December 24th, 2019 – Tampa used car dealership Car Credit’s “Corazones de Car Credit” charitable organization has selected Children First, Inc. as its monthly winner for December 2019. Corazones de Car Credit, a program which recognizes Tampa Bay area charitable organizations for helping those newly immigrated to the country, awarded Children First, Inc. $2,000.
Founded in [...]
December 20th, 2019 – The Harry Sudakoff Foundation has recently awarded $20,000 in support of scholarships to Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County.
The agency also received $15,000 from the Bernard & Mildred Doyle Charitable Trust, $10,000 from the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation, and $750 from [...]
By Reverend Brock Leach – Director, Children First Board, Chair Emeritus 2013-2015
In a world of big, future-threatening problems, how should we invest what poet Mary Oliver calls “this one wild and precious life”? I want to make the case for kids. As a minister who works to strengthen communities, I’ve become convinced that what fundamentally ails [...]
November 30th, 2019 – Feel like consumerism is overwhelming the holiday season?
Beat it back by giving.
Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday came about as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season — particularly Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It’s one way to make sure [...]
Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to be so much more [...]
In honor of Black History Month, Children First proudly honors the legacy of individuals whose activism and accomplishments have left an indelible mark not only on our nation but on the global community. ... See MoreSee Less
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” — Mother TeresaAt Children First, the feeling of love welcomes you at every turn. This Valentine's Day, we want to spread that love with all of you!We are grateful for your love and kindness that empowers our children and families to reach for the stars and embrace a brighter tomorrow.Thank you for holding Children First close to your heart. We couldn't do it without you. ❤️Happy Valentine's Day!❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
Read all about it! 📚Our new literacy program and book drive, spearheaded by volunteer Sheila Birnbaum, was highlighted through WUSF Public Media and the Community News Collaborative. Donations of new books for the "Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader" campaign can be mailed or delivered to Children First from now through March 31st. ... See MoreSee Less
Children First is proud to partner with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals as the official charity partner for Set the Bar 2024!Mark your calendars, because tickets for this phenomenal event are on sale now. Set The Bar will take place April 14, 2024 from 4 to 7PM at Ed Smith Stadium: www.eatlikealocal.com/events/setthebarAll proceeds from the event will benefit the comprehensive and family strengthening services we provide across Sarasota, Venice, and North Port. In addition to exclusive access to the most skilled beverage innovators in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, guests enjoy live entertainment, a chance drawing, and light bites presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member Restaurants. We hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
It's the LAST DAY to vote in SRQ Magazine's Best of SRQ Local competition. Children First is thrilled to be nominated in SEVEN categories!•Philanthropy – Best Local Nonprofit, Best Children’s Nonprofit, Best Local Health Nonprofit•People & Community - Best Business Leader, Best Nonprofit Leader, Best Faith Leader•Professional Services - Best Local Place to WorkPlease help us out by voting daily, spreading the word, and sharing our mission with our broader community. Voting is live through midnight. Visit www.srqmagazine.com/2024/bestof to vote now. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
Children First is proud to announce The Challenge for Changing Lives, a $1,060,000 matching gift challenge led by Children First’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Circle members. The Diamond Circle is a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families together.
Their goal is to inspire the community [...]
In honor of National Nutrition Month and our 60th Anniversary, we wanted to highlight four absolutely incredible partners of our #60for60 partner initiative:
Sara Dan, MBA, RD, Sarasota County Schools Food & Nutrition Services; Jim Simmons; USDA/Child Care Food Program (CCFP); Katrenia DuBose, Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN), DuBose & Associates Nutrition Management Company and US [...]
Children First was recently recognized as one of the top 50 nonprofit organizations to work for nationwide in the 2021 Best Nonprofits to Work For competition. The exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County ranked 24th overall in the medium-sized category.
Created by The NonProfit Times, the leading national business [...]
We are proud to announce that The Challenge for Changing Lives has raised over $2.3MM in honor of Children First’s 60th Anniversary!
The matching gift challenge was led by the Diamond Circle, a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families. Their combined contribution matched, dollar for [...]