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 2020. Lisa Giglio is the former co-owner of Freedom Boat Club, and has served as an early childhood educator and Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center. [...]
By Reverend Brock Leach – Director, Children First Board, Chair Emeritus 2013-2015
In a world of big, future-threatening problems, how should we invest what poet Mary Oliver calls “this one wild and precious life”? I want to make the case for kids.
As a minister who works to strengthen communities, I’ve become convinced that what fundamentally ails [...]
Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to be so much more [...]
October 22nd, 2019 – What Makes a Best Place to Work?
Residential and commercial services, insurance, health care, social services, manufacturing services and a hair salon. The Herald-Tribune’s 2019’s list of Best Places to Work in Sarasota and Manatee contains quite a variety of workplaces, from larger companies to small and medium-sized companies alike.
And ‘alike’ is the operative [...]
Children First has been selected for a matching grant through the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) literacy network for its commitment to lifelong learning. Books for Ownership is RIF’s flagship reading program that enables children to select new, age-appropriate books to take home and is supported by resources for educators, caregivers, and volunteers in order to [...]
Sarasota, FL – Children First and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) are proud to announce the formalization of an Early Childhood Education Partnership. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education will complete their final teaching internship in Children First Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. These students will intern with [...]
We loved having the monthly new member meeting for The Junior League of Sarasota at our Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center! Members had the opportunity to learn about the history of the Junior League's involvement with Children First as a founder of the agency in 1961.
Special thank you to all of the women who brought in donations of diapers, clothing, and more! ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Valentine's Day from your Children First family! You fill our hearts with joy, love, and gratitude. Thank you for always being there for the children and families we serve. We couldn't do it without you. 💜💛❤️ ... See MoreSee Less
If you are near St. Armands today, stop by Lilly Pulitzer for our "sip and shop" from 10am-6pm! 10% of proceeds will be donated back to our comprehensive services💗Happy Valentine's Day! ... See MoreSee Less
Bonus points to anyone who still has their portrait from our 2013 gala at Michael's on East! Let us know in the comments below what your favorite part of a past Children First celebration was, or post a picture of your portrait! #tbt... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget to tune in to FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay tonight at 6:50pm to see Children First featured on "What's Right with Tampa Bay?" Special thank you to program parents Wendy and Eliezer Rivera for speaking so beautifully on what it is like to be a part of the Children First family. ... See MoreSee Less
With Thanksgiving just behind us, we thought this would be a good time to express how thankful we are for our teachers and family support staff. As Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services, Children First asks – requires – more from our teachers than a standard pre-school. Our incredible [...]