Classes for Parents

Below is a list of classes currently offered through the Families First Institute. These classes are offered at Children First locations and are free of cost. Visit the links below for additional information or to sign up. For full class descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

For information contact Jack Baker, 941-953-5507 ext. 127, or email:

The Families First Institute provides classes, training and support to families of the children we serve, as well as those in the community.

Equally important to early childhood education are the services we provide to families to enable them to make productive lifestyle choices so that they will be positive role models for their children. This includes helping parents identify and attain goals such as training and employment.

Our FFI is committed to helping families obtain self-sufficiency, making a better life for themselves, and their families.

Classes are also available in Spanish. Funding for the Families First Institute is provided by the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation and the Mark & Carol Hyman Fund.

Nurturing Dads Class For new dads, expectant dads, married or single dads

Learn how to be the best dad you can be! Even if you are already a good dad, you can be a GREAT dad. In this class you will discuss ideas about fathering, in a comfortable setting with other men. The course and materials are free. Over 1900 Dad Grads and counting!

Sarasota: Wednesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
October 4th - December 13th, 2017
1723 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
North Port: Thursdays, 6 – 8 p.m.
October 5th - December 14th, 2017
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287
Sarasota: Wednesdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
March 7th - May 16th, 2018
1723 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

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Calendar Based Budgeting

Based upon the Florida Master Money Mentoring Program, designed to assist participants to develop a practical plan for matching income to expenses each month. (Dinner & Childcare Provided)

Sarasota: Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pm.
Jan. 23 - March. 20, 2018
1723 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
North Port: Mondays, 6 - 8 pm
Jan. 22 - Mar. 19, 2018
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287

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Kinship Care Support Groups

This support group is for grandparents raising grandchildren or other kinship caregivers. The class provides perspective and support for those who are raising children the “second time around.” Through instruction, class discussion, and sharing of experiences, a number of key topics are addressed: mutual support, promoting personal well-being and wellness, stress management, child mental health, parenting strategies, discipline, community resources for you and your grandchild, legal issue, benefits for kinship caregivers, community events, and activities for kinship caregivers and others.

Sarasota: Second Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1723 North Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
North Port: Third Tuesday of each month, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287

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Positive Solutions for Families

This workshop presented in partnership with The Florida Center for Early Education provides parents effective strategies to promote positive behavior. The free class will help you strengthen your bond with your child, explore new methods to help your child follow directions, learn effective ways to teach household rules, and address and reduce challenging behaviors such as defiance and aggression. (Dinner and Childcare Provided)

Sarasota: Mondays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
October 2nd to November 13th, 2017
1723 North Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234

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