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Classes for Parents

Classes for Fall and Winter 2020 are continuing virtually.

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 free.
Over 2,080 Dad Grads and counting!

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 7 - December 9, 2020
Virtually on Zoom
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 8 - December 10, 2020
Virtually on Zoom

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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: Mondays, 6 - 8 pm.
January 27 to March 23, 2020
1723 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
North Port: Mondays, 6 - 8 pm
January 27 to March 23, 2020
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287

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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. (Dinner & Childcare Provided)

North Port: Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m.
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287
Sarasota: Mondays, 6 – 8 p.m.
1723 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234

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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: 2nd Tuesday of the month
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Dinner and childcare provided.
1723 North Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34234
North Port: 3rd Tuesday of the month
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Dinner and childcare provided.
6926 Children Way, North Port, FL 34287

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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.

Mondays, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
October 26 - December 7, 2020
Virtually on Zoom

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English as a second language course for adults. (Dinner & Childcare Provided)

Sarasota: Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
La comida y el cuidado de ninos incluida!

Fall: October 1 to December 17, 2019

Winter: January 14 to March 10, 2020

Spring: March 24 to May 26, 2020

1723 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

Daddy 101

Sarasota: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday July 20, 2019

Saturday September 21, 2019

Saturday November 9, 2019

Saturday January 18, 2020

Saturday March 21, 2020

Saturday May 16, 2020

1921 Waldemere Street, Sarasota, FL 34239 (look for signs!)

Register online: or call SNMHBABIES Program 941-917-1700
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