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Simmons Achievement Center
107 E Clay Ave, Brandon, FL 33510
Balancing between child-driven play time and teacher-initiated learning sessions throughout the day, the staff at theMore Simmons Achievement Center let children lead with their social and educational development. Several teachers are certified to cater to special needs children. The Simmons Achievement Center accepts vouchers and Title XX applications.
Kids and More Pediatrics
302 Bryan Rd, Brandon, FL 33511
Kids and More Pediatrics is operated by Dr. Bob Friedmeyer. The practice offers services for management of asthma andMore allergies, treatment for injury and trauma, vaccinations, sports medicine and more. It also works with special needs children and their families.
Lighthouse Center for Creative Learning
516 Corner Dr, Brandon, FL 33511

This interdenominational private school caters to children with special needs, offering both general and specialMore education classes for elementary and middle school aged children alike. Run by Principal Doreen Radder, the Lighthouse's motto is, "We help students find their way."

Founded in the 1990s on the belief that "all children, no matter what their learning style or disability, should have the opportunity to attend a school that offers hope and faith which overcomes every obstacle," Lighthouse also offers therapy (speech, occupational and behavioral); tutoring sessions for all ages and subjects with a degreed teacher; supervised after-school care; and an activity-filled (movies, bowling, skating) summer camp.

Call or log onto their website to schedule a tour and/or determine if your family qualifies for one of the two scholarships offered – the McKay Scholarship and Step-Up for Students Program, both approved by the Florida Department of Education.   

Brandon Day School
202 Pauls Dr, Brandon, FL 33511
The Brandon Day School caters to pre-school and school-age kids from 2-12. The owner, Carole Yokell, is a formerMore Hillsborough County Exceptional Student Education Teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience. Because of her background, it is possible for Brandon Day School to even take children with special needs at her facility. It is well-equipped with a computer room, art room, and even a therapy room. Brandon Day School offers before and after-school pick-up for area schools, extended care hours, summer camp and CPR/First Aid classes. It also has special programs, such as cooking classes, home school resources and catered lunches. It is part of the USDA food program and the VPK program.
Rotary's Camp Florida
1915 Camp Florida Rd, Brandon, FL 33510

This sprawling 18-acre, tree-laden campground lends itself to children with medical, physical, mental and emotionalMore illnesses and challenges.  

Their mission: "To ensure that all Special Needs Children have the opportunity to experience the same fun and joy of camping that we did as children and thereby enrich them in body, mind, and spirit." 

As a nonprofit, Rotary Camp tries to make the site available to other organizations that serve the special-needs population. 

Rotary Clubs throughout Florida can reserve space for their own special event, retreat or charity function.  Organizations implement their personal agenda, programs and activities as they see fit, with full use of the property's seven cabins (space for 110 people), assembly hall, full kitchen, pavilion, library, junior Olympic-size pool, garden, archery range, BB gun range, gazebo, playground area, basketball court, playground, volleyball court, driving range and putting green, campfire ring and much more.   

Supplies are included: sporting equipment, arts and crafts, board games, prizes and costumes. The camp staff can also provide creative ideas to ensure that a group has a wonderful time all day. 

Teachers' Helper
109 Margaret St, Brandon, FL 33511

Teachers' Helper is an educational supply store serving not only teachers, but also parents. You can choose from anMore extensive line of products designed for meeting the educational needs of children from one year old through middle school age. 

With a large selection of workbooks covering a wide range of subjects including FCAT preparedness, they should be able to meet your needs in this area. They also carry an ample selection of teacher planners, record books and stationary. 

Decoratives, including borders, cut outs and posters are certain to brighten any classroom or office. Wall charts are equally colorful and serve double duty for goal tracking or creating learning opportunities. 

To note student achievement there are a great many awards, rewards, stickers, pencils, stamps and stamp pads available. 

Educational games, puzzles and manipulatives are sure to round out learning experiences with some added fun. Instructional and educational cds and dvds add to the variety. 

Can't find what you need? Teachers' Helper's friendly and helpful staff will gladly place a special order for you. 

With many awards of appreciation from schools and being nominated for the 2010 Small Business of the Year award, it's no surprise to find a great selection of high quality items and excellent service. 

To see their best sellers, place an order on line or check out their specials. 

Kim Hall's School of Dance
501 W Robertson St, Brandon, FL 33511

Kim Hall-Perez is a former professional dancer/choreographer and current instructor and studio owner who hasMore trained and assisted many talented individuals since the early 80's. 

As President of the Greater Brandon Arts Council (a nonprofit arts orgzanition dedicated to enriching and cultivating the arts in greater Brandon), Hall-Perez teaches poise, grace and of course, dance: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, hip-hop, and toddler/pre-school for ages 2 to adult.  The combo class, which consists of 15 minutes of tap + 15 minutes of ballet + 15 minutes of tumbling, is a huge hit with the little ones.

In addition to standard classes and instruction, the oldest dance studio in Brandon offers several unique programs including an after-school care program.  Transportation is available from more than 15 local public schools to the 5,400 square foot studio where children have supervised homework time, snack time and playtime, and are taught 1-2 dance classes before heading home.  The studio's "Chance to Dance" program, for special needs students, is available tuition-free.  Full-day camps are offered during winter, spring and summer breaks. 

Presented by Brandon News and the Tribune, the school has won the esteemed "Best of Brandon" award multiple times. 

Little Stars Learning Academy
706 N Parsons Ave, Brandon, FL 33510

Little Stars Learning Academy, Inc. is a private, family operated,  non-denominational school that reinforcesMore the learning process through structured play, allowing each child to learn at his or her own pace in a routine environment. 

Little Stars goes to great lengths to ensure that your little ones will be cared for in a safe, secure and healthy environment while receiving the essential attention and supervision from the highly trained staff. The facility is operated through Hillsborough County and Harris County Child Care Licensing Rules and Regulations, and each teacher on staff is Florida-state-certified and has undergone multiple background checks. 

Nutritious meals are served courtesy of the State Food Program and the menus are carefully monitored by the USDA. Annual inspections are conducted by both the Health Department and the Hillsborough County and Harris County Fire Departments. 

Log onto the Little Stars website to review the specific curriculums for infants, toddlers, three-year olds, Pre-K and VPK students, which includes both group activities and one-on-one time with their teacher.  Some on-staff teachers have been trained to work with special-needs children. 

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