By Reverend Brock Leach – Director, Children First Board, Chair Emeritus 2013-2015
In a world of big, future-threatening problems, how should we invest what poet Mary Oliver calls “this one wild and precious life”? I want to make the case for kids.
As a minister who works to strengthen communities, I’ve become convinced that what fundamentally ails [...]
November 30th, 2019 – Feel like consumerism is overwhelming the holiday season?
Beat it back by giving.
Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday came about as a response to commercialization and consumerism in the post-Thanksgiving season — particularly Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
It’s one way to make sure [...]
Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to be so much more [...]
November 12th, 2019 – Children First recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Comprehensive Services for children and families living at-risk in Sarasota County. Comprehensive Services include early childhood education, nutrition, healthcare screenings, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for parents.
An important part of the agency’s Comprehensive Services for [...]
November 6th, 2019 – Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to [...]
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 March 27th, a group from the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women attended a “Lunch & Learn” at Children First’s Marieb Early Learning Center. NCJW member and Children First Forever Ambassador Norma Cohen welcomed the group and spoke from her heart about why Children First is important to her.
Vice President of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers introduced everyone [...]
As colorful as the ballroom was, nothing compared to the shades of love that filled it at the Fairytale Ball on April 6. Thank you for sharing this enchanted evening with us.
Because of your support, children in our program will have access to the highest quality early education, their families will have the opportunity to continue their education or work, and many [...]
Generation GIV, the inaugural young professional’s giving circle of Children First, presented our award-winning Families First Institute with a check for $5,000 on May 15 at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. The funds will support a ‘Positive Solutions for Families’ class.
Launched in 2018, Generation GIV focuses on young professionals who have a desire to change lives [...]
Sarasota, FL – Children First and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) are proud to announce the formalization of an Early Childhood Education Partnership. Students in the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education will complete their final teaching internship in Children First Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms. These students will intern with [...]