Our Work

Soar in 4 has played a unique and important role in advancing early childhood and school readiness in Manatee—with demonstrated successes in engaging parents, improving quality of pre-K education, and enhancing the availability of countywide child development data.

Early Learning Task Force

A collaborative partnership was formed to ensure Manatee County’s early learning community works together to provide all children, regardless of what zip code they live in, an equal opportunity at success by implementing a continuum of high-quality early learning services.

Early Learning Community Task Force
Soaring Families

Family engagement through parent leadership

Community Conversations

The purpose is to improve education and opportunities for people of all ages in an impactful way. This grassroots neighbor to neighbor approach identifies the aspirations of the community and involves them in creating and implementing solutions. These neighborhood conversations spark new thinking and inform our community how to collectively deploy resources.

Mind in the Making

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade Level Reading is committed to providing Mind in the Making’s Seven Essential Skills Training to parents, grandparents, child care professionals, early learning educators, and caregivers throughout Manatee County. The modules draw on brain development research to inform practices that lead to better outcomes for children through the promotion of essential skills. Each module provides participants the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences and practices, learn what researchers have discovered about how children learn best, and discuss how to apply this research in their role as a parent, caregiver, or educator.  If you are interested in individually participating in Mind in the Making workshops, or would like to have a series of workshops at your place of employment, church, or community organization, please contact [email protected]


A community outreach for parents, caregivers and educators to download the free Vroom app. Science tells us that our children’s first years are when they develop the foundation for all future learning. Every time we connect with them, it’s not just their eyes that light up – it’s their brains too. Turn shared moments into brain building moments.

Ready Educators

Improving quality in early education and care through collaborative learning opportunities

Dinner with a Purpose

Why Attendance Matters in the Early Years hosted by the Patterson Foundation. Manatee County early learning directors, teachers and staff were invited to attend an engaging evening of learning and sharing.

Tinkering Mobile

A traveling opportunity for students at various Soar In 4 classroom and neighborhood locations to foster connections between art, science and technology.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practices. Conscious Discipline has fostered a fundamental shift in thinking that empowers adults and children to be the change that they want to see in the world. To learn more about Conscious Discipline visit

Screen to Succeed

Empowering families, organizations, and communities through child development data.

Connecting the Numbers

Linking data from various public systems to accurately track outcomes for the Soar in 4 neighborhood children and their families.

Health Express Mobile Dental Van

Providing dental exams, dental cleanings, and dental sealants in Soar in 4 early learning neighborhoods.

Summer Soar in 4

Preparing early learners and their families for school success. Bruce and Kate Langsen, on behalf of the Manatee Community Foundation, has donated funding for the 2017 summer Soar in 4 programs for Ballard, Sea Breeze and Rogers Garden-Bullock locations.