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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
September 24, 2020

Philanthropy in Action – Terry & Bob Lewandowski

Terry and Bob Lewandowski are originally from Chicago, Illinois where together they hold a combined four degrees in Psychology, Medical Technology, and Industrial Relations from Loyola University. Terry enjoyed a career as a medical technologist in Chicago-area hospitals until the birth of their first child, upon which time she considers herself blessed to be able [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]