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Top highlights of our press releases and media coverage


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Why Celebrating Diversity Isn't Enough

April 17, 2022

The month of April is observed as Celebrate Diversity Month. But is celebration enough? In short, no. Building equitable, diverse, inclusive communities requires commitment and hard work – and our children’s futures depend on it. 

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Delaware Small Business Chamber Announces Annual Awards

April 14, 2022

The Delaware Small Business Chamber recently announced the winners of its annual business awards, naming Children & Families First Top Non-Profit. The voting process for these awards are made by up to 3,000 local business owners and leaders and some of their staff, so recipients are voted on by their local peers.

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Student Led Pop-up Shop Fundraiser to Benefit Children & Families First

March 22, 2022

For months, Sussex Academy student Adelle Leebel has dedicated her after-school and weekend hours to organizing a pop-up shop fundraising event to benefit Children & Families First, a Delaware-based nonprofit organization. 

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Pandemic hasn't stopped crew from 'smiling behind a mask' and ranking among the top workplaces

August 22, 2021

One of the keys to improving a community is by prioritizing Children & Families First. Living up to that name has become a 137-year commitment for the nonprofit.

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How Highly Does Delaware Value Early Care and Education

July 16, 2021

All children deserve high-quality, developmental experiences beginning at birth, not at age 5. The brain science behind it is clear: the first few years of a child’s life are far more formative than we ever imagined. But in Delaware, early learning is still unaffordable and inaccessible for far too many families.

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Children & Families First Trauma Response Team Wins Award

July 11, 2021

Children & Families First, a Delaware-based nonprofit organization, recently received the 2021 Compassionate Champion Organization Award. The award, announced by Gov. John Carney and First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, is the state’s highest honor to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in providing compassionate care.

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Delaware groups get funding to combat root causes of poor health outcomes

December 17, 2020

Grant winners include Children and Families First (CFF), a nonprofit that will use the funding to help residents of Section 8 housing by providing support and services. “We spend a lot of time and energy intervening on people when what we should be intervening on are the conditions that lead folks to have challenges,” said CFF’s Kirsten Olson. 

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Children & Families First to Serve as Interim Head Start Grant Manager

July 28, 2020

Children & Families First (CFF) reported this week that it has been identified by the Office of Head Start (OHS) as the interim manager of Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Kent and Sussex counties.

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Children & Families First Names Kirsten Olson CEO

December 3, 2019

Children & Families First recently announced that Kirsten Olson, currently its chief strategy officer, has been selected as the new chief executive officer after a comprehensive search process conducted by the CFF board of directors.

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