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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 [...]
October 26, 2017

Children First’s 2016 Annual Report is out now!  

In case you missed it, you can check out our most recent Annual Report here!
September 26, 2017

Dr. Bob’s Tips for Dealing with “Post-Irma Stress”

Feelings you may be having during this stressful time: Trouble sleeping. You might wake up in the night or have nightmares. Eating changes. You may not be hungry. Or maybe you are eating everything in sight. Get upset easily; lose your temper; cry a lot. Can’t stop thinking about the hurricane. Feel afraid and worried about what is going to [...]
September 12, 2017

Hurricane Irma Closure Update

UPDATE — All Children First sites will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 15 due to Hurricane Irma.  We will re-open on Monday, Sept. 18.  Thank you for your patience as we assessed various factors in this process.  We hope everyone made it safely through the storm with minimal damage and look forward to seeing you [...]
September 1, 2017

Pulte Homes & BrightView Landscape Services Volunteer Project Enhances Children First Venice Location

On August 31, 2017, volunteers from Pulte Homes and BrightView landscape Services Englewood lent a helping hand a green thumb to help enhance the grounds at Children First’s Venice location.  They generously donated their time and supplies to give at-risk children and families a beautiful welcome when they arrive at school each day.  Dozens of volunteers [...]
September 1, 2017

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 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 [...]