2020 Child's Path Impact Report

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IMPACT

REPORT

FY 2019/2020

Creating bright

paths for the future,

one child at a time.


Big Changes,

Bigger Impact

As the age-old saying goes, nothing is more constant

than change—and that has never been more evident

than in 2020. Covid-19 has impacted us all in some way,

requiring big changes that continue today.

After closing all centers on March 13, 2020, we acted

quickly to reopen our Santa Barbara location two

weeks later, following all CDC guidelines and offering

enrollment opportunities to all children we serve.

Frontline workers and first responders could return to

work, knowing their children were safe and learning in

a classroom environment. Within two months, we

reopened our Moorings center, and within five months

our Golden Gate High School and Immokalee High

School centers reopened their doors as well.

During the pandemic, our organization underwent significant change that even went beyond health and

safety procedures. After operating as Collier Child Care Resources for 12 years, the Board of Directors

changed the name to Child’s Path in July 2020. Previously serving as director of education, I took the

helm as the new executive director two months later.

As I write this message, we continue to follow CDC guidelines as we have from the start, including daily

health screenings and temperature checks. We removed all rugs and soft-surface items from

classrooms to ensure all areas can be disinfected frequently and purchased foggers to sanitize the

centers nightly. We also increased the number of hand-washing stations and limited the number of

people in our centers.

Children ages four and up at our Moorings and Santa Barbara locations wear masks, while ages three

and up wear masks at our centers located within Collier County Public Schools. Staff wear masks at all

times, except outside and on the playground, where all equipment is sanitized between play times.

And at the end of each and every day, we

believe these changes will lead to a much

bigger positive impact on our children and

community. Together, we find ways to adapt

and pivot, but we never lose sight of our

mission to create a brighter path for our

children’s future. We hope you will join us.

Heather Singleton, Executive Director


OUR MISSION

Child's Path creates brighter futures for Collier County children and families by providing

scholarships for high-quality and affordable early learning and care in our four centers.

Every year we serve between 300 to 400 children, from infants to age five, following the

Reggio Emilia approach of self-directed, experiential learning. Early education changes

the trajectory of a child's life and helps prepare them for academic and lifelong success.

Every child deserves access to high-quality early learning and a bright start in life.

PARENT TESTIMONIAL

When Gwendalyne arrived in Naples in 2018, she had her two young children and just

the clothes on their backs. She left a tumultuous relationship, and the children’s father

was no longer in their lives. Gwendalyne was starting over from scratch. To get back on

her feet, childcare and early learning for her kids were not only top of mind, but also

critical to move forward. "If I can’t get childcare for my kids, I can’t work,” she said.

At Child’s Path, she immediately felt comfortable. There was personalized attention

from the start. “They took the time to think about the situation and tailor it to my

children’s needs,” she said. She signed up her one-year-old daughter and five-year-old

son, who had a state voucher for VPK,which prepares kids for kindergarten.

While Gwendalyne still had to pay a nominal amount, she was grateful and surprised

to find out that Child’s Path also covers the differential— or the difference between

what the state covers and the center’s tuition rates. And when

she learned Child’s Path also offered scholarships, she

Gwendalyne's story

immediately applied for her daughter. "Having both

kids home with me, made everything so hard,”

Gwendalyne recalled. “The scholarship has helped

majorly. When I leave my kids there for the day and I

can go to work with absolutely no worries. I know they

will be taken care of the same way I would, if not better.

I couldn’t give them the enrichment they get at Child’s

Path. My son was quiet and reserved at first, and they helped

I would never,

ever, ever send

my children

anywhere else.

him come out of his shell more. I believe 100% they set him up properly for school."

Today, her son is thriving in kindergarten. “He’s made Student of the Month and he’s

getting awards. He’s excelling in kindergarten,” she said. “I believe Child’s Path was the

critical stepping stone for him. They prepared him.”

