What is

Future Ready Collier?

A network of organizations, businesses, schools and community members working to ensure every child in Collier County, Florida, is ready for Kindergarten, and every young person enters adulthood with a vision and plan to accomplish that vision.

Future Ready Collier is the Collier partner for the regional FutureMakers Coalition, seeking to transform the Southwest Florida workforce by increasing the number of college degrees, certificates or other high-quality credentials from 27 percent to 55 percent by 2025.

Why

Future Ready Collier?

Most communities, including Collier County, have a variety of programs and institutions targeted toward children and youth at different ages and stages. The time is now to strengthen partnerships to leverage improvements in education and the community to deepen our collective capacity to build and sustain a dynamic economy that works for everyone. Working together toward some specific community-wide goals will leverage resources to really move the needle for children and families in our community.

The future of our community is only as strong as the next generations. Let’s all be Future Ready Collier.

Goal.
Ensure All Children are Kindergarten Ready

Engage families with tools and resources to support the early development of their children.

Improve the quality of existing early childhood education providers.

Increase the number of high quality early childhood education spots available to low-income families.

Identify and/or develop appropriate data indicators for early learning goal and priorities.

Goal.
Ensure all young people are career ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential

Increase the % of students completing the FAFSA.

Develop and connect community strategies to keep students engaged in school and on-track for college and career readiness.

Provide community-based internships for 100% of career academy and other interested students.

Develop local strategies to connect students to ongoing community-based support in post-secondary experiences.

Collaborating Work Group Participants

Big Brothers Big Sisters Sun Coast
Books for Collier Kids
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Career Source Southwest Florida
Champions For Learning
Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.
Collier County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Collier County Health Department
Collier County Public Schools
Collier County Scouts, SWFL Council
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Community Foundation of Collier County
David Lawrence Center
Drug Free Collier
Early Learning Coalition of SWFL
Early Steps
ExEL Foundation
Florida College Access Network
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida SouthWestern State College
Friends of Foster Children Forever
FunTime Early Childhood Academy
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Golisano Children’s Hospital
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples
Grace Place for Children and Families
Greater Marco Family YMCA
Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce/ Leadership Collier Foundation
Greater Naples YMCA
Guadalupe Center
Gulfshore Life Magazine
Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL
Hodges University
Junior Achievement of SWFL
Mentoring & More
Montessori Academy
NAMI
Naples Botanical Garden
Naples Children & Education Foundation
Naples Daily News
NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition
Nova Southeastern University
RCMA
RGB Internet Systems
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Rotary Club of Naples
Salvation Army Naples
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
The Immokalee Foundation
United Way of Collier County
Who Is Involved?

Convening Partners

In June 2015, Champions For Learning, Collier County Public Schools, Community Foundation of Collier County, the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Naples Children and Education Foundation, and United Way of Collier County agreed to work together to explore the opportunities to identify and support community-wide goals that would help children be ready for school, and to help students achieve their post-high school goals. Since then, community organizations and institutions have embraced the opportunity to get involved in this collaborative effort to help all of our children thrive.

Working Groups

Our focus is on  four working groups: early learning, college and career readiness, data, and communications. The collaborating organizations listed above are involved in one or more of these groups.

Who Is This For?

Everyone can be part of this effort.

Watch for specific ideas for things you can do. Teams are working on system level improvements to strengthen and expand supports for families and young people. You can also act individually by taking on a future ready mindset and engaging your friends, colleagues, workers and family members about what they need to do to be future ready.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

– Helen Keller

Measuring Success

Goal

Ensure all children are Kindergarten ready.

Indicators:
  • Percentage ready on district iReady assessment on entry
  • Percentage ready on State-established readiness assessment
  • Increase percentage of Collier children ages 0-4 identified and supported for developmental progress
  • Increase percentage of low-income families participating in programs/supports.
  • Increase number of accredited/high-quality child care slots.
  • Increase resources available to support early childhood development.
0
%
are NOT ready for Kindergarten
0
low income children (0-4) are not in a program
Goal

Ensure all young people are career ready by graduating high school on track to obtain a degree or credential

Indicators:
  • Increase in high school graduation rate
  • Increase percentage of high school students completing the FAFSA.
  • 100% of interested high school students participate in a structured meaningful work experience (an internship).
  • Reduce number of students off track in middle and high school. (Reports of average number of students flagged in early warning system)
  • Increase percentage of Collier graduates in post-secondary who have 1-year of credit within 2 years. (National Clearinghouse data – standard view of likely persistence)
0
%
of 25-64 year-olds have completed a two year degree or more
0
%
of seniors completed FAFSA
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Contact Information

Champions For Learning is the organization facilitating the collaboration.

Contact Lisa Church

  (239) 643-4755
  info@futurereadycollier.org