SNAP® is an award winning, evidence-based program for boys & girls ages 6-11 with behavioral problems.

The primary goal of SNAP® is to keep children in school and out of trouble. SNAP®, which stands for STOP NOW AND PLAN, is an evidence- based, cognitive-behavioral model powered by the minds at Child Development Institute (CDI). SNAP® helps troubled children and their parents learn how to effectively manage their emotions and ‘keep problems small’.

The gender-sensitive SNAP® Boys and SNAP® Girls program is designed for children who are engaging in aggressive, negative behavior and/or have come into disciplinary contact with authority figures at school or in the community.

Experienced and highly trained staff works with each family to assess challenges and problems and develop an action plan. Children and families participate with the goal of preventing future negative behavior and reducing the chances of conflict with family, peers and authority figures.

How it works

SNAP® services are completely free to youth and their families! The SNAP® program is funded through the Department of Juvenile Justice.

In addition to providing services at no cost, SNAP® families are fed healthy meals and snacks at each SNAP® session. Sibling care and in-county transportation can be provided if needed.

SNAP® Boys/ SNAP® Girls Groups

Boys or Girls attend gender-specific weekly group sessions for 13 weeks. They learn how to use SNAP® in different situations through engaging activities, including discussions, role-playing and interactive games. SNAP covers a variety of topics, including dealing with angry thoughts and feelings, self-control, problem solving and bullying.

SNAP® Parents Group

The parent group meets at the same time as the SNAP® Boys/SNAP® Girls groups. Parents learn effective child management and SNAP® strategies. The group also provides parents with an opportunity to make connections with other parents facing similar challenges.


Boys & Girls ages 6-11 experiencing behavioral problems at home, at school, with persons in authority, and in the community are appropriate referrals for our program.

Presenting problems may include:

• Difficult family relationships
• Physically aggressive behavior
• Angry outbursts

• Verbally aggressive/defiant behavior
• Lacks self-control and problem solving skills
• Has difficulty making and maintaining healthy relationships

Make a referral

North West Florida 
Valeria Slevin (850) 375-3646,
Katie Swann (850) 382-1675,

South West Florida

Ashle Jennings  (239) 322-8366, 

Shelia Dixon  (239) 822-8194, 

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Center locations

LSF-Northwest Administration

4610 W. Fairfield Dr. Pensacola, FL

(850) 453-2772 (Office)
(850) 375-3646 (Cell)
(850) 382-1675 (Cell)

Children In Need Of Services &
Families In Need Of Services (CINS/FINS)
Main Office
3634 Central Ave. Ft. Myers, FL 33901
(239) 278-1030


LSF-Southwest Administration

3615 Central Ave. Ft. Myers, FL 33901