Children First In The Press

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 [...]
December 20, 2022

Amy and Jim Chapman: Investing in Our Children’s Futures

Amy and Jim Chapman are the proud parents of three children and grandparents of seven – soon to be eight – grandchildren. But their love of children extends far beyond their own family. Jim graduated from the Miami University (Ohio) with a degree in finance and earned his master’s in finance at Xavier University in 1975. [...]
October 12, 2022

Areli’s Journey

Areli Gervacio, who now works as the receptionist at the Children First Orange Avenue campus, came here from Mexico in 2000, when she was only 15 years old. She and her sister joined her parents who had moved here four years earlier. The young mother of five children, now ranging in age from 2-18, has [...]
September 30, 2022

Hurricane Ian Update: September 30, 2022

EDITED: October 3, 2022 September 30, 2022   Dear Children First Family, We hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe and well. In accordance with Sarasota County School District’s announcement today, Children First will continue to be closed through Monday, October 3 and until further notice so that we can support everyone directly impacted by Hurricane [...]
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 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 [...]