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March 7, 2019

2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Children First was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the Be More Unstoppable Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. WEDU notes that the award is the most coveted and [...]
October 8, 2018

Children First Closely Monitoring Hurricane Michael

  As of mid-day on Monday, October 8 Sarasota County is NOT under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning.   Children First’s policy is to follow the Sarasota County School’s closure schedule. If the Sarasota County Schools close, Children First closes all of its sites. If there is localized flooding, Children First may close sites on a site [...]
July 18, 2018

HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Brings Smiles and Support to Children First

Just in time for the HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Kickoff, Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala and Scott Free Racing team member Kim Kildahl paid a special visit to some of our preschoolers! They read to the children and taught them about boats before heading outside to see Scott free Racing’s Boatfloater powerboat. This was [...]
May 26, 2018

Children First Staff Participate in Health Care Institute

Children First staff recently attended a two-day Health Care Institute (HCI) that was hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Business and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.  HCI is designed to assist grantees in improving the health of their staff, families, and children, while strengthening the communities in which they work.  Participation in [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
June 15, 2017

Expanded Programs Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer often means activities like beach vacations and water slides.  For some children, however, summer brings a kind of slide that poses a threat, rather than an adventure.  The “Summer Slide,” also known as “Summer Learning Loss,” is the result of less class time, access to fewer books, and reduced opportunity for social skill [...]
June 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Check out the latest happenings at Children First! Download the 2017 Spring Newsletter  
June 30, 2017

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: More Than Races

Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that as they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those [...]
August 24, 2017

Children First Welcomes Families Back to School!

  Exploring New Classrooms and Meeting Teachers On Tuesday, August 8, Children FIrst welcomed our families to meet their teachers and explore their new classrooms!  It was wonderful seeing the excitement on their faces as our children ran into their new classrooms.  We are so appreciative of our dedicated volunteers who helped make the event possible.   [...]