FDLRS/Heartland - Parent Services

FDLRS Heartland Parent Services provides information, training, and support to districts and families, in order to promote effective parent participation in the education of children who are exceptional and/or have special needs.

Parent services include assistance in the development of family friendly programs, training and support for services for children with disabilities, and the support of partnerships between schools and parents to support student achievement.

The goals of Parent Services are:

Upcoming Parent Event

Highlands Parent Coffee Talk - Join Heartland FDLRS and Keiser University Multidisciplinary Center on March 29, 2019 at 8:30am for a morning of coffee, donuts, and discussion regarding your child’s PreK-12th transitions and the services available.

Facilitated Individual Educational Plan (FIEP) Vignettes for Parents

The Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services (BEESS) is proud to provide a series of short vignettes to help parents understand the benefits of using the FIEP process to enhance collaboration with IEP teams when communication is not working well. Currently these are closed captioned in English and closed captioning in Spanish will be added soon.

To view the vignettes, go to https://youtu.be/C-bFi_zUuuA

FDLRS Heartland Parent Service Specialists:

Rebecca Cox (863) 531-0444 x232 Email

Joyce Dean (863) 531-0444 x231 Email


For more information on Parent Services in your particular school area,
you can contact each district's Parent Liaison:

DeSoto County - TBA

Glades County - Vivian Bennett (863) 946-0202 Email

Hendry County - Marta Cervantes (863) 983-1507 Email

Highlands County - Saundra Bass (863) 471-5740 Email