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.


“To help build and foster strong families and expand the potential of young children.”


We envision a future where every child in our community is loved, nurtured, and encouraged to reach their full potential."

Executive Leadership Team

Kathryn Shea

President and CEO

Charmain Miller

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Kristie Skoglund

Chief Operating Officer

Kristen Theisen

Chief Development Officer

Debbie Keyso

Vice President of Healthy Families Services

Susan Carney

Principal, Starfish Academy Director

Kim Williams

Director of Developmental Therapy Program

Board of Directors

Chair: Jeff Woodin, Fidelity Bank
Vice Chair: Melissa Dunlap, Community Volunteer/Activist
Treasurer: Steve Devitt, Centennial Bank
Secretary: JoAnn Spiegel, Retired Educator


Bill Ames, Anne Bouhebent, Doug Holder, Larry Lawman, Emmalee Legler, Scott Pinkerton, Amber Slayton, Olga Strelkov, Carole Storch


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!

2017 Impact Report
2016-2017 990
2016-2017 Audited Financials