About The Founders

 

Betsy Kane-Hartnett graduated from Cornell University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Two years later she earned a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum Design from Columbia University's Teachers College. Betsy taught preschool and Mommy & Me classes for a number of years before opening The Sage School for Nursery Years in Bedford Hills, New York.

In 1989, Betsy's family relocated to Sarasota where she worked as Preschool Director of a nationally accredited Early Childhood Learning Center until co-founding Forty Carrots Family Center in 1993.

For 19 years, Betsy led Forty Carrots with a passion for children and families, a dedication to professional training & development and a commitment to ensuring the sound financial state of Forty Carrots so that the agency will continue to strengthen families for many years to come.

Betsy is currently Vice President of Kane-Miller Corp. and continues to serve children and families as a member of Forty Carrots Family Center’s Board of Trustees.

 

Diane Weiss, M.S. earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in special education and psychology.  Following several years as a behavioral and educational consultant, Diane brought Parenting Education to Sarasota.  In 1985, she created Small Steps, Sarasota's first comprehensive early childhood parenting program.  During her tenure as Small Steps Director, she authored a Birth-to-Three parenting education curriculum for leading parent groups that served as the foundation for Forty Carrots' Talk & Play program. 

In 1993 Diane co-founded Forty Carrots Family Center. Over the next 16 years, she helped to develop Forty Carrots’ innovative parenting education programs and extend their reach to thousands of the community’s most vulnerable families.

Since leaving Forty Carrots in 2009, Diane launched Parenting Works, a unique consultation practice offering individualized support and education for those living and working with children of all ages, birth through teens. Diane also works as a national trainer and consultant for Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy.

Diane continues to focus her energies on the well being of children and families. As a passionate advocate, she volunteers on behalf of young parents through the Cyesis Teen Parent Program Advocacy Group, and serves on numerous task forces and committees. 



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