Forty Carrots Of Sarasota Inc
1500 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota FL 34239
Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field.
CEO/Executive Director Michelle Kapreilian
Board Chair Rick Gomez
Board Chair Affiliation Northern Trust
General Info
Organization DBA
Forty Carrots Family Center
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1993
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Jan 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,701,788.00
Projected Expenses $1,569,731.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
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.

• 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
• 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
• 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
Needs Statement

 (1) Staff Training in Infant Mental Health: To provide parenting education that meets the requirements for court-ordered families, Forty Carrots must have staff trained in Infant Mental Health, a certification held by only one current staff member. Funding would enable an additional Parenting Educator to achieve certification through a one year training course. Cost: $5,800

(2) Child & Family Therapy Scholarship: Builds skills in at-risk families. Particularly used for clients who are “moving on” from our FREE 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.

(3) Parenting Education 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 $210,000 funding annually. See Program Section for details. Cost: approx. $485/class; $25,000 per week for all classes.

Background Statement
Forty Carrots Family Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field. The agency's primary goals are to:
• Ensure positive outcomes, both short-term and long-term, for children;
• Build a community of capable, caring, and respectful young people;
• Provide parents with information, skills, and support to better equip them in the job of raising their children;
• Set the foundation for lifelong success through early childhood education that nurtures a child's social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development;
• Promote positive, productive relationships between parents and their children;
• Prevent child abuse and neglect.
Forty Carrots Family Center is unique – offering both parents and young children opportunities for learning and growth through a distinctive marriage of parenting and early childhood education. The agency emphasizes families with children birth to 5 years of age because 90% of brain development occurs during this time, as does the most abuse and neglect.
Over more than two decades, Forty Carrots Family Center has grown into a highly respected agency that serves thousands of families and has a lasting impact on the quality of life in our community through its three components:
• Parenting Education Programs
• Nationally Accredited Preschool
• Mental Health Services
Ninety percent (90%) of the 2,180 families served last year received free services, primarily through Forty Carrots Free Community Outreach Program. This program positively impacts targets linked by research to abuse, neglect and violent behavior while improving school readiness through parenting and early childhood education. Families from all walks of life can benefit from the information, skills and support provided through Parenting Programs, and in addition to the Free Community Outreach classes, a variety of fee-based classes are offered at the Parenting Center. The Preschool serves up to 100 children and their families, nurturing the whole child – the social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive development – as an individual through a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
therapy, preschool, parenting, children, education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees, it is a privilege to observe the work that Forty Carrots does in our community and the positive outcomes the organization brings about every day for families from all walks of life. The Board of Trustees stands firmly behind the organization’s mission, vision and values. Each member of the Board of Trustees has a keen appreciation for the meaningful and impactful work of Forty Carrots and the Board is committed to advancing the organization through a combination of strategic guidance, financial support, and community outreach.

At its core, the mission of Forty Carrots is to provide parenting education to families through our Parenting Program, and pioneering early childhood education through our Preschool. We aim to provide every parent with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to raise their children in physically and emotionally safe environments.

Our Parenting Educators work closely with, and provide valuable support at no cost to many families, including some of our community’s most at risk. For example, Forty Carrots’ programs benefit: (i) teen parents struggling to stay in school while raising newborn children, (ii) homeless pregnant mothers struggling with safety and security concerns for themselves and their children, (iii) parents who are attempting to regain custody of their children who were removed from their care as a result of issues related to substance abuse or domestic violence, and (iv) parents looking to gain an understanding of, and confidence in, age appropriate behaviors when raising their young children. We served 3,698 children and adults this year, the overwhelming majority of whom received our services free of charge.

Forty Carrots also offers one of Sarasota’s preeminent Preschools, with an innovative curriculum where preschoolers learn through thoughtful play orchestrated by the teachers at our nationally-accredited (NAEYC) program.

It is important to know that because the Preschool is effectively self-funding, the majority of our fundraising dollars support Free Community Outreach Parenting Program’s free parenting education classes and mental health services throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Dollars raised for the Preschool enable primarily scholarship and special projects or capital improvements.

The success of the last few years has emboldened us to do more. With the support and financial commitment of the Board and our community partners, Forty Carrots has now embarked on an ambitious expansion of the Parenting Program which has allowed us to reach more families in need, expand our reach, and deepen on our impact in the community.

On behalf of the Board, we are most grateful for the support of our benefactors and community partners, without whom the work of the organization could not happen. We invite you to learn more about Forty Carrots and its transformative work in our community by reaching out to our staff or members of the Board.

