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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 [...]
September 24, 2020

Philanthropy in Action – Terry & Bob Lewandowski

Terry and Bob Lewandowski are originally from Chicago, Illinois where together they hold a combined four degrees in Psychology, Medical Technology, and Industrial Relations from Loyola University. Terry enjoyed a career as a medical technologist in Chicago-area hospitals until the birth of their first child, upon which time she considers herself blessed to be able [...]
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 [...]