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February 16, 2024

More Than Words Can Say: Reflecting on the 2022 Giving Challenge

More than words can say, we are grateful for the generosity our community showed during the 2022 Giving Challenge. The lives of our at-risk children and families have changed for the better in so many ways, it’s almost impossible to name them all. At Children First, we ensure that all children are prepared to enter Kindergarten, [...]
January 31, 2024

Children First Names New Board Leadership and Directors for 2024

Children First, Inc., the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is proud to announce its slate of board leadership for 2024, and the addition of two new directors. At the agency’s annual board reception on January 23, Keith G. Johnson, Managing Director & Senior Wealth Advisor with Truist, was [...]
October 30, 2023

Angela De La Rosa: Paying it Forward

October is Head Start Awareness Month, a month when we celebrate the one-million-plus children, from birth to 5 years old, that Head Start serves every year across the country. This comprehensive early education program for children from at-risk backgrounds gives them the building blocks needed so they can be successful both in school and in [...]
October 12, 2023

Children First Collective Ignites Community with $600,000 Matching Gift Challenge

As communities across the nation grapple with the economic impact of the ongoing childcare crisis, Children First remains at the forefront of building a stronger, more promising future for children and families in need. As the exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, Children First is proud to announce a [...]
August 10, 2023

Children First Staff Earn National Family Development Credential

We are proud to announce that five employees have recently earned the national Family Development Credential through the University of Connecticut! The Family Development Credential (FDC) emerged in 1994 from a research-policy collaborative. The program provides frontline workers with the knowledge and skills they need to coach families to set and reach their own goals for [...]
June 14, 2023

Happy Father’s Day from Children First!

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us on a journey, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” –       Anonymous Once a year, we stop to honor and remember the most important man in our lives – our dad. Photographer Anne Geddes perhaps said it best [...]
May 22, 2017

Herald Tribune: Learning to be better fathers

SARASOTA May 22, 2017 (Kim Doleatto-Herald Tribune) — Robert Phinney — owner of Roots, a yard clearing and demolition company — has arms the size of some of the heavy branches he clears. He works around 70 hours a week and lives with his 3- and 5-year-old. The black tinted windows of his company pick-up [...]
June 30, 2017

Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix: More Than Races

Sarasota, FL (June 29, 2017) – As they climb on new playground equipment, at-risk toddlers at Children First probably don’t know they’re building important developmental skills. Meanwhile, thousands of race fans and spectators may not realize that as they attend festivals and enjoy powerboat races off the shore of Lido Key, they are helping those [...]