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 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 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 [...]
November 30, 2018 – A tough start in life inspires Albert & Norma Cohen to help launch Children First’s Forever Society.
If anyone knows how crucial it is to get a good start in life when born into challenging circumstances, it’s Albert H. Cohen. The retired CEO, who had a highly successful career leading large [...]
October 9, 2018 – Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida, located in New Port Richey, recently held a ribbon-cutting event at Children First to launch a new mobile audiology service for children from low-income families living in the area.
Part of an effort involving Sertoma clubs from [...]
As of mid-day on Monday, October 8 Sarasota County is NOT under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning.
Children First’s policy is to follow the Sarasota County School’s closure schedule.
If the Sarasota County Schools close, Children First closes all of its sites.
If there is localized flooding, Children First may close sites on a site [...]
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
(Left to right: CEO Philip Tavill, VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan, VP of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers, and Board Chair Brock Leach)
Philip Tavill, CEO of Children First, has been honored by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) for his significant achievements in excellence in community service.
The NHSA represents more than one million children, 275,000 staff, [...]
Carlos Yancy is a Business Development Specialist with BayFirst Bank in Newtown, where he and his team have a direct focus on making a difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve.
He is also a proud Children First alumni and third-generation Sarasota resident. From a young age, he was taught the [...]
“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us on a journey, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”
Once a year, we stop to honor and remember the most important man in our lives – our dad. Photographer Anne Geddes perhaps said it best [...]
We are proud to announce that five employees have recently earned the national Family Development Credential through the University of Connecticut!
The Family Development Credential (FDC) emerged in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative. The program provides frontline workers with the knowledge and skills they need to coach families to set and reach their own goals for [...]