

Treasure Coast Connector
Has several fixed routes. Some run through Port St. Lucie, some through Fort Pierce, and one runs from Fort Pierce through Port St. Lucie to the Treasure Coast Mall in Jensen Beach. Phone: 772-464-8878.

Community Transit
Takes passengers directly to their specific destination by request. The demand response system is for individuals who cannot access the fixed route due to some disability. Eligibility for this system is required.
Phone: 772-879-1287 in PSL and 772-464-7433 in Fort Pierce

Direct Connect
An after hours transportation program for education, employment, and medical purposes.
Phone: 772-462-2095