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The 2019 Fairytale Ball

As colorful as the ballroom was, nothing compared to the shades of love that filled it at the Fairytale Ball on April 6. Thank you for sharing this enchanted evening with us. Because of your support, children in our program will have access to the highest quality early education, their families will have the opportunity to continue their education or work, and many [...]
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 [...]
April 1, 2019

Scene: Children First and All Angels get Jazzed Up for Literacy

Alyssa Simons, Elaine Smith, Jessica Rogers, and Gail Clay March 27th – Children First was the recipient of support from All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church at their annual fundraiser, Jazzy Nights, on March 20th. Parishioners of the church have gathered over 200 books in both English and Spanish for our children and families as [...]
April 1, 2019

Children First Hosts Lunch and Learn for NCJW

On March 27th, a group from the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women attended a “Lunch & Learn” at Children First’s Marieb Early Learning Center. NCJW member and Children First Forever Ambassador Norma Cohen welcomed the group and spoke from her heart about why Children First is important to her. Vice President of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers introduced everyone [...]
March 25, 2019

Venice Gondolier: Children First welcomes new board members for 2019

  Children First Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Sarasota County, has named Howard Berman, former president and chief executive officer of The Lifetime Healthcare Companies Inc., and Keith Johnson, certified financial planner and client adviser of SunTrust Bank, to its board of directors for 2019. Both [...]
March 18, 2019

Venice Gondolier – Children First Named 2019 Nonprofit of the Year

Children First was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the “Be More Unstoppable” Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. WEDU notes that the award is the most coveted and is [...]
September 30, 2019

Herald-Tribune: Children First Named a “Best Place to Work!”

October 22nd, 2019 – What Makes a Best Place to Work? Residential and commercial services, insurance, health care, social services, manufacturing services and a hair salon. The Herald-Tribune’s 2019’s list of Best Places to Work in Sarasota and Manatee contains quite a variety of workplaces, from larger companies to small and medium-sized companies alike. And ‘alike’ is the operative [...]
November 6, 2019

SRQ Magazine: Children First receives $1.2 million grant from Barancik Foundation

November 6th, 2019 – Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to [...]
November 12, 2019

Scene Magazine: Children First Awarded $20,000 from Wilson-Wood Foundation

November 12th, 2019 – Children First recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Comprehensive Services for children and families living at-risk in Sarasota County. Comprehensive Services include early childhood education, nutrition, healthcare screenings, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for parents. An important part of the agency’s Comprehensive Services for [...]
November 20, 2019

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Salesforce Pledges $17 Million, and Carnegie Mellon U. Gets $35 Million

November 20th, 2019 – Here are notable new grant awards compiled by the Chronicle: Lord Corporation $1.04 billion to the Cleveland Clinic, Duke University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Southern California. The manufacturing company in Cary, N.C., was recently purchased by Parker-Hannifin for $3.675 billion. Thomas Lord, who ran his family-owned business until his [...]