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 [...]
Children First was one of five human service agencies honored with the 2022 Change Agent Philanthropic Award by SRQ Magazine. The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota recently, as part of SRQ’s SB2 symposia series.
The award was presented to organizations which have “proven their grit, determination and capacity to [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]