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Scene: Embracing the Spirit of Giving

January 2nd, 2019 – Like so many area residents, Frank and Katherine Martucci started off as Sarasota snowbirds. “We rented here for one month out of the year,” reports Katherine. Then it was two months. And in 2017, she explains that “we found we were spending more and more time here. We felt like [...]
January 31, 2019

Scene: Forever Helping Children

November 30, 2018 – A tough start in life inspires Albert & Norma Cohen to help launch Children First’s Forever Society. If anyone knows how crucial it is to get a good start in life when born into challenging circumstances, it’s Albert H. Cohen. The retired CEO, who had a highly successful career leading large [...]
January 31, 2019

Herald Tribune: Sertoma launches new mobile audiology service for children

October 9, 2018 – Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, located in New Port Richey, recently held a ribbon-cutting event at Children First to launch a new mobile audiology service for children from low-income families living in the area. Part of an effort involving Sertoma clubs from [...]
October 8, 2018

Children First Closely Monitoring Hurricane Michael

  As of mid-day on Monday, October 8 Sarasota County is NOT under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning.   Children First’s policy is to follow the Sarasota County School’s closure schedule. If the Sarasota County Schools close, Children First closes all of its sites. If there is localized flooding, Children First may close sites on a site [...]
July 18, 2018

HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Brings Smiles and Support to Children First

Just in time for the HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Kickoff, Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala and Scott Free Racing team member Kim Kildahl paid a special visit to some of our preschoolers! They read to the children and taught them about boats before heading outside to see Scott free Racing’s Boatfloater powerboat. This was [...]
May 26, 2018

Children First Staff Participate in Health Care Institute

Children First staff recently attended a two-day Health Care Institute (HCI) that was hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Business and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.  HCI is designed to assist grantees in improving the health of their staff, families, and children, while strengthening the communities in which they work.  Participation in [...]
July 15, 2019

Early Education Partnership Formed

Sarasota, FL – Children First and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) are proud to announce the formalization of an Early Childhood Education Partnership. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education will complete their final teaching internship in Children First Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. These students will intern with [...]
July 15, 2019

ABC7 WWSB: Modular Building Transformed in Newtown

JULY 12, SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – An abandoned modular building on Gore Court in Newtown will now provide early childhood education services to 16 at-risk infants and toddlers. It’s a partnership between Children First and the Sarasota Housing Authority. Private donors made this happen. “When we have those children in our own environment when they are [...]
July 15, 2019

Fox 13 WTVT: Community Partnership Creates Classroom to Help Families

JULY 11, SARASOTA, Fla. (FOX 13) – The building had its wear and tear inside. But outside, Children First saw its potential — and soon, it will be a classroom for families in need of child care. “We saw a prime opportunity to recreate the space, make it beautiful for children, families and staff and get kids off the wait [...]
July 15, 2019

Herald-Tribune: Children First Chosen to Lead Literacy Effort

JULY 8 – Children First has been selected for a matching grant through the Reading is Fundamental literacy network for its commitment to lifelong learning. Books for Ownership is RIF’s flagship reading program that enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and is supported by resources for educators, caregivers and volunteers in [...]