PORT CHARLOTTE, FL – The Florida Center for Early Childhood recently received a $25,000 grant from United Way of Charlotte County to support Healthy Families Charlotte, a voluntary home-visiting program managed by the agency.
This grant award is part of a distribution of community funding to local health and human service programs on behalf of the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners. Award recipients are vetted through the Community Impact Panel made up of local volunteers who were asked to evaluate programs based upon community needs, measurable outcomes, financial transparency, and accountability.
Healthy Families promotes child development and empowers families to be self-sufficient through individualized parent-coaching and support, which alleviates stress and reduces risks for abuse. The Florida Center manages Healthy Families programs in Charlotte, Sarasota, DeSoto and Hardee counties.
“We are so honored to receive this funding for our nationally-recognized Healthy Families program,” said Debbie Keyso, Vice President of Healthy Families Services. “Families enrolled in our program have a 99.9 percent success rate. When parents utilize strategies from the program, they provide a healthy life for their babies.”
A complete list of agency recipients and their programs is available at www.unitedwayccfl.org/fundedpartners.
For more than 40 years, The Florida Center for Early Childhood has been the leading provider of therapeutic services, early education and healthy development for young children in southwest Florida, offering a seamless delivery of services for the whole child and their family. Today, the agency is nationally recognized for its early childhood expertise in a variety of specialties. The Florida Center provides developmental therapies, mental health counseling, Starfish Academy preschool, the Healthy Families home-visiting program, and the state’s only Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders clinic. For more information, visit www.thefloridacenter.org or call 941-371-8820.
About United Way Charlotte County
United Way of Charlotte County mobilizes the power of our community to break the cycle of poverty by bringing together local agencies, corporations, donors, volunteers, and government to create lasting social change. UWCC strategically invests in, partners with, and mobilizes local community partners to solve the most complex social issues. For more information about United Way Charlotte County, please visit www.unitedwayccfl.org, or call 941-627-3539.