Educational Institutions

Community Learning Center Inc

  • Clearwater, FL

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Community Learning Center is to improve the lives of families through education, to inspire youth by making academics fun and relevant, to provide youth with character and drug education, knowledge of human rights, and life skills so they are well-educated and can make competent and well-informed decisions in life.

Main Programs

  1. Free Homework Help & Summer Tutoring with Volunteers
  2. Affordable Professional Tutoring
  3. Free Books and Art for Kids event
  4. Teens Tutoring
  5. College Prep for Athletes Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The primary service areas of the Community Learning Center (CLC) are Pinellas County and Broward county. We are providing programs like homework help, teens tutoring, SAT/ACT test prep, high school completion program, math camps and more. Affordable professional tutoring is also available so ALL families can benefit from this facility's programs. Our aesthetic 7,200 sq. ft. building represents hope for the Greenwood neighborhood in north Clearwater and is a resource that contributes to the city's elected officials' vision "to create a city that is a wonderful place to live, learn, work, visit and play."

ruling year

2000

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mrs. Holly Haggerty

Keywords

Self-reported

Tutoring, Reading, Math, Learning, Literacy, Study Skills, Homework Help, Test Preparation, Art, Dyslexia, ADHD

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Also Known As

CLC

EIN

59-3521809

 Number

4643607799

Physical Address

1411 N Fort Harrison Avenue

Clearwater, FL 33755

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Free Homework Help & Summer Tutoring with Volunteers

Students are paired with community volunteers so they can complete their homework. Over the summer volunteers also work with students to fill in gaps in their skills so students are able to work independently and succeed in the new school year.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Hispanics

Budget

$40,000.00

Program 2

Affordable Professional Tutoring

The Community Learning Center offers affordable professional tutoring on a sliding scale. This program makes it possible for families of all income levels to receive one-on-one academic help for their children. We work with each student to identify their learning strengths and weaknesses and then develop an individual program tailored to those needs. Our students regularly achieve a full grade level of improvement with less than 30 hours of tutoring.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Adults

Hispanics

Budget

$75,000.00

Program 3

Free Books and Art for Kids event

Each month, the Community Learning Center holds a Free Books and Art for Kids event where we distribute hundreds of gently used books to local children in order to encourage them to read. These books are donated by families and organizations. We provide snacks, art instruction, face painting, music, games and we have a children’s book author attend to do a book reading for the kids. Every child may take home up to five gently-used books.

Category

K-12 (5-19 years)

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Single Parents

None

Budget

$3,000.00

Program 4

Teens Tutoring

The goal of the Teens Tutoring program is to train teenagers to be tutors for students in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade. In 20 hours, they learned communication skills, instructional skills, and learned about specific curriculum and on-line instructional games. We then hired these same teens to tutor local low-income elementary school students in reading or math for 20 hours.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5,000.00

Program 5

College Prep for Athletes Program

The Community Learning Center has a new program which provides academic support, tutoring, and ACT/SAT prep to high school athletes who qualify for full and partial athletic scholarships but need academic support to meet the requirements of granting colleges.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

$220,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The primary service areas of the Community Learning Center (CLC) are Pinellas County and Broward county. We are providing programs like homework help, teens tutoring, SAT/ACT test prep, high school completion program, math camps and more. Affordable professional tutoring is also available so ALL families can benefit from this facility's programs. Our aesthetic 7,200 sq. ft. building represents hope for the Greenwood neighborhood in north Clearwater and is a resource that contributes to the city's elected officials' vision "to create a city that is a wonderful place to live, learn, work, visit and play."

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Executive Director

Mrs. Holly Haggerty

BIO

Holly Haggerty served as the Executive Director and Board member from 1998 to 2001, when she left to lead a team in the creation of the Smart Way Reading and Spelling Program, a program based upon the scientific reading research of the National Reading Panel that is so easy to use anyone that can read can become a tutor. She then went on to research the state standards and write applications to deliver the program in conjunction with non-profits. Her applications were approved in 18 states and she went on to supervise the tutor training and delivery of the program to thousands of students around the country. During this time she continued to serve the Community Learning Center as a Board Member.

With the purchase of its newer and larger facility at 1411 North Fort Harrison in 2007, Holly returned to the Community Learning Center as a full-time staff member.

Today, Holly again serves as the Executive Director. Under her leadership, the Center has gone from serving a handful of students at a local library and recreation center, to working with groups all over the state of Florida and beyond to serve thousands of students. In 2014, the Community Learning Center was awarded the Small Non-Profit of the Year award by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about educational reform so in addition to her work at the Center, she volunteers on committees with the United Way and the Pinellas Education Foundation.

Holly and her husband of 23 years, Brendan Haggerty, are the proud parents of four children between the ages of 5 and 20.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Our firm belief is that every child can learn—regardless of their current level, educational label, or background. By taking the approach that instruction and curriculum need to match the student, rather than trying to force the student to match the instruction and curriculum, we achieve success.

We are passionate about results. For this reason, the reading instruction we deliver is based upon the findings of the National Reading Panel, which in 2000, documented the reading instructional approaches that produce the highest rate of success among students.

The panel concluded that there were five main approaches that led to the highest rate of student success. These were later coined “The Five Pillars of Reading Instruction.”

The five pillars are:

1. Phonemic Awareness (knowledge of the individual sounds within words)
2. Phonics
3. Fluency
4. Vocabulary
5. Text Comprehension

If these five pillars are in place, students will have a strong foundation for further education. If they are not in place, the task of higher education becomes extremely frustrating and difficult.

All Community Learning Center professional and volunteer tutors are trained on the five pillars of reading instruction and how to apply them with their student in tutoring."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Joe Yazbeck

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Term: 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?