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 Chris Jarmul
Board Chair Affiliation International Data Corporation
General Info
Organization DBA
Forty Carrots Family Center
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 2019
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
501(c)(3) and renewalView
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 creates real change for children that has ripple effects throughout their lives, their families and our community.


w Provided 90,124 hours of client service in parenting education, early childhood education and mental health services, creating Good Beginnings that Last a Lifetime for young children in our community

w Increased parenting knowledge and skills of 2,051 families, building Protective Factors shown to lower the likelihood of abuse and neglect

w Expanded Child & Family Therapy services by 19% and hired a Clinical Supervisor to support growth and ensure families receive highest quality services

w Achieved top marks in annual NAEYC Family Survey, measuring family engagement in and satisfaction with, their child’s learning at the Preschool at Forty Carrots

w Earned a coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, the highest possible rating, signifying that Forty Carrots exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause


w Increase the number of Parenting Program groups by 24% and the number of individual therapy sessions by 80% to meet community need

w Expand all 826 planned library-based Partners In Play parenting education groups from 45 minutes to 1 hour providing more meaningful connections with families

w Implement new agency-wide database to increase efficiencies and better track program impact

w Achieve national re-accreditation by NAEYC signifying that the Preschool implements best practices and consistently achieves the highest quality in meeting children’s developmental and early learning needs

Needs Statement
(1) Parenting Education Funding: Our free parenting education and mental health services have increased 40% over last three years to address unmet community needs, providing families with information, skills & support to give children good beginnings to last a lifetime. Sustaining this expansion requires an additional $180,000 funding annually. See Program Section for details. Cost: average $520/group; $22,550/week for all groups.
(2) Partners In Play Groups in all Public Libraries: These groups, offered weekly in all Sarasota and Manatee County Public Libraries, provide parenting education, early childhood education, and critical referrals for families with young children. Groups are free, open to all, and are so well attended that demand exceeded capacity by 350+ last year. Cost: $10,400 underwrites 20 groups.
(3) Child & Family Therapy Client Assistance Fund: Builds skills in at-risk families that need individual counseling and support but do not have the means to pay the full cost. Mental health is a major determinant of outcomes for children. Low-income children and their families are disproportionately affected by mental health challenges, and underprivileged children suffer from emotional and behavioral problems more frequently. Cost: average $2,000/family.
Background Statement

educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field. The agency's primary goals are to:

w Ensure positive outcomes, both short-term and long-term, for children;

w Build a community of capable, caring, and respectful young people;

w Provide parents with information, skills, and support to better equip them in the job of raising their children;

w Set the foundation for lifelong success through early childhood education that nurtures a child's social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development;

w Promote positive, productive relationships between parents and their children;

w Prevent child abuse and neglect.

Over nearly 25 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 three areas of expertise:

w Parenting Education

w Mental Health Services

w Early Childhood Education

Ninety-three percent (93%) of the 4,080 clients served last year received free services, primarily through the Parenting Program that provides parenting education and mental health services throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. This program positively impacts targets linked by research to abuse, neglect and violent behavior while improving school readiness through parenting and early childhood education. 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.  

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments

Forty Carrots serves families throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The agency’s Parenting Program and Mental Health Services are defined by their outreach, serving families at 23 locations throughout the community through partnerships with other agencies including: Manatee & Sarasota Public Libraries and Schools, Salvation Army, First Step, SPARCC and SOLVE. Clients from Anna Maria Island to Englewood, North Port to Newtown receive services in a way that is convenient and accessible. 

Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is an exciting time at Forty Carrots Family Center. As hoped, we were able to expand our work in the community last year and, therefore, have made a positive difference in the lives of more individual families – 2,231 in the most recent program year.  It has been so wonderful to watch the agency grow and to see the increased benefits for all sorts of children throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

As a Trustee and, now, Chairman of the Board, it is an honor to be involved with an excellent organization like Forty Carrots. Every member of the Board is truly committed to the agency mission and vision. They are engaged and interactive, offering their time and energy to provide strategic guidance, financial support and community outreach. The collective goal is to provide every parent with the knowledge, skills and support necessary to raise their children in a physically and emotionally safe environment.

