Florida First Start

What is the Program?  Through a contract with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), the ELC funds the Florida First Start Program (FFS), a home-based program supporting families to be their child’s first teacher.  The FFS program was created for children from birth to three years of age and their families, as these are critical years for fostering intellectual growth, language competence, physical development and social skills.


Who’s Eligible for Services? Those eligible for the program are families with children, ages birth to three years who have a diagnosed disability, are income eligible, and/or are at risk of future school failure as determined by state guidelines. Families must reside in the neighborhood surrounding the Florida First Start Resource Center at the Rock Island Professional Development Center


What are the Steps for Services?  Families are asked to contact the Resource and Referral, Family Education and Supports Resource and Referral counselors at (954) 724-4609 to learn about all home based early learning programs available in Broward County.


For More Information: Please call the Florida First Start Program at (954) 321-3302 or go to


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