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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: More Than Races

Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that as they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those [...]
June 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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June 20, 2017

SNN: New playground equipment helps underprivileged children

SARASOTA – If you’re planning on going to the Grand Prix, you’re doing more than just watching boats race. You’re helping low-income families. Tania Ulloa’s daughters play on the new playground equipment at Children First. “When I came and I saw this I was so happy and so excited to know that they have this new adjustment [...]
June 15, 2017

Expanded Programs Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer often means activities like beach vacations and water slides.  For some children, however, summer brings a kind of slide that poses a threat, rather than an adventure.  The “Summer Slide,” also known as “Summer Learning Loss,” is the result of less class time, access to fewer books, and reduced opportunity for social skill [...]
May 31, 2017

Children First Celebrates Head Start’s 52nd Birthday with Community Reading Party

Sarasota, FL – Head Start celebrated its 52nd birthday with community reading parties at Head Start programs around the nation.  Children First joined in the fun to raise awareness of the incredible impact and importance of Head Start.  Former Sarasota Mayor and current Commissioner Willie Charles Shaw joined the party on May 16th at Children First [...]
May 22, 2017

Herald Tribune: Learning to be better fathers

SARASOTA May 22, 2017 (Kim Doleatto-Herald Tribune) — Robert Phinney — owner of Roots, a yard clearing and demolition company — has arms the size of some of the heavy branches he clears. He works around 70 hours a week and lives with his 3- and 5-year-old. The black tinted windows of his company pick-up [...]
February 8, 2019

Herald Tribune: Venice Yacht Club Launches Charitable Efforts for 2019

The Venice Yacht Club and the VYC Charitable Foundation celebrated a successful 2018 year with its membership at the annual Donor Appreciation Night on Jan. 24. It was a milestone year for the foundation, which received more than $118,000 in donations and provided grants to local charities of approximately $103,000. One of the guest speakers, Phillip Tavill, [...]
January 31, 2019

Observer: Children First Supporters Honored for Philanthropy

January 16, 2019 – Long-time Children First supporter and former Chairwoman of the Board, Jo Rutstein, was honored at the National Council of Jewish Women “Women in Power” luncheon on January 16th. Jo was one of four honorees selected by the organization for her social justice work improving the lives of women, children and [...]
January 31, 2019

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 [...]