February 11th, 2020 – By Kelly Ring
Every morning, you can find Eliezer and Wendy Rivera walking their daughter Sophia to class at the Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center in Sarasota.
“They teach them really good,” said Wendy. “They learn a lot of stuff.”
They are taking part in Children First. The program’s mission is to [...]
January 19th, 2020 – Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is excited to welcome the new slate of board leadership for 2020. Lisa Giglio is the former co-owner of Freedom Boat Club, and has served as an early childhood educator and Director of Education [...]
Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County, is excited to welcome the new slate of board leadership for 2020. Lisa Giglio is the former co-owner of Freedom Boat Club, and has served as an early childhood educator and Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center. [...]
January 13th, 2020 – Tampa, FL — WEDU PBS announced today the finalists for the 2020 WEDU Be More Awards. The fifteenth annual WEDU Be More Awards will take place on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Bryan Glazer JCC in Tampa. The annual community event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the Hall of [...]
December 24th, 2019 – Tampa used car dealership Car Credit’s “Corazones de Car Credit” charitable organization has selected Children First, Inc. as its monthly winner for December 2019. Corazones de Car Credit, a program which recognizes Tampa Bay area charitable organizations for helping those newly immigrated to the country, awarded Children First, Inc. $2,000.
Founded in [...]
December 20th, 2019 – The Harry Sudakoff Foundation has recently awarded $20,000 in support of scholarships to Children First, the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services in Sarasota County.
The agency also received $15,000 from the Bernard & Mildred Doyle Charitable Trust, $10,000 from the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Foundation, and $750 from [...]
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
Children First staff recently attended a two-day Health Care Institute (HCI) that was hosted by the UCLA Anderson School of Business and the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness. HCI is designed to assist grantees in improving the health of their staff, families, and children, while strengthening the communities in which they work. Participation in [...]
Just in time for the HotelPlanner Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival Kickoff, Powerboat P1 CEO, Azam Rangoonwala and Scott Free Racing team member Kim Kildahl paid a special visit to some of our preschoolers! They read to the children and taught them about boats before heading outside to see Scott free Racing’s Boatfloater powerboat.
This was [...]
As of mid-day on Monday, October 8 Sarasota County is NOT under a hurricane or tropical storm watch or warning.
Children First’s policy is to follow the Sarasota County School’s closure schedule.
If the Sarasota County Schools close, Children First closes all of its sites.
If there is localized flooding, Children First may close sites on a site [...]
Children First was honored to be recognized as the 2019 Nonprofit of the Year at the 14th annual WEDU Be More Awards. As recipient of the Be More Unstoppable Award, Children First was chosen from a field of the Tampa Bay area’s most esteemed organizations. WEDU notes that the award is the most coveted and [...]