What Is A Parent Resource Center?
Parent & Family Resource Centers offer workshops, materials and events to support the entire family.
The goal of Polk County Public Schools’ Parent & Family Resource Centers is to educate, equip and partner with students and their support systems by offering a wide variety of relevant and effective programs and resources. By building strong parent-learning communities, the school district aims to increase student achievement and empower students to raise children who are successful in school and life.
Why may utilize Parent & Family Resource Centers?
Parent & Family Resource Centers are available to all parents of students who attend Title I schools. Parents are welcome to visit, take part in workshops, and check out materials to help their child with academic skills at home.
What resources are available at the centers?
Monthly workshops and classes are offered to parents free of charge. Topics for the workshops will vary each month and will be based on a parent needs survey.
Each center is staffed with a full-time bilingual family involvement liaison para. Each center offers some classes in Spanish. Translation for classes in English is provided by the staff.
Here are just some of the workshops and materials available at Parent & Family Resource Centers: free Rosetta Stone, financial literacy and nutrition workshops; information and resources from local businesses and community organizations; reading, writing, math and science materials for grades pre-K through 12, all of which are linked to Polk County’s curriculum and based in state standards; parent resource books; computers with internet access; ACCESS partner; materials available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole; and free game nights.
Additionally, each of the Parent & Family Resource Centers offers homework assistance on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. Contact one of the centers for more information.
The Title I Books Bridge Bus visits each of the Parent & Family Resource Centers weekly. The bus offers parents and students computers with internet access and printing capabilities, online subscriptions, iPad classes and free books. Parents must remain on site while students are using the Books Bridge Bus.
For additional information about the Books Bridge Bus, contact the Family & Parent Resource Center of your choice, or the senior coordinator of library media services at 863-647-4714. More information can also be found on the Books Bridge Bus Facebook page
Hours of Operation
Parent Resource Centers are open when the school site is open.
- Elementary sites are open 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM
- Middle school sites are open 8 AM to 3:30 PM
- Daytime classes 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM
- Evening classes 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM