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All About Sarasota Kids


Informative website that connects parents to local resources in the community. Topics include early childhood education, keeping children healthy, growth and development, behavior issues, before and after school care, camps and entertainment, and your child’s safety.

All Star Children’s Foundation

Provides support and services to children in foster care, including early intervention, specialized trauma-informed care, the culture of caring, and keeping siblings together. Other programs include mental health interventions, foster parent support, birth family engagement, and enrichment programs.

ALSO Youth


Empowering LGBTQ+ youth ages 13 to 24 and their allies by providing peer support services, educational programs, advocacy, and referrals.

Angel’s Attic- A Ministry of Hope

Provides free clothing, toys, household items, and furniture to families in need. A referral from a local church or non -profit is required.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Suncoast

Helps children ages 6 -18 years reach their full potential through professionally supported one-on-one mentoring programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs

Traditional Clubs

Through academic success, character, and leadership development, programs include tutoring, teen programs, building self-esteem, courage, and positive values. After-school programs Monday-Friday until 6:00 p.m. and summer programs offered to youth ages 5-18. Scholarships are available.

Bradenton Dream Center - Bayside Community Church

Offers community outreach, free after-school programs from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., and a weekend live worship experience.

Bridge A Life

Provides services and training opportunities to adoptive and foster parents through adoption assistance, free meals, home repairs, education, training, and support groups.

Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group


Offers mentorship, friendship, and guidance to young males in low-income and disenfranchised communities. Members, beginning as young as 5 years old, have weekly interactions with their mentors who provide a supportive environment for fostering personal development and teaching life skills necessary to succeed. Meetings are held weekly.

Children First


Offer quality early childhood education and comprehensive care to Sarasota County’s most vulnerable children ages birth to five years of age. Multiple sites are located throughout Sarasota County, from Newtown to North Port. Child Care programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, and Early Childhood Education.

Children’s Guardian Fund

Provides support to children, birth to 18 years of age who have been removed from abusive and neglectful homes in Manatee, Sarasota, and DeSoto Counties and have been appointed to the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Court. They also work with local teens 18-23 who have aged out of foster care and require additional support to achieve self-sufficiency.

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota & Manatee Counties

Prepares children for school through childcare assistance to income-eligible families, including free VPK (Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten).

Early Steps of Southwest Florida

Provides local resources and an early intervention program serving children ages 0-3 with developmental delays or disabilities and their families at home and in their communities and serving Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies (E.F.E.L.T.)

An all-volunteer group using purchased or donated non-perishable foods to provide weekend food packages to over 2000 identified homeless or food-deprived elementary school district students ages 5 to 12 years old in Manatee County. Every Friday during the school year E.F.L.T. each child in the program is provided six meals, snacks, drinks, bread, and other nonperishables to sustain them over the weekend

Every Child

Provides school supplies, holiday gifts, groceries, and new books to those in need. Also, in collaboration with the nonprofit Sunshine Community Compost,  Every Child provides an organically based community garden experience to children and their families at a previously overgrown lot within the impoverished Limelight District of Sarasota.

Family Resources - SafePlace2B

Provides short-term shelters, individual and family counseling services, and case management to run away and homeless youth ages 10-17.

Florida Center for Early Childhood


Provides community-based services, including early childhood education and early intervention services such as speech, occupational and physical therapy. Services include child care centers, mental health services, parent education, healthy families, and youth disability services. Accepts Medicaid, some private insurance, and has a sliding scale fee.

Florida Department of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement

Helps with establishing paternity, getting and enforcing support orders, collecting, and sending support payments, obtaining health care coverage, and genetic testing. An online application is available on the website. Services are free.

Forty Carrots Family Center

A comprehensive family and community outreach center, offering parenting classes, preschool classes for children up to age 5, and child and family mental health therapy.

Galatians 6:2 Inc. dba God Raising Incredible Parents

Keeping Families Together-Parenting Program - Faith-based parenting program for moms and dads in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Girls Inc. of Sarasota County

Provides after-school and summer camp programs to help girls ages 5-18 maximize their full potential. Teaches girls how to make responsible life choices, particularly those in high-risk areas.

Guardian Ad Litem- 12th Judicial Circuit

A network of professional staff and community advocates, partnering to provide a strong voice in court and positive change on behalf of Florida’s abused and neglected children in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

Gulf Central Early Steps

Offers early intervention to infants and toddlers’ birth through 36 months in Sarasota and Manatee counties, with significant delays or a condition that places them at risk of developmental delay.

Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County

Empowering teens to success by reducing risky behaviors and providing teens with the skills to make informed choices about their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast

Services include Healthy Families/Healthy Children Programs, Adolescent Diversion & Assistance Program, school-based programs, summer enrichment programs, comprehensive psychological evaluations, child and adolescent counseling, and at-risk youth and family services.

Just for Girls – Manatee County Girls Club

Just for Girls offers year-round alternative academic support for grades K -8th and before and after school programs during the school year. Summer sessions are also available. With educational, developmental, and prevention programs, the organization helps young women exceed and achieve their full potential.

Laurel Civic Association

Offers an Empowering Youth Program that provides after-school meals, homework assistance, a summer reading program, financial literacy, and career exploration experiences for teens.

Lutheran Services

Foster Care and Adoption

Offers programs of providing and sharing solutions to protect Florida’s most vulnerable children.

Mothers Helping Mothers

Provide adult and children’s clothing, small furniture, bedding, car seats, strollers, toys, maternity clothing, etc., at no cost to needy families.

PACE - Center for Girls-Manatee

Provides at-risk girls between 11-18 years of age with an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy.

Parenting Matters

Family Partnership Center 941-756-3007

Offers complimentary parenting education, including in-home programs, programs for adoptive families, support groups, parent-preschooler learn and play groups and other interactive workshops. 

Project Heart-Students in Housing Transition

Manatee School District-Professional Support Center
2501 63rd Ave. East
Bradenton, Florida 34203


Provides Manatee County students living in housing transition with support and resources to enroll, attend, and succeed in school.

Safe Children Coalition

Case management agency provides education, prevention, diversion, and child welfare services, including adoption and foster care for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Their programs include adoption, caregiver assistance, independent living, Schoolhouse Link, youth shelters, family management services, and foster parent training.


Other Programs include:

HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Children)                            941-365-0056 


Schoolhouse Link Program                                                                                      941-923-6100

Offers an education and literacy program for students who are homeless or in transition.


Family Management Services                                                                                               941-952-1644

Offers free individual and family counseling programs to assist parents and children

(ages 10-17) with problems relating to school absences, running away, non-compliance

with family rules, self-esteem, anger management, peer relations, and other negative behaviors.


Youth Shelter                                                                                                              941-955-5596

Provides a safe and temporary shelter for children (ages 10-17) who have been locked out of their homes or have run away.

Sisters Sowing Seeds

The program empowers teenage girls and young women to reach their full potential by offering a mentoring program provided by volunteers in the community. Together they will identify their strengths and create a program for future success.

SOAR Learning Center

Located in Newtown, this center empowers at-risk children K-3 to develop the skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Serves children with after-school learning opportunities, homework assistance, tutorial services, and technology.

Step Up Suncoast

Provides a wide variety of services and programs over a five-county area:  Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota. Programs include computer education and training, energy assistance, family self-sufficiency, housing counseling, language learning lab, Whole Child Manatee, VITA tax preparation, and weatherization.


Some of their children’s programs include CATCH (Preschool Language and Speech Screening), Child Care Programs (Head Start and Early Head Start), Healthy Families Manatee, HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters), PAT (Parents as Teachers), and TOTS (Teaching our Toddlers).

Tidewell Hospice – Children’s Program

The Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center provides support for families, children, and teens ages 5-18 who have experienced a significant person's death in their lives. The Children’s Program offers support and guidance to children who have an advanced illness.

The Twig Cares

Offers children in foster care, kinship care, and non-family guardian care an opportunity to pick out their free clothing in an upscale boutique setting.

Whole Child Manatee

This informative web-based service, supported by Step Up Suncoast, helps Manatee County families with children 0-17 access the community resources they need. Topics include health, education, economic, social, and spiritual. Complete the profile on the website and be connected with the respective providers.