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
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 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,714,991.00
Projected Expenses $1,811,185.00
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 effects real change for children, creating ripple effects throughout their lives, their families and our community.


- Successfully expanded Free Community Outreach Program over last 24 month to address unmet community needs, increasing number of parenting education and mental health classes by 45%

- Purchased and renovated adjacent building to house expanding Therapy services, relieve staff overcrowding at the Kane Campus, and create a Science Center for use by Preschool students

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

- Provided 16,761 hours of client service in parenting education and mental health services, strengthening families and empowering parents to provide nurturing environments for their children

- Implemented a new assessment tool in the Preschool based on a developmental continuum using documentation and observation to develop relevant lesson plans for all children


- Research, purchase and begin implementation of new software to meet agency’s expanding data tracking needs

- Successfully initiate partnerships providing services to clients at two new community partner agencies: Selah Freedom (mental health) and the Sam & Sally Shapiro Babies & Children Medical Center (parenting education)

- Explore opportunities for earned revenue growth, with the assistance of Board led task-force

- Expand the number of Free Partners In Play classes offered at Sarasota County Libraries in the summer months, in response to demand greatly exceeding capacity in 2015-16

- Continue building relationships with educational and cultural organizations where children and families expand and master their learning skills through learning expeditions and special guests (Ringling Museum of Art, Embracing our Differences, Selby Gardens, Florida Studio Theater)

Needs Statement


(1) Parenting Education Funding: Forty Carrots undertook substantial expansion of its free parenting education and mental health services over last 24 months. The classes provide families with information, skills & support to give children a great beginning to last a lifetime. Sustaining this expansion requires an additional $205,000 funding annually. See Program Section for details. Cost: average $490/class; $20,000 per week for all classes.

(2) Partners in Play Classes in all Public Libraries: These classes, offered weekly in all Sarasota and Manatee County Public Libraries, provide parenting education, early childhood education, socialization, and referral to community resources for families with young children. Classes are free, open to all without qualification, and so well attended that demand exceed capacity in some locations. Cost: 680 classes offered annually. Approx. cost per week is $9,500.


(3) 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.


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
93% of the 4,100 clients 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
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 25 locations throughout the community through partnerships with other agencies including: Manatee & Sarasota Public Libraries and Public 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

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 4,100 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


Forty Carrots Family Center’s programs are designed to positively impact outcomes for children. The family environment, early childhood traumatic experiences, and access to quality early education are major factors which contribute to children’s success. Forty Carrots’ focus on Parenting Education, Mental Health Services and Early Childhood Education addresses the most significant issues affecting our youth and their development. Research has proven that prevention and intervention services, like the ones that Forty Carrots provides, reduces the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, reduces crime, incarceration rates, teen pregnancy and a host of negative outcomes. Investment in the early years is the best way to make a difference in the lives of children. Breaking negative cycles now means we are creating healthy ones for the future, which will bring generations of healthy families to come. Please consider joining us.

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. 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 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.


Budget $721,478
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 85% of participants will agree that they:

  • Gained parenting ideas or skills
  • Feel more supported
  • Have a better idea of what to expect as a parent
  • Bond in new way with their child
  • Have a better understanding of their child’s behavior and growth
  • Use new strategies to help their child handle their emotions
  • Do things at home to help their child learn
Long Term Success

This 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.


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 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 and qualified 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 $799,669
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 short term 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 and experience.
Long Term Success


Research confirms that the foundations of brain architecture, and subsequent lifelong developmental potential, are laid down in a child’s early years. Early experiences support a range of skills, including cognitive (early language, literacy, math), social (theory of minds, empathy, prosocial), persistence, attention, self-regulation and executive function skills ( the voluntary control of attention and behavior). Children’s immediate experience of positive and stimulating interactions are the most important contributors to gains in language, literacy, mathematics and social skills (Society for Research in Child Development, Foundation for Child Development). Skills required later for schooling and employment are built cumulatively upon this foundation. Therefore, investment in early learning and development is more efficient and can generate greater benefits relative to investment in other times during the human life cycle. Children who attend high-quality preschool 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.


Program Success Monitoring


The Forty Carrots Preschool is licensed through the Department of Children and Families. The purpose of the program is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for the children in child care settings and to improve the quality of their care through regulation and consultation. The department ensures that licensing requirements are met through on-going inspections of child care facilities.

Since its founding, Forty Carrots has maintained the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) Accreditation. NAEYC is the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals has set 10 standards for early childhood programs that help families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. These standards (and more than 400 related criteria) are based on research on the development and education of young children and were created with input of thousands of experts and educators from around the country. This is the highest level voluntary accreditation in the US.


Program Success Examples


Forty Carrots Preschool utilizes Teaching Strategies GOLD system of assessment which is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that include predictors of school success and are based on school readiness standards. In Forty Carrots school year 2015-2016:

  • 93.3% of Forty Carrots Students met or exceeded national standards for readiness benchmarks in Literacy.
  • 90% of Forty Carrots Students met or exceeded national standards for readiness benchmarks in Math.

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
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 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,



Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Rick Gomez
Company Affiliation Northern Trust
Board Term June 2017 to May 2018
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. Renee Farmer Private Wealth Advisor
Ms. Kim Githler MoneyShow
Mr. Rick Gomez Northern Trust
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
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,714,991.00
Projected Expenses $1,811,185.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$50,000$35,000$40,000
Individual Contributions$630,309$528,929$302,988
Investment Income, Net of Losses$21,846$9,910$844
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$809,337$631,424$589,393
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,527,603$1,355,595$1,163,999
Administration Expense$97,833$87,136$64,602
Fundraising Expense$180,620$185,062$141,117
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.101.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%83%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%15%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$3,641,600$3,496,154$2,988,790
Current Assets$1,426,579$634,799$1,362,524
Long-Term Liabilities$0$274,214$0
Current Liabilities$344,892$282,831$243,339
Total Net Assets$3,296,708$2,939,109$2,745,451
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $809,337Fundraising $631,424Fundraising $589,393
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $630,309Preschool and Camp Fee $553,546Preschool and Camp Fees $542,721
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPreschool and Camp Fee $614,937Contributions, gifts, grants $528,929Contributions, gifts, grants $302,988
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.142.245.60
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%8%0%
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