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 [...]
“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.”
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 [...]
Carlos Yancy is a Business Development Specialist with BayFirst Bank in Newtown, where he and his team have a direct focus on making a difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve.
He is also a proud Children First alumni and third-generation Sarasota resident. From a young age, he was taught the [...]
(Left to right: CEO Philip Tavill, VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan, VP of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers, and Board Chair Brock Leach)
Philip Tavill, CEO of Children First, has been honored by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) for his significant achievements in excellence in community service.
The NHSA represents more than one million children, 275,000 staff, [...]
Once each year we stop to say thank you to the most important person in our world – our mother. She loves unconditionally, is our first and most important teacher, and our constant source of strength and love through good times and bad.
Here at Children First, we understand there is no more important job in [...]
“Thy loving smile will surely hail the love-gift of a fairy tale.”
On April 1, the magic of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” his sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” created a festive backdrop for the 23rd Annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East.
In the words of Alice, “The only way to [...]
Thank you to Laura Flood, Lilly Pulitzer at UTC and everyone who participated in the August 26th "Shop & Share" event! We're excited to announce that through your generosity, we raised nearly $800 that will go directly to our mission of strengthening our community's most vulnerable children and families. We are grateful for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation for providing our agency with a grant for $10,000 in support of our scholarship program!Support for scholarships ensures the children we serve, six weeks to five years of age, receive a high-quality early childhood education from qualified teachers in a safe and nurturing environment. Through the comprehensive services we provide, children develop the skills they need to prepare them for kindergarten and future academic success. #suncoastcu... See MoreSee Less
The Children's Movement of Florida has just released an actionable roadmap for the future of early learning policy and funding in the third-largest state, stemming from a collaborative process over 18 months called The Future Project. We are so proud of parent and Policy Council Liaison Maria Somera (pictured with her daughter, Anna, bottom right), who served on the Statewide Steering Committee to develop a shared vision, review findings from the listening tour, draft the roadmap, and make plans for community feedback sessions. Thank you to Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, the Helios Education Foundation, and Florida Blue for funding this very important initiative! To learn more about the Future Project and to view the Early Learning Roadmap, please follow this link: www.childrensmovementflorida.org/future-project... See MoreSee Less
We want to thank our incredible volunteers, Elaine Cox and Jane True, who created beautiful craft kits for our children to enjoy! Arts and crafts are important for young children as it helps develop fine motor skills, encourages critical thinking, boosts counting and pattern recognition, and teaches shapes and colors. Thank you! ... 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, 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 [...]