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Classes for Parents

Classes are continuing virtually on Zoom!

For information contact Jack Baker, 941-953-5507 ext. 1127, or email:

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

The Families First Institute is an award winning, family-focused initiative aimed at strengthening our most economically vulnerable families, and offers several classes and workshops to our parents that focus on child development, parenting strategies, career and personal growth, and money management.

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 goal is to lead to a positive and enduring lifestyle change and to reduce the effects of poverty through education, information, guidance, and support for these parents.

Classes are also available in Spanish. Funding for the Families First Institute is provided by the Sarasota County Contracted Human Services 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; and, great dads can always be better. In this class you will discuss ideas about fathering, in a comfortable setting with other men. The course and materials are provided at no cost to participants. Over 2,100 Dad Grads and counting!

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 3 - May 12, 2021
Virtually on Zoom
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
March 4 - May 13, 2021
Virtually on Zoom

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Calendar-Based Budgeting

This class is for you if: You have month leftover at the end of your money, you feel like your wallet has holes in it, or you are ready to tell your money where to go instead of asking it where it went. All families welcome! Extended family and friends of family as well.

Mondays, 6:30 - 8 pm.
February 22 to April 12, 2021
Virtually on Zoom

Mentors needed!
Children First is seeking volunteers interested in assisting families with finance and budgeting. You can earn a $25 gift card!

• Take the Calendar-based Budgeting Class side-by-side with our students
• Assist students as they work through the Calendar-based Budgeting process in class step-by- step.

Contact Jack Baker at to participate.

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Career Readiness for Women Class

For women who want to develop their Career Readiness skills. The class works for those re-entering the work place, interested in getting a better position, changing careers or improving their professional skills.

Virtually on Zoom
Dates to Be Announced
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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 issues, benefits for kinship caregivers, community events, and activities for kinship caregivers and others.

Virtually on Zoom
Dates to Be Announced
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Positive Solutions for Families

You can earn a $25 gift card by completing this class online! 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.

*Class and materials provided at no cost to participants – no registration fees.

Virtually on Zoom
Dates to Be Announced

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English as a second language course for adults.

Virtually on Zoom
Dates to Be Announced
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