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February 16, 2024

More Than Words Can Say: Reflecting on the 2022 Giving Challenge

More than words can say, we are grateful for the generosity our community showed during the 2022 Giving Challenge. The lives of our at-risk children and families have changed for the better in so many ways, it’s almost impossible to name them all. At Children First, we ensure that all children are prepared to enter Kindergarten, [...]
January 31, 2024

Children First Names New Board Leadership and Directors for 2024

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is proud to announce its slate of board leadership for 2024, and the addition of two new directors. At the agency’s annual board reception on January 23, Keith G. Johnson, Managing Director & Senior Wealth Advisor with Truist, was [...]
October 30, 2023

Angela De La Rosa: Paying it Forward

October is Head Start Awareness Month, a month when we celebrate the one-million-plus children, from birth to 5 years old, that Head Start serves every year across the country. This comprehensive early education program for children from at-risk backgrounds gives them the building blocks needed so they can be successful both in school and in [...]
October 12, 2023

Children First Collective Ignites Community with $600,000 Matching Gift Challenge

As communities across the nation grapple with the economic impact of the ongoing childcare crisis, Children First remains at the forefront of building a stronger, more promising future for children and families in need. As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First is proud to announce a [...]
August 10, 2023

Children First Staff Earn National Family Development Credential

We are proud to announce that five employees have recently earned the national Family Development Credential through the University of Connecticut! The Family Development Credential (FDC) emerged in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative. The program provides frontline workers with the knowledge and skills they need to coach families to set and reach their own goals for [...]
June 14, 2023

Happy Father’s Day from Children First!

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us on a journey, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” –       Anonymous Once a year, we stop to honor and remember the most important man in our lives – our dad. Photographer Anne Geddes perhaps said it best [...]
April 13, 2016

SNN: Children First Honors Philanthropist (Gerri Aaron)

SARASOTA – Children First recognized philanthropist, Gerri Aaron at a special ceremony Thursday, April 13th. Children First honored Gerri Aaron who has been extraordinarily dedicated to the program. She has made a gift to take Children First to the next level. The education wing was named after her. Children First is a nationally-recognized program of excellence that helps [...]
September 16, 2016

SNN Feel Good Friday: Children First Celebrates 55 Years

SARASOTA – Children First in Sarasota is celebrating 55 years of helping young children and families on the Suncoast. The organization is also in the middle of the Raise Your Hand campaign fundraiser. SNN’s Grant Boxleitner talked to Children First CEO Philip Tavill about the program and the fundraiser in this week’s edition of “Feel Good [...]
November 22, 2016

Flipping and Rockin’ – the 2016 Children First fall events

The 2016 Flip Flops & Fashion and Rockin’ Lobster events were amazing, and we are so grateful for all the support received! These fundraisers allow Children First to provide more support to vulnerable families and children. Did you know that the cost for one child’s schooling is about $10,000 per year? Thanks to our generous [...]
February 9, 2017

Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Wing Dedication

SARASOTA, FL – On February 9th, Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, dedicated the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Community Wing at its primary campus. The Mondas, dedicated champions for Children First, were recognized for their significant support of the organization’s Raise Your Hand campaign; numerous [...]