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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 [...]
January 31, 2019

Scene: Forever Helping Children

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 [...]
January 31, 2019

Herald Tribune: Sertoma launches new mobile audiology service for children

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 [...]
October 8, 2018

Children First Closely Monitoring Hurricane Michael

  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 [...]
May 18, 2023

Children First CEO Honored by National Head Start Association for Significant Service to Community

(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, [...]
May 23, 2023

Making History Through Head Start: Carlos Yancy

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 [...]
June 14, 2023

Happy Father’s Day from Children First!

“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.” –       Anonymous 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 [...]
August 10, 2023

Children First Staff Earn National Family Development Credential

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 [...]