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June 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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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 [...]
May 31, 2017

Children First Celebrates Head Start’s 52nd Birthday with Community Reading Party

Sarasota, FL – Head Start celebrated its 52nd birthday with community reading parties at Head Start programs around the nation.  Children First joined in the fun to raise awareness of the incredible impact and importance of Head Start.  Former Sarasota Mayor and current Commissioner Willie Charles Shaw joined the party on May 16th at Children First [...]
May 9, 2017

Give a Meaningful Gift This Mother’s Day

  A MEANINGFUL GIFT Maybe she helped you learn to ride a bike and comforted you when you fell, or read your favorite book aloud, over and over again…  Perhaps she nursed you when you were sick and cooked chicken noodle soup…  Maybe it was her advice that got you through a tough time in school, [...]
February 27, 2017

Our volunteers are crucial to literacy efforts

Numerous studies assert that children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to every day than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. Due to a combination of factors related to income disparity, by the time children are 5 years old, the ones in poorer [...]
December 14, 2016

Nurturing the whole child – body and brain

At Children First, our work goes well beyond child care: the education and nurturing environment that we provide actually impact the brain development of our children. Our teachers and volunteers, in partnership with parents and caregivers, help our students to gain the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to succeed in kindergarten, college and [...]
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 [...]