Counseling Services for Children and Families at Hamilton and Midway Elementary Schools

The primary purpose of the Seminole County Public Schools (SPCS) & UCF College of Community Innovation and Education (UCF-CCIE) Partnership is to provide counseling services at no cost to students and their families within their own community (elementary schools), promoting their academic and personal-social development. The counseling services are provided at Hamilton and Midway Elementary Schools. The counseling sessions last approximately 50 minutes and include weekly meetings. The counseling sessions are facilitated by master's and doctoral level counselors-in-training that are under the direct supervision of an appropriately credentialed clinical supervisor. Please contact us if you are interested in having your child participate in this research and to receive counseling services at no cost. Services are provided at Hamilton Elementary SChool of Engineering and Technology and Midway Elementary School of the Arts.

Milk and Muffins

Milk and Muffins is a Saturday morning early literacy program offered to parents and children in Parramore and surrounding communities. UCF students are enrolled in the RED 3310 course, and they work with the children ages 3-6 years old. Teachers from Orange County Public Schools facilitate a parent group. In addition to small group experiences, the children and parents help to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables in the Parramore Community Garden. We extend emergent literacy skills and vocabulary with these hands-on experiences. Each week Milk and Muffins ends with a large Circle Time where the parents, children, and UCF students join together for stories, singing, and dancing. Contact: Dr. Judith Levin

UCF Saturday Reading Camp at John H. Jackson Community Center

The UCF College of Community Innovation and Education, in collaboration with the City of Orlando, operates a unique Reading Camp Program on Saturday mornings during both the Fall and Spring semesters. Elementary children (Kindergarten through Grade Six) receive free tutoring in reading by UCF teacher education students. Undergraduates in the Elementary Education program are afforded this unique, multicultural experience. In addition, parents of the children receiving the personalized reading instruction participate in a Parent Education Program focused on helping their child improve his/her reading abilities at home. This parent program occurs while the children are tutored in reading.

The Reading Camp is held at the John H. Jackson Community Center, located at 1002 West Carter Street. The community center operates through the Families, Parks, & Recreation Department in the City of Orlando. Both are located in the historic neighborhood of Parramore, where residents are succeeding against a myriad of social and economic challenges. Seventy-three percent of children in this community live in poverty. Every day, children’s health and educational needs are subordinated to more pressing survival needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Contact: Dr. Taylar Wenzel