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Families First Institute

Our award-winning Families First Institute offers a variety of classes and workshops for parents and caregivers. These classes focus on key areas to further enhance the lives of families within our community. The tools and resources provided in these classes create positive and enduring changes at home.

Our goal is to support parents as the primary educator, nurturer, and advocate for their child. We also aim to assist parents in learning new skills as they work to accomplish goals and achieve self-sufficiency.

Classes are offered to all members of the community at no cost. We provide free childcare and dinner for participants and children. Classes are available in North and South counties.

Below is a list of classes currently offered through the Families First Institute. These classes are free for parents and community members.

Classes will continue to be held virtually for the Fall 2021 semester. Visit the links below for additional information or to sign up. For information contact Jack Baker, 941-953-5507 ext. 1127, or email:

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, October 6 - December 15, 2021

6:30pm - 8:00pm (10 virtual evening sessions via Zoom)


Thursdays, October 7 - December 16, 2021

6:30pm - 8:00pm (10 virtual evening sessions via 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, October 18 - December 13, 2021

6:30pm - 8:00pm (8 virtual evening sessions via Zoom)

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Soluciones Positivas para las Familias

Wednesdays, October 13 – December 8, 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm (8 virtual daytime sessions via GoToMeeting) *Available to Children First families only

Soluciones Positivas para las Familias

Career Readiness for Women

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.

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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.

North County (Sarasota): 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm - 8:00pm (via Zoom)

South County (Venice/North Port): 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm - 8:00pm (via Zoom)

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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

English as a second language course for adults.

Tuesdays, October 5 - December 14, 2021, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

(10 virtual evening sessions via Zoom)

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Job Skills

Tuesdays, October 19 – December 7, 2021

10:00am - 11:30am (7 virtual daytime sessions via Zoom) *Available to Children First families only

Job Skills

Circle of Security

Dates & Times to be announced *Available to Children First families only

Circle of Security
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