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Herald-Tribune: Census 2020 – Critical component for Head Start funding

April 13, 2020 | by Philip Tavill Children First, the Head Start grantee for Sarasota County, believes it is vitally important that the 2020 Census is as accurate as possible. Our mission is serving our community’s most economically vulnerable families with very young children, from pregnancy through age 5. We provide high-quality, early-childhood and development-programs [...]
March 25, 2020

WEDU 2020 Awards- Be More Involved Winner

Children First volunteer Tom Cook was presented with the Be More Involved Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism at the 15th annual WEDU Public Media Be More Awards. A steadfast supporter, Mr. Cook became a finalist in the volunteerism category after receiving an outpouring of online votes and was selected as the ultimate winner by Mason [...]
March 18, 2020

Our Commitment to You During COVID-19 and Beyond

A Message from CEO Philip Tavill: As an agency dedicated to strengthening those most vulnerable within our community, we are reaching out to you, the members of our Children First family, directly: the children and families we serve, staff members, volunteers, supporters, and partners. Our highest priority is to ensure the health and well-being of the [...]
March 10, 2020

The Impact of the 2018 Giving Challenge

In 2018, the Giving Challenge enabled Children First to provide the highest quality early childhood education and family strengthening services to more than 700 children and their families. Our children were able to grow and dream in a safe space, receive the education and care they needed to thrive, and get their tummies filled with [...]
March 2, 2020

Children First Volunteer Celebrated for Long-time Service

Children First volunteer Tom Cook was presented with the Be More Involved Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism at the 15th annual WEDU Public Media Be More Awards. Children First was also recognized as a finalist in three other categories, including the Be More Brilliant, Be More Relevant, and Be More Unstoppable 2020 Nonprofit of [...]
February 26, 2020

Fox 13 Tampa: What’s Right With Tampa Bay?

February 26, 2020 – by Kelly Ring Sarasota senior uses love and kindness to enhance the lives of infants SARASOTA, Fla. – For Joanna Tsoukos, there is nothing like a loving touch. She comforts babies at the Families First Institute in Sarasota. It’s an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families. Tsoukos is 85 years old [...]
January 29, 2018

Expanding Mental Health Support Services

One of the goals of Children First’s Raise Your Hand Campaign was to help overcome the behavioral and mental health challenges children and families face by offering on-site professional care.  As a result of the campaign, Children First introduced its first licensed mental health professional to the team in December 2015.  Since then, Dr. Robert [...]
March 5, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter

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March 28, 2018

2018 Giving Challenge: Be the One that Believes in Children First!

The Impact of the Giving Challenge In 2016, the Giving Challenge enabled Children First to provide quality early childhood education and family strengthening services to over 600 children and their families. Children were able to learn in a safe space, receive the education and care they needed, and get their bellies filled with healthy [...]
May 26, 2018

Nurturing Dads Initiative Graduates 200th Class

Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, celebrated the completion of its 200th award-winning Nurturing Dads class on Thursday, May 10.  Over the past 20 years, the award-winning class has reached just shy of 2,000 fathers. The free 10-week course is modeled after The Nurturing Father’s Program, a [...]