‘The Florida Center for Early Childhood’

A Yard Full of Sticks; A Life Full of Trials

By Mental Health Therapist Karen Stull  October in Florida brings many storms. Sometimes that means more to clean up in our yards and driveways. ... continue reading

How I ‘Eliminated the Unnecessary’ for my Child with Special Needs

By guest columnist Kayce Cole  Hi. I’m Kayce. My husband and I have one son, Sam, who we adopted from Russia when he was ... continue reading

What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know About FASD

By Tamra Cajo, Director of The Florida Center’s FASD Diagnostic Clinic I have been in the mental health field for almost 20 years, working ... continue reading

Wish List Donations a Welcome Contribution at The Florida Center

Staff Report  So far, 2020 has been a year like none other. We’ve all had to change some facet of our lives to adapt ... continue reading

‘Early Childhood Mental Health Expert’ Selected to Lead The Florida Center

The Florida Center for Early Childhood’s Board of Directors has selected Dr. Kristie Skoglund, Chief Operating Officer of the organization, to lead the agency. ... continue reading

Helping Your Child Cope with Back-to-School Stress

By Pam Wilsen, School-Based Mental Health Therapist Here are four things families can do to deal with back-to-school stress  Fall 2020 is shaping up ... 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

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

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

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