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May 18, 2022

Olivia’s Story: Getting a Head Start in Life

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 [...]
April 18, 2022

A Journey “Into the Woods”

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 [...]
March 16, 2022

Children First Recognized as Change Agent in Philanthropy

Children First was one of five human service agencies honored with the 2022 Change Agent Philanthropic Award by SRQ Magazine. The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Hyatt-Regency Sarasota recently, as part of SRQ’s SB2 symposia series. The award was presented to organizations which have “proven their grit, determination and capacity to [...]
March 3, 2022

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes

Not all heroes wear capes, and the philanthropic spirit of our community during the 2020 Giving Challenge helped to save the day for hundreds of at-risk children and families. During this time, our families were suddenly facing a crisis like never before due to the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Children First, 89% of [...]
January 14, 2022

Creating a Sustainable Future Through a Cross-Sector Partnership

Solar energy and sustainable practices are setting records across America and the state of Florida as demand for renewable resources continues to grow. As part of an on-going effort in environmental stewardship for Sarasota County, Children First is working to create a more sustainable future through a cross-sector partnership, Partners for Green Places (PGP). Launched in October [...]
October 14, 2021

Children First Exceeds Challenge Match Campaign In Honor of 60th Anniversary

We are proud to announce that The Challenge for Changing Lives has raised over $2.3MM in honor of Children First’s 60th Anniversary! The matching gift challenge was led by the Diamond Circle, a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families. Their combined contribution matched, dollar for [...]
March 25, 2020

WEDU 2020 Awards- Be More Involved Winner

Children First volunteer Tom Cook was presented with the Be More Involved Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism at the 15th annual WEDU Public Media Be More Awards. A steadfast supporter, Mr. Cook became a finalist in the volunteerism category after receiving an outpouring of online votes and was selected as the ultimate winner by Mason [...]
February 25, 2021

WEDU PBS: Be More Unstoppable

February 25, 2021 The circumstances of the last year have forced non-profits to make dramatic changes. WEDU PBS presents Be More Unstoppable, a special broadcast to celebrate non-profits and share stories of resilience and spirit during a challenging year. Children First and CEO Philip Tavill joined area nonprofits in sharing the many ways we have pivoted [...]
March 15, 2021

Tampa Bay Newswire: Children First Announces 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee

March 15, 2021 First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is pleased to announce its 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members in recognition of the agency’s historic milestone of six decades of service to the community. The 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members are comprised of past and [...]
September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Update: September 30, 2022

EDITED: October 3, 2022 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 [...]