In accordance with Sarasota County School District’s announcement today, Children First will continue to be CLOSED through Monday, October 3 and until further notice so that we can support everyone directly impacted by Hurricane Ian and ensure the safety and well-being of our children, families, and you, our dedicated and incredible staff.
September 30, 2022
Dear Children First Family,
We hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe and well. In accordance with Sarasota County School District’s announcement today, Children First will continue to be closed through Monday, October 3 and until further notice so that we can support everyone directly impacted by Hurricane Ian and ensure [...]
We are proud to announce the naming of our agency’s Teacher Resource Room for long-time supporters Katherine and Frank Martucci. We held a special ceremony with board members and staff in honor of their most recent gift of $150,000, directed by Frank in honor of Katherine’s board leadership and volunteerism.
The Martucci’s philanthropic spirits has them [...]
For the first time since March of 2020, we are excited to resume our annual and in-person pre-service staff training event at the State College of Florida Lakewood Ranch Campus!
Children First staff gathered for a full day of professional development and training on July 27. VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan and VP of Philanthropy Jessica [...]
Congratulations to Early Head Start and Head Start Associate Director Brigette Davis (second row, sixth from left) and Director of Family Services Meredith Mitchell (second row, third from left) for their acceptance into and completion of the UCLA Head Start Management Fellows Program!
Designed from a strategic planning perspective, the [...]
As a current Children First parent and as a former Children First student myself, I want to share how this amazing organization has changed my life, and so many other lives in our community.
My daughter Maliya is 5 years old and enrolled in the Head Start program at Children First. She is getting ready to [...]
Once upon a time, on April 9 to be exact, more than 300 guests traveled “Into the Woods” for the 22nd annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East, which was decorated as a magical forest, filled with dreams and discoveries waiting to be made.
The sold-out event was the first in-person gala [...]
‼️ Please click here to read the entire message from our Leadership Team: www.childrenfirst.net/?p=5511 ‼️Dear Children First Family,We hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe and well. In accordance with Sarasota County School District’s announcement today, Children First will continue to be CLOSED through Monday, October 3 and until further notice so that we can support everyone directly impacted by Hurricane Ian and ensure the safety and well-being of our children, families, and you, our dedicated and incredible staff.Children First is actively assessing and cleaning up each of our locations that are accessible from Hurricane Ian. As you are all aware, there has been much devastation across our county and our south county staff, families and locations have been particularly impacted.Our efforts have begun to help support staff and families affected by Hurricane Ian. We need to assess if you/they are ok, not ok, and what specific needs they have so we can best support.Please use and share the resources linked within the full blog post for support from our national, state, and local governments.Thank you and stay safe,Jessica, Philip, and Kathleen ... See MoreSee Less
September 30, 2022 Dear Children First Family, We hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe and well. In accordance with Sarasota County School District’s announcement today, Childr...
‼️ Children First will be closed starting Tuesday, 9/27 and will reopen on Monday, October 3. As of 10:00am today, September 26th, Sarasota County has declared a state of emergency. ‼️ ... See MoreSee Less
We have the most creative volunteers! Ringling College of Art and Design student Nick Deleray with the Youth Experiencing Art (YEA) Program created his very own version of Candyland, Sarasota-style, and donated copies to Children First! He also visited with one of our Head Start classrooms to play a few rounds with our young learners. Thank you Nick for your creativity and generosity! ... See MoreSee Less
In honor of World Gratitude Day, we want to share our thanks with the incredible members of our community who make our mission possible. 💜Yesterday, Iylin Flock, General Manager and Evan Samson, Integrated Marketing Communications Officer at DMSI International donated books that will benefit the children we serve of all ages across every site! Literacy is a crucial component of our mission to ensure that every child is ready for kindergarten and beyond, and we are deeply grateful to DMSI for their support of our children and families! ... See MoreSee Less
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
SARASOTA– On Feb. 9, Children First, Sarasota County’s provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, dedicated the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Community Wing at its primary campus. Keith and Linda Monda were instrumental in starting the recent Crib Challenge to encourage additional giving for the Raise Your Hand Campaign, [...]