Educational Institutions

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida Inc

  • Fort Myers, FL
  • www.elcofswfl.org

Mission Statement

THE ORGANIZATION'S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF CHILDREN'S LIVES BY PROVIDING FAMILIES, EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS, CARE-GIVERS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN COLLIER, GLADES, HENDRY AND LEE COUNTIES, WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO POSITIVELY IMPACT THE FUTURE. THE EARLY LEARNING PROGRAMS HAVE HIGH QUALITY STANDARDS, COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES, SEAMLESS DELIVERY SYSTEMS WITH DIVERSE SETTINGS, AND WELL-EDUCATED, COMPETENT STAFF.

Main Programs

  1. School Readiness Program
  2. Voluntary Prekindergarten Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PROVIDES SERVICES IN COLLIER, GLADES, HENDRY, AND LEE COUNTIES.

ruling year

2002

CEO since 2013

Self-reported

Ms. Susan Ellen Block

CFO since 2007

Self-reported

Ms. Nga Cotter

Keywords

Self-reported

Early Learning, School Readiness, SR, Voluntary Pre-kindergarden, VPK, Child Care Providers,

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EIN

65-1144775

 Number

0260281505

Physical Address

3050 North Horseshoe Drive, Unit #231

Naples, FL 34104

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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?

Overview

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More than 80% of our School Readiness funding is directly used to provide slots for childcare. With children in early learning programs, parents are able to attend school or work.

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 Program

The School Readiness Program (SR) assist qualifying family within 150% of the Florida poverty level with child care expenses.

Category

Infants to Preschool (under age 5)

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

None

Budget

Program 2

Voluntary Prekindergarten Program

Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Program (VPK) is a free educational program that prepares four-year-olds for success in kindergarten and beyond. Children must live in Florida and be four years old on or before September 1st of the current year to be eligible.

The ELC of Southwest Florida serves four counties (Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee). In FY2012-13 we served 8,730 children, that number includes 2,575 in Collier County.

Category

Infants to Preschool (under age 5)

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    I.Enroll children in child care and pre-school options where they are safe and where they interact with trained staff members who are committed to continuous quality improvement;
    II.Increase the availability of quality early learning programs to meet the demonstrated needs of families, particularly families who are working toward economic self-sufficiency;
    III.Work to support children's emotional, intellectual, physical, and social well-being;
    IV.Provide professional development opportunities for those engaged in early learning services;
    V.Collaborate with community organizations critical to the realization of the Coalition's mission;
    VI.Secure funding sufficient to support the mission of the Coalition;
    VII.Maintain fiscal responsibility and direct resources to achieve intended outcomes.
    VIII.Implement accountability measures that are accessible to the Coalition's stakeholders.
    IX.Develop plans to educate the community on early learning issues and determine strategies that secure support for the mission.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA PROVIDES SERVICES IN COLLIER, GLADES, HENDRY, AND LEE COUNTIES.

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Financials

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THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA INC.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

The Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida Inc

Leadership

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CEO

Ms. Susan Ellen Block

CFO

Ms. Nga Cotter

BIO

Susan E. Block, Ed.M. is the Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida.

Susan was the Executive Director of the Child Care Resource Network in Buffalo, New York and has a strong background in professional development for child care administrators and staff. She has extensive experience working with staff of child care centers, Head-Start, and public school pre-kindergarten teachers as a coach and mentor in the quality improvement process. Susan has served as an instructor and advisor for the Child Development Associate Program and is past president of the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. She has a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from the State University of New York and a B.S. from Daemen College. With a belief that, ultimately, early learning has a huge impact on us all, Susan sees early learning as an integral foundation for strengthening children, their families, and communities.

Susan is delighted to be working in Southwest Florida where she finds the warmth of the people as inviting as the weather!

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Gerry Poppe

Waterman Broadcasting

Term: May 2013 - Apr 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?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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