Alex’s Story

Alex is a sweet, kind and gifted student who had issues adapting to a classroom environment. Alex recently graduated from Voluntary Pre Kindergarten (VPK) ... continue reading

The Therapeutic Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

By Jill Collum, School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Tuttle Elementary School  July 5-11 is National Therapeutic Recreation Week, but due to the recent uptick ... continue reading

Amelia’s Story

Amelia and her mother Courtney enjoy a Sarasota sunset. Since she was a baby, Amelia suffered from chronic ear issues resulting in hearing loss. ... continue reading

CEO Kathryn Shea’s Message on Why Juneteenth Matters

By Kathryn Shea, President and CEO of The Florida Center for Early Childhood As I sit here in my cozy, comfortable home on the ... continue reading

CEO Kathryn Shea’s Message on Racial Disparity

Sent to staff on 6/12/2020 Dear Florida Center Family, I want to reach out to all of you at this very difficult time in ... continue reading

Inside the Child’s Mind

By Madison Ahles, School-Based Mental Health Therapist at Fruitville Elementary (originally published as a Sarasota County Schools blog) Screaming, crying, whining, eye rolling, hitting, ... continue reading

Why I chose my children’s mental health over covid-19 risks at daycare

By Merab Favorite (originally posted in Sarasota/Manatee Mom Blog) The decision to send my children back to daycare wasn’t an easy one. I knew ... continue reading

Shea: Good census count critical to early childhood funding

By Kathryn Shea, President and CEO (This editorial originally appeared in the Herald Tribune on May 26, 2020) Leaders of the Florida Center for ... continue reading

Coffee with Consultants: A weekly advice vlog for parents

By Starfish Academy Social-Emotional Consultants Stephanie Essex & Yang Sandoval As a new mom, Yang Sandoval, a social-emotional counselor at Starfish Academy was having ... continue reading

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