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 [...]
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 [...]
“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.”
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 [...]
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 [...]
(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, [...]
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 [...]
A heartfelt thank you to the Sarasota City Foundation for their incredible generosity! Their recent donation of $25,000 will play a pivotal role in supporting our agency's family strengthening services through the Nurturing Dads Initiative, an integral component of our award-winning Families First Institute."We at the Sarasota City Foundation are thrilled to support the Nurturing Dads Initiative through the Families First Institute. We believe in the power of community and are committed to investing in programs that strengthen families and foster positive growth. It's our privilege to contribute to such a meaningful cause and see the impact of our support in the lives of families in Sarasota,” says Erik Arroyo, Founder, Sarasota City Foundation. The Sarasota City Foundation has a mission to bridge the gap between public and private resources to meet the immediate needs of the Sarasota Community. We are deeply honored to be a beneficiary of their commitment to creating positive and lasting change. Thank you for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Jennifer Mathey of Pixie Health Insurance recently donated to our holiday program, helping ensure this holiday season is magical and bright for all.Jennifer and her family are Children First alumni, making these gifts for our children and families extra special. Thank you for your support! 🌟What an honor. Pixie Health Insurance was giving a great opportunity to adopt through Children First, Inc. Years ago this same organization helped me & my son so I felt it in my heart ❤️ to give back:). I just hope these gifts will help the family ‘s 🎄 Christmas a little brighter. ... See MoreSee Less
During the 2023 AFP National Philanthropy Day celebration, Children First was thrilled to honor long-time supporters and volunteers Kathy & Tom Cook for their continued commitment to our children, families, and staff, alongside volunteers from the Venice Area Quilters Guild, who have been stitching a legacy of love for our children since 2005. Spotlighting the long history of caring and sharing that is so much a part of our local community, the Southwest Florida Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals annually honors individuals, businesses and foundations for their leadership commitment to philanthropy. ... See MoreSee Less
Giving Tuesday is tomorrow! We invite you to join the national movement of building a world where generosity is part of everyday life. By investing in the quality services provided by Children First, you give the gift of a better life to our most vulnerable young children and their families.Thanks to the generosity of our Changemaker Collective, all gifts will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000. If you would like double your impact, please follow this link: www.childrenfirst.net/donate/. Thank you for your support! ... See MoreSee Less
Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start programs, was awarded the WEDU “Be More Informed” Nielsen Marketing Campaign Award during the 2017 WEDU Be More Awards Luncheon & Ceremony in Tampa on February 23. Children First was recognized for our “Raise Your Hand” campaign. The “Be More Informed” award [...]