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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 [...]
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 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 [...]
August 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Volunteer News

Click here to check out the full Fall 2017 Volunteer Newsletter!  
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.   [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]