Who We Are

The Florida Center for Early Childhood is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization providing an array of comprehensive therapeutic services, clinical interventions, prevention and early education programming for children and families. We provide prevention and early intervention services to young children and their families, at risk for academic, social, and economic failure. Because of this, our young children achieve developmentally appropriate milestones and parents have the support and knowledge to nurture their child’s development; which decreasing risk factors related to child abuse and neglect, academic and developmental delay, and behavioral and mental health disorders that create added costs to society.


“Building 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.

Executive Leadership Team

Kathryn Shea

President and CEO

Stacy Pinkerton

Chief Development Officer

Dr. Kristie Skoglund

Vice President of Clinical Services

Debbie Keyso

Vice President of Healthy Families Services

Saran DeVaughn

Principal, Starfish Academy Director

Kaitlyn Kramer

Director of Marketing and Communications

Kim Williams

Director of Developmental Therapy Program

Our Board

Larry Lawman


Jeff Woodin


Carole Storch


Melissa Dunlap

Board Member

Amber Slayton

Board Member

Bill Ames

Board Member

Anne Bouhebent

Board Member

Doug Holder

Board Member

Scott Pinkerton

Board Member

Olga Strelkov

Board Member

Steve Devitt

Board Member

JoAnn Spiegel

Board Member


Since 1979, The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been serving our community’s children and families. The Florida Center for Early Childhood’s roots stem from two prominent organizations: The Family Counseling Center and the Child Development Center. In 2003, these two organizations merged to form The Florida Center for Early Childhood.

The union of these two organizations has allowed The Florida Center to provide a seamless delivery of services for the whole child and his or her family.

Today, The Florida Center for Early Childhood is nationally recognized for excellence in early childhood development, child abuse prevention, infant and early childhood mental health and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Our Funding Sources

Funded in part by Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, Sarasota County Government, The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, Florida Department of Health, United Way of South Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast, United Way of Charlotte County, Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners, Sarasota County School Board, and generous donors like you!