What to do at Home With your Kids

Kids are a joy, and spending time with them is special.

Cupcakes & Conversations: Surviving COVID-19 empowers youth 11-18 to talk about their feelings about the global pandemic.
Friday, May 22, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM EDT

This is an online event.
This virtual event is brought you by Dream on Purpose and Center for Child Counseling.

Cupcakes & Conversations: Surviving COVID-19 provides a virtual space where youth 11-18 years old, just like you, can gather to talk about your feelings regarding this global pandemic, develop coping strategies, and connect with resources. There will be fun activities, opportunities to mingle, and even break out into separate sessions.

Those who attend will receive a ‘Surviving COVID-19’ kit, which contains a stress ball, volunteer-made mask, journal, lavender-scented sachets, colored pens, and bubbles through the mail.
Register HERE today and receive an email with the Zoom meeting login credentials.

Cost: FREE

As summer season arises and children swimming and playing in the water is about to begin, here is a reminder of some water safety.

Every Moment is a Teachable Moment 🙂

Education- Step Up for Students

Service centers, online chats, provider relations, reimbursement team and processing centers are up and running. Acceptance of scholarship applications for all programs: income-based (Florida Tax Credit or Family Empowerment Scholarship), Gardiner, Hope and Reading. Reimbursements also continue to be processed for Gardiner and Reading Scholarship programs.
What if my child cannot go to school, will the scholarship amount be affected?
Step Up For Students continues to work closely with the Department of Education.

Please note: The memo previously released by the Department of Education with helpful information related to school closures, attendance requirements and scholarship impact is being updated. Please check back later for updates.
Will there be any delays in processing my application?
We are fully operational at this point and we don’t anticipate any delays. However, we will continue to monitor the situation, so please continue to check your email and our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for up-to-date information.
If you have any questions, please feel to visit our chat agents at www.StepUpForStudents.org or contact us at 1-877-735-7837

Educational Resources

For an endless list of educational activities for your family and children visit, https://www.stepupforstudents.org/education-resources/

Educational Podcasts are available at https://www.stepupforstudents.org/podcast-resources/

Mobile educational apps to download, https://www.stepupforstudents.org/podcast-resources/

YouTube Learning Resources, https://www.stepupforstudents.org/wp-content/uploads/Educational-YouTube-Channels-For-Children_3.25.20.pdf

Internet Access Assistance

For internet access for your home, hotspots and more please visit, https://www.stepupforstudents.org/internet-access-assistance/

Virtual Resources

A list of virtual resources from Lunch Doodles, Disney World rides, literacy, boys & girls clubs, museum tours and more. https://www.stepupforstudents.org/wp-content/uploads/Virtual-Resources-for-Families_3.23.20-003.pdf


Critical Needs Funds for Child Welfare

Applicants may receive up to $500 in assistance per child/young adult in the home or residential facility, or $500 per young adult applying on his or her own behalf. Funding must benefit members currently enrolled in the Sunshine Health Child Welfare Specialty Plan. These funds may only be used for expenses that are not covered by Medicaid.

Click here to fill out the application 🙂

Who is Eligible? 

  • Current specialized therapeutic or medical foster home
  • Young adult are 18-21, who turned 18 while in out-of-home care
  • Group Care Provider, serving youth in one or more of the following capacities:
    • Specialized Therapeutic group care
    • Maternity home for pregnant and or parenting teens
    • Developmental delays
    • Co-occurring behavioural and physical health needs
    • Medical needs
    • Transition-aged youth (18-21)

How to Apply 

Starting April 1, 2020 COVID-19 Critical Needs Fund requests may be submitted by the following:

  • Foster parent
  • Group Home
  • Transition-aged Youth

Before applying, the following documents are required:

  • Childs name, date of birth, Medicaid ID number, CBC/Supporting Agency name
  • Additional information, invoices and other documentation may be provided to support funding request
  • For Group Care Providers: Tax ID and W-9
Click here to complete the application 🙂