Educational Institutions

The Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, Inc.

  • Boynton Beach, FL
  • www.literacypbc.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy. The Coalition serves as the leading advocate for literacy in Palm Beach County by developing and maintaining highly visible literacy programs and serving as a catalyst for innovative strategies. We act as an information networking and referral center while facilitating collaborative efforts among literacy providers. We lead and unify the community in literacy initiatives.

As we strive to build a literate community, our efforts are focused on our most economically and educationally disadvantaged neighbors. Each year approximately 31,000 children, adolescents and adults benefit from our programs. We help young children enter kindergarten with essential school readiness skills. We tutor elementary school age students to help them improve their reading skills. We mentor adolescents and young adults so that they will stay in school, graduate on time and be prepared for further education or to enter the workforce. We teach adults with limited literacy so that they can gain employment, receive promotions and earn a family-sustaining wage. We work with families to establish a legacy of literacy.

Main Programs

  1. Literacy AmeriCorps
  2. Glades Family Education
  3. Village Readers Family Education
  4. Budding Readers
  5. Parent-Child Home
  6. Building Better Readers
  7. Reach Out and Read
  8. After Schools Reads
  9. Turning Bullies into Buddies
  10. Early Literacy Book Distribution
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Literacy Coalition provides services throughout Palm Beach County, FL.

ruling year

1990

Chief Executive Officer

Self-reported

Ms. Kristin Calder

Keywords

Self-reported

literacy, reading, family, children, outreach, education, community, volunteer, english, after school, books

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EIN

65-0169781

 Number

7455722571

Physical Address

3651 Quantum Blvd.

Boynton Beach, FL 33426

Also Known As

Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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?

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Literacy AmeriCorps

The Literacy AmeriCorps program, established in 1997, is one of the flagship programs of the Literacy Coalition. Up to 40 full-time members are recruited and trained by the Literacy Coalition and placed with nonprofit agencies, schools and libraries throughout the county to work with children, teens and adults who need to improve their literacy skills. Members work as reading tutors, teachers, mentors and high school graduation coaches. Literacy AmeriCorps members also participate in service projects with many community agencies. The AmeriCorps members recruit, train and support volunteers to assist with these projects. During a one year term of service, each Literacy AmeriCorps member contributes more than 1,700 hours of community service.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

1,023,815

Program 2

Glades Family Education

Featuring adult education, parenting education, parent and child together (PACT) time, children’s education and home visits, the Glades Family Education program is a comprehensive family literacy program operating in Belle Glade, Florida. The program started in 1993 and operates on a year round basis, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The program focuses on adults who cannot read or speak English well and their preschool children. Most of the adult students are Hispanic or Haitian females who may not be literate in their native language. Instruction for the adult students is conducted in four separate rooms according to the student’s literacy level for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. The parents who have children in the on-site preschool program are given the opportunity to practice their parenting skills with their children during class time as part of the parent and child together (PACT) sessions. These joint learning experiences introduce the parent and preschool child to an educational activity that can be replicated at home.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

317,818

Program 3

Village Readers Family Education

The Village Readers Family Education Program was established in 2000. The program, which gives families living in the poorest neighborhood in Delray Beach, Florida the opportunity to work toward achieving a better life, serves children who attend Village Academy (a K-12 small school continum model public school), their parents and other adults living in the neighborhood who seek to improve their literacy skills. The parents are the working poor who come to class in the evening after working all day at low wage jobs such as housecleaning, food service and lawn maintenance. They have low levels of literacy and limited proficiency in English. The program operates year-round Monday through Thursday. From 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the adults are given instruction in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). Approximately 20 elementary school age children receive one-to-one tutoring in the afternoon once a week from two Literacy AmeriCorps members or community volunteers and participate in two hours of reading enrichment activities in the evening along with children who participate in the evening program while their parents attend class. A children’s program coordinator works with a child care assistant to ensure that the evening activities support learning while not being as formal as the instruction the children receive during the day in their regular classroom.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

202,066

Program 4

Budding Readers

The Budding Readers program matches three-year-old children in child care centers with a Reading Partner for a weekly one-to-one interactive reading session. The Reading Partners help the children develop age-appropriate early literacy skills so that they will blossom into life-long lovers of books, reading and learning.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

