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Announcing Our 2021 Board of Directors

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is excited to welcome the new slate of board leadership for 2021. Liz Stamoulis, partner at Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen, Linda Monda, community philanthropist with a special focus on education, children, and families, and Joe Stephan, former Vice President for the National Cash [...]
January 12, 2021

Sarasota Magazine: Philip Tavill is Dedicated to Helping Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Through Children First

January 12, 2021 | Kay Kipling Philip Tavill, the longtime president and CEO of Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive Head Start provider, has vivid memories of spending time beside his father, a physician working in public health, in locations from Morocco to Milwaukee. His South African mother’s passionate anti-apartheid stance also helped shape [...]
December 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Brigette Davis Appointed to Florida Head Start Association Board of Directors

December 3, 2020 Brigette Davis, Associate Head Start and Early Head Start Director at Children First in Sarasota, has been elected to the Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) Board of Directors. As a FHSA board member, she plays a key role in representing Sarasota County and fulfilling FHSA’s work across the state to deliver high-quality [...]
December 1, 2020

Scene Magazine: Ethna & Ted Wishnie Double Their Legacy Commitment

December 1, 2020 When Ted and Ethna Wishnie of Sarasota walk through the halls of Children First in Sarasota, they are touched by the success stories, the gratitude and the children’s songs. That zest for life reminds them of Eric Wishnie, Ted’s son and Ethna’s stepson, whose death at age 45 came amidst a successful broadcast [...]
November 26, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Community Helps Children First Give Back to Families and Staff

November 26, 2020 | Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay Children First is providing meals to families and staff for the holiday season thanks to the generosity of Sarasota realtor Michele Tanner, her non-profit Tanner’s Turkeys, and an anonymous donor. The agency distributed 60 turkeys and sides to the families it serves as a recipient of ‘Tanner’s Turkey’s [...]
November 15, 2020

Style Magazine: The Giving Trees

November 15, 2020 Meeting Children’s Needs Now for Future Success There’s a Chinese proverb that epitomizes Sarasota’s many and varied children’s nonprofits: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” Some of the area’s youth-centered organizations began working decades ago and have cultivated generations of young Sarasotans into adult [...]
June 15, 2017

Expanded Programs Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer often means activities like beach vacations and water slides.  For some children, however, summer brings a kind of slide that poses a threat, rather than an adventure.  The “Summer Slide,” also known as “Summer Learning Loss,” is the result of less class time, access to fewer books, and reduced opportunity for social skill [...]
June 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Check out the latest happenings at Children First! Download the 2017 Spring Newsletter  
June 30, 2017

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: More Than Races

Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that as they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those [...]
August 24, 2017

Children First Welcomes Families Back to School!

  Exploring New Classrooms and Meeting Teachers On Tuesday, August 8, Children FIrst welcomed our families to meet their teachers and explore their new classrooms!  It was wonderful seeing the excitement on their faces as our children ran into their new classrooms.  We are so appreciative of our dedicated volunteers who helped make the event possible.   [...]