Educational Institutions

Polk County School Readiness Coalition Inc

  • Lakeland, FL
  • www.elcpolk.org

Mission Statement

The coalition will provide leadership, direction, and integrated resource management for quality services that support our vision of success for children.

Main Programs

  1. School Readiness (SR)
  2. Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP)
  3. Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

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Service Areas

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Florida

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Mr. Gilbert A. Rincon

Keywords

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ELCPolk, Childcare, Daycare, VPK, Arbor

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EIN

59-3648316

 Number

3154409536

Also Known As

Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In 2014-2015, The Coalition applied for and received funding to invest in the quality of child care programs in Polk County. The Florida Legislature approved a special pilot project to see whether specific training approaches improve how well children do in school readiness programs. The Early Learning Performance Funding Pilot Project (ELPFPP) gave eligible, selected child care providers and their instructors an opportunity to earn additional compensation for improving school readiness program outcomes. Five pilot providers and three comparison group providers participated in the ELPFPP. Pilot and comparison participants were required to complete specific deliverables during the course of four benchmark periods that began October, 2014 and ended June, 2015. In addition, pilot participants qualified for a bonus that was determined in cooperation with Performance Funding and Teachstone LLC. In order for pilot providers to be eligible, class pre and post observational data must have indicated gains in at least one domain with no more than .5 in remaining domains, or loss that would lower them to the next lower domain. Pilot classrooms that exhibited gains in two or more domains were awarded a higher level bonus. Another success was that 70 childcare programs participated in the Nemours BrightStart! (NBS!) early literacy program, which is designed to provide evidence-based early literacy screenings and intensive early literacy instruction to assist children who may be at risk for reading failure. Last year, 1,076 children (ages 4-5) were screened and 373 children (35%) qualified for NBS! ""at-risk"" specialized instruction, which was delivered by their teachers over a 20-week timeframe. Following specialized instruction, these children's average score increased by 90% indicating their reading readiness skills were no longer ""at-risk"" but now commensurate with children the same age preparing them to enter school ready to learn.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

School Readiness (SR)

The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization responsible for preparing children from birth to age five for kindergarten. The Coalition supports a curriculum addressing pre-academic skills, physical and mental health, and parenting skills. Additionally, the Coalition is constantly enhancing the quality of preschool programs in an effort to create seamless systems of childcare. The Coalition also provides School Readiness (SR) services on a full-day, full-year basis so that parents can work or go to school to better themselves and their families, all the while having the peace of mind that their children are being taken care of by a quality early educator whose purpose is to prepare children for kindergarten. The School Readiness Program served 7,577 children in fiscal year 2014-2015 in Polk County.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$18,700,000.00

Program 2

Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP)

The Coalition is also responsible for the administration of the Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) Program, which creates more broad eligibility requirements for entrance into the School Readiness program for children of parents working as child care providers. These providers are contracted with the Early Learning Coalition of Polk County and are subject to the same strict health and safety standards. The children served by this program are able to receive the same subsidized School Readiness services while their parent continues to work at the child care facility, providing double the benefit. The Child Care Executive Partnership Program served an average of 79 children per month in fiscal year 2014-2015 in Polk County.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$792,000.00

Program 3

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)

In January of 2005, the Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program was added to the statute regulated responsibilities of the Coalition. VPK is a free, legislatively mandated program available to every four-year-old residing in Florida. The program is designed to assist children by preparing them for kindergarten, subsequently giving them the skills they will need to be successful throughout their education and life. The VPK program served 4,767 Polk County children in fiscal year 2014-2015.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

$10,500,000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Early Learning Coalition of Polk County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by Florida Statute Chapter 411 in 1999, to provide low income and at-risk children access to high quality early education and child care to help prepare them for success in school. The Coalition administers two distinct programs in Polk County: the School Readiness Program (SR) and the Voluntary Prekindergarten program (VPK). Throughout this past year a total of 12,344 children were served in either a School Readiness or a Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. This number includes 617 children who were receiving both the School Readiness and VPK programs during the year. There is also an average of 2,000 children on the waitlist for SR services at any given time in the year. One of the greatest goals of the Coalition is to eliminate our need for a waitlist. Additionally, the parents of the children served in these programs are able to continue to work or go to school to improve their own economic self-sufficiency.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
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  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

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Florida

Funding Needs

As a non-profit, the Coalitions greatest challenge is raising funds to serve the children and families of Polk County. We have many local supporters including the United Way of Central Florida; however, the amount needed each year is often unattained. The Coalition is responsible for locally raising 6% (approximately $500,000) of the School Readiness program funding which equates to over each year. To receive services, children and families The Coalition also administers the Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) program which is funded by locally raised match dollars as well. Each year the Coalition is responsible for raising nearly $400,000, which is matched dollar for dollar by the state, to serve children who would otherwise end up on the waitlist for services. This program, even with its generous local donors such as Publix Charities, Disney, TD Bank Charitable Foundation, Lakeland Area Chamber Foundation, and the GiveWell Community Foundation, has yet to fully utilize its full potential as the Coalition has not been able to raise enough funds to draw down all of the match funding available.

Affiliations + Memberships

Chamber of Commerce

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Operations

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Polk County School Readiness Coalition Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gilbert A. Rincon

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Reflecting upon the many accomplishments of the Coalition over the last year, I am proud of the successes we have achieved. From the streamlining of services, to the ever improving quality initiatives, the Coalition has been steadily increasing its efforts to provide the best possible service to the children and families of Polk County. I also know that much of the success and achievement that is attributed to the Coalition is in part due to its collaboration with a variety of incredible and valuable partners throughout the community who believe and support the work that Coalition staff members do every day. These partners are the driving force behind the positive change in our communities, and we thank each and every one of you for your service to the children and families of Polk County. The Coalition's focus remains the education of our children from birth to age five preparing them to be adequately equipped mentally, physically, and socially for a successful and positive path toward education, and we strive to build a solid foundation established through quality early education and care to help children become economically and socially responsible citizens as adults. Speaking on behalf of all the staff members of the Coalition, it has been an honor to provide the services to the community year after year. We also recognize the need for the development and sustainability of high quality early education providers that can offer a safe, nurturing, and learning environment in which our children can best develop the essential skills that their early years of life entail. To this end, it is our goal as a Coalition to further our efforts and continue to invest in the single greatest asset we have, the children and families of Polk County. Gilbert A. Rincon, Chief Executive Officer"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr William Dorman

Lanier Upshaw

Term: Dec 2013 - Dec 2017

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