Human Services

EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF PINELLAS COUNTY INC

  • Clearwater, FL
  • www.elcpinellas.net

Mission Statement

To lead the community in the development and delivery of a high quality early learning system and family support services that maximize each child's potential and promote the economic self-sufficiency of families.

Main Programs

  1. Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK)
  2. School Readiness
Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Pinellas County, Florida

ruling year

2003

Chief Executive Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Lindsay Carson

Keywords

Self-reported

preschool, early education, childcare, infants toddlers, early learning

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Also Known As

Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc.

EIN

59-3726679

 Number

3761542855

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is an arm of a state or local government.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

To unite the community in the development and delivery of a high quality school readiness system and family support services to maximize each child's potential and promote the economic self-sufficiency of families.

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

Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK)

Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten program is designed to offer every four year old in Florida access to a quality early education experience focused on preparing them to enter kindergarten and succeed. The program, known as VPK, offers parents two choices for their child’s participation, a 540 instructional hour school year program or a 300 instructional hour summer program. Parents may choose to enroll their child at any approved VPK provider. VPK programs are offered by private providers and some public schools.
Research shows children that complete high quality prekindergarten programs enter school prepared to learn. Based on Florida Department of Education's Voluntary Prekindergarten Readiness Rates, children that completed VPK programs scored higher on the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS), meaning they were more prepared when entering kindergarten. In addition, studies show children that complete VPK programs on average score higher on the FCAT and are less likely to be retained in third grade.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

$14,092,086.00

Program 2

School Readiness

School Readiness funds pay a portion of the child care costs for low to moderate income earning families and allows parents to focus on professional and educational goals and begin to break the poverty cycle. Children from low to moderate-income working families may receive scholarships to attend an early education program through third grade. Eligibility is determined by the parents’ income and must not exceed 150% of the federal poverty level. Exceptions may be made for older children with special needs. Children ages birth to 13 years who are under protective services or receiving TANF are eligible for scholarshiscreenings and assessments to assist them in getting ready for school.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$29,227,208.00

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?
    1. Kindergarten Readiness rate for children served by Coalition programs will increase from 84% to 90%

    2. VPK enrollment will increase 10%

    3. The average time a child (age 0-5) spends on the School Readiness waiting list will decrease to 8 weeks

    4. The number of VPK and SR children in Gold Seal accredited care will increase from 17% to 40%
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Access and Affordability Goals
    Decrease 0-5 waiting list
    Build community capacity for quality infant and toddler care
    Increase VPK enrollment

    Quality of Care Goals
    Increase access to quality early learning programs
    Increase capacity of quality early learning workforce
    Build and promote a network of specialized child care providers to refer children in crisis

    Family Engagement Goals
    Increase engagement between ELC and families through maximizing initial contact opportunities
    Improve Cultural Competence in Early Learning system
    Improve family literacy
    Develop and deploy resources that support specialized care, with a specific focus on children in crisis (foster, temporary care, etc.)

    Role in the Community Goals
    Build a resource development platform to diversify funding streams
    Increase the Coalition's community presence and enhance its reputation
    Develop a legislative advocacy plan
  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

Pinellas County, Florida

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Financials

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EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF PINELLAS COUNTY, INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF PINELLAS COUNTY INC

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer

Lindsay Carson

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief Executive Officer

"The Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc. is one of 30 Coalitions around the state of Florida. The Florida Legislature created Coalitions in 1999 to provide local oversight and local control of the early education services for children birth to 5 years of age with after school support for children through 12 years of age. Members of our Board of Directors include representatives from public and private schools, institutes of higher learning, the Department of Health, Department of Children and Families, and private businesses. It is our vision that Pinellas County becomes a community that embraces the importance of early learning to ensure all children have a foundation for future success.

Four core values drive our work:

We believe parents are a child's first and most important teacher.
We believe working together creates a stronger community.
We respect all cultures, backgrounds and belief systems.
We believe high quality early learning experiences provide a foundation for success in life.


Lindsay Carson,
Chief Executive Officer"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Craig Phillips

Client 1st Advisors

Term: Mar 2015 - 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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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