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Early Steps is excited to announce: We can help you start a playgroup in your area!

Playgroups provide caregivers the opportunity:

  • To Socialize with families that can relate to what you’re experiencing
  • To Gain Information on community resources
  • To Find Support from other parents and caregivers
  • To Exchange Ideas and Solutions to the many challenges that arise

Playgroups offer children the opportunity:

  • To Interact with peers
  • To Participate in Group Play
  • To Take Part in Activities that help to stimulate development

Playgroups will be open to ALL families with a child or children 0-5 years of age, and will be meeting at local libraries, parks, community centers, churches, etc. to give families an opportunity to connect with other families.

To see current Playgroups in your area, select the corresponding tab below:

Current Playgroups Facilitated by Gulf Central Early Steps:

COMING SOON! Sarasota County Family Playgroup
Hosted by:  Chelsea LaRocca & Marisol Rose, FRS
Date and Time: Starting August 22nd, 10:30-11:30am.
Location: 4630 17th Street Sarasota, FL
Please call Chelsea or Marisol at 941-487-5411 for more information
Manatee County Family Playgroup
Hosted by:  Chelsea LaRocca, FRS
Date and Time: Resumes August 18th, takes place every other Friday from 10:30am-11:30am
Location: Bradenton Central Library
Please call Chelsea at 941-487-5411 for more information
COMING SOON! DeSoto County Family Playgroup
Hosted by:  Susan Tant, SLP & Marisol Rose, FRS
Date and Time: To Be Determined
Location: To Be Determined
Highlands County Family Playgroup
Hosted by: Millie Hernandez, ITDS & Cynthia Knowles, FRS
Date and Time: Varies monthly
Location: Early Steps Office 3838 US Hwy 27 S. Sebring, FL 33870
Please call Cynthia at 863-837-0377 for more information

Current Playgroups Facilitated by Early Steps of Southwest Florida:

Family Playgroup
Hosted by: 
Date and Time:
Please call Imperia at 239-433-6700 for more information