Educational Institutions

Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County

  • Sarasota, FL
  • www.earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

Mission Statement

The Early Learning Coalition provides access to high quality early education resources and family support to ensure that children are ready for learning and ready for life.

Main Programs

  1. Child Care Scholarships
  2. Look for the Stars Quality Rating & Improvement System
  3. Early Literacy Support

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Service Areas

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Florida

Serving children ages 0-5 years old, their parents, and early childhood educators throughout Sarasota County.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 2002

Self-reported

Janet Kahn

Keywords

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preschool education, young children, childcare, literacy, early learning

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Also Known As

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

EIN

65-1110174

 Number

7870238354

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Early Learning Coalition provides administration/ oversight of the local, integrated system of early education for preschool children in Sarasota County, ensuring quality of childcare and early learning programs, family access to services, and positive outcomes for young children. Our work strengthens families and prepares children to be ready for learning, ready for life.Accomplishments: Serve over 4000 children and assist 185 providers annuallyOversee successful 5 star quality rating system for childcare facilities, 67% participation rate, impacting 6000 children or 75% of all children in childcareMaintain successful campaign to educate parents on early literacy and importance of reading.Manage a "Literacy Buddy" program utilizing 150+ volunteers to correspond with, and provide books to young childrenFacilitate ongoing professional development for childcare educators and annual conference, regularly measuring skill improvement. Teacher skills and education is linked to successful child outcomesFacilitate programs for high risk children as part of Grade Level Reading campaignProvided customized childcare listings and community, literacy and child development resources for 5147 parents, applying a Two Generation focus to assist families in poverty Goals: Ensure positive outcomes for young children through parent support and quality early education programsImprove access to early education opportunities for children in targeted areasTrain and offer on-site targeted coaching assistance for childcare providersAssist providers working with children with special needs and challenging behaviorsEducate community members on the value of early care & education for all childrenDevelop and maintain community collaborative partnershipsEducate business community on direct impact of quality early education now and in the future and to encourage support of working parentsAdvocate and raise community awareness and support for early childhood issues

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

Child Care Scholarships

Scholarships provide assistance for children ages 0-5 in income-eligible families to access quality child care. All families served in this program receive comprehensive parent education materials, information to support early literacy and school readiness and tools for choosing quality childcare. To qualify for assistance, parents must be currently working or attending school at least 20 hours per week. All families have parent co-payments based on income. Additionally these scholarship funds provide before or after care for some of the children enrolled in the state supported Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten program. (Note: VPK is a separate program for all 4 year old children, regardless of income). All children served receive age-appropriate developmental screening and early intervention support as needed. Approximately 2000 children can be served each year with the state funds allocated to Sarasota County, which does not meet all of the current need.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Other Named Groups

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$5,400,000.00

Program 2

Look for the Stars Quality Rating & Improvement System

Look for the Stars is a comprehensive program for measuring and improving quality in early care and education. Program standards are nationally recognized and based on early learning research. Evaluations are conducted regularly by an independent professional team. Star ratings are based on the following domains: learning environment and classroom interactions, child screening and assessment, staff qualifications and professional development, family involvement and cultural competency, and administrative practices. Using the evaluation, a star level is assigned, ranging from one to five stars. Three stars equals consistently good quality. Parents have an easily identifiable tool to use when selecting quality childcare. Providers are given a road map for making specific quality improvements along a continuum. The Coalition staff provide technical assistance, training and on site coaching support to help the child care providers achieve and maintain high quality early education programs.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Other Named Groups

Other Named Groups

Budget

$350,000.00

Program 3

Early Literacy Support

Early literacy skills are critical for children to be ready for kindergarten and a component of Grade Level Reading. Children with access to books and exposed to language at a young age are more likely to experience success at Kindergarten. This is particularly true for children experiencing poverty and other stressors. ELC of Sarasota promotes optimal early learning and literacy. Through its ""Children Who Read Succeed"" program ELC facilitates book distributions at child care. The ""Literacy Buddy"" program uses community volunteers to correspond with a preschool 'buddy' around books and interests and provide books for the children 3 times per year. The program supports development of writing skills, fosters a love of reading and builds a child's home library. The ELC also continues its parent educational campaign to encourage reading: ""Your child's success is as easy as 1. Talk 2. Listen 3. Read."" The program mascot called LEAF, also makes regular appearances throughout the community.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$70,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Serving children ages 0-5 years old, their parents, and early childhood educators throughout Sarasota County.

