Family Enrichment

Family Enrichment

Our education partners see it every day: students from stable homes thrive while those living in unpredictable environments struggle both academically and behaviorally. The Barancik Foundation works with partners who help keep families in their homes and ensure those homes provide a sense of security. Their programs enable parents to put food on the table, develop a household routine, and create a more dependable home life.


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After a baby is born, a series of tests ensure that the newborn leaves the hospital safe, happy, and healthy. But what happens after that child arrives home? One simple question has created a systemic change in how Sarasota County is addressing childhood hunger:

“Do you have food at home?”

33 percent of households in Sarasota struggle to afford even the most basic needs, like food on the table. Sadly, hunger hurts young children the most, who suffer serious mental, physical and social developmental losses from poor nutrition.

As a founding partner of First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, All Faiths Food Bank plays a critical role supporting healthy children and their families. A three-year, $650,000 grant from the Barancik Foundation launched the Pediatric Food Insecurity Screening Project to ensure that no child goes back to a foodless home after a hospital or doctor visit.

In partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and CenterPlace Health, two screening questions have been added to patient in-take forms to identify food insecurity in households. Positive triggers activate a referral to All Faith’s Food Assistance Navigator, who helps families receive immediate and ongoing food assistance. The navigator also helps families register for federal food benefits and additional services within the First 1,000 Days continuum of care.

The Pediatric Food Insecurity Screening Project is just one example of the power of partnership and its ability to help nonprofits deliver services in new and impactful ways. Over the three-year pilot, staffing will be added as the program develops and referrals increase.

Young people, particularly those from Sarasota’s disadvantaged households, need extra guidance in order to reach their full potential. In 2015, the Foundation helped the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County launch their Newtown Estates Park Club, which offers summertime and school-year programming for the otherwise unsupervised youth in the neighborhood. A total investment of $827,655 from launch through 2022 continues to provide the resources necessary to serve the highly vulnerable youth population in Newtown Estates Park.

The physical, social and life skills Club members develop enable them to complete their education and become productive, caring, responsible citizens in our community. The area has seen significant improvement in members’ grades in school, fewer reports of bullying outside of school, and more parents seeking employment because their kids have a safe place to go.

Never underestimate the power of a parent to heal their child. This is at the core of Child Parent Psychotherapy, a leading trauma intervention model for infants and children. Yet with years of proven success, a bottleneck kept Sarasota clinicians from having the best skills available to empower parents to become a child’s first line of defense in protecting their mental health.

Barancik Foundation sought to make a transformative investment by turning Sarasota into the hub for trauma-informed training and care.

Specialized training is costly, time-consuming, and only offered outside our region—taking local therapists out of practice and creating a burden for employers. A $303,843 grant to the FSU Center for Prevention and Early Intervention has brought top CPP instructors directly to the 12th Judicial Circuit to train dozens of local infant mental health clinicians in the most effect practices.

While an instant win for our community, the impact of the training will create a long-lasting ripple effect. Dr. Kristie Skoglund of The Florida Center was selected to become our region’s designated CPP trainer—creating a continuum of certification for early childhood therapists right here in Sarasota.

Grants & Initiatives

Barancik Foundation, along with a collaborative of other area funders, led the management transition of the local 2-1-1 information and referral service to Heart of Florida United Way. Call volume and caller satisfaction has increased. More area residents in need of help are being better connected to nonprofits and government agencies offering services.

A grant of $100,000 to the Children’s Guardian Fund.  Children who are removed from abusive or neglectful homes and are place in the State’s care are assigned a guardian ad litem (GAL) to represent them.  Barancik Foundation funding will help recruit and train new volunteer guardians and support the Children’s Guardian Fund.

Children First: $25,000 to support the “Raise Your Hand” fundraising campaign. The campaign will enhance the organization’s services and strengthen its core programs that guide vulnerable children and their families to success. A $25,000 grant was given to support Children First’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its 2017 Fairy Tale Ball.

Boys & Girls Clubs Sarasota received a $50,000 grant to open a new club site to serve hundreds of youth living in Arcadia’s public housing. An additional $400,000 was awarded to incentives philanthropic donations to support the new club.

A six-year, $1,251,000 grant to Children First to support the expansion of family strengthening services by hiring additional family advocates and vocational coaches.

A three-year, $275,000 grant to Girls Inc. of Sarasota County to support the Family Strengthening Program that addresses the social-emotional health of girls while strengthening their families through mental health care awareness, intervention and referrals.

A $300,000 grant to JFCS of the Suncoast to support mental health and human services programming.

Talking Is Teaching Campaign: Up to $10,000 to implement a pilot awareness campaign this summer to encourage parents to talk, read, and sing with their young children in an effort to improve early learning and close the word-gap experienced by children from low-income families.

The TWIG Cares is a free  boutique where kids in foster care “shop” for clothes, shoes and accessories. This special experience boosts the confidence and feeling of belonging for children who are experience extreme hardships. The boutique is also a financial relief to foster parents.

A $100,000 grant to Girls Inc. of Sarasota County to allow the organization to remain operationally resilient as families turn to the organization for extra support due to unemployment and related hardships.

$30,000 in funding to Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County to maintain the organization’s efforts in coordinating and conducting virtual visitations for low-income mothers and their newborns.

