Children First – Fairytale Ball: The Enchanted Library

A boy in a dinosaur shirt
Teacher and girl in classroom

Video Transcript

Speaker 1:

Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some happy, and some exciting, but if you never turn the page, you won’t know what the next chapter holds. For the 700 children and families that attend Children First every year, their stories are just beginning.

Kwame Alexander:

When a family walks in the door for the first time, it’s very exciting because it’s the beginning of a new chapter and the story of their lives.

Philip Tavill:

They are going to embark on the next chapter, their child being in a high-quality classroom, that Family Advocate, getting to know the family, and developing a bond of trust. They’re going to embark, really, on a journey that many of them have no idea how fulfilling and rewarding it will be.

Amy Hoehler:

My favorite thing about Children First is to watch these kids just thrive, especially my daughter, and she’s excelling in school and she’s excited to learn, so that makes me happy.

Kwame Alexander:

The primary goal when families come to Children First is what we call kindergarten readiness. Children get a breakfast, lunch, and a snack daily, which enable our children to be able to learn during the course of the day. Our children are going to learn their numbers, letters, and how to make friends, and that’s going to get them ready for their next chapter.

Speaker 1:

Children First isn’t just for kids. We also work with families to help them gain confidence and reach their goals.

Mya Widmyer:

After Braxton’s father and I split up, it was a very toxic situation. So coming here, having our Family Advocate, it really has built our relationship back up to a positive, healthy, thriving co-parenting situation.

Kim Blake:

I started off at Children First as a parent. My son was in Early Head Start, and I found out that he had autism and he’s doing phenomenal now. It was because of all the education I gained that made me want to work with Children First. I’m actually a Family Advocate now. My future was pretty shaky. I was homeless. It means a lot to me that I can help, and if it wasn’t for Children First, I would never know that that’s what I wanted to do and that’s my passion.

Speaker 1:

Children First even has classes for parents and grandparents. They learn how to start a career, deal with problems at home, and build a brighter future.

Kwame Alexander:

Our parents become more empowered, they become more knowledgeable about child development and their own children.

Philip Tavill:

It’s a phenomenal investment that we make in our kids and our families that pays off for a lifetime.

Amy Hoehler:

It’s definitely helpful. It’s helped a lot in our house.

Mya Widmyer:

Children First has been a very positive space for us to grow as parents, all while watching Braxton grow as well.

Speaker 1:

We believe there’s one thing all of our families need in their stories, and that’s love.

Mya Widmyer:

When I walk into Children First, I feel love.

Amy Hoehler:

Being a part of the Children First family makes me feel loved.

Philip Tavill:

Love is critical. The families understand that we accept them for where they are, and we will show them support and we will show them love as we walk down the path of success with them.

Speaker 1:

With love and support from Children First, so many families are moving toward the happily ever after they deserve.

Kim Blake:

Children First represents hope. It’s a way that parents and families can rewrite their stories, start new, and realize that they have the power and the confidence to better themselves and be successful in life.

Philip Tavill:

They become the ones who tell their own story. They’re the ones whose children will have a different life because of the investment that we made at the front end.

Mya Widmyer:

Because of Children First, the story of Braxton has turned out a lot better than it could have.

Amy Hoehler:

I’m just really grateful for Children First and everything they’ve done for me, my family, and my daughter.

Speaker 1:

We are grateful to our many supporters who help Children First change lives every day.

Philip Tavill:

Thank you so much for being a part of the Children First story.

Kwame Alexander:

Thank you so much for being a part of our story.

Amy Hoehler:

Thank you.

Mya Widmyer:

Thank you.

Kim Blake:

Thank you so much.

Braxton:

Thank you for being a part of our story. We love you.