Parenting Program Groups

Welcome to Our World

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


Mondays, January 22 - March 19 | 11:15 AM - 12:15 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 group 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.

Breastfeeding Support and Latch Clinic

Presented by Sarasota Memorial Hospital


Fridays, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required.


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This weekly clinic provides a hands-on approach with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). You may weigh your baby, see how much milk baby transfers while breastfeeding, get assistance with latch, ask questions about breastfeeding or simply visit with other breastfeeding mothers.

 

Studio 40

Unlock the creativity of early childhood | 1 - 5 year olds


Wednesdays, January 10 - March 21 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: $15 per family
Registration: No registration required.


Drop in on Wednesdays for a captivating program of art, music, movement, science and other creative activities at our own Studio 40 - a magical place where parents, grandparents and children play and discover.

In this special group 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. 

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January Spotlight 
Ada Twist, Scientist
by Andrea Beaty

 

 

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February/March Spotlight 
I Hear A Pickle
by Rachel Isadora

Partners In Play

Meaningful playtime for you and your child | 7 - 36 months



Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: $144 (7-14 months), $160 (14-24 months), $160 (24-36 months)
Registration: Register online here.


PIP Scientists
8-week session
January 22 - March 22

Join us this series in creating a PIP Science Lab! Our unique activities will nurture your child’s curiosity about the world around them.Each week we will get our magnifying glasses and learn about STEAM. Enjoy observing, experimenting, measuring, classifying and problem-solving with your child.

PIP Squeaks (7-14 months)
Mondays, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 

PIP Toddlers (14-24 months)
Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM 

PIP Twos (24-36 months)
Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM 

Partners In Play at Venice Community Center

Drop In Groups | Babies - 5 years old


Mondays, January 8 - March 19 | 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Location: Venice Community Center
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required.


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

Venice Community Center
326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice, FL 34285

Partners In Play (PIP) at Your Neighborhood Sarasota Library

Drop In Groups | Babies - 5 years old


January 8 - March 23
Location: Sarasota County Public Libraries
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required. Ask your youth librarian for a PIP ticket.


Enjoy special uninterrupted play time with your child in our FREE Partners In Play (PIP) groups. Meet our friendly Parenting Educators and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enhance your parenting skills even more. 
 

Elsie Quirk Public Library  
Mondays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Venice Community Center
Mondays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Shannon Staub Public Library
Mondays, 12:30 AM - 1:30 PM

North Sarasota Public Library
Tuesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

North Port Public Library
Tuesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Selby Public Library
Wednesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
*Join a special Ringling Museum art experience          

Jacaranda Public Library
Thursdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Gulf Gate Public Library 
Thursdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Fruitville Public Library
Fridays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Partners In Play (PIP) at Your Neighborhood Manatee Library

Drop In Groups | Babies - 5 years old


January 9 - March 23
Location: Manatee County Public Libraries
Fee: FREE
Registration: No registration required. Ask your youth librarian for a PIP ticket.


Enjoy special uninterrupted play time with your child in our FREE Partners In Play (PIP) groups. Meet our friendly Parenting Educators and discover how Forty Carrots can help you enhance your parenting skills even more. 

Central Public Library
Tuesdays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM     

Anna Maria Island Public Library
Fridays, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM             

Palmetto Public Library
Tuesdays, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Braden River Public Library
Fridays, 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM & 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM 
*Join a special Ringling Museum art experience            

South Manatee Public Library
Tuesdays, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 

Rocky Bluff Public Library
Fridays, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Child Personal Safety

Empower, Guide & Protect | Parents of 1-8 year olds


Tuesday, February 20th 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Parenting Center at Forty Carrots
Fee: FREE
Registration: Register online here.


As a responsible and caring parent, you teach your child all about safety. Research shows that the more parents talk with their children about personal safety, the less vulnerable their children are to victimization.

This Child Protection Center presentation will highlight effective ways to help parents feel more comfortable as they talk with their child and establish their family’s rules for personal safety.

Limited Seating. No childcare provided.

Parenting Education & Mental Health groups 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 Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Sarasota County Government; Libertore Fund for Children; The Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation; Wilson-Wood Foundation; PNC Foundation; Kates Foundation; SunTrust Foundation; Allen Wirtz Nobbe and Jo Bowen Nobbe Fund, Two-Generation Approach Fund, The Our Sarasota Fund, The McCauley-Brown Fund, and Templeton Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Designing Women; Gulf Coast Community Foundation; Weichel Family Fund and Wells Fargo Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation; Heron Creek Community Foundation; The MSC Foundation, Inc.; and several anonymous donors.