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Making sense of early intervention: A guide for Tampa Bay area families

Sometimes an experienced grandma or grandpa is key to noticing a child's delay in development. Sometimes it takes a close friend or neighbor to ask uncomfortable questions. Or maybe, as a young parent, you just sense something's not right with your child's progress. What to do? Early intervention may be the answer.  

The Florida Orchestra opens the 2015 season at The Straz.

Turnaround story: Florida Orchestra changes up concerts, music

Music as a healing mechanism. Music in the park. Music enjoyed by Classical Kids. The Florida Orchestra undergoes a transformation in performances and venues that is expanding the audience and growing its endowment.

Academy Prep Center of Tampa Head of School Lincoln Tamayo samples a dish made by students.

For Good: Academy Prep transforms lives of kids at risk

What is the path to success for students considered at risk for dropping out of school? Academy Prep gets it right, achieving outstanding academic successes where others are failing. 


For Good: Pig Jig fires up barbecue smokers for a needy cause

Tampa’s Pig Jig started out in 2011 as a backyard barbecue for a friend who suffered from a rare kidney disease. Today it’s a major fundraising event in downtown Tampa that benefits NephCure Kidney International.

Information stands dot the pathway at Brooker Creek Preserve.

Time to get out and play! Find outdoor activities in the Tampa Bay Area

Fall in Tampa Bay is the time of year when local events, parks and other outdoor activities lure locals out of summertime hibernation spent in air-conditioned homes and offices.


Meet 3 artists leaving their mark on the Tampa improv scene

Tampa Bay's improv community has come a long way in recent years. Three local teachers and performers open up about the area's thriving improv comedy scene, including ways for you to plug in.


Helicopter design challenge fuels STEAM learning for middle, high school students

A $1,000 scholarship contest challenges Tampa Bay area students to invent and design an eco-friendly helicopter.


Young entrepreneurs sign up for early success

Have a child yearning to invent something? Youth entrepreneur programs -- many start-ups themselves with fluid offerings -- are honing approaches and best practices for inspiring and teaching future adults. Learn about five area programs carving out their own niches as they target kid-entrepreneurs in nuanced ways.

The Hurak family at their Safety Harbor home.

How much does it really cost to live in the Tampa Bay area?

Between housing costs, insurance rates, transportation and childcare, how much dough does it really take to live in the Tampa area? 83 Degrees sizes up cost-of-living indicators that have the biggest impact on young families.

Instruments of Change.

For Good: Instruments of Change helps kids thrive

Putting a musical instrument in a child's hands and teaching him or her to play it proves the right formula to keep struggling kids in Tampa Bay Area schools and help them thrive in academics, local nonprofit Instruments of Change demonstrates.

Jane's Walk "Get to Know Your Greenway" will start at Joseph Frye Park in Tampa.

Walk or bike in downtown Tampa? New Greenway provides shade from Riverwalk to Ybor City

The new Selmon Greenway under the Crosstown Expressway opens a path for walkers, runners and bicyclists to navigate downtown Tampa. The Greenway's grand opening coincides with Tampa's annual Jane's Walk and the city's first Riverfest.

Nicole Petrachi, 7, makes minature sculptures at the Morean.

Full STEAM ahead for Tampa Bay area summer camps

Parents looking for summer camps for kids out of necessity and/or, frankly, to maintain a modicum of sanity at home increasingly choose STEAM options in the Tampa Bay area. Quality choices abound and demonstrate proven benefits.

Daniel Stein is founder of CAFE Charity Awareness  Fair & Expo.

For Good: Charity Awareness connects volunteers, nonprofits

How to match youthful volunteers with charities that need helpers? The CAFE in Tampa aims to do just that by bringing nonprofits together in a fair and expo where students can visit and find a good fit for their passions and talents.

Teacher Beth Calcaterra and a student discuss the anatomy of a worm found in the school garden.

Charter schools synonymous with alternative education in the Tampa Bay area

With 10 charter school-related bills under consideration in the 2015 Florida Legislature, parents, educators and lawmakers are paying more attention than ever to non-traditional learning programs for kids. 83 Degrees takes a closer look at some of the Tampa Bay area charter schools that are approaching education a little differently. 


For Good: Helping people take STEPS for Success

What STEPS do people need to take to work their way out of poverty? Sustainability, training, education, planning and support. Providing such services is the mission behind UACDC, a very special nonprofit helping Hillsborough County residents achieve success. 
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