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March 7, 2019

2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Children First was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the Be More Unstoppable Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. WEDU notes that the award is the most coveted and [...]
March 6, 2019

Venice Gondolier: Children First Receives Support from All Angels

Frank Martucci, left; Children First Board Member Katherine Martucci; Vice President of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers; and parishioners Elaine Smith, Michael Clay and Gail Clay. Children First Inc. thanks All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church for its ongoing support of the community’s most vulnerable children and families. Children First received three separate grants from the [...]
March 4, 2019

Observer: The New Word on the Street in Sarasota

February 22nd, 2019 – People who are especially passionate about teaching literacy congregated at Michael’s on East on Feb. 22 to celebrate the 12th Literacy Matters Luncheon hosted by the Literacy Council of Sarasota. Over 100 people came out to support the organization. The Literacy Council of Sarasota uses this event to award those who have supported [...]
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 [...]
May 18, 2022

Olivia’s Story: Getting a Head Start in Life

As a current Children First parent and as a former Children First student myself, I want to share how this amazing organization has changed my life, and so many other lives in our community. My daughter Maliya is 5 years old and enrolled in the Head Start program at Children First. She is getting ready to [...]
July 28, 2022

Children First Directors Earn Prestigious Fellowships

Congratulations to Early Head Start and Head Start Associate Director Brigette Davis (second row, sixth from left) and Director of Family Services Meredith Mitchell (second row, third from left) for their acceptance into and completion of the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program! Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the [...]
August 1, 2022

Preparing for the New School Year!

For the first time since March of 2020, we are excited to resume our annual and in-person pre-service staff training event at the State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch Campus! Children First staff gathered for a full day of professional development and training on July 27. VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan and VP of Philanthropy Jessica [...]
August 18, 2022

Philanthropy in Action: Katherine & Frank Martucci

We are proud to announce the naming of our agency’s Teacher Resource Room for long-time supporters Katherine and Frank Martucci. We held a special ceremony with board members and staff in honor of their most recent gift of $150,000, directed by Frank in honor of Katherine’s board leadership and volunteerism.   The Martucci’s philanthropic spirits has them [...]