172,304

Program 5

Parent-Child Home

The Literacy Coalition coordinates the national Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) in Palm Beach County in partnership with nonprofit four agencies.
PCHP is one of the most intensive home visiting programs in the country. It is an evidence-based, research-validated early childhood literacy, parenting and school readiness program. Home visitors provide twice-weekly home visits over a two-year period to low-income families with young children. They provide new books, educational toys and activities. In thirty minute sessions, the home visitors model for the parents how to use the materials with their children to promote verbal interaction, parent-child bonding and school readiness.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

2,024,666

Program 6

Building Better Readers

The Literacy Coalition recruits, trains and places community volunteers to tutor first and second grade struggling readers who attend schools with a majority of economically disadvantaged students. Volunteers also tutor struggling readers afterschool at the Blume Literacy Center, the Literacy Coalition's headquarters.

Category

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

112,404

Program 7

Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read partners with medical providers to bring early literacy into pediatric examination rooms. A national, evidence-based nonprofit organization, Reach Out and Read is coordinated by the Literacy Coalition at 30 medical clinics in Palm Beach County. Pediatricians and nurse practitioners advise parents about the importance of reading with their children. The Literacy Coalition provides the medical providers with age appropriate books that they give the families at the six month through five year well-child checkups.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

217,850

Program 8

After Schools Reads

The program provides STEM based activity-driven reading experiences for children in after school programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$127,010

Program 9

Turning Bullies into Buddies

The program presents a literature based anti-bullying curriculum to children in after school programs.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$115,142

Program 10

Early Literacy Book Distribution

The Literacy Coalition provides children’s books to nine healthcare partners for distribution to low-income families with young children through home-visiting and other early childhood partners.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$134,786

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

The Literacy Coalition provides services throughout Palm Beach County, FL.

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Funding Needs

The Budding Readers program is a unique early literacy program, delivered in child care centers that serve low-income children. Each child develops essential early literacy skills that are the foundation for future academic success by working one-to-one with a Reading Partner who is trained in emergent literacy strategies. The high quality of three specific elements of the program results in successful outcomes for the children: •Each child meets with his/her Reading Partner once a week, for 42 weeks, for a one-to-one, 30 minute interactive book sharing session. Children benefit from this one-to-one attention that establishes a relationship of trust upon which learning can take place. •Each Reading Partner is an early childhood education professional with experience as a teacher. Their backgrounds, professional skills and creativity enable the Reading Partners to develop strategies to respond to each child's unique learning style and build on each child's knowledge base. • Research has shown that the way we read to children is just as important as how frequently we read to them. The Reading Partners use the “Dialogic Reading" approach so that the child is an active participant in the reading experience. Funding is needed to continue to provide the program to 100 children. Reach Out and Read is a national pediatric literacy program that is coordinated in Palm Beach County by the Literacy Coalition. Doctors and nurses are trained to speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud, starting in infancy. At each regular checkup from 6 months through 5 years of age, the child receives a new book to take home. The Literacy Coalition selects, orders and delivers the books the medical providers give to the families. We facilitate the initial training for the pediatricians and nurses and provide refresher trainings so that they stay updated on the most recent research related to early literacy. We also provide additional educational materials and literacy resources that are helpful for the families. Funding is also needed to expand the Reach Out and Read program to serve an additional 16,000 children.

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Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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The Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition, Inc.

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Kristin Calder

BIO

With more than 15 years of leadership, communications and fundraising experience in the non-profit community in Palm Beach County, Kristin Calder was hired as the Literacy Coalition's CEO in January 2014. Prior to her appointment, Kristin was at the Bethesda Hospital Foundation for more than 12 years where she served in various capacities including as Director of Communications, Annual Giving and Special Events.

Kristin has been a passionate supporter of the Literacy Coalition for many years and served as a member of the board of directors from 2010 until her appointment as CEO. She is a graduate of Leadership Palm Beach County, a past president of the Junior League of Boca Raton and the Public Relations Society of America, Palm Beach Chapter, and a recipient of the Chamber of the Palm Beaches Young Athena Award. Kristin has a BA in journalism from Marshall University.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Susan Rabinowitz

Bank of America

Term: July 2016 - June 2017

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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