Children First Groton (CFG) began in 1999 through the Children First Initiative and was known as Groton’s Early Childhood Community Collaborative. As a recipient of a Discovery grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the collaborative officially became Children First Groton. In collaboration with the Groton community, CFG designed and is implementing a Community Plan focusing on important issues in early childhood for Groton families. CFG Leadership also serves as Groton's School Readiness Council.
CFG is comprised of early childcare providers, parents, service providers, librarians, health care providers, Groton Public Schools, Town Officials, and other persons interested in working on early childhood issues in the Groton community. The work is guided by the CFG Leadership group and is implemented through four work groups (Mental/Physical Health, Education, Safe/Strong Families, and Finance & Communications) and five Neighborhood Groups; all of whom are currently working from the town-wide Community Plan.