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SNAP Program

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 ages 6-11 who are engaging in aggressive, anti-social behavior and/or have come into contact with authority figures at school or in the community. Children and families participate with the goal of preventing future anti-social behavior and reducing the chances of conflict with family, peers and authority figures.  


SNAP® for Schools & Communities  is an educational curriculum provided in elementary schools focusing on topics such as  managing anger , handling peer pressure and dealing with bullying with the overall goal of increasing productive school attendance.

SNAP® services are completely free to youth and their families! The SNAP® program is funded through the Department of Juvenile Justice and families do not pay for services.   In addition to providing services free, SNAP® families are fed healthy meals and snacks at each SNAP® session. Sibling care and in-county transportation can be provided if needed.  

How it works
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, roleplaying and interactive games. A variety of topics, including dealing with angry thoughts and feelings, self-control, problem solving and bullying are addressed.  


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. 

SNAP Referral
Which of the following problem behaviors are affecting your family?
Which area would be the most convenient for you to access our services? (Please choose one)

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Contact us

SNAP Gainesville
Evelitza Soto, SNAP Supervisor
[email protected]
(352) 284-4978
SNAP Lake City 
Leigh Kassem, SNAP Supervisor
[email protected]
(352) 318-9431 
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