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 teachers in early [...]
On March 27th, a group from the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women attended a “Lunch & Learn” at Children First’s Marieb Early Learning Center. NCJW member and Children First Forever Ambassador Norma Cohen welcomed the group and spoke from her heart about why Children First is important to her. Vice President of [...]
More than 330 supporters helped to create happily ever afters for the most at-risk youth in our community at Children First’s Fairytale Ball: the Enchanted Library. The evening focused on the organization’s mission to strengthen children and families, and provided many opportunities to support the nationally award-winning Head Start programming through live and silent auctions. [...]
As colorful as the ballroom was, nothing compared to the shades of love that filled it at the Fairytale Ball on April 6. Thank you for sharing this enchanted evening with us.
Because of your support, children in our program will have access to the highest quality early education, their families will have the opportunity to continue their education or work, and many [...]
Co-chairs Matt & Krystel Beall, Stan & Jo Rutstein, Carol & Richard Kalikow, and Lisa & Mitch Olan pose for a photo on the dance floor. (Photo: Kayleigh Omang, Observer Media Group)
Children First brought guests back into the tales of their childhood April 6 at Michael’s On East.
Fairytale Ball: “The Enchanted Library” celebrated the work Children [...]
Alyssa Simons, Elaine Smith, Jessica Rogers, and Gail Clay
March 27th – Children First was the recipient of support from All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church at their annual fundraiser, Jazzy Nights, on March 20th. Parishioners of the church have gathered over 200 books in both English and Spanish for our children and families as [...]
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
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 [...]
As children and families are disproportionately affected by the ongoing childcare crisis, Children First is continuing its forward progress of enhancing and expanding comprehensive services for those most vulnerable in our community.
As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First is proud to announce a $600,000 matching [...]
As a supporter of Children First, you help us to provide high-quality early childhood education and family strengthening services to the most vulnerable children and families in our community.
We invite you to safeguard our life-changing programs for generations to come by joining our Legacy Society –Children First Forever – by notifying us of your [...]
We are proud to announce our slate of board leadership for 2023, and the addition of three new directors!
At our agency’s annual board reception on January 24, the Reverend Brock H. Leach was formally welcomed as Board Chair. Keith G. Johnson, VP at Truist Private Wealth, was welcomed as Vice Chair, Elizabeth [...]