Parenting Matters delivers programs that foster the effective parenting of children and youth. Our programs are FREE to parents and caregivers and are offered daytime and evenings, many with free childcare. Parenting is the most important job in the world and we believe that all parents deserve up-to-date information and support as they learn to do the job to the best of their abilities.

Because of Parenting Matters, no one has to do it alone!

Community Need

In 2015, there were 1,154 verified reports of child abuse in Manatee County. There was a 257% increase of children being removed from their homes from 2013 (164 children) to 2015 (585) children). 673 children were in and out of home care as of December 2015, the highest in over a decade. In 2011, DCF estimated the financial cost to be $64,377 a year to care for 1 abused or neglected child.

The U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect has identified in-home parenting education as the most promising method of strengthening families and preventing child maltreatment. Our outcomes are based on protective factors that have been proven to affect the health, safety, and early learning capability of young children.

Parenting Matters is a member of the Manatee Home Visiting Coalition. For more than 23 years, Parenting Matters has focused solely on Parenting Education and serving patents of children ages 0-17 at all levels of risk.

Last year, 673 children were in state care,
the highest in over a decade.


Last year, 616 parents in our community became more equipped to safely and effectively raise their children.


1,452 local children were given the opportunity to reach their full potential because their parents sought education and support in this important role.

Parenting Matters serves families residing in Manatee & Sarasota Counties by offering in-home parenting services, community-based groups, classes and workshops.

Please help us reach as many families as possible. By investing in the Parenting Matters, you will be supporting and strengthening parents and their children in our community.

Our agency exists because of the generosity of those who care about safe children, stable families, and strong communities.


100% of your online donation exclusively goes to support the organization’s mission to strengthen families & prevent child abuse.