Parenting Program Classes

Welcome to Our World

A FREE Drop In Class for Parents and Infants | Birth to 7 months


January 9 - May 8 | Mondays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: Free
Registration: No registration required.


Bringing a baby into the world can fill our hearts with joy and love and our minds with questions and wonder.  Join other families navigating the newborn phase in a supportive, fun, informative class with our Parenting Educators.  Explore topics that are relevant to you and your family as you begin the journey of raising a healthy and happy child.

Studio 40

Unlock the Creativity of Early Childhood | 1 to 5 years old


Mondays, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: $10/family
Registration: No registration required.


Drop in on Mondays for a captivating program of art, music, movement and other creative activities at our own Studio 40 - a magical place where parents, grandparents and children play and grow together.  At Studio 40, unique indoor and outdoor hands-on play experiences are the key to early childhood learning. 

In this special class our indoor and outdoor classroom provides hands-on play experiences which are the key to early childhood learning. The Studio's monthly spotlights bring books to life, children's classics are the springboard to a new adventure each week.  

April Spotlight - Listen to Our World by Bill Martin, Jr.

 

Partners In Play - Down By The Bay

Meaningful Play | 7 to 36 months


March 21 - May 10
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: Varies per age group. See below.
Registration: Call 941-365-7716 to register.


Down By The Bay

Join us to discover the ecology of our coastal backyard! Each week we will explore the beautiful seascape and learn about sea creatures and their habitats. From dancing dolphins and slow moving manatees to sea turtles swimming with their house on their back, we will learn all about Florida’s native sea life. We will also strike a flamingo pose and perfect our crab walk as we cannot forget these two favorites of our coast.

PIP Squeaks (7-14 months) - Wednesdays; 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
$104/8-week session

PIP Toddlers (14-24 months) - Tuesdays; 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
$144/8-week session

PIP Twos (24-36 months) - Tuesdays; 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
$144/8-week session

FREE Partners In Play (PIP) at the Sally and Sam Shapiro Babies and Children’s Medical Center

Drop In Classes | Mobile babies - 5 years old


Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Shapiro Medical Center
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required.


Enjoy special play time with your child. Meet our friendly and experienced Parenting Educators and Early Literacy Specialist and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enjoy parenting even more.

February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11

 

Partners In Play (PIP) at Your Neighborhood Manatee Library

Drop In Classes | Mobile babies - 5 years old


January 10 - May 12
Location: Manatee County Public Libraries
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required. Ask your youth librarian for a PIP ticket.


Enjoy special play time with your child. Meet our friendly and experienced Parenting Educators and Early Literacy Specialist and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enjoy parenting even more.

Palmetto Public Library 
Tuesdays, 12:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Rocky Bluff Public Library - Join us for The Ringling Art Experience!
Wednesdays, 1:30 PM - 2:15 PM

Island Public Library
Fridays, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Braden River Public Library 
Fridays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 PM

South Manatee Public Library
Fridays, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Central Public Library
Fridays, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

 

Partners In Play (PIP) at Your Neighborhood Sarasota Library

Drop In Classes | Mobile babies - 5 years old


January 9 - May 12
Location: Sarasota County Public Libraries
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required. Ask your youth librarian for a PIP ticket.


Enjoy special play time with your child. Meet our friendly and experienced Parenting Educators and Early Literacy Specialist and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enjoy parenting even more.

  Elsie Quirk Public Library
Gulf Gate Public Library
  Mondays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
   
  North Sarasota Public Library
Jacaranda Public Library
  Tuesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
  
Thursdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM 
 
  North Port Public Library Fruitville Public Library
  Tuesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  Join us for The Ringling Art Experience!
Fridays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:30 AM - 12: 15 PM
   
  Selby Public Library
 
  Wednesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM & 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  Join us for The Ringling Art Experience!
 
   

 

Child'Space

Featuring Barbara Leverone, M.A. | 1 month old babies to active crawlers


January 19 - May 11 | Thursdays, 10:15 AM - 11:00 PM (1-4 months old); 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM (5 months old to crawler)
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: $50/4 classes or $15/class. Sliding scale available.
Registration: barbara@ChildSpaceSarasota.com or call 941-362-0944


Support your baby's development with movement, touch and face-to-face play. Topics include making tummy time fun, calming techniques, learning to roll, belly crawl, and sit. 

Partners In Play (PIP) at Ringling

The Ringling Museum Art Experience | Mobile babies - 5 years old.



Location: The Ringling Museum
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required. Ask your Parenting Educator about your PIP ticket.


If you have joined any of our PIP classes at the Sarasota and Manatee libraries during the year, you get to have fun with your family at the Ringling too.

Join us at the Circus Museum, Art Experience on Saturdays.

February 25th – Selby Library and Rocky Bluff Library families

March 25th – North Sarasota Library and Central Library families

April 29th – North Port Library

May 13th – Venice Library and Palmetto Library

To learn more about The Ringling Museum, click here.


Classes are provided by Forty Carrots Family Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field and are funded in part by Sarasota County Government; Bank of America Client Foundation, Virginia White Clark Fund, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee; Dart Foundation; PNC Foundation; Edward K Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Wilson-Wood Foundation; The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Kates Foundation; Lawrence E. Ruf Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation; Eluned & Edward Russell Charitable Foundation; SunTrust Foundation; Kiwanis Club of Longboat Key Foundation; The MSC Foundation, Inc.; Bill & Karen Merrill Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Harold C & Jacqueline F Bladel Foundation; Heron Creek Community Foundation; and several anonymous donors.