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Children First Receives $50,000 from the Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation for Family Strengthening Services

Children First, exclusive provider of Head Start and Early Head Start services for Sarasota County, is delighted to announce the generous donation of $50,000 from the Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation. This significant investment plays a pivotal role in furthering the organization's mission of strengthening children and families and transforming the quality of their lives.

"We are deeply grateful to the Paddock Foundation for their generous support," said Philip Tavill, CEO of Children First. "Their contribution exemplifies their dedication to investing in the well-being and future of young children and their families. Together, we create a lasting impact and empower families to overcome challenges and thrive."

The Jerome & Mildred Paddock Foundation has a long-standing commitment to fostering positive change in the community and uplifting those in need with a primary focus on supporting vulnerable seniors and children with disabilities, including physical, mental, emotional, and economic.

Children First's family strengthening services encompass a comprehensive range of programs, including prenatal education, early childhood development initiatives, parent training and support, and access to essential resources. By addressing the array of needs pregnant women and families face during the critical early years of a child's life, Children First is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the overall well-being of the community.

"We believe that every child deserves a bright future and that strong families are the foundation of a thriving society," said a Paddock Foundation Trustee. "Children First has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to this cause, and we are proud to support their invaluable efforts."

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

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