The Department of Education recently awarded nearly $15 million in new funding to a number of school districts across the country through the 2010 Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program. In total, $55 million was appropriated for the program with $40 million going to continuation funding.
The Florida School Counselor Association congratulates all winners and, in particular, recognizes our two Florida districts:
School Board of Pinellas County
Duval County Public Schools
The Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) applauds this support for professional school counselors and their integral role in supporting student development and achievement.
Grantees will use the funds to support counseling programs in target elementary, K-12, or secondary schools. These schools will establish, or expand, their counseling programs through hiring qualified school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, or child and adolescent psychiatrists with a goal of expanding the range, availability, quantity, and quality of counseling services.
These funds will support counseling services that use a developmental, prevention approach, and will be designed and implemented with the involvement of parents of the participating students. In granting the awards, special consideration was given to programs that:
• Demonstrate the greatest need for counseling services in the schools to be served;
• Propose the most innovative and promising approaches; and
• Show the greatest potential for replication and dissemination.
About the Florida School Counselor Association
The Florida School Counselor Association (FSCA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) professional organization based in Safety Harbor, FL. FSCA expands the image and influence of professional school counselors through advocacy, leadership, collaboration and systemic change at the state level. FSCA empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages, and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community, and the world. FSCA is the only organization in Florida that is chartered by the American School Counselor Association.
For a list of all award winners, visit