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Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: More Than Races

Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that as they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those [...]
June 29, 2017

Spring 2017 Newsletter

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June 20, 2017

SNN: New playground equipment helps underprivileged children

SARASOTA – If you’re planning on going to the Grand Prix, you’re doing more than just watching boats race. You’re helping low-income families. Tania Ulloa’s daughters play on the new playground equipment at Children First. “When I came and I saw this I was so happy and so excited to know that they have this new adjustment [...]
June 15, 2017

Expanded Programs Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Summer often means activities like beach vacations and water slides.  For some children, however, summer brings a kind of slide that poses a threat, rather than an adventure.  The “Summer Slide,” also known as “Summer Learning Loss,” is the result of less class time, access to fewer books, and reduced opportunity for social skill [...]
May 31, 2017

Children First Celebrates Head Start’s 52nd Birthday with Community Reading Party

Sarasota, FL – Head Start celebrated its 52nd birthday with community reading parties at Head Start programs around the nation.  Children First joined in the fun to raise awareness of the incredible impact and importance of Head Start.  Former Sarasota Mayor and current Commissioner Willie Charles Shaw joined the party on May 16th at Children First [...]
May 22, 2017

Herald Tribune: Learning to be better fathers

SARASOTA May 22, 2017 (Kim Doleatto-Herald Tribune) — Robert Phinney — owner of Roots, a yard clearing and demolition company — has arms the size of some of the heavy branches he clears. He works around 70 hours a week and lives with his 3- and 5-year-old. The black tinted windows of his company pick-up [...]
November 15, 2020

Style Magazine: The Giving Trees

November 15, 2020 Meeting Children’s Needs Now for Future Success There’s a Chinese proverb that epitomizes Sarasota’s many and varied children’s nonprofits: “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” Some of the area’s youth-centered organizations began working decades ago and have cultivated generations of young Sarasotans into adult [...]
November 26, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Community Helps Children First Give Back to Families and Staff

November 26, 2020 | Thanksgiving in Tampa Bay Children First is providing meals to families and staff for the holiday season thanks to the generosity of Sarasota realtor Michele Tanner, her non-profit Tanner’s Turkeys, and an anonymous donor. The agency distributed 60 turkeys and sides to the families it serves as a recipient of ‘Tanner’s Turkey’s [...]
December 1, 2020

Scene Magazine: Ethna & Ted Wishnie Double Their Legacy Commitment

December 1, 2020 When Ted and Ethna Wishnie of Sarasota walk through the halls of Children First in Sarasota, they are touched by the success stories, the gratitude and the children’s songs. That zest for life reminds them of Eric Wishnie, Ted’s son and Ethna’s stepson, whose death at age 45 came amidst a successful broadcast [...]
December 3, 2020

Tampa Bay Newswire: Brigette Davis Appointed to Florida Head Start Association Board of Directors

December 3, 2020 Brigette Davis, Associate Head Start and Early Head Start Director at Children First in Sarasota, has been elected to the Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) Board of Directors. As a FHSA board member, she plays a key role in representing Sarasota County and fulfilling FHSA’s work across the state to deliver high-quality [...]