With Warm Regards,

Rick Gomez

Chairman, Board of Trustees

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

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 Free 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


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. Professional 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 6 Manatee County libraries from North Port to Palmetto.

Budget $690,816
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families At-Risk Populations Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Short Term Success


The Free Community Outreach Program positively impacts targets linked by research to abuse and neglect as recorded through an Outcomes Measurement model. Outcomes are chosen to measure Forty Carrots success in building Protective Factors identified as current and appropriate for programs focused on preventing child maltreatment by many sources, including the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

At least 90% of parents participating in evaluations will:

  • Gain parenting ideas or skills
  • Feel more supported
  • Have a better idea of what to expect as a parent
  • Learn new ways to bond with their child
  • Have a better understanding of their child’s behavior and growth
  • Learn more ways to set limits on some of my child’s behaviors
  • Learn new ways to help my child handle their emotions
  • Learn activities associated with increased mathematical thinking and early literacy
  • Report that Forty Carrots class is a safe and supportive place to get information
Long Term Success

Community Outreach is a prevention program with effects that ripple through the life of the parent, the child and our community.  Studies have shown that the positive outcomes of parenting programs are extensive. One researcher, Richard Barth, asserts that “improved parent training is the most important goal in child abuse prevention.” Approximately 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse (, and this program aims to break this cycle. Due to resource restrictions, Forty Carrots is not able to follow families for many years to document the life-long impact of services. However, the agency relies on research analysis by national experts brought together by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that indicates the best chance of long-term success is to impact these short term indicators.

Program Success Monitoring

A self-reporting tool is given to parents to complete at the end of a series of classes. The target measurement for each outcome is that at least 90% of parents participating in evaluations will report increased knowledge, skills, and support as described above since attending the program.

Program Success Examples

The Free Community Outreach Program consistently exceeds its outcomes measures. Most important but hardest to quantify is the experience of the participating families:

  • “They were really helpful and now I feel more confident. I don’t feel like I’m lost.” – CYESIS Teen Parent
  • “I really enjoy learning about my child and things to help him grow.” – First Step Mother In Recovery
  • “I learned tools for positive discipline.” –Court Ordered Parent
  • “I’ve learned new ways to be patient when I’m stressed, upset or tired.” – SOLVE Homeless Mother
  • “This class has been a fantastic experience and it is so much more than I expected.” – Selby Library Parent
  • “This class is my son’s only source of interaction with other children. Thanks!” – North Port Library Parent
  • "I got support. As a teen mom it is difficult. This program shows me that I have support.” – CYESIS Teen Parent

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.

Budget $742,214
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Families
Short Term Success
The goal for the preschool is for teachers to continue participating in professional development opportunities to increase and enhance their knowledge in early childhood development, developmentally appropriate practices and the use of a curriculum that is aligned with Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Tool and NAEYC standards. Quality teacher education and continuous, high-quality professional development has a direct impact on student learning
Long Term Success

With recent advances in brain research, we can actually see that when children are active learners – handling materials and trying to figure out how to solve a problem – physical connections are made in the brain.  These and other research findings inform our curriculum:  - The early years are critical for brain development; - Each sensory experience, what a child sees, hears, touches, tastes and smells, builds the brain. Repeated experiences solidify these connections; - The brain is most receptive to learning language during the first ten years of life; -Learning comes through the senses, and language develops in the context of meaningful interactions with adults and other children; - Movement is critical to brain activity. When the hands are active, the brain is more engaged; - Music enhances brain development.

Copious research supports that an accredited, high quality early learning program like Forty Carrots’ provides a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

Program Success Monitoring

Student assessments are standard components of The Preschool’s school calendar. Results are shared with parents on scheduled conference days and every child’s file is reviewed by the Preschool Director. Conferences and written reports are required. Additionally, Forty Carrots conducts an annual parent survey to assess satisfaction.

In addition to the monitoring by the Department of Children and Families required by law, Forty Carrots is voluntarily assessed by the far more rigorous Early Learning Coalition and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Preschool at Forty Carrots is one of only three childcare centers in Sarasota accredited by NAEYC.

Program Success Examples

In school year 2014-2015:

  • 100% of students who completed a minimum of one school year at Forty Carrots met or exceeded The Florida School Readiness Performance Standards for their age group
  • 100% of students were evaluated for developmental progress using the Ages & Stages standardized tool

In the words of one family that received scholarship assistance:

"I cannot begin to tell you the difference that Forty Carrots has made in our daughter’s development into a fully socialized, caring young person with a love of learning that I’m sure will accompany her throughout her life. Everyday when we pick her up she displays an enormous amount of joy in the day she has just experienced and comes home with a feeling of discovery and achievement. We sincerely thank you for making this possible for our daughter." 

Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michelle Kapreilian
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO/Executive Director Email

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. 


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Cheryl Andrews LCSWMay 2012 - Feb 2013
Betsy Kane Hartnett May 1993 - May
Senior Staff
Diane O'Driscoll Finance Director
Flora Oynick Preschool Director
Ms. Christina Rodrigues Parenting Program Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 25
Staff Retention Rate % 94
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 200
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Formal partnerships define Forty Carrots Free Community Outreach Program and are the key to its success. Forty Carrots’ specialized expertise is beneficial to partnering agencies as it fills a void in their available services so that the needs of the parent, child, and the relationship can be met. In addition, these partnerships also allow Forty Carrots access to these most at-risk clients. Interagency Agreements state that both parties understand the services that will be provided are signed with Sarasota & Manatee County Public Libraries, Riverview and North Port High Schools and Booker Middle School, Manatee County Schools, First Step Mothers & Infants, SPARCC, SOLVE, Visible Men Academy, TAPP and Salvation Army. These partnerships provide year-round services and are typically renewed year to year.

Services are also provided on a time-limited basis with partners such as Our Mothers’ House and Alta Vista School. Informal collaborations include Early Steps, Safe Children Coalition, Born To Read, Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota Co., Whole Child Manatee and Child Protection Center. These collaborations are characterized by mutual referral, contracting for parenting education classes, providing professional development, and partnering on free community education materials.

External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation2014
Awards & Recognition
4-Star RatingCharity Navigator2016
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization

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 more than 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 Community Outreach Programs or at our home on Tuttle Avenue, we look forward to welcoming you to the Forty Carrots family.


Warm regards,



Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Rick Gomez
Company Affiliation Northern Trust
Board Term June 2015 to May 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Jane Bennett Be Creative Studios
Ms. Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Ms. Liz Diaz Williams Parker
Ms. Caroline Ellerson Volunteer
Ms. Rene Farmer Private Wealth Advisor
Ms. Lesley France Community Volunteer
Ms. Kim Githler MoneyShow
Mr. Rick Gomez Northern Trust
Ms. Chris Jarmul International Data Corporation
Mr. Stanley B. Kane Kane-Miller Corporation
Ms. Betsy Kane-Hartnett Kane-Miller Corporation
Ms. Michelle Kapreilian Forty Carrots Family Center
Ms. Ashley Kozel Philanthropist
Dr. Manav Malik SmileWorks Dentistry
Ms. Anna Nekoranec LBK Capital
Ms. Dana Opsincs Fifth Third Bank
Mr. Justin Powell Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd
Mr. Nick Roberts SunTrust Bank
Ms. Mindy Rollins Black Bird Lifestyle
Mr. Jeff Steinwachs Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Stroud Blalock Walters
Ms. Jena Wilson Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 1 East Indian
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 52
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $1,701,788.00
Projected Expenses $1,569,731.00
Endowment Value $20,605.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$35,000$40,000$45,000
Individual Contributions$528,929$302,988$189,327
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,910$844$5,050
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$631,424$589,393$440,813
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,355,595$1,163,999$995,726
Administration Expense$87,136$64,602$47,666
Fundraising Expense$185,062$141,117$119,451
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.101.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%85%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%15%18%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$3,496,154$2,988,790$2,780,984
Current Assets$634,799$1,362,524$1,126,492
Long-Term Liabilities$274,214$0$0
Current Liabilities$282,831$243,339$202,017
Total Net Assets$2,939,109$2,745,451$2,578,967
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $631,424Fundraising $589,393Preschool and Camp Fee $499,891
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPreschool and Camp Fee $553,546Preschool and Camp Fees $542,721Fundraising $440,813
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $528,929Contributions, gifts, grants $302,988Contributions, gifts, grants $189,327
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.245.605.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

After identifying and documenting the need for additional free parenting education and mental health services through requests from agencies seeking partnerships to serve their clients, as well as by tracking the families turned away from free community drop-in classes due to capacity limits, the Board of Trusties committed surplus funds from FY14 to help funding a program expansion over the initial 3 years beginning in FY15. This resulted in the need to budget for a deficit for fiscal years 2015 through 2017.

Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  990s and audit are reconciled. Foundation, corporations and congregations are included with individual contributions as they were not separated in the 990 or audit.
The in-kind contribution revenue includes non-cash contributions and donated services and use of facilities as reported on the IRS Form 990.  Donated services and facilities are not included in total revenue on the IRS Form 990.
Nonprofit Forty Carrots Of Sarasota Inc
Address 1500 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota, FL 34239
Phone 941 365-7716