Abigail is two-years-old now, and constantly surprising her mom with gains

she’s making at Child’s Path. “She sings her ABCs and Mary Had a Little Lamb when

she’s bathing. She can now count, close to 10. Sometimes she blurts things out and I

think, ‘Oh wow, I didn’t even know you knew that!’”

Gwendalyne is making strides as well. "I am back in school, earning my high school

diploma. I plan to get a degree in bookkeeping and pursue an associate’s degree in

accounting,” she said. “Child’s Path deserves a lot of recognition for what they do. They

support the entire family. I would never, ever, ever send my children anywhere else.”


395

children served

in fiscal year

2019/2020

SUCCESS & OUTCOMES

75%

of children are

on scholarship

assistance

100%

of children made

gains in all

developmental areas

80,286

free meals provided

(Pre-Covid-19, from

7/19-3/20)

100

Percentage of our children that met or exceeded growth targets

75

50

25

0

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

80.3%

MATH

81.6%

PHYSICAL

83.7%

COGNITIVE

83.8%

83%

A T C H I L D ' S P A T H

KINDERGARTEN READY

OF OUR CHILDREN TESTED

53%

ABOVE FLORIDA'S RATE OF

OUR VISION: Inspire children's love for lifelong learning.

Success is within reach!


WHY SUPPORT

US?

OUR TEACHERS ARE PREPARED

TO HELP CHILDREN THRIVE.

Most of our teachers have Child

Development Associate

credentials or a college degree,

above the Industry standard of

essential training. The average

tenure of our teachers is more

than three years, while some are

still with us after 12 years.

2

CHILD'S PATH PREVENTS CHILDREN

FROM FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS.

We offer scholarships to children

from working families who earn

just above the poverty level—not

enough for child care but too much

to qualify for state help.

1

3

CHILD'S PATH BRIDGES THE GAP.

While state vouchers help defray

costs, we are one of the few early

learning centers that covers the

differential—or the difference

between what families qualify for

and our centers’ tuition rates.

4

CHILD'S PATH DELIVERS RESULTS.

While we provide scholarships to

approximately 75% of our children,

who come from economically

needy households, 100% made

gains in all developmental areas in

the past year.

5

OUR CHILDREN NEED A HERO.

Nearly 2/3 of Collier County

children are economically

needy. Less than 25% read at

kindergarten levels. Less than

50% are socially and emotionally

ready for kindergarten.


FINANCIALS

$2.971M OPERATING BUDGET

ANNUAL REVENUE

State/Federal Subsidies (childcare and food)

22%

Other

1%

Philanthropic Support & Grants

15%

Teen Parent Program

18%

Early Education Tuition

44%

ANNUAL EXPENSES

Administration

9%

Scholarships for Children

11%

Free Meals to Children

2%

Fundraising

1%

Early Childhood Education Programs

77%


Naples Children & Education Foundation

Admiral Jerome Johnson

Allegra - Naples

Arthrex, Inc.

Barron Collier Jr. Foundation, Inc.

Melissa Blazier

Brown & Brown

Carla Bogart

CarMax Foundation

Carol B. Phelon Foundation

Centennial Bank

Ciccarelli Advisory Services

Community Foundation of Collier Co.

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

David Crooks Esq.

DeVoe Automotive Group

Donna Florence

Donna Stuurop

Dr. Louis Traina

Early Learning Coalition of SWFL

E Sue Huff & Associates

Ed & Dorothy Ferguson

Family First Legal Group

Felix Mehler

First Florida Integrity Bank

Florida Peninsula Insurance Group

Gregg D. Sjoquist

Hamo Gutic

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION

PATHWAY BUILDERS ($1,000 +)

HBKS Wealth Advisors

HCI Group Foundation, Inc.

In Memoriam of Bernice Burchman

ISA Foundation

J Richard Munro

James & Laura Dixon

John R. Wood Properties

Kitchens By Clay

Martin Nestares

Naples Daily News

Prestige Insurance Consultants

Richard Ballo

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Robin Clark

Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation

Rotary Club of