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SNN Feel Good Friday: Children First Celebrates 55 Years

SARASOTA – Children First in Sarasota is celebrating 55 years of helping young children and families on the Suncoast. The organization is also in the middle of the Raise Your Hand campaign fundraiser. SNN’s Grant Boxleitner talked to Children First CEO Philip Tavill about the program and the fundraiser in this week’s edition of “Feel Good [...]
June 29, 2016

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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April 13, 2016

SNN: Children First Honors Philanthropist (Gerri Aaron)

SARASOTA – Children First recognized philanthropist, Gerri Aaron at a special ceremony Thursday, April 13th. Children First honored Gerri Aaron who has been extraordinarily dedicated to the program. She has made a gift to take Children First to the next level. The education wing was named after her. Children First is a nationally-recognized program of excellence that helps [...]
December 8, 2015

Winter Newsletter 2015

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June 15, 2015

Summer Newsletter 2015

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March 12, 2018

ABC7: Sharing Books to Celebrate National Reading Month

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – It was the “big” kids reading to the “little” kids today to celebrate March being National Reading Month. The kindergarten students from Hershorin Schiff Community Day School spent the morning reading to the preschool students at the Helen R. Payne Children First Center. A great way for the budding readers to get [...]
March 5, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter

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February 27, 2018

(Herald-Tribune) Children First Reopens Helen R. Payne Center

      When the sun finally rose over debris-filled streets the morning after Hurricane Irma hit the Suncoast, the staff at Children First, the nonprofit exclusive Head Start provider in Sarasota County, had more on their minds than their own families and homes.  They worried about the more than 600 children they serve each day. Did [...]
January 29, 2018

Expanding Mental Health Support Services

One of the goals of Children First’s Raise Your Hand Campaign was to help overcome the behavioral and mental health challenges children and families face by offering on-site professional care.  As a result of the campaign, Children First introduced its first licensed mental health professional to the team in December 2015.  Since then, Dr. Robert [...]