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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 [...]
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 27, 2017

Children First wins WEDU ‘Be More’ Award

Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, was awarded the WEDU “Be More Informed” Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award during the 2017 WEDU Be More Awards Luncheon & Ceremony in Tampa on February 23. Children First was recognized for our “Raise Your Hand” campaign. The “Be More Informed” award [...]
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 [...]
April 8, 2019

Observer: Children First Celebrates with Story Books

Co-chairs Matt & Krystel Beall, Stan & Jo Rutstein, Carol & Richard Kalikow, and Lisa & Mitch Olan pose for a photo on the dance floor. (Photo: Kayleigh Omang, Observer Media Group) Children First brought guests back into the tales of their childhood April 6 at Michael’s On East. Fairytale Ball: “The Enchanted Library” celebrated the work Children [...]