Sarasota, FL (October 22, 2012) –The Florida Center for Early Childhood oversees the state’s Healthy Families Florida program in Sarasota, DeSoto/Hardee and Charlotte Counties. Healthy Families Florida recently recognized the following staff and projects for their performance during Fiscal Year 2011-2012:
- Ruth Jamioy of Sarasota was selected as the Family Support Worker of the Year
- Program Managers Deb DeKeulenaere of DeSoto/Hardee and Cheryle Worthen of Charlotte were recognized for Excellence in Home Visit Completion (awarded to projects that achieved a 90% or higher visit completion rate).
“Individually, each of these professionals is a devoted advocate for improving the lives of children in their communities, but together, they create a powerful support system for families with children at-risk of abuse and neglect across our region,” states Kathryn Shea, president and CEO of The Florida Center for Early Childhood. “They are truly deserving of this recognition as they work to build brighter futures for all our children,” concludes Shea.
In Sarasota County there are approximately 2,900 reported cases of child abuse and neglect per year. Charlotte County has approximately 1,400 per year and DeSoto/Hardee reports approximately 700 cases per year. The Healthy Families program equips parents with the knowledge and skills they need to create stable home environments so their children can grow up healthy, safe, nurtured and ready to succeed in school and in life. The Florida Center for Early Childhood serves approximately 800 families each year through Healthy Families Sarasota, DeSoto/Hardee and Charlotte. All programs are accredited by Prevent Child Abuse America/Healthy Families America.
Annually serving more than 5,000 children and families in the Sarasota, Charlotte, Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee communities, The Florida Center for Early Childhood is a nationally accredited, community-based agency, that provides early childhood education, developmental therapies, mental health services, fetal alcohol diagnosis and intervention services, parent and provider education and home-based child abuse prevention services. To learn more about The Florida Center for Early Childhood visit www.thefloridacenter.org.
Image Attached – Pictured left to right: Maria Magowan, Supervisor with Healthy Families Sarasota; Debbie Keyso, VP of Healthy Families; Ruth Jamioy, Healthy Families Sarasota; Cheryle Worthen, Healthy Families Charlotte Program Manager; Deb DeKeulenaere, Healthy Families DeSoto/Hardee Program Manager; and Mary Jane Sambrano, Supervisor with HF DeSoto/Hardee.
Healthy Families Florida (HFF) is a nationally accredited, community based, voluntary home visitation program that is proven to prevent child abuse and neglect and other poor childhood outcomes by promoting positive parent-child relationships and child health and development. Families are also linked to a medical provider and other family support services they need during their participation in HFF. For more information about Healthy Families Florida visit www.healthyfamiliesfla.org.