Community Agencies

Early Learning Coalition of St. Lucie County
A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that oversees and funds early education and childcare programs for at-risk and income eligible children. We are regulated by the Office of Early Learning (OEL), a division of the Department of Education.

The Agricultural and Labor Program
ALPI operates as the Central Agency for Subsidized Child Care Services and has provided child care for as many as 4,500 children per year. ALPI also serves as the Grantee Agency for Head Start Services in St. Lucie County.Today, ALPI serves more than 700 children in it’s Head Start/Early Head Start program.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters
As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

Florida Department of Children & Families
Works to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. Responsible for nearly 19,000 children in foster care, and find permanent homes for children who cannot safety be reunited with their families. Also provide food stamps and temporary cash assistance and determine eligibility for Medicaid. Provide access to substance abuse and mental health treatment and work with community partners who provide services to families threatened by homelessness and domestic violence.

Children’s Home Society of Florida
Treasure Coast division covers the four-county area of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee. Staff members provide a full array of prevention and intervention programs for the children, youth and families in the Treasure Coast community.

United for Families
A non-profit agency charged with developing community-based services and supports for children and families served by the child welfare system in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.The agency’s mission is to break the cycle of child abuse through a diverse network of community partners and innovative services.

Treasure Coast Early Steps
TCES provides early intervention services to children and their families residing in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties on the southeast coast of Florida making it the third largest regional program in the state system.

FDLRS Galaxy
A network of nineteen state and federally funded associate centers which provide support services to educators, families of students with exceptionalities, and community agencies throughout Florida. Centers are part of the public school systems and serve from one to nine counties. Each center provides services in the four areas of Child Find, Human Resources Development, Parent Services, and Technology. FDLRS Galaxy serves a four county area including Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie.

Children’s Services Council
Offers parent workshops throughout the community to provide parents with opportunities to enhance their parenting skills. Each workshop is tailored to the needs of the participants, providing support and encouragement through the use of real-life examples and group interaction. The workshops focus on positive parenting styles to reduce struggles in the family system, increase positive communication and to create an overall happier, healthier family unit.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters
The program provides one-on-one mentoring to build and strengthen families with the help of caring adult volunteers who become mentors and role models.

Boys & Girls Club
Provides afterschool and summer development activities for children ages 5-18 that focus on educational enrichment, recreation, leadership development, drug and teen pregnancy prevention, art, music & career exploration.

Children’s Home Society
The program reduces absenteeism, by working with school staff to identify children who have 5 or more unexcused absences, and educates the parents on the school district policies and state statutes regarding attendance. Program staff works with the family to improve attitudes and behaviors toward school, and works collaboratively with the schools to ensure appropriate services are provided to families in need.

Early Learning Coalition
Provides childcare assistance for qualifying participants at contracted childcare centers and educates parents about the importance of their involvement in their child’s learning.

New Horizons of the Treasure Coast
Substance abuse prevention program provided to middle school students to educate youth about the negative effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and to promote healthy youth development. Student Assistance Program Counselors provide classroom presentations and offer individual counseling to youth who are in need of additional services.

St. Lucie County Health Department
Three funded school nurses provide targeted medical management and screening for 1,200 students at each school. Nurses also provide health training in areas of special interest such as oral health, obesity and wellness.

SLC Health Access Network
Provides oral health screenings and education services to over 2,000 pre-school through 2nd grade children to improve oral health conditions that interfere with school readiness and school success. The program’s dental hygienist works in collaboration with the St Lucie County Health Department, Florida Community Health Center, and the Oral Health Coalition on referrals to obtain additional treatment services.

Save our Children
In addition to typical afterschool activities of tutoring, homework assistance and character development, this program places emphasis on cultural and social traditions.

Healthy Start
Healthy Families St. Lucie is a voluntary, home visiting program that promotes positive parent-child relationships and healthy child growth and development. Services are provided up to five years of age.
Also provides one on one education and case management services to eligible teens in a location convenient to the client (including home visits) and group education sessions utilizing the 7 week Teen Choices curriculum. Teens learn about safe sex practices, abstinence, family planning methods, and pregnancy & disease prevention. Teens are also linked with appropriate community resources.

Prevents child abuse and neglect by:

  • providing in-home counseling
  • teaching alternative parenting methods and non-violent discipline
  • offering educational seminars to help divorcing parents and their children through divorce with minimal trauma to the children
  • providing parenting classes
  • supervising visits between parent and children

Hibiscus Children’s Center
Offers intervention for families experiencing a crisis through provision of case management and parenting, financial
education, mental health services and limited child respite services.

Healthy Kids Insurance
Conducts outreach to provide information about Florida KidCare Health Insurance to local families, community organization and businesses serving children potentially eligible for that program. Provides enrolment assistance at family focused community events or at predetermined locations throughout St. Lucie County.

Roundtable of SLC
Trains adults to identify talents, skills, goals, dreams and successes of every child. The belief, All Children are Capable of Success – No Exceptions! is incorporated into their everyday interaction with children, and becomes the culture of the environment the child is in, whether school, home, recreation, or community.

Take Stock in Children IRSC Foundation 462-4786
Circle of Champions-CHS
Tykes & Teens (Tony Loupe)
Health Conf. Leads

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