The giving season

Christmas Gift Drive Organizers Say It Can Be a Struggle to Serve Teens

It may be more fun to buy a shiny toy fire engine than earbuds, but Christmas gifts are important for older children, as well.

12/14/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Free & Freeish

Kids of All Ages Will Love These Free Local Activities

Take a trolley, hit a playground, go bowling and more.

12/01/2021

The pandemic

Where Can Children Get the Covid-19 Vaccine in Sarasota?

Plus: other information parents need to know.

11/10/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Bye Bye Bully

Anti-Bullying Children’s Book Delivers a Message of Self-Love

Local author and pageant queen Noelia Voigt will read her anti-bullying book to families at Children's World on May 15.

05/12/2021 By Kim Doleatto

Partnerships

Goodwill, Children's Guardian Fund Partner to Help Foster Kids

The partnership will make clothing, furniture, bedding, housewares and other necessities available for children who are entering the state foster care system.

03/18/2021 By Staff

Parallel Universe

Kids' Film Contest Helps Them Imagine Life Beyond the Pandemic

The Sarasota Film Festival will host a contest called "Parallel Universes," where kids can imagine a world without the pandemic.

02/24/2021 By Allison Forsyth

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

New Data Shows Progress in the Effort to Help Babies Born Addicted to Opiates

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has changed how it treats babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome, and the results so far look promising.

10/19/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Fun Run

Join the 2020 Kids' Summer Beach Runs Until July 29

Sarasota County's popular program has gone remote, so kids and families can run on their own time.

07/22/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Philanthropy

Florida Guardian ad Litem Program Recognizes Barancik Foundation as 'Nonprofit of the Year'

The foundation was recognized for its work helping foster children in the 12th Judicial Circuit.

05/06/2020 By Staff

Just For Kids

Discover Sarasota Launches Magical Children's Tour

The Rainbows & Unicorns tour will show kids of all ages Sarasota's most whimsical destinations.

02/06/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Marine corps

Mote Summit Aims to Encourage (and Fund) Innovative Youth Conservation Projects

Over the last nine years, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit has awarded 140 mini-grants to help young people start environmental initiatives.

12/04/2019 By Shelby Schwartz

Slime time

'Slime Blowout' Coming to Sarasota Next Month

The convention will feature several "VIP Slimers," plus an ASMR film festival.

09/11/2019 By Olivia Epstein

Nerdy Fun

Sarasota County Public Libraries Host Traveling Planetarium

Catch unique starlit shows at Sarasota libraries throughout the summer.

06/24/2019 By Olivia Letts

Family Ties

All Star Children's Foundation Seeks Foster Parents

Foundation foster parents must agree to a two-year commitment, starting mid-October 2019.

05/13/2019 By Staff

The First 1,000 Days

The Goal of This New Food Bank Program Is to Make Sure Newborns Have Enough to Eat

Children today aren't often identified as food insecure until they enter the public school system.

04/08/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Philanthropy

Grant Boosts Preschool for Children With Developmental, Behavior Disorders

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation recently awarded $300,000 to expand The Florida Center for Early Childhood's Starfish Academy.

03/15/2019 By Staff

Health care

Nonprofit That Helps Mothers and Infants Names New Manager, Associate Executive Director

The Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County recently hired Ryan Belak and promoted Sara Olesen.

03/01/2019 By Staff

Education

Nonprofit Names New Preschool Program Director

The Florida Center for Early Childhood recently hired Susan Miranda as the new director of its Starfish Academy.

01/25/2019 By Staff

Education

Venice YMCA Opens New Early Learning Center

Sunshine Education Academy will serve children from six weeks of age through voluntary prekindergarten.

12/17/2018 By Staff

Health care

Number of Uninsured Children Rises

The portion of children in Florida who are uninsured rose from 6.6 percent in 2016 to 7.3 percent last year.

11/30/2018 By Staff