(Sarasota, FL) – Children First has received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation. This grant will be used to provide scholarships for at-risk children to attend Children First, Sarasota County’s exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services. Through the grant, children ages birth to five who live in poverty will be able to receive full-day early childhood education, nutritious meals and developmental services at one of Children First’s 13 sites throughout Sarasota County.
Founded in 1961 and recently designated as one of the top 10 Head Start programs in the United States, Children First has been serving Sarasota County for over 50 years. Each year, the organization serves over 600 of our county’s neediest children, ages birth to five years old, helping them prepare for kindergarten through Early Head Start, Head Start and early childhood education programs. The agency also offers a variety of parenting, budgeting and educational development programs for families. Through these services, Children First continues to fulfill its mission of, “strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.”