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February 25, 2021

WEDU PBS: Be More Unstoppable

February 25, 2021 The circumstances of the last year have forced non-profits to make dramatic changes. WEDU PBS presents Be More Unstoppable, a special broadcast to celebrate non-profits and share stories of resilience and spirit during a challenging year. Children First and CEO Philip Tavill joined area nonprofits in sharing the many ways we have pivoted [...]
February 1, 2021

SRQ Magazine: Tribute to Business on the Creative Coast

February 1, 2021 In 1961, the Junior League of Sarasota, formerly the Junior Welfare League of Sarasota, founded the Sarasota Day Nursery with a mission to prepare children from low-income families for Kindergarten. Their work changed lives and built a strong foundation, and in 1994 the agency became Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start [...]
January 26, 2021

Herald-Tribune: PGT partners with Children First in honor of agency’s 60th anniversary

January 26, 2021 PGT Innovations, a national leader in the premium windows and doors category, has partnered with Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, to kick off the agency’s 60th anniversary in a special initiative called “60 for 60.” In honor of Children First’s major milestone, the agency is [...]
January 15, 2021

Scene Magazine: Dr. Melania Kesoglou Invited to Serve on National Head Start Association Foster Care Committee

January 15, 2021 – Sarasota Dr. Melania Kesoglou, Ed.S., Ph.D., and Director of Education at Children First, has been invited to serve on the National Head Start Association’s Region IV Foster Care Challenge (FCC) Committee. In her role, Dr. Kesoglou will help to oversee the FCC’s work in Head Start’s Region IV, the southeastern United [...]
January 13, 2021

CEO Philip Tavill Honored for 25 Years of Service

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 his concern for others. “Together, they [...]
January 13, 2021

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 [...]
August 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Volunteer News

Click here to check out the full Fall 2017 Volunteer Newsletter!  
September 1, 2017

Pulte Homes & BrightView Landscape Services Volunteer Project Enhances Children First Venice Location

On August 31, 2017, volunteers from Pulte Homes and BrightView landscape Services Englewood lent a helping hand a green thumb to help enhance the grounds at Children First’s Venice location.  They generously donated their time and supplies to give at-risk children and families a beautiful welcome when they arrive at school each day.  Dozens of volunteers [...]
September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Closure Update

UPDATE — All Children First sites will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Irma.  We will re-open on Monday, Sept. 18.  Thank you for your patience as we assessed various factors in this process.  We hope everyone made it safely through the storm with minimal damage and look forward to seeing you [...]
September 26, 2017

Dr. Bob’s Tips for Dealing with “Post-Irma Stress”

Feelings you may be having during this stressful time: Trouble sleeping. You might wake up in the night or have nightmares. Eating changes. You may not be hungry. Or maybe you are eating everything in sight. Get upset easily; lose your temper; cry a lot. Can’t stop thinking about the hurricane. Feel afraid and worried about what is going to [...]