Human Services

Forty Carrots Of Sarasota Inc

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.fortycarrots.org

Mission Statement

Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.

Main Programs

  1. Free Community Outreach Program
  2. The Preschool at Forty Carrots
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Forty Carrots serves families throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The agency's Parenting Program and Mental Health Services are defined by their outreach, serving families at 25 locations throughout the community through partnerships with other agencies including: Manatee & Sarasota Public Libraries and Public Schools, Salvation Army, First Step, SPARCC and SOLVE. Clients from Anna Maria Island to Englewood, North Port to Newtown receive services in a way that is convenient and accessible.

ruling year

1994

Principal Officer since 2013

Self-reported

Michelle Kapreilian

Keywords

Self-reported

forty carrots, preschool, parenting, children, education

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Also Known As

Forty Carrots Family Center

EIN

65-0405988

 Number

2312673854

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Forty Carrots Family Center creates good beginnings for children that last a lifetime. Maximizing the early childhood window of opportunity, when 90% of brain development takes place, the agency effects real change for children, creating ripple effects throughout their lives, their families and our community.ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM THE PAST YEAR * Served 3,968 unduplicated clients 2014-2015 program year; ninety percent (90%) were served for free * Achieved 90% retention rate for Preschool students and 94% for Preschool staff, reflecting the high satisfaction and quality verified by stringent national (NAEYC) accreditation * Successfully expanded Free Community Outreach Program to address unmet community needs, increasing number of parenting education and mental health classes by 45% * Purchased adjacent building to house expanding Therapy services, relieve staff overcrowding at the Kane Campus, and create a science room for the Preschool * Renovated agency playgrounds to provide new security fencing and extensive sunshade for child health GOALS FOR THE CURRENT YEAR * Provide 1,300 free parenting education and mental health classes and 240 Child & Family Therapy sessions throughout Sarasota & Manatee Counties * Create new Science Room offering hands-on learning opportunities for Preschool students; provide staff development for educators to make the most of the new facility * Reach capital campaign goal of $600,000 to fully fund purchase and remodel of adjacent building and open facility for business by January 2016 * Implement Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Tool throughout Preschool; the 38 research-based objectives measure development and learning and will be fully integrated into every curriculum resource, helping educators to focus on essential skills for school readiness * Revise outcomes measurement processes for the Free Community Outreach Program to further identify impact of expanded programs on individual families served and our community as a whole

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Free Community Outreach Program

Forty Carrots' Community Outreach Program delivers free parenting education and mental health services throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The program builds Protective Factors to prevent abuse, neglect and violent behavior, additionally impacting school readiness by equipping parents to be their child's first teacher and providing a high quality early childhood learning environment for children who may not otherwise experience it. Trained Parenting Educators and Licensed Therapists travel throughout our community to bring FREE services to families from all walks of life. Strong alliances with other community agencies make it possible for Forty Carrots to reach families facing. For example, teen parents participate at their high school. Mothers and children fleeing abuse benefit at SPARCC's residential shelter. Families throughout the Sarasota and Manatee communities can access classes at 8 Sarasota County libraries and 5 Manatee County libraries from North Port to Palmetto.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$690,816.00

Program 2

The Preschool at Forty Carrots

The goal of The Preschool at Forty Carrots Family Center is to prepare children for success in school and in life. At Forty Carrots, the whole child - the social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive development - is nurtured through a developmentally appropriate, play-based, creative curriculum. Highly trained teachers balance spontaneous, guided and self-directed play to set the scene for literacy, language and mathematical development as well as positive social interactions (caring, sharing, cooperating) and self-esteem. Graduates leave with the social skills, academic knowledge and love for learning that set the stage for future success.Accreditation by The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) signifies that The Preschool at Forty Carrots Family Center provides the highest quality early childhood experience.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$742,214.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Forty Carrots serves families throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The agency's Parenting Program and Mental Health Services are defined by their outreach, serving families at 25 locations throughout the community through partnerships with other agencies including: Manatee & Sarasota Public Libraries and Public Schools, Salvation Army, First Step, SPARCC and SOLVE. Clients from Anna Maria Island to Englewood, North Port to Newtown receive services in a way that is convenient and accessible.

Funding Needs

(1) Program Funding: Forty Carrots undertook substantial expansion of its free parenting education and mental health services, adding nearly 400 classes and providing a total of 16,761 service hours to children and adults last year. The classes provide families with information, skills & support to give children a great beginning to last a lifetime. Sustaining this expansion requires an additional $200,000 funding annually. See Program Section for details. Cost: approx. $465/class; $24,000 per week for all classes.(2) Funding for Capital Expansion: Growth in programs led directly to a need for additional space. Forty Carrots has purchased the adjacent building and is seeking funds to underwrite the project. The campaign will provide appropriate space for the growing Therapy program, relieve staff overcrowding, and enable a dedicated science room for Preschool students. Cost: $600,000. Naming opportunities available. (3) Child & Family Therapy Scholarship: Provides support and builds skills in at-risk families. Particularly used for clients who are ""moving on"" from our Community Outreach Program (graduating high school, completing drug rehabilitation, moving out of the domestic violence shelter, etc.) but need continued services and support. Cost: average $1,000/family.

Accreditations

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Financials

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FORTY CARROTS OF SARASOTA INC
Fiscal year: Jun 01-May 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Forty Carrots Of Sarasota Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Michelle Kapreilian

BIO

Michelle Kapreilian brings a decade of first-hand experience with Forty Carrots Family Center to the position through extensive volunteer efforts as a parent in the Parenting Program and Preschool; several key leadership positions as a two-term trustee, board secretary and chairwoman of the Governance Committee. Kapreilian's professional background includes leading a multimillion-dollar international business and co-owner/CEO of several local businesses.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our aim is to provide every parent with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to raise their children in physically and emotionally safe environments. Quality early childhood education is a large part of that goal and is an important predictor of future success of our children. Not only are we helping our own families, we are helping to protect the future of our society by raising responsible, capable adults. Our families come in many different shapes and sizes but in the end, we all wish the same things for our children, for them to grow up feeling safe and secure, and confident in their abilities. At Forty Carrots, we understand that no one knows your child better than you and we would love the opportunity to meet you. Whether at one of our Community Outreach programs or at our home on Tuttle Avenue, we look forward to welcoming you to the Forty Carrots family. Warm regards, Michelle Kapreilian "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rick Gomez

Northern Trust

Term: June 2015 - May 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?