Children First Blog

May 23, 2023

Making History Through Head Start: Carlos Yancy

Carlos Yancy is a Business Development Specialist with BayFirst Bank in Newtown, where he and his team have a direct focus on making a difference in our community and in the lives of those we serve. He is also a proud Children First alumni and third-generation Sarasota resident. From a young age, he was taught the [...]
May 18, 2023

Children First CEO Honored by National Head Start Association for Significant Service to Community

(Left to right: CEO Philip Tavill, VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan, VP of Philanthropy Jessica Rogers, and Board Chair Brock Leach) Philip Tavill, CEO of Children First, has been honored by the National Head Start Association (NHSA) for his significant achievements in excellence in community service. The NHSA represents more than one million children, 275,000 staff, [...]
May 11, 2023

Happy Mother’s Day From our Family to Yours!

Once each year we stop to say thank you to the most important person in our world – our mother. She loves unconditionally, is our first and most important teacher, and our constant source of strength and love through good times and bad. Here at Children First, we understand there is no more important job in [...]
April 25, 2023

A Journey Through the Looking Glass

“Thy loving smile will surely hail the love-gift of a fairy tale.” On April 1, the magic of Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” his sequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” created a festive backdrop for the 23rd Annual Fairytale Ball, hosted by Children First at Michael’s on East. In the words of Alice, “The only way to [...]
February 16, 2023

Children First Parent, CEO Honored for Statewide Impact

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is proud to announce that parent and Policy Council Liaison Maria Somera and CEO Philip Tavill have been honored by the Florida Head Start Association (FHSA) for their impact in elevating excellence in Florida’s Head Start Community. Representing nearly [...]
February 2, 2023

VP of Programs Kathleen Sullivan Named to National Head Start Association Region IV Board of Directors

Kathleen Sullivan, MACD, the Vice President of Programs at Children First, has been elected to serve on the National Head Start Association’s (NHSA) Region IV Board of Directors. In her role, Ms. Sullivan will help to oversee Head Start’s Region IV, the southeastern United States, representing more than 170,000 children, 40,000 staff and 300 [...]