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Expanding Mental Health Support Services

One of the goals of Children First’s Raise Your Hand Campaign was to help overcome the behavioral and mental health challenges children and families face by offering on-site professional care.  As a result of the campaign, Children First introduced its first licensed mental health professional to the team in December 2015.  Since then, Dr. Robert [...]
January 22, 2018

Nurturing Dads Class to Reach 2,000th Dad in 20th Year

Children First’s Families First Institute is gearing up for its 200th award-winning Nurturing Dads class this spring.  On the brink of its 20th year of offering the course, it will hit a new milestone on March 1st when it reaches its 2,000th dad.  The free 10-week course is modeled after The Nurturing Father’s Program, a [...]
December 13, 2017

WWSB (abc7): Sarasota Bay Rotary Club brings Cheer to Children this Holiday Season

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) – The Sarasota Bay Rotary Club brought seasonal cheer and gifts to the students at Children First, Sarasota County’s  Head Start provider. Many of the children at Children First come from low-income families, and may not be able to receive gifts this season without the generosity of the community. Club members also joined the [...]
November 30, 2017

2017 Flip Flops & Fashion and Rockin’ Lobster Support Children First Mission

10th Annual Flip Flops & Fashion The sun was shining with a perfect breeze as flip-flops hit the sand at the sold-out Flip Flops and Fashion luncheon on November 2nd at Sharky’s on the Pier in Venice.  Supporters shopped local boutiques with a portion of sales benefiting Children First.  Models donned fashions from L. Boutique, [...]
November 9, 2017

Herald Tribune: Putting Children First (10th Annual Flip Flops and Fashion)

SARASOTA (Gayle Guynup- Nov. 3, 2017) — It was a picture-perfect day on the beach for the 10th annual Flip Flops & Fashion event, hosted by and benefiting Children First.  More than 350 guests – most of them brightly clad women – came out for the event, which is held under tent on the crystal white [...]
November 3, 2017

Herald Tribune: Sarasota Police Use Books to Build Bridges in the Community

SARASOTA (Kim Doleatto, Herald Tribune, Nov. 1, 2017) — When young children in the backseat see a caretaker get pulled over for a traffic citation, or depictions of law enforcement in the media, it can lead to early perceptions of police that may spook and intimidate them. But Sarasota Police Department officers took time out this [...]
May 21, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Community Members Bring Meals to Families

May 21, 2021 | Tampa As part of the agency’s efforts to address continued food insecurity amongst its families, local members of the community teamed up with Paradise Grill restaurant in Nokomis to bring chef-prepared meals to each of the children and families who attend Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and [...]
June 1, 2020

SRQ Magazine: Women Who Roar – Jessica Rogers, VP of Philanthropy

June 2020 | Lisl Liang Jessica Rogers believes access to opportunity for all is the base for building a strong community. This belief has transformed her passion for helping women, children, and families into a dynamic professional career focused on the well-being of humankind. As a mother, she raises her daughter the way that her own [...]
July 13, 2020

Herald-Tribune: Children First Named Sarasota Chamber Nonprofit of the Year Finalist

July 13, 2020 | Sarasota The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce has named the finalists for the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards. Three finalists have been selected in each of the seven new categories that will be awarded at a luncheon on Aug. 28 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. The Herald-Tribune is the [...]
August 10, 2020

ABC7 WWSB: Census 2020 Roundtable Discussion with CEO Philip Tavill

August 10, 2020 | Jacqueline Matter CEO Philip Tavill was invited to join ABC7 WWSB Evening Reporter Jacqueline Matter on August 10 for a virtual round table discussion regarding the 2020 Census and the potential impact on our community and communities around the country. Watch the video here!