Forty Carrots Of Sarasota Inc
1500 S Tuttle Ave
Sarasota FL 34239
Strengthening The Community One Family at a Time
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 Richard C. Lawrence
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney, Williams Parker Attorney at Law
History and Background
Organization DBA
Forty Carrots Family Center
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
Incorporation Year 1993
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,451,416.00
Projected Expenses $1,587,973.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
501(c)(3) and renewal
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Permit? Yes Jan 2016
Registration Yes Dec 2015


  • All programs combined served 1,877 families in 2013-2014. Eight-four percent (84%) of those received free early childhood education, parenting education and/or mental health services
  • Board of Trustees committed to substantial expansion of Community Outreach Program to build Protective Factors in more families than ever before, reducing risk of abuse, neglect and violent behavior
  • Completed visionary strategic plan for 2014-2019 to provide a framework for future success
  • Launched Program Child & Family Therapy scholarship program to serve low-income families
  • Offered free VPK for the first time in summer 2013, preparing children to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond


  • Provide 1,400 parenting education and mental health classes throughout Sarasota & Manatee Counties
  • Provide 125 Individual Child & Family Therapy sessions to at-risk families
  • Rebrand agency and expand marketing efforts to align public perception with services provided to the community.
  • Add qualified aides to each grade level for enhanced individualized learning in the Preschool
  • Expand number of children served in the summer VPK Program by 100%

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 its twenty-one years, 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 four components:
• Parenting Education Programs
• Nationally Accredited Preschool
• Mental Health Services
• Professional Development

Eight-four percent (84%) of the 1,877 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 at Forty Carrots serves up to 100 children and their families, where the whole child – the social, emotional, creative, physical and cognitive development – is nurtured as an individual through a developmentally appropriate, play-based curriculum.



  1. Program Funding: Forty Carrots is undertaking a substantial expansion of its free parenting education and mental health services, adding 400+ classes annually in Sarasota & Manatee. This expansion will touch children & parents an additional 1,700+ times a year and will require a substantial increase in funding. The classes provide families with information, skills & support to give children a great beginning to last a lifetime. See Program Section for details. Cost: approx. $400/class; $12,000 per week for all classes.
  2. Individual Child & Family Therapy Scholarship: Provides support and builds skills in at-risk families. Particularly used for clients are “moving on” from our 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 per family.
  3. Desks & Shelving: With the expansion of staff accompanying the expansion in services, space at Forty Carrots is at an absolute premium. Reconfiguring a portion of the agency’s family room to include shelving and desk space will provide program staff with the space they need to best serve clients. Cost: approx. $5,000.


CEO Statement

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,

Michelle Kapreilian

Board Chair Statement

For the last five years I have watched Forty Carrots make amazing strides in expanding its reach and deepening its impact in our community. I am thrilled to celebrate the organization’s 20th year as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. I have attended our wonderful events, honored our supportive donors and volunteers, and witnessed the passionate work our educators provide. I have seen firsthand the powerful impact that Forty Carrots has had on the most at-risk families in our community. Hearing the struggles and sacrifices of these parents has solidified my commitment to advance the mission of Forty Carrots.

Each member of the Board of Trustees has a similar passion for the meaningful and impactful work of Forty Carrots. The Board of Trustees uses its varied talents to assure that Forty Carrots is able to provide free early childhood and Parenting Education to families in our community, including those who are most at-risk and in need. Each member of the Board of Trustees has taken the time to witness firsthand the work that Forty Carrots provides to our community. I invite each person reading this to come and personally see the difference Forty Carrots is making in the lives of families in our community. Forty Carrots’ Parenting Educators working closely with, and provide valuable support at no cost to: (i) teen parents struggling to stay in school while raising babies, (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 confidence in (and an understanding of the age appropriate behaviors when) raising their young children. The preschool aspect of Forty Carrots will allow you to see preschoolers learning through thoughtful play orchestrated every day by the wonderful preschool teachers at Forty Carrots’ nationally-accredited (NAEYC) preschool. I welcome the chance to show and tell you more about the outstanding work that Forty Carrots does in our community.

Richard C. Lawrence
Chair, Board of Trustees

Area Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org. Type Human Services
Secondary Org.Type Education
Tertiary Org. Type Human Services

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. Trained 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 5 Manatee County libraries from North Port to Palmetto.


Budget $473,696
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, neglect and violent behavior as recorded through use of 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 the short term indicators.



How Program is Monitored An anonymous 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.
Examples of Program Success

The 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 $703,270
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 that at least 90% of preschool children that complete a minimum of one school year at Forty Carrots will meet or exceed The Florida School Readiness Performance Standards for their age group. Standards are grouped around six areas of children’s development:
  • Physical Health
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Language and Communication
  • Cognitive Development & General Knowledge
  • Motor Development

Additionally, The Preschool aims for at least 90% of students to be evaluated with the Ages and Stages standardized tool before November. This provides teachers and parents with a benchmark of each student’s development in a number of areas, including gross motor, fine motor, language, social-emotional, etc and identifies any areas of developmental concern or need for further assessment. 

