Family Opportunity Centers
In an effort to meet the conditions of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) formerly Title I and other budgetary changes, a redesign of the full service center model is necessary. The bold adjustments for these centers builds innovation and seeks to support any community member (16 years and older) in obtaining life skills, education, and self-sufficiency through education while still providing access to guidance services, basic need assistance, language development and literacy, parenting workshops as well as, free childcare. This is possible by reimagining and leveraging the financial support of the Adult Education Family Literacy grant, Hillsborough County Social Services, Children’s Board of Hillsborough County Administration Service Organization (ASO) funds, Hillsborough Schools HELP: Student in Transition Team, and grants, services, and in-kind supports through the 20+ partnerships with nonprofit and community partners.
The Family Opportunity Centers team is delighted to offer systems navigation, resource linkage, and support to our students, parents, community partners, and school/district staff. The Family Opportunity Centers provides and connects high quality services and resources to meet the needs of our diverse families.
The Family Opportunity Centers believes parents are their child’s first teacher and advocate. The family plays a crucial role in forming a child's identity and influences his/her attitudes toward school, leading them to become positive peer role models to other students.
Family Opportunity Centers program objectives are: providing basic needs and literacy support, unique student/family experiences, training for parents, and capacity building for schools.