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Children First Named a Best Nonprofit to Work For Nationwide

Children First was recently recognized as one of the top 50 nonprofit organizations to work for nationwide in the 2021 Best Nonprofits to Work For competition. The exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County ranked 24th overall in the medium-sized category. Created by The NonProfit Times, the leading national business [...]
March 31, 2021

#60for60 Partner Initiative:
Celebrating National Nutrition Month

In honor of National Nutrition Month and our 60th Anniversary, we wanted to highlight four absolutely incredible partners of our #60for60 partner initiative: Sara Dan, MBA, RD, Sarasota County Schools Food & Nutrition Services; Jim Simmons; USDA/Child Care Food Program (CCFP); Katrenia DuBose, Registered Dietician Nutritionist (RDN), DuBose & Associates Nutrition Management Company and US [...]
March 18, 2021

Herald-Tribune: Children First announces $1 million plus matching gift challenge for Sarasota County

March 18, 2021 Children First is proud to announce The Challenge for Changing Lives, a $1,060,000 matching gift challenge led by Children First’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Circle members. The Diamond Circle is a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families together. Their goal is to [...]
March 18, 2021

Children First Announces Million Dollar plus 60th Anniversary Challenge Match Campaign

Children First is proud to announce The Challenge for Changing Lives, a $1,060,000 matching gift challenge led by Children First’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Circle members. The Diamond Circle is a dedicated group of extraordinary supporters leading the charge in advancing the mission of strengthening children and families together. Their goal is to inspire the community [...]
March 15, 2021

Tampa Bay Newswire: Children First Announces 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee

March 15, 2021 First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is pleased to announce its 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members in recognition of the agency’s historic milestone of six decades of service to the community. The 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members are comprised of past and [...]
March 15, 2021

Children First Announces 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee

Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is pleased to announce its 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members in recognition of the agency’s historic milestone of six decades of service to the community. The 60th Anniversary Co-Chairs and Committee members are comprised of past and present board [...]
December 14, 2016

Nurturing the whole child – body and brain

At Children First, our work goes well beyond child care: the education and nurturing environment that we provide actually impact the brain development of our children. Our teachers and volunteers, in partnership with parents and caregivers, help our students to gain the cognitive, social and emotional skills they need to succeed in kindergarten, college and [...]
February 27, 2017

Our volunteers are crucial to literacy efforts

Numerous studies assert that children in families with incomes below the poverty line are less likely to be read to every day than are children in families with incomes at or above poverty. Due to a combination of factors related to income disparity, by the time children are 5 years old, the ones in poorer [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]