Palm Beach Relocation Guide

SPR-SUM 2016

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E D U C A T I O N I N P A L M B E A C H the largest and most successful programs of its kind in the United States. The economic impact of FAU on the local economy is $6.3 billion. Palm Beach State College has campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens and an online program, offering associate's degrees, professional certificates and apprenticeships programs in 110 fields of study, as well as bachelor's degrees in nursing, information manage- ment and supervision management. Programs range from graphic design to envi- ronmental technology to fire science. About 48,000 students enroll at PBSC annually. Among private universities in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton's Lynn University stands out for its ranking by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top five most international universities in the United States. Over 2,500 students come from nearly 100 countries and all 50 states. Among Lynn's specialized academic units are the Burton D. Morgan School of Aeronautics, and the Lynn College of International Communication. Palm Beach Atlantic University, located in West Palm Beach, is a private Chris- tian university providing more than 65 fields of study. Most programs are offered at the bachelor's degree level, though the school offers an associate degree in pre-en- gineering, as well as master's degrees in divinity, business administration, leader- ship and counseling. The school offers both Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Also found in Palm Beach County are local campuses for universities located in other parts of Florida, including the Nova South- eastern University Palm Beach Campus. CAREER AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES To meet the demands of a growing economy and a workforce, Palm Beach County has many career and technical colleges offering specialties from the culinary arts to the health care field to engineering. Everglades University is located in Boca Raton's famous IBM building designed by world-renowned Bauhaus architects Marcel Dropping your child off with a new caregiver can be stressful. But doing some legwork will help ease your mind and make the experience safer and more rewarding for you, your child and the provider. Here are some tips from the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. PARENT TIPS Do Your Homework: Visit and compare at least three child care settings. Make appointments and take your child with you if possible. Spend at least 30 to 60 minutes at each visit. Family Central posts a helpful child care checklist on its website: www.familycentral.org. Be a Smart Shopper: Look for a positive relationship between the caregivers and the children. Your relationship with the caregivers also should feel comfortable and trusting. The environment should be cheerful and, above all, safe. You want a program that fts your ideas about parenting and learning, as well as your child care needs. Caregivers should be caring, qualifed and well-organized. Their license should be current and the facility should provide you with their written policies and procedures regarding illness, communicable diseases and other emergencies. Consider Economic Factors: Carefully weigh the pros and cons of each caregiver and facility that you visited. Decide which satisfes the greatest number of your priorities at a rate you can afford. Keep in mind that the highest cost doesn't guarantee the best caregivers and facilities. Likewise, the least expensive rate does not mean poor caregivers and facilities. Look for Quality: Environment: A place that is safe, clean and up-to-date on all its licenses. In other words, a place you feel comfortable bringing your child each day. Staff-to-Child Ratio: A place where the teachers/caregivers are warm & loving and spend enough time with each individual child – which helps build self-esteem. Parent Involvement: A place that supports openness between parents and staff, and understands that families are their children's frst teachers. Curriculum: A place where teachers/caregivers work from a proven, established educational plan that outlines clear goals and addresses the needs of each child – so you know your child will be ready for kindergarten. Child Development: A place where children's emotional, developmental, physical and educational needs are being tracked – and met. Teacher Education & Support: A place that encourages teachers/caregivers to improve their knowledge & skills and offers them a chance to advance. Do Research: In Palm Beach County, the Health Department licenses and inspects child care facilities. To view most recent inspection reports, visit Family Central's Child Care Search page. Need Additional Help? Contact Family Central for more information about child care options at www.familycentral.org or 561-514-3300. B u t d o i n g s o m e l e g w o r k w i l l h e l p e a s e y o u r m i n d for choosing childcare 42 P A L M B E A C H R E L O C A T I O N G U I D E – S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 1 6

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