Forty Carrots has three inter-related program areas. The Parenting Program, with its highly trained Parenting Educators, supports many families including many of those most at risk within the community. For example, Forty Carrots’ programs benefit:

w Teen parents struggling to stay in school while raising newborn children

w Homeless pregnant mothers struggling with safety and security concerns for themselves and their children

w Mothers in residential programs—those fleeing abuse, escaping sex trafficking or recovering from substance abuse

w Parents who are attempting to regain custody of children removed from their care due to issues like substance abuse or domestic violence

w Homeless families in residential programs

w Parents looking to gain an understanding of, and confidence in, age appropriate behaviors when raising their young children

The Preschool at Forty Carrots offers a high-quality learning environment, featuring an innovative curriculum where preschoolers learn through thoughtful play orchestrated by the teachers at our nationally-accredited (NAEYC) program. Because the Preschool is mostly self-funding, funds raised for this program primarily enable scholarship and special projects or capital improvements.

Forty Carrots’ relatively newer Child and Family Therapy Center offers both general and specialized mental health services in a family centered environment, promoting healthy familial relationships. The majority of families served through this program cannot afford the full cost, and the agency raises funds to provide this essential mental health support for free or on a sliding scale to families in need.

Each of the three programs within Forty Carrots is growing and all reflect our commitment to strong, healthy families and happy, thriving children. On behalf of the Board, I want to express how incredibly grateful we are to our benefactors and community partners who have supported our transformative work. We could not do this without you.

We are looking forward to creating more positive outcomes for families in the community during the coming year. I invite you to learn more by contacting our staff or members of the Board. We appreciate your interest--new or ongoing—and welcome your support.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director


Our goal 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 two facilities on Tuttle Avenue, we look forward to welcoming you to the Forty Carrots family.


Warm regards,

Michelle Kapreilian


Forty Carrots’ Parenting Program delivers free and sliding scale parenting education and mental health services throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The program builds Protective Factors to prevent abuse and neglect, 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. Professionally 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 a variety of families. For example, teen parents participate at their high school. Mothers and children fleeing abuse receive services 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.

Budget $902,037
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

In the 2017-2018 program year, goals include:


w 90% of parents/caregivers participating in parenting education classes will report a better understanding of their child’s behavior and growth (which relates to setting developmentally appropriate expectations and limits, shown by research to be a Protective Factor against abuse and neglect).

w 90% of adults participating in mental health groups will report increased skills to better handle future problems (which relates to parental resilience, shown by research to be a Protective Factor against abuse and neglect).

w 90% of expecting and postpartum mothers will report feeling more supported in their role as a parent (which relates to reduced isolation and increased social connections, shown by research to be a Protective Factor against abuse and neglect).

w 90% of parents/caregivers participating in Partners In Play in public libraries report implementing activities at home to help their child learn.

Long Term Success

This is a prevention and intervention 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 used by the US Department of Health and Human services and others that indicates the best chance of long-term success is to impact the 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 program aims to not only increase knowledge, but also change behavior.   When asked what they are doing differently as a result of this program, participants’ responses include:

“I am doing more floor time, tummy time and just holding and loving on my baby. I am also singing to my baby.” – Mother recovering from addictions

“I am thinking positively about my future and feeling better knowing I’m not the only teen parent with problems.” – Teen mother recovering from trauma

“I feel like I came from a dysfunctional house and this class helped me remove myself from all of that and focus on the children’s needs better.” – Mother in a domestic violence shelter

“I am managing stress better, and giving myself “time-outs” if needed. I am also learning alternative ways to discipline.” – Homeless mothers at Salvation Army

“I have created a dedicated phone free time with my son and have learned how things like singing quietly instantly calms a baby/toddler.” – Parent in Partners In Play class


The goal of The Preschool at Forty Carrots is to prepare children for success in school and in life. At Forty Carrots, the whole child – social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development - is nurtured through a developmentally appropriate curriculum where learning standards and high quality play work together with support from qualified educators. Highly trained teachers balance guided and self-directed learning standards to set the scene for literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies and the arts as well as positive relationships (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 implements best practices and consistently achieves the highest quality in meeting children’s developmental and early learning needs.

