The Family Education Program

Welcome to the Family Education Program!  The curriculum provides a holistic approach to ensuring your child’s success in school by focusing on academics, advocacy, behavior and social interaction. The 90 minute program takes place during the academic year at the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Resource Center.

 The Family Education Program involves the whole family.

  • Parents attend eight 90 minute workshops during the academic year
  • Children participate in Facilitated Educational Play led by a teacher and a developmental specialist
  • Tweens and Teens participate in Facilitated Social Interaction

Sessions are held once a month (excluding December) at the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization Resource Center 7300 N. Federal Highway Suite 100 in Boca Raton

The Family Education Program is divided into four age groups:

  • PreK to Lower Elementary – this group focus is:
  • Teaching reading using a curriculum based on 30 years of research
  • Providing parents with materials they can use at home
  • Giving parents hands-on instruction at every class on how to use the materials
  • Sharing best practices for managing behavior
  • Creating opportunities to meet and share with other parents
  • Upper Elementary– this group focus is:
  • Creating and reinforcing positive behaviors
  • Building Independence
  • Transitioning to Middle School
  • Creating opportunities to meet and share with other parents
  • Middle School-this group focus is:
  • Encouraging parent-directed discussion
  • Presenting lectures on topics of interest to the group
  • Transitioning into High School
  • Creating opportunities to meet and share with other parents
  • High School – this group focus is:
  • Transitioning to adulthood
  • Offering lectures on Social Security, Guardianship, Vocational Rehabilitation, and more
  • Creating opportunities to meet and share with other parents



Information and Support

"Talk Abouts"

Educates families through workshops, structured support groups, Face Book support groups and telephone and in-person consultations 

Best Start

Newborns through Pre-K

Offers new parents information, education, connections, support and programs 

The Family Education Program

Children and Teens

Gives parents the tools to navigate their children’s educational and life issues while kids work on their reading, math, social and life skills 

Educational Advocacy

Ages 2 ½ to 22

Provides families with an experienced advocate free of charge to help manage IEPs, classroom placements and more so that children can thrive in a learning environment tailored to their needs.

The Exceptional Educators Program

Trains classroom teachers, paras, school administrators and school district staff to be the most effective educators for children with Down syndrome.

Adult Enrichment Programs

Ages 18+

Encourages adults to continue to learn and create through activities that develop social skills, literacy, self-advocacy and a healthy lifestyle

Without Walls

Parties and Outings around Palm Beach County.

Because sometimes you just want to have fun!

The DownRight ExtraOrdinary Walk

Committed to raising community awareness of the abilities of people with Down syndrome for over a quarter of a century! 

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