The Florida Center for Early Childhood
Achieves LEED Certification for its North Port Facility
The Florida Center for Early Childhood (The Florida Center) has recently earned its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for its newest facility, the John T. Stafford Campus & Kevin Brown Building at The Florida Center’s North Port Campus. Major funding for The Florida Center’s new “Green” building has been provided by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice and construction of the building was provided by The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc.
“This new facility enables families in North Port to get vital services close to home,” said Teri A. Hansen, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. “By building green, The Florida Center will also conserve resources and save money on the building’s operations that can go back into providing those services to more people. Both the building and the programs offered here are good for the community.”
Nationally accredited, The Florida Center provides its full array of early child development and intervention services out of this new environmentally sound building to approximately 1,023 North Port children annually. These services include early childhood education; speech, occupational and physical therapy; mental health services; and fetal alcohol diagnosis and intervention. Child abuse prevention and Hispanic outreach programs and clinical diagnostic and treatment programs are provided, as well, to approximately 160 North Port families.“Achieving LEED certification for our North Port facility is a huge accomplishment. Our children are learning at a very young age the value of building a healthy, sustainable future. We are grateful to the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice for making this dream a reality,” comments The Florida Center’s President & CEO Kathryn Shea.
The North Port facility represents the third location for The Florida Center’s operations. The other two buildings, also built by the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc. are located in Sarasota and Venice. The Florida Center’s new North Port building represents the Suncoast Foundation’s first “green” construction endeavor. “The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children is proud to have been a key partner in building this ‘green’ building for The Florida Center for Child and Family Development. This is our first time being involved in ‘building green’ and it is a rewarding experience knowing we are contributing to transforming the building industry in Sarasota County,” says Ron Foxworthy, Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc.
Letter from Kathryn Shea - President and CEO of the Florida Center for Early Childhood
The Florida Center for Early Childhood is a nationally accredited community-based agency that provides quality programs and services dedicated to the development of young children, their families, and our communities.
The Florida Center provides early childhood education and developmental services (speech, occupational, and physical therapy), mental health services for young children and families, fetal alcohol diagnosis and intervention services, prevention and parent education services.
4620 17th St.
Sarasota, FL 34235
Accredited through 2013