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Observer: Longtime Children First supporters get recognized

SARASOTA (May 17th, 2017)– On April 5, John and Elenor Maxheim were recognized for their contributions to Children First. To thank the couple for their support over the past seven years, the “John and Elenor Maxheim Library” was named in their honor at the organization’s Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center in Newtown. The Maxheims have helped [...]
May 12, 2017

Observer: Florida Winefest & Auction awards grants to local charities

SARASOTA (May 12th, 2017)–There weren’t any bottles popped at this winefest event, but for good reason —  it was all about honoring the organization’s charitable mission. The Florida Winefest & Auction mission statement is “To provide funding to qualified charitable organizations for programs assisting disadvantaged children, youth and families in Sarasota and Manatee Counties,” and the [...]
May 9, 2017

Give a Meaningful Gift This Mother’s Day

  A MEANINGFUL GIFT Maybe she helped you learn to ride a bike and comforted you when you fell, or read your favorite book aloud, over and over again…  Perhaps she nursed you when you were sick and cooked chicken noodle soup…  Maybe it was her advice that got you through a tough time in school, [...]
April 12, 2017

Observer: Children First creates ‘Jo’s Place’

SARASOTA (April 12th, 2017)– Jo Rutstein served on the Children First Board of Directors from 2009-14, but her impact is still being felt. Recently, the organization hung a sign reading “Jo’s Place” near its new playground. It recognizes her help in securing a grant to fund the new playground from the Rotary Club of Sarasota, [...]
March 29, 2017

Herald Tribune: A beautiful fairy tale for Children First

SARASOTA (March 29th, 2017)– Decorated with giant, colorful flowers and toadstools — not to mention twinkling pixies with a sprinkle of pixie dust, of course — the Michael’s on East ballroom was transformed recently into a child’s fantasyland for the Fairytale Ball, benefiting Children First. Nearly 350 elegantly attired guests — with a few even donning [...]
March 25, 2017

Black Tie (Observer): Fairytale Ball teaches guests the power of a little pixie dust

SARASOTA (March 25th, 2017)– Between the cascading garden light-covered entrance and the columns transformed into enchanted forest-esque trees, guests walked into more than just a ballroom at the Children First Fairytale Ball. “A Sprinkle of Pixie Dust” was held on March 25 at Michael’s On East, but really, attendees walked into a fairytale that began with drinks, [...]
January 12, 2021

Sarasota Magazine: Philip Tavill is Dedicated to Helping Infants, Toddlers and Their Families Through Children First

January 12, 2021 | Kay Kipling Philip Tavill, the longtime president and CEO of Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive Head Start provider, has vivid memories of spending time beside his father, a physician working in public health, in locations from Morocco to Milwaukee. His South African mother’s passionate anti-apartheid stance also helped shape [...]
January 15, 2021

Scene Magazine: Dr. Melania Kesoglou Invited to Serve on National Head Start Association Foster Care Committee

January 15, 2021 – Sarasota Dr. Melania Kesoglou, Ed.S., Ph.D., and Director of Education at Children First, has been invited to serve on the National Head Start Association’s Region IV Foster Care Challenge (FCC) Committee. In her role, Dr. Kesoglou will help to oversee the FCC’s work in Head Start’s Region IV, the southeastern United [...]
January 26, 2021

Herald-Tribune: PGT partners with Children First in honor of agency’s 60th anniversary

January 26, 2021 PGT Innovations, a national leader in the premium windows and doors category, has partnered with Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, to kick off the agency’s 60th anniversary in a special initiative called “60 for 60.” In honor of Children First’s major milestone, the agency is [...]
February 1, 2021

SRQ Magazine: Tribute to Business on the Creative Coast

February 1, 2021 In 1961, the Junior League of Sarasota, formerly the Junior Welfare League of Sarasota, founded the Sarasota Day Nursery with a mission to prepare children from low-income families for Kindergarten. Their work changed lives and built a strong foundation, and in 1994 the agency became Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start [...]