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SNN: Children First Venice Site Gets Free Makeover

VENICE (SNN-TV) – Children First is a head start program that aims to give underprivileged children and families a better life. Now, some Suncoast businesses are giving back to them. “Cleaning up a lot of the debris, clean out a lot of the dead plant material,” BrightView Landscape Services branch manager Matt Braun said. It’s out with [...]
August 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Volunteer News

Click here to check out the full Fall 2017 Volunteer Newsletter!  
August 24, 2017

Children First Welcomes Families Back to School!

  Exploring New Classrooms and Meeting Teachers On Tuesday, August 8, Children FIrst welcomed our families to meet their teachers and explore their new classrooms!  It was wonderful seeing the excitement on their faces as our children ran into their new classrooms.  We are so appreciative of our dedicated volunteers who helped make the event possible.   [...]
August 7, 2017

Herald Tribune: Summer Help for Kids in Need

Children First offers summer child care that prepares kids for school SARASOTA, FL (August 6, 2017- Kim Doleatto) — For some, summer means beach days and relaxing nights, but for many families, like Alejandra Vergara’s, summer triggers stress. Last year, Vergara’s three children — ages 9, 6 and 2 — stayed with another mom for $20 a [...]
July 14, 2017

WFSU-FM: Leon County Commission Approves Parental Leave Policy

Leon County Commissioners recently approved a paid parental leave policy for county employees…  …Previously, new parents could return to work with little to no accumulated leave, which could later lead them to work while sick or take their sick child to daycare. Employees can save their sick days and annual leave under the new policy. Child and [...]
July 1, 2017

Herald Tribune: Grand Prix kicks off in grand fashion

SARASOTA (July 1st, 2017)– More than 400 guests came out to celebrate the 33rd year of the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival at a festive kickoff party held at Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. This year’s 11-day festival, produced by and benefiting Suncoast Charities for Children, includes, among other things, a variety of parties, meet-and-greets, [...]
August 26, 2020

Business Observer: Organization lowers operating costs through sustainability program

August 26, 2020 | Business Observer A recent Sarasota-based virtual event focused on how organizations can save money by implementing sustainability-related changes, from reducing water use to installing more efficient air conditioning units. The event was part of the Partners for Green Places program, a collaboration between Sarasota County Sustainability, City of Sarasota Sustainability, the Charles [...]
September 1, 2020

Sarasota Magazine: Women of Influence

September 01, 2020 | Sarasota Children First’s female leadership is a driving force behind the agency’s success as a four-time designated Head Start Program of Excellence. Their broad expertise helps the agency deliver excellence in program management and service performance, and guides the achievement of robust outcomes for pregnant women, at-risk children birth to 5 years [...]
September 1, 2020

SRQ Magazine: In Conversation With – Nonprofit Leaders

September 01, 2020 | Sarasota CEO Philip Tavill took part in a conversation with other community thought leaders on building opportunities to pivot, survive and thrive during the pandemic.
September 22, 2020

Sarasota Chamber of Commerce: 2020 Outstanding Leadership Awards

September 22, 2020 Sarasota has a legacy of strong leaders and innovators. Leadership Sarasota County, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is continuing that legacy by building a community of leaders for Sarasota today and tomorrow. This year, CEO Philip Tavill, Leadership Class of 1993, was honored alongside Pam Beitlich, of Sarasota [...]