$125,000 in funding to The Florida Center for Early Childhood to continue to provide critical childcare services during the COVID-19 crisis and ensure highly-trained mental health therapists remain available to help families in need.

A $125,000 grant to Children First to allow the organization to remain operationally and fiscally resilient in order to serve the families who rely on them.

A $947,544 grant to the Library Foundation of Sarasota County install, operate and endow eight Creation Stations in Sarasota County libraries. “Creation Stations” are a dedicated place in a library where equipment, technology, and experienced instructors are available to guide learning. These spaces help attract new users, keep children and teens engaged in active learning, and provide opportunities for an inter-generational audience to explore STEM topics, life skills, collaborative business models, retro-crafting and audio/video production.

A grant of $240,000 to Manatee Community Foundation to continue and expand their work connected to foster care in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Barancik Foundation funding will be used to leverage partnerships and positive actions in the 12th Judicial Circuit connected with child and family well-being.

Library Foundation of Sarasota County: $50,000 in capping funds for the Children’s Literacy Endowment Campaign. The endowment will enhance reading readiness and success in school for hundreds of Sarasota County children through the Imagination Library program. Additional grants totaling $31,000 were awarded to support Library Foundation’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its Author Luncheon events.

A grant of $300,000 to Forty Carrots Family Center to support the organization’s mission and expand its parent education, mental health and early childhood education programs.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service: $330,000 to support various programs, which serve a wide-range of needs for individuals and families in our community. A $30,000 grant was approved to support the organization’s fundraising efforts at its Glitz at the Ritz event. A $4,000 grant was also awarded through the Board Engagement Program to support the organization’s cancer support programs.

An unrestricted grant of $500,000 to Jewish Family & Children’s Services of the Suncoast to support their mission.

A $300,000 grant to JFCS of the Suncoast to support mental health and human services programming.

A $325,000 matching grant to Mothers Helping Mothers to expand their footprint and services within the community.

A grant of $674,628 to All Faiths Food Bank for the Pediatric Food Insecurity Screening Project. The three-year pilot to reduce childhood hunger and its negative health effects will run in partnership with Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center and CenterPlace Health.

All Faiths Food Bank, kicked off its 2018 Campaign Against Summer Hunger with a goal of raising $1.3 million to deliver more than 40,000 summer-time meals. Barancik Foundation awarded $50,000 to support the campaign.

All Faiths Food Bank: $174,000 to provide emergency food and water to residents impacted by Hurricane Irma.

At Sarasota Memorial Hospital, 52% of babies are born into families living in poverty and the unpredictable environment created by financial insecurity poses health, behavioral and academic struggles for these children. Barancik Foundation believes the earlier the investment in childhood development, the greater the return, and that’s why we helped form First 1,000 Days Sarasota County. The initiative is being developed by nearly 30 community partners and once launched in April, will provide families and babies better access to whatever community resources they need to thrive. Barancik Foundation will invest $50,000 to seed a charitable fund to support First 1,000 Days Sarasota County’s innovative ideas. Individuals interested in financially partnering to support this work may contact Barancik Foundation to learn more. An additional $15,000 was approved for initiative-related marketing and communications.

Harvest House received a $240,000 grant for its supportive and transitional housing programs for teens and families.

Greater Houston Community Foundation: $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help residents impacted by the storm.

A grant of $235,698 over three years to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Foundation to provide start-up funding for a social worker to mentor families and connect them to non-medical supports.

A $7,900 grant to the First 1,000 Days Sarasota County Project Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation to host Community-based Strategic Planning Training for mid-career professionals.

Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County received $85,000 for two programs that offer youth a safe place and positive guidance at the Roy McBean Club in Newtown. The Club at Night program will offer a safe environment on weekend nights for teens and summer programming will reach more than 150 children with educational enrichment in reading, math, science and art.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation: $25,000 for the Sheriff’s Charitable Fund, which provides small grants to grassroots organizations working to make neighborhoods safer.

Temple Emanu-El: $21,000 over three years to support the Mitzvah Backpack Program, which provides backpacks filled with nutritious food to low-income students at Lakeview Elementary School and Gap School.

A grant of $200,000 to support the organization in perpetuity.

A grant of $240,000 to Parenting Matters to provide operational support and expanded its parent education programming in Sarasota County.

There are an estimated 400 to 600 unaccompanied homeless youth in Sarasota County. These teens have difficulty staying in school, are exposed to risky drug and sexual behavior and are incredibly vulnerable to victimization by the adult homeless population. Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Initiative will create a safe drop-in center for homeless teens and provide rental subsidies to get youth into proper housing and off of the street. Barancik Foundation awarded $100,000 to support this initiative.

A $130,000 grant to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida to support family planning and prevention services and expand the Peer Education Program for young adults.

Harvest House: $210,000 to support the organization’s mission to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs. The grant will be used to provide housing, case management and wrap-around services for eight unaccompanied youth (ages 18-24) and 14 working-poor families.  Families defined as “working-poor” fall through the cracks because they do not meet HUD’s chronically homeless definition, yet they do not earn a living wage. Funds will also be used to build a physical fitness area. A $25,000 grant was given to support Harvest House’s mission and efforts to leverage funds at its 2017 Home Again Luncheon. An additional grant of $2,500 was awarded through the Board Engagement Program.

A $500,000 grant to support the Here4Youth Mental Health Initiative to create a system of accessible, integrated and trauma-informed services for Sarasota children and families.