Welcome to Our New Website

Are you noticing anything different about us? St. Francis Children’s Center has a new look! Every day, we hear parents and children remark about the life-changing programs at St. Francis Children’s Center….words like empowering, accepting, supportive and nurturing are...

Lillian’s Story

Lillian was close to turning two years old when her parents enrolled her in St. Francis Children’s Center’s (SFCC) Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program. The program provides care and education to children as early as four weeks old up to five years old. Lillian...

Cody’s Story – Riding off into the Sunset

Meet Cody, a very active young boy who relishes in playtime and can often be found in St. Francis Children’s Center’s Family Activity Center each week playing with toys or sliding down our slide. A few days after his birth, Cody was diagnosed with Down syndrome,...

From Silent to Scout: Ben’s Story

Ben Gapinski eats cucumbers…but only at his friend’s house. He’s been in Cub Scouts since first grade, and someday, he wants to become an Eagle Scout. In a lot of ways, Ben sounds like your typical 10-year-old. But his mother, Nancy, admits the road has not been easy...

Advocating For Your Child

Whenever I reflect on my journey as the mother of a child (now a young adult) with special needs, I am sometime surprised, but always grateful for the opportunities and learning experiences that “being Melanie’s mother” has brought to my life. The journey of...

Self-Care for Caregivers

I travel quite a bit, and even though I’ve flown countless times, you will still find me paying close attention to the safety instructions at the beginning of each flight. While other passengers are busy thumbing through their magazines or fumbling with a credit card...

Staycation is NOT a Bad Word!

First of all, let’s address the elephant in the room. It’s completely okay if you choose to stay home over Spring Break. You will not be called a bad parent if you don’t take your children to Disney World or Marco Island when school is out for a week in March or...