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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Children First has been nominated in FOUR categories for the 2022 Best of SRQ Local competition, an annual contest conducted by SRQ Magazine! Click here to vote now: www.srqmagazine.com/2022/bestof• Best Local Children's Non-Profit• Best Local Non-Profit• Best Non-Profit Leader, Philip Tavill• Best Community Accomplishment – The Challenge for Changing Lives, Diamond CircleVoting closes on February 9th! You can vote once per day for any or all of the above categories.We know that these incredible milestones would not be possible without you. Thank you for helping Children First continue be our "best!" ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to private support from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and other incredible community members, five parents have successfully completed the first phase of our Parent Training Program! The goal of the Parent Training Program is to help our parents build employability skills and get experience in four different areas at Children First under guidance from our Vocational Family Advocate. Areas include: •Early Childhood Development•Food Service•Maintenance/Facilities•Clerical ServicesPhase one consists of job observation, where each parent shadows Children First staff in all four areas. Three parents chose to move on to the second phase, which focuses on targeted training in their chosen field. One parent has already been hired and is working for our agency as a nutrition substitute, and another has chosen to continue her education and earn her GED with the goal to become an electrician. Congratulations to all of our parents, we are so proud of your continued hard work and success! ... See MoreSee Less
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]