A Place for Parents in Pinellas County

No-cost early childhood programs at locations in South St. Pete, Clearwater, and Tarpon Springs.

After 46 years serving primarily the East side of Tampa Bay, Champions for Children is excited to bring the following no-cost programs to parents and their little ones who live “over the bridge”:

  •  “Baby Café®” is a free and comprehensive breastfeeding support clinics where mothers can meet with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) for a one-on-one consultation to address breastfeeding challenges or simply to reassure that all is going well.
  • “What You Do Matters” is a 6-week educational playgroup supporting caregiver- child interactions in a small group setting to foster community and learn more about developmental milestones. Session topics include fine/gross motor skills, language, social emotional learning and more!
  • ASQ Developmental Screenings are provided at no cost to monitor your child’s growth in critical areas of development from birth to age 3. We’ll discuss the results with you to support your understanding of your child’s developmental progress, and also provide guidance if additional services are needed.

These services are offered through the EMPOWER program, a special collaboration with the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas County funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board

Current Services

See below to find a service location near you. Please note that participants must be residents of Pinellas County. If you live in Hillsborough County, please visit our program page for toddlers and preschoolers.


Location (Mid): Highpoint Youth Empowerment Center (5345 Laurel Place, Clearwater FL 33760)

Baby Café: Every Wednesday, 10:00AM-12:00PM. Walk-ins welcome, however pre-registration is encouraged. Register, here!

Playgroups & Developmental Screenings: Every Wednesday, 9:30AM-10:30AM and 11:00AM-12:00PM. Register, here!

St. Pete

Location (South):  James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center (2335 22nd Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712)

Baby Café:  Every Wednesday, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Walk-ins welcome, however pre-registration is encouraged. Register, here!

Playgroups & Developmental Screenings:  Every Tuesday, 9:30AM-10:30AM and 11:00AM-12:00PM. Register, here!

Tarpon Springs

Location (North): Citizen’s Alliance for Progress- Neighborhood Family Center, 401 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689 C

Baby Café: Every Friday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. However, pre-registration is encouraged. Register here!

Playgroups:  Friday 09:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Register here!

Get the Latest

If you are a family with children aged prenatal to five years old, a service provider, or just someone who is passionate about supporting children and parents, stay tuned for more updates on new service launches.

Do you have questions about our services in Pinellas County? Contact us directly at lelliott@cfctb.org.

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