Long Term Success

Research confirms that quality early childhood education has long-term benefits to both individual children and society as a whole. At a time when a child's brain circuits are being built, quality programs providing positive learning experiences; supportive, growth-promoting environments create a stronger foundation for later achievement. Children who attend high-quality programs tend to score higher on math and reading tests, are less likely to repeat a grade, drop out of school, or get into trouble with the law in the future. Studies document that every dollar invested in early childhood programs generates a return of $3 to more than $17 in reduced special education costs, less grade repetition, higher adult earnings, more tax revenues, and reduced crime rates. Forty Carrots lacks the resources to track long-term outcomes for all of its students, but after nearly 20 years of educating students we can say anecdotally that Forty Carrots graduates reflect these national findings.

How Program is Monitored

The two evaluations listed above (Ages & Stages and Florida School Readiness) are a standard component 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 to ensure all evaluations are complete. 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.

Examples of Program Success

In school year 2013-2014:

  • 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." 

CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Michelle Kapreilian
CEO Term Start June 2013

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. 


Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 23
Volunteers 200
Contractors 2
Staff Retention Rate % 93
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Former CEOs
Cheryl Andrews LCSWMay 2012 - Feb 2013
Betsy Kane Hartnett May 1993 - May
Senior Staff
Ms. Rebecca Lockwood Preschool Director
Ms. Diane O'Driscoll Finance Director
Mr. Norman Olshansky Director of Philanthropy
Ms. Christina Rodrigues Parenting Program Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes

Formal partnerships define Forty Carrots 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 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
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Leadership 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 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.


Warm regards,



Governance Board Chair
Board Chair Richard C. Lawrence
Company Affiliation Attorney, Williams Parker Attorney at Law
Term June 2014 to May 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Jane Bennett Director of Marketing & Strategy, Be Creative Studios
Ms. Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Ms. Caroline Ellerson Volunteer
Ms. Lesley France Community Volunteer
Ms. Kim Githler MoneyShow
Mr. Rick Gomez Northern Trust
Ms. Chris Jarmul Americas Sales Manager, International Data Corporation
Mr. Stanley B. Kane Kane-Miller Corporation
Ms. Betsy Kane-Hartnett Forty Carrots Family Center
Ms. Michelle Kapreilian Forty Carrots Family Center
Ms. Ashley Kozel Philanthropist
Mr. Richard C. Lawrence Williams Parker Attorneys at Law
Dr. Manav Malik SmileWorks Dentistry
Ms. Rene Mihale Private Wealth Advisor, Goldman Saks
Ms. Anna Nekoranec Founder, LBK Capital
Ms. Dana Opsincs VP, BMO Harris Bank
Mr. Justin Powell Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd
Ms. Mindy Rollins Black Bird Home Gallery
Mr. Robert Stroud Attorney, Blalock Walters
Ms. Jena Wilson Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1 - East Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 22
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Comments by Organization



Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $1,451,416.00
Projected Expenses $1,587,973.00
Endowment Value $20,605.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4
Detailed Financials
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$40,000$45,000$53,000
Individual Contributions$302,988$189,327$274,523
Investment Income, Net of Losses$844$5,050$11,686
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$589,393$440,813$401,313
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$1,500
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,163,999$995,726$1,009,436
Administration Expense$64,602$47,666$65,196
Fundraising Expense$141,117$119,451$98,124
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.101.041.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%18%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,988,790$2,780,984$2,859,455
Current Assets$1,362,524$1,126,492$1,141,562
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$200,000
Current Liabilities$243,339$202,017$159,811
Total Net Assets$2,745,451$2,578,967$2,499,644
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $589,393Preschool and Camp Fee $499,891Preschool Fees $430,212
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPreschool and Camp Fees $542,721Fundraising $440,813Fundraising $401,313
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $302,988Contributions, gifts, grants $189,327Contributions, gifts, grants $274,523
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.605.587.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%7%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Surplus funds from FY14 have been committed by the Board of Trustees to Parenting Program expansion in FY15. Over the last three years, the agency has documented 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. However, the format of our program, using a mobile classroom to deliver services throughout the community, precluded us from expanding one class at a time. Only when need and funding were sufficient to justify the purchase of a third van and the expense of increased staffing, could the surplus dollars be efficiently committed. As Forty Carrots has now reached this “tipping point” the Board has committed recent surplus dollars to the expansion of services. With a 40% increase in classes offered for the Agency’s fiscal year ending May 31, 2015, a deficit is budgeted for the first year of expansion, utilizing the surplus dollars discussed above to provide additional free parenting education to families in need.


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
Primary Phone 941 365-7716
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Michelle Kapreilian
Board Chair Richard C. Lawrence
Board Chair Company Affiliation Attorney, Williams Parker Attorney at Law
Year of Incorporation 1993