Classes

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The Families First Institute (FFI) is an award-winning, family-focused initiative aimed at strengthening families.

We offer courses and workshops that focus on child development, parenting strategies, career and personal growth, improving English skills, and money management.

Our goal is to help lead your family to positive and enduring change through education, information, guidance, and support. We are here to support you – the primary educator, nurturer, and advocates for your children.

All Families First Institute courses are offered at no cost to you. Please note that only families enrolled with Children First are eligible for classes.

Visit the links below for additional information or to sign up. For information, please contact Angela De La Rosa, Families First Institute Manager, at adelarosa@childrenfirst.net or Marlene Rose, Families First Institute Coordinator at mrose@childrenfirst.net.

View Our 2024 Course Schedule PDF file

Adult Education Classes

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    Inglés para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas (ESOL)

    Una vez por semana los miércoles durante Agosto a mayo

    Todos los miércoles de agosto a mayo

    5:30pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm – 7:30pm

    Zoom

    Inglés para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas (ESOL) es para aquellos que quieren aprender inglés o aquellos que quieren mejorar su…

    Detalles de la Clase Inglés para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas (ESOL)
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    English for Speakers of Other Languages

    Once a week on Wednesdays for August - May

    Every Wednesday of August through May

    5:30pm – 6:30pm or 6:30pm – 7:30pm

    Zoom

    English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is for those who want to learn English or those wanting to improve…

    English for Speakers of Other Languages Class Details
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    Love Your Self with Care

    Once every two weeks on Pending for 4 Sessions

    Pending

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    In-Person

    Learn how self-care activities can help you cope with the stress of your everyday life….

    Love Your Self with Care Class Details
  • Diverse group of people sitting in circle in group therapy session.

    Amate con Cuidado

    Ver fechas los Pendiente durante 4 semanas

    Pendiente

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    Pendiente

    Aprenda cómo las actividades de autocuidado pueden ayudarlo a lidiar con el estrés, prevenir el agotamiento de los padres y…

    Detalles de la Clase Amate con Cuidado
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    Budgeting & Family Finances

    Once a week on Pending for 8 Weeks

    Dates pending for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year

    10:00am–11:30am or 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Zoom

    Budgeting & Family FinancesBudgeting & Family Finances is a comprehensive and real-life approach to budgeting for families. This course will…

    Budgeting & Family Finances Class Details
  • An African American mother and her children receiving essentials after being affected by Hurricane Ian

    Presupuesto y Finanzas Familiares

    Semanas los Pendiente durante 8 Semanas

    Fechas pendientes para el próximo curso escolar 2024-2025

    10:00am - 11:30am or 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Zoom

    El curso de Presupuesto y Finanzas Familiares es un enfoque integral y de la vida real para la elaboración de…

    Detalles de la Clase Presupuesto y Finanzas Familiares
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    Job Skills Training

    Once a week on Pending for 8 Weeks

    Dates pending for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year

    10:00am - 11:30am or 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Zoom

    Job Skills is for those who want to enter/re-enter the workforce, get a better job, move from “having a job”…

    Job Skills Training Class Details
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    Habilidades Laborales

    Una vez por semana los Pendiente durante 8 Semanas

    Pendiente

    10:00am-11:30am or 6:00pm–7:30pm

    Zoom

    Este curso es para aquellos que desean volver a ingresar a la fuerza laboral, obtener un mejor trabajo, pasar de…

    Detalles de la Clase Habilidades Laborales

Job Search Strategies

  • A joyful black woman with long twisted hair, wearing a gray blazer, smiling and looking to the side against a green background.

    Master Difficult to Answer Interview Questions

    Single Session on a Thursday

    May 9, 2024

    10:00 am – 11:30 am or 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Zoom

    Everyone gets nervous before an interview, so you are not alone. In this class, we will discuss common difficult-to-answer questions…

    Master Difficult to Answer Interview Questions Class Details
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    Mastering the Application Process Using Indeed

    Single Session on a Pending

    Pending

    Pending

    Zoom

    In this class, we will show you how to use Indeed to perfect your job search and complete the application…

    Mastering the Application Process Using Indeed Class Details
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    Using AI to Help with Your Resume and Job Search

    Single Session on a Thursday

    April 18, 2024

    10:00 am – 11:30 am or 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Zoom

    Have you ever been stumped regarding what to include on your resume? In this class, we will show you how…

    Using AI to Help with Your Resume and Job Search Class Details
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    Furthering Your Education

