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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers, thank you to everyone for your thoughtful support of Children First during the 2022 Giving Challenge and being the one to create rays of hope and sunshine for our children and families!
We are proud to share that, with the match on top of the match [...]
Once upon a time, on April 9 to be exact, more than 300 guests traveled “Into the Woods” for the 22nd annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East, which was decorated as a magical forest, filled with dreams and discoveries waiting to be made.
The sold-out event was the first in-person gala [...]
Thank you to one of our amazing volunteers, Gayle, who visited with some of the children in our Early Head Start program in honor of Reading for Literacy Day! The children enjoyed the stories of Chica-Chica Boom Boom and The Hungry Caterpillar after a healthy and nutritious breakfast. #manyhandsmakelightwork... See MoreSee Less
Happy Friday! We just had to share this sweet photo of one of our teachers, Bridget, with two of the newest and youngest children to join our program - this adorable set of twins! #twinning... See MoreSee Less
In honor of World Gratitude Day, we'd like to say THANK YOU to the Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation for providing our agency with a grant of $50,000 in support of our family strengthening services! Our family strengthening services encompass a comprehensive range of programs, including prenatal education, early childhood development initiatives, parent training and support, and access to essential resources. #gratitude... See MoreSee Less
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]