Welcome from The Executive Director
In 1993, Forty Carrots was founded by two visionary women who created a unique place where parenting education and early childhood education converged to ensure positive outcomes for children and families. Betsy Kane-Hartnett and Diane Weiss began this journey 20 years ago and along the way Forty Carrots has helped tens of thousands of families in our community – and we are still counting!
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 On Wheels programs or at our home on Tuttle Avenue, we look forward to welcoming you to the Forty Carrots family.
About Michelle Kapreilian, Executive Director
Michelle brought years of first-hand involvement with Forty Carrots Family Center along with two decades of business leadership experience to the position of Executive Director in June 2013. Her Forty Carrots knowledge includes extensive volunteer efforts as a parent in the Parenting Program and Preschool; several key leadership positions as a four year trustee, board officer and chairwoman of the Governance Committee. Michelle’s professional background includes leading a multimillion-dollar international import business and co-owner/ CEO of several local businesses.
In 2001, Michelle and her husband Eddie decided to make the move from Boston to Sarasota. Anxious to get involved in their new community, they came to Forty Carrots to attend a PIP class in the Parenting Center not knowing what an impact that one class would make on their entire family. Michelle quickly became an avid volunteer and long term supporter. Their first child would continue on in the Preschool at Forty Carrots and then their second daughter would do the same. All the while, Michelle’s passion would remain with the Forty Carrots mission and she now leads the organization and their dedicated staff.