    Single Session on a Pending

    Pending

    Pending

    Zoom

    Have you thought about completing or furthering your education? Whether you need your GED or hope to complete a certificate/trade…

    Furthering Your Education Class Details

Parenting Classes

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    Calm Down Strategies for Children

    Single Session on a Tuesday

    April 23, 2024, May 14, 2024, May 7, 2024

    10:00 am – 11:30 am

    1723 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL, 800 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice, FL, 6926 Children’s Way, North Port, FL

    In this interactive class, we will identify how the use of calming strategies can be used to cope with feelings…

    Calm Down Strategies for Children Class Details
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    Estrategias para Calmar a los Niños

    Sesión Única un jueves

    2 de mayo de 2024, 25 de abril de 2024, 16 de mayo de 2024

    10:00 am - 11:30 am

    1723 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, 800 Gulf Coast Blvd., Venice, FL, 6926 Children’s Way, North Port, FL

    en esta clase interactiva, identificaremos cómo se puede usar el uso de estrategias de calma para lidiar con los sentimientos…

    Detalles de la Clase Estrategias para Calmar a los Niños
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    Creating Routines to Reduce Challenging Behaviors

    Single Session on a pending

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    Zoom

    During this class you can learn how to create and use family routines to help prevent challenging behaviors. Visual supports…

    Creating Routines to Reduce Challenging Behaviors Class Details
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    Creación de Rutinas para Reducir las Conductas Desafiantes

    Single Session on a pendiente

    pendiente

    pendiente

    a través de Zoom

    durante esta clase, puede aprender a crear y usar rutinas familiares para ayudar a prevenir las conductas desafiantes. Se distribuirán…

    Creación de Rutinas para Reducir las Conductas Desafiantes Class Details
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    Power of Play

    Single Session on a pending

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    Zoom

    Discover the power of play to strengthen our relationship with our children and support their social and emotional development….

    Power of Play Class Details
  • A man smiles at the camera while sitting with three young children at a playground, each pretending to drive with play steering wheels.

    El Poder del Juego

    Single Session on a Pendiente

    Pendiente

    Pendiente

    a través de Zoom

    Descubre el poder del juego para fortalecer nuestra relación con nuestros hijos y apoyar su desarrollo social y emocional….

    El Poder del Juego Class Details
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    Circle of Security Parenting

    Weekly on Pending for 8 Weeks

    Dates pending for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year

    10:00am - 11:30am or 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

    Zoom

    Circle of Security Parenting is a relationship-based early intervention program designed to enhance attachment security between parents and children….

    Circle of Security Parenting Class Details
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    Circulo de Seguridad

    Semanal los Pendiente durante 8 Semanas

    Fechas pendientes para el próximo curso escolar 2024-2025

    10:00am–11:30am

    Zoom

    Circulo de Seguridad es un programa de intervención temprana basado en las relaciones y diseñado para mejorar la seguridad del…

    Detalles de la Clase Circulo de Seguridad
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    Tools for Being a Great Dad

    Once a week on Pending for 8 weeks

    Dates pending for the upcoming 2024-2025 school years

    10:00am – 11:30am or 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Zoom

    The Tools for Being a Great Dad (NDI) course focuses on the nurturing skills and attitudes that help fathers become…

    Tools for Being a Great Dad Class Details
  • Father holding son, both smiling and wearing glasses

    Herramientas para Ser un Gran Padre

    Una vez por semana los Pendiente durante 8 semanas

    Fechas pendientes para el próximo curso escolar 2024-2025

    10:00am – 11:30am or 6:00pm – 7:30pm

    Zoom

    El curso de Herramientas para Ser un Gran Padre se enfoca en las habilidades y actitudes de crianza que ayudan…

    Detalles de la Clase Herramientas para Ser un Gran Padre
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    Positive Solutions for Families

    Once a Weekly on Pending for 8 Weeks

    Dates pending for the upcoming 2024-2025 school year

    10:00am - 11:30am or 6:00pm–7:30pm

    Zoom

    Positive Solutions for Families provides parents with methods and strategies to promote positive behaviors in their children….

    Positive Solutions for Families Class Details
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    Soluciones Positivas para las Familias

    Semanal los pendiente durante 8 Semanas

    Fechas pendientes para el próximo curso escolar 2024-2025

    10:00am – 11:30am or 6:00pm - 7:30pm

    Zoom

    Soluciones Positivas para las Familias proporciona a los padres métodos y estrategias para promover comportamientos positivos en sus hijos….

    Detalles de la Clase Soluciones Positivas para las Familias