Starfish Academy

Starfish Academy is the Florida Center’s nationally accredited early childhood education program. With locations in Sarasota and North Port, the academy is uniquely positioned to offer our community’s youngest children a high-quality education and wide array of onsite mental and developmental therapies.

Starfish Academy serves children age six weeks to five years and operates as an inclusion therapy model, where typically developing children and children with special needs learn together and are challenged to meet their individual potential.

Highly trained educators work closely with therapists to implement classroom activities that promote growth and development in language, literacy, cognition, motor skills, self-help, and social skills. Expertly trained in child development, our exceptional teachers and staff can identify potential development issues as early as possible.

Meet the team! 

The convenience of on-site mental health consultation, speech-language therapy, and occupational therapy sets Starfish Academy apart from other local facilities and serves as a one-stop-shop for parents.

Our Starfish Academy proudly accepts:

  • VPK vouchers
  • Early Learning Coalition Child Care Connection Scholarships
  • Sarasota County School Board Pre-School ESE funding
  • Private Pay

*Partial tuition assistance maybe be available to families based on financial need and availability. Contributions to the scholarship fund are always welcome.

Schedule a tour today at one of our campuses!

North Port – 6929 Outreach Way
Contact Starfish Academy North Port Principal Tanya Ruiz  or (941) 371-8820 ext 1913

Sarasota – 4620 17th St. 
Contact Director of Early Education and Starfish Academy Sarasota Principal Susan Carney or (941) 371-8820 ext 1019

Learn About Our Summer Camps

North Port Summer CaYoung Environmentalists Camp – North Port

Join us this summer at Starfish Academy when we explore all the State of Florida has to offer. Our Young Environmentalists Camp will focus on the natural environment of our home state. Students will explore the marine life found in the Gulf of Mexico, Discover wildlife in the Everglades, camp in native sub-tropical forests and practice taking care of our land through conservation.

Days will be filled with a variety of activities including art, science, cooking and water play.

Contact Starfish Academy Director and Principal Tanya Ruiz  or (941) 371-8820 ext 1913 for more information.