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Herald Tribune: Sarasota Police Use Books to Build Bridges in the Community

SARASOTA (Kim Doleatto, Herald Tribune, Nov. 1, 2017) — When young children in the backseat see a caretaker get pulled over for a traffic citation, or depictions of law enforcement in the media, it can lead to early perceptions of police that may spook and intimidate them. But Sarasota Police Department officers took time out this [...]
October 26, 2017

Jessica Rogers to Join Children First as V.P. of Philanthropy

Transitioning from one distinguished learning institution to another, Jessica Rogers will join Children First on December 6, 2017  as the new Vice President of Philanthropy after spending eleven years working in fundraising at New College of Florida, the state’s designated honors college for the liberal arts and sciences.  As the leader of Children First’s philanthropy [...]
October 26, 2017

Children First’s 2016 Annual Report is out now!  

In case you missed it, you can check out our most recent Annual Report here!
September 26, 2017

Dr. Bob’s Tips for Dealing with “Post-Irma Stress”

Feelings you may be having during this stressful time: Trouble sleeping. You might wake up in the night or have nightmares. Eating changes. You may not be hungry. Or maybe you are eating everything in sight. Get upset easily; lose your temper; cry a lot. Can’t stop thinking about the hurricane. Feel afraid and worried about what is going to [...]
September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Closure Update

UPDATE — All Children First sites will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Irma.  We will re-open on Monday, Sept. 18.  Thank you for your patience as we assessed various factors in this process.  We hope everyone made it safely through the storm with minimal damage and look forward to seeing you [...]
September 1, 2017

Pulte Homes & BrightView Landscape Services Volunteer Project Enhances Children First Venice Location

On August 31, 2017, volunteers from Pulte Homes and BrightView landscape Services Englewood lent a helping hand a green thumb to help enhance the grounds at Children First’s Venice location.  They generously donated their time and supplies to give at-risk children and families a beautiful welcome when they arrive at school each day.  Dozens of volunteers [...]
April 8, 2019

Observer: Children First Celebrates with Story Books

Co-chairs Matt & Krystel Beall, Stan & Jo Rutstein, Carol & Richard Kalikow, and Lisa & Mitch Olan pose for a photo on the dance floor. (Photo: Kayleigh Omang, Observer Media Group) Children First brought guests back into the tales of their childhood April 6 at Michael’s On East. Fairytale Ball: “The Enchanted Library” celebrated the work Children [...]
April 1, 2019

Scene: Children First and All Angels get Jazzed Up for Literacy

Alyssa Simons, Elaine Smith, Jessica Rogers, and Gail Clay March 27th – Children First was the recipient of support from All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church at their annual fundraiser, Jazzy Nights, on March 20th. Parishioners of the church have gathered over 200 books in both English and Spanish for our children and families as [...]
April 1, 2019

Children First Hosts Lunch and Learn for NCJW

On March 27th, a group from the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women attended a “Lunch & Learn” at Children First’s Marieb Early Learning Center. NCJW member and Children First Forever Ambassador Norma Cohen welcomed the group and spoke from her heart about why Children First is important to her. Vice President of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers introduced everyone [...]
March 25, 2019

Venice Gondolier: Children First welcomes new board members for 2019

  Children First Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Sarasota County, has named Howard Berman, former president and chief executive officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies Inc., and Keith Johnson, certified financial planner and client adviser of SunTrust Bank, to its board of directors for 2019. Both [...]