Budget $860,655
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

In the 2016-2017 school year:

w At least 90% of students met or exceeded developmentally appropriate standards in the following areas, as assessed by teachers using Teaching Strategies™ research-based objectives: social-emotional, gross motor, fine motor, language, cognitive, literacy, science, the arts and mathematics.

w 93% of teachers were retained, reflecting a long-term trend of staff stability

w In NAEYC’s annual, anonymous survey, 100% of families:

  • reported a good relationship with their child’s teacher and staff
  • felt welcome to take part in classroom activities
  • were pleased with what their child is learning
  • felt informed about their child’s progress


w Placed in top 25% of all NAEYC accredited programs in teaching staff’s confidential self-assessment survey, measuring everything from the use of passive media like television in the classroom to conducting regular assessments of developmental progress

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 more than 20 years of educating students we can say anecdotally that Forty Carrots graduates reflect these national findings.

Program Success Monitoring

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 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals. The Preschool at Forty Carrots is one of only two childcare centers in Sarasota accredited by NAEYC.  NAEYC standards and accreditation criteria are based are evidence-based and aligned with the profession’s collective knowledge of best practices.  NAEYC has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that can ensure quality. To earn accreditation, programs must meet all 10 standards in the areas of: Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Child Progress, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Environment, and Leadership/Management. The Preschool at Forty Carrots has been accredited by NAEYC continually since 2008.


Program Success Examples

In the words of families:

"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. Every day 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."

“From the beginning, we’ve been so impressed by the exceptional learning environment Forty Carrots provides to each family. Most importantly, we cannot express our tremendous appreciation to each staff member at Forty Carrots who has helped our son grow and flourish over the past year. We are grateful each of you and our commitment to early childhood education. Thank you for being an extension of our family and helping us to raise him into the best person he can be!”

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 2012
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 21
Staff Retention Rate % 95
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 Parenting Program and are the key to its success. Forty Carrots’ specialized expertise is beneficial to partnering agencies as it fills a void in their 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, Selag Freedom, 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
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
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,



Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Chris Jarmul
Company Affiliation International Data Corporation
Board Term June 2017 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. John Annis Community Volunteer
Ms. Jane Bennett Be Creative Studios
Ms. Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Ms. Liz Diaz Williams Parker
Ms. Caroline Ellerson Volunteer
Ms. Renee Farmer Private Wealth Advisor
Ms. Kim Githler MoneyShow
Ms. Tomeika Hunter-Koski Queen Bee Real Estate
Ms. Chris Jarmul International Data Corporation
Mr. Ben Jones Allegiant Private Advisors
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 Align Private Capital
Mr. Justin Powell Palmer Ranch Holdings, Ltd
Mr. Nick Roberts SunTrust Bank
Mr. Alan Ross Suncoast Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Steinwachs Community Volunteer
Mr. Robert Stroud Blalock Walters
Ms. Heather Williams Kerkering, Barberio & Co.
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 1 East Indian
Board Gender
Male 9
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
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 32
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month June
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month May
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,977,797.00
Projected Expenses $2,133,046.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $20,605.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$50,000$50,000$35,000
Individual Contributions$436,283$630,309$528,929
Investment Income, Net of Losses$22,173$21,846$9,910
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$986,553$809,337$631,424
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,715,564$1,527,603$1,355,595
Administration Expense$79,861$97,833$87,136
Fundraising Expense$240,495$180,620$185,062
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.211.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%12%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$3,900,669$3,641,600$3,496,154
Current Assets$1,682,452$1,426,579$634,799
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$274,214
Current Liabilities$395,829$344,892$282,831
Total Net Assets$3,504,840$3,296,708$2,939,109
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $986,553Fundraising $809,337Fundraising $631,424
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPreschool and Camp Fee $640,893Contributions, gifts, grants $630,309Preschool and Camp Fee $553,546
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $436,283Preschool and Camp Fee $614,937Contributions, gifts, grants $528,929
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.254.142.24
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%8%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

After identifying and documenting the need for additional free parenting education and mental health service the Board of Trustees 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