The First Hope Blog, Week of September 21


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Please welcome Mrs. Janice Pacheco, our Early Learning Program Lead Teacher!  Janice Pacheco moved to Florida from Puerto Rico, 16 years ago with her husband and children. She has been teaching Pre K since 1995 and is also a Registered Behavior Therapist. Janice loves working with children and is passionate about early intervention. She loves the Lord and is committed to helping children become as independent as they can be and preparing them for whatever is next. Janice loves life, nature, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys baseball, racquetball, and swimming.


Mrs. Pillow’s 4th graders, Meadow and JD, truly enjoyed their TCS science class. While learning about the Scientific Method, they had the opportunity to observe Skittles melting and the color bleeding when water is poured over them. It was a wonderful interactive and hands on way to explore and learn.

Meadow is all smiles with the results

JD and the results of his Skittles experiment


Are you financially prepared parents for when your child leaves school?  Have you thought about this?  There is an account that you can contribute to that may help.  ABLE United is Florida’s qualified ABLE program, which was established to encourage and assist people with disabilities to save private funds to support health, independence, and quality of life. It allows individuals to save up to $14,000 annually without affecting benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid while the funds in the account grow tax-free. Funds can be used for qualified expenses covering a wide range of categories including housing, transportation, and basic living expenses.

Individuals must be a Florida resident at the time of application and have a qualifying disability with onset prior to age 26. Opening an account usually takes about 15 minutes, and the individual with a disability owns the account, but an authorized person may open and oversee the account.  There is no minimum contribution requirement, and you can save up to $14,000 per year – individually or with the help of family and friends.

To find out more about opening an ABLE United account, please visit

Check it out.

-Patty Myers