Forty Carrots Family Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary and over 40,000 Families Served!

screenshot305.jpgForty Carrots Family Center celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recognizes local supporters and community partners who have helped the agency serve more than 40,000 families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Founded in 1993 by longtime residents Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss, Forty Carrots Family Center blended their respective skills of early childhood and parenting education and vision to create a place where families - regardless of economic status, educational background, age, or other factors - would find the resources, tools and support they needed to help nurture their families, educate their children and overcome the challenges inherent in those early years.

Over the past two and half decades, the organization has worked to meet the needs of families, collaborating with community partners to expand their outreach services, which include mental health and programs, into dozens of area libraries and community organizations that serve families with young children, pregnant teens, parents, grandparents and at-risk families. Today Forty Carrots provides services to 17 nonprofit partners at 30 partner locations, including all Sarasota and Manatee Libraries with 93% of services provided at no cost.

“Our unwavering mission remains to empower families with the skills and support they need to provide their children with experiences and environments that are emotionally and physically safe so that they can grow into capable and caring young people,” said Michelle Kapreilian, Chief Executive Officer of Forty Carrots Family Center. "The early years of life are crucially important to the overall development of our children, which is why our focus is on children’s first five years.”

There are more than 35,000 children under the age of 5 in Sarasota-Manatee counties, according to the latest census reports, and more than half of all babies in Sarasota are being born into poverty (First 1,000 Days initiative). Many families bring their babies home from the hospital without any formal guidance on child rearing and little information on where to turn if they need help. Regardless of ability to pay, Forty Carrots’ Parenting Education, Mental Health Services, and Early Childhood Education are accessible for all families and ensure parents and children are provided all they need for healthy development in those first crucial years.

Learn more: Visit and watch our 25-year anniversary video.


About Forty Carrots: Since 1993, Forty Carrots Family Center has served the Sarasota & Manatee community by providing children with good beginnings that last a lifetime through its expertise in Parenting Education, Mental Health Services, and Early Childhood Education. Rated 4-Stars by Charity Navigator, Forty Carrots fundraises to provide these services to families from all walks of life, with 93% of families receiving free services. Visit  for more information.

Photo Above: Left to Right: Flora Oynick, Preschool Director; Rory Rasool; Felix Surline; Michelle Kapreilian, CEO; Avery Aquaro; Lillian Reid; Charlie Fromer; Laura Josephson, Parenting Education Director; Alex Stephens; Aspen Snyder; Carla Johanns, Clinical Supervisor