Prolonged exposure to toxic or stressful environments can undermine a child’s sense of security and threaten her or his healthy development. To combat this crucial issue, the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation recently awarded a $77,000 grant to Children First for improved building security at four of its locations.
Access control doors and upgraded security cameras will be placed in every classroom and public space at the Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center, the Venice campus (a partnership with Suncoast Charities), Our Mother’s House (a childcare partnership with Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice), and the North Port campus. The improved building security will be put into place to further enhance the safety of more than 250 children and their families each year, as well as hundreds of staff members, volunteers, and supporters.
“With the technological landscape changing rapidly every day, this grant ensures that every parent can focus better on work and their own education with the assurance of their child’s safety, and that every child will have a secure space to develop the skills they need to thrive. We are deeply grateful to the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation for their vision of a community that is safe and sound for all,” says President & CEO Philip Tavill.
About Children First:
Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 1% out of over 1,800 Head Starts nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and well-being. At 15 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, and nutrition and health care assistance to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net.