November 12th, 2019 – Children First recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Comprehensive Services for children and families living at-risk in Sarasota County. Comprehensive Services include early childhood education, nutrition, healthcare screenings, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for parents.
An important part of the agency’s Comprehensive Services for [...]
November 6th, 2019 – 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 [...]
October 22nd, 2019 – What Makes a Best Place to Work?
Residential and commercial services, insurance, health care, social services, manufacturing services and a hair salon. The Herald-Tribune’s 2019’s list of Best Places to Work in Sarasota and Manatee contains quite a variety of workplaces, from larger companies to small and medium-sized companies alike.
And ‘alike’ is the operative [...]
Children First has been selected for a matching grant through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) 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 order to [...]
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 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 [...]
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
Solar energy and sustainable practices are setting records across America and the state of Florida as demand for renewable resources continues to grow.
As part of an on-going effort in environmental stewardship for Sarasota County, Children First is working to create a more sustainable future through a cross-sector partnership, Partners for Green Places (PGP).
Launched in October [...]
Not all heroes wear capes, and the philanthropic spirit of our community during the 2020 Giving Challenge helped to save the day for hundreds of at-risk children and families. During this time, our families were suddenly facing a crisis like never before due to the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Children First, 89% of [...]
Children First was one of five human service agencies honored with the 2022 Change Agent Philanthropic Award by SRQ Magazine. The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota recently, as part of SRQ’s SB2 symposia series.
The award was presented to organizations which have “proven their grit, determination and capacity to [...]
Once upon a time, on April 9 to be exact, more than 300 guests traveled “Into the Woods” for the 22nd annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East, which was decorated as a magical forest, filled with dreams and discoveries waiting to be made.
The sold-out event was the first in-person gala [...]