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Herald-Tribune: Children First Named Sarasota Chamber Nonprofit of the Year Finalist

July 13, 2020 | Sarasota The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards. Three finalists have been selected in each of the seven new categories that will be awarded at a luncheon on Aug. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Herald-Tribune is the [...]
June 1, 2020

SRQ Magazine: Women Who Roar – Jessica Rogers, VP of Philanthropy

June 2020 | Lisl Liang Jessica Rogers believes access to opportunity for all is the base for building a strong community. This belief has transformed her passion for helping women, children, and families into a dynamic professional career focused on the well-being of humankind. As a mother, she raises her daughter the way that her own [...]
May 21, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Community Members Bring Meals to Families

May 21, 2021 | Tampa As part of the agency’s efforts to address continued food insecurity amongst its families, local members of the community teamed up with Paradise Grill restaurant in Nokomis to bring chef-prepared meals to each of the children and families who attend Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and [...]
May 13, 2020

Scene Magazine: Local Community Keeps Children First Working on Front Lines and Serving Families

May 13, 2020 | By Scene Children First announced that 330 members of our community came together to raise $85,010 during the 2020 Giving Challenge, hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. All giving is inclusive of a 1:1 match provided by the Patterson Foundation, and a $30,000 ‘match on top of the match’ [...]
May 6, 2020

The Nurturing Father’s Podcast: An Interview with Jack Baker

 May 6, 2020 Mark and Corey talk with Jack Baker,  Families First Institute Manager at Children First, about his career and passion for early childhood development and how it led to his involvement in The Nurturing Father’s Program. They also discuss some important things to consider as a father while spending more time at home [...]
April 18, 2020

Children First Named 2020 Best Children’s Nonprofit

April 1, 2020 Thank you to all who voted for Children First in SRQ Magazine’s ‘Best of SRQ Local’ 2020 competition! Our agency was chosen as the Platinum winner in the ‘Best Children’s Nonprofit‘ category and as a Bronze winner in the ‘Best Nonprofit‘ category. Children First also received a second platinum designation this month with the [...]
October 26, 2017

Children First’s 2016 Annual Report is out now!  

In case you missed it, you can check out our most recent Annual Report here!
October 26, 2017

Jessica Rogers to Join Children First as V.P. of Philanthropy

Transitioning from one distinguished learning institution to another, Jessica Rogers will join Children First on December 6, 2017  as the new Vice President of Philanthropy after spending eleven years working in fundraising at New College of Florida, the state’s designated honors college for the liberal arts and sciences.  As the leader of Children First’s philanthropy [...]
November 30, 2017

2017 Flip Flops & Fashion and Rockin’ Lobster Support Children First Mission

10th Annual Flip Flops & Fashion The sun was shining with a perfect breeze as flip-flops hit the sand at the sold-out Flip Flops and Fashion luncheon on November 2nd at Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice.  Supporters shopped local boutiques with a portion of sales benefiting Children First.  Models donned fashions from L. Boutique, [...]
January 22, 2018

Nurturing Dads Class to Reach 2,000th Dad in 20th Year

Children First’s Families First Institute is gearing up for its 200th award-winning Nurturing Dads class this spring.  On the brink of its 20th year of offering the course, it will hit a new milestone on March 1st when it reaches its 2,000th dad.  The free 10-week course is modeled after The Nurturing Father’s Program, a [...]