Early Learning

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What We Have Learned

Approximately one-half of children are not developmentally or academically ready for Kindergarten in Collier County. There are significant gaps for children from birth to three years old, particularly in early literacy materials for home libraries, and fewer than one-fourth of low-income children are enrolling in any formal child care program.

We know that a shortage of quality, affordable, and accessible care, as well as family preference for at-home care, are the contributing factors. We continue to examine how to best support families with young children to improve early childhood outcomes.

Because there is no “system” that connects resources for all Collier children 0-4 years old, existing supports for school readiness are generally fragmented. As we engage the different partners, we are exploring opportunities to better align and connect resources for families.

Next, as a community we will work through Future Ready Collier to build a framework that supports school readiness, which is the foundation for all future success.

Goal: Getting all children ready for Kindergarten

The Early Learning Work Group is composed of staff & volunteer leaders from organizations aligning work and building strategies together, focused on the following collective priorities:

  • 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 goals and priorities.

Measuring Success

0
low income children (0-4) are not in a program
0
%
on-time (first day) 2,643 in attendance on day one versus 2,872 in attendance on day 20 (month 1) - excluding students enrolled from outside of Collier
0
children under 5 years
0
%
ready for Kindergarten (2017)

The following organizations are working to ensure all children are Kindergarten ready:

Books for Collier Kids
Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.
Collier County Health Department
Collier County Public Libraries
Collier County Public Schools
Collier County Sheriff’s Office
Community Foundation of Collier County
Early Learning Coalition of SWFL
Early Steps of SWFL
eXel Foundation
Florida Diagnostic & Learning Resource System (FDLRS)
Florida SouthWestern State College
Friends of Foster Children Forever
Fun Time Early Childhood Academy
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples – CMON
Grace Place for Children & Families
Greater Marco Family YMCA
Greater Naples YMCA
Guadalupe Center
Healthcare Network of SWFL
Healthy Start Coalition of SWFL
Literacy Volunteers of Collier County
Naples Children & Education Foundation
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NCH Safe & Healthy Children’s Coalition
Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee
Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
TATS (Technical Assistance & Training System)
The Able Academy
The Children’s Movement of Florida
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children
United Way of Collier County