Funding Needs

Scholarships for children in low income working families to access quality early education $350 provides one month of child care for one child$4200 provides one year of child care for a child Funds for supplies for children in need $20 helps fill a backpack with needed school supplies for a child$30 buys 5 books for a child with limited access to book in the home Funds to continue support for childcare sites to maintain quality; includes coaching, technical assistance, and classroom materials otherwise not be available: $400 provides a scholarship to a preschool teacher to take one college credit course to enhance classroom skills$500 provides new classroom materials for one site $1200 provides a training series for 30 participants to increase skill in providing quality care for children$1500 provides one month of mentoring time to 5 childcare sites working to improve quality Parent support/outreach$5,000 for parent education tools related to child development, early milestones, and challenging behaviors $10,000 for a consultant to focus on effective, creative use of social media and technology to support critical initiatives

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Early Learning Coalitions

Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce

Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

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Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Janet Kahn

BIO

Janet Kahn has over twenty years experience in the non-profit human services field, including multiple senior leadership positions. Janet's experiences have included work with children and families on a variety of issues such as child abuse prevention, grief and loss, disabilities, childhood cancer, and early childhood education. She came to the Early Learning Coalition with executive level experience from two other organizations. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, remains a licensed clinical social worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. During her time with ELC, Ms. Kahn has increased local funding, created a successful collaborative model for service delivery saving administrative costs, implemented a comprehensive program for measuring and improving child care quality, and spearheaded a successful social marketing campaign for parents focused on early literacy. Recently she has worked with community partners to ensure access to preschool programs for children most in need, and is working toward ELC maintaining a Two Generational focus to assist families in poverty. A key to her success is her effective collaborative private and public partnerships with multiple organizations. Under her leadership, the organization continues to meet or exceed benchmarks and outcomes, has consistently positive state monitoring and implements new, innovative programs to meet the needs of children and families.She is involved with many community organizations, including the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota Technical College's Early Education Advisory Council, Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disasters, and collaborates with all early childhood partners in the community. In other cities, Janet has served on a variety of committees/task forces including a statewide Childhood Cancer Subcommittee, and an American Cancer Society Task Force as well as serving in leadership roles in Association of Fund raising Professionals.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Ready for Learning, Ready for Life is our goal for every child. As a not for profit organization, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County welcomes the support and generosity of community members to achieve our vision of a community that strengthens families and nurtures the learning potential of every child. The Early Learning Coalition plays a crucial role in ensuring positive outcomes for children through the direct services it provides and through its oversight and partnership with other agencies. Over 4000 children and 185 child care providers receive assistance and support annually from the Coalition. Parents are given resources and information they need to nurture the learning potential of their children, including guidance to strengthen early literacy skills. Choosing a childcare program is one of the most important decisions a parent will make for their child. To ensure all children in all parts of our community get the quality care they deserve the Early Learning Coalition administers the community's Look for the Stars program, which uses a 5 star scale to evaluate and improve early learning providers. This valuable tool educates and informs parents as they consider childcare options and offers specific and achievable road map to quality care for providers. Research shows that quality early learning experiences provide the foundation for a child's success in school and in life. These positive experiences are also critical for economic development and the success of the community overall. The Partnership for America's Economic Success, a national coalition of business leaders, embraces the value of investment in young children as a critical policy imperative and economic necessity. Families in poverty need targeted assistance through a Two Generation approach to ensure success for all family members. School readiness is also a critical component of children reading on grade level. If a child is not on grade level by third grade, they may never catch up. Like all non-profits, the Early Learning Coalition depends on community support and partnerships. When you invest in young children you invest in all our futures. Join us as we champion the learning potential of our community's youngest and most vulnerable citizens; our children. Your help will make a difference!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Nicholas Feather

Capstan Financial Consulting Group

Term: Jan 2015 - Apr 2017

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