Mission: The florida center for early childhood is a nationally accredited agency with a mission to "build strong families, one child at a time". We envision a time when every child will be loved, nourished, and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Programs: Healthy families:health families is an award-winning evidence-based program that prevents child abuse and neglect among florida's highest-risk families by promoting healthy child development and increasing family stability and self-sufficiency. Healthy families serves over 700 families annually, of which more than 95% of children in the program have no verified findings of abuse or neglect. The florida center is the lead agency for healthy families sarasota, desoto/hardee and charlotte counties.
fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (fasd) clinic:the fetal alchol spectrum disorders clinic was established in 2005 and is focused both on prevention of fasd and the assessment and treatment for those children affected by fasd. The fasd clinic at the florida center is the only clinic in the state of florida and provides diagnostic assessments, intervention services and training on the topic of fasd throughout the state of florida. Statewide, during the fiscal year ending 6/30/14, the clinic provided over 90 diagnostic assessments and trained 576 professionals and distributed over 160,000 rack cards to physicians.
the starfish academy:the starfish academy is a highly-rated, nationally accredited comprehensive, inclusive early childhood education program that fosters optimal learning opportunities for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Typically developing children and children with special needs participate in school readiness activities supported by evidenced-based curriculums. The academy offers onsite developmental, behavioral and mental health therapies. The academy's primary focus is on language and early literacy, self-regulation, social-emotional learning, cognitive and physical development. The academy has 2 locations serving north and south sarasota county and serves over 80 children annually.
additional early intervention services at the florida center includes a full array of diagnostic and developmental services, such as speech and occupational therapy, and a number of programs and services focused on the healthy social and emotional development that include; building better behavior's community outreach program, child-parent psychotherapy, the fussy baby network, and circle of security. Services are provided to children birth through age eight and their families. In addition, the center's "early childhood training institute" champions the expansion of evidenced-based practices for young children's social-emotional development and school readiness. Our trainers are recognized nationally as experts in their field(s).
My children attend pre-school at The Florida Center. Both of my children participate in a social skills group and my son receives occupational therapy. The staff are so great at what they do! I am so blessed to have found such a wonderful place for my children to receive services!
My youngest son attended The Florida Center's early child education classrooms and received OT and Speech from The Florida Center starting at the age of 17 months. Thanks to the very skilled and caring staff of The Florida Center, my son (who was officially diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4) continues to be mainstreamed with his typical developing peers. My son is now 7 and a half and has a very bright future ahead of him ... in large part due to the excellent intervention services he received when he was a toddler and preschooler at The Florida Center.