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About Us


The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) was founded by the Junior League of Greater Lakeland, Inc. in 1975 to help students by providing personalized supplemental education programs and consulting services for parents. At that time it was known as the Learning Disabilities Center and its primary purpose was to serve students with specific learning disabilities and provide support for their parents. The name changed in 1977 as programs for the learning disabled grew in the public school system and LRC expanded its services to help all students maximize their learning potential.


From its humble beginnings as a small volunteer group working in borrowed space to today, LRC has over 500 certified teachers who provide countywide services to over 4,000 students ages five through adult.  

LRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, United Way educational provider accredited by Cognia (AdvancED).


Vision, Mission & Core Values

LRC Vision:

As the premier provider of high quality, customized academic opportunities, LRC will shape educational futures and will be the ultimate model of learning excellence in our region.

LRC Mission:

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. helps students maximize their learning potential by providing personalized educational programs, consultative services for parents, and programs to accommodate community needs.

LRC Core Values:

  • We believe education directly relates to the quality of life;
  • We believe education includes social skills and life skills;
  • We believe in sincerity and active caring for all learning needs;
  • We believe resources include both financial and human assets;
  • We believe we are a dynamic organization ready to change to meet the needs of individuals and the total community; and
  • We believe in trustworthy and responsible management of our assets. 


The LRC Approach

The Learning Resource Center offers an individual, customized approach to learning which enables each student the opportunity to reach their maximum potential. 

Activity-based lesson plans incorporate a variety of multisensory strategies to enhance visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile learning styles. 

Our services are customized to meet your child’s needs.

“Every child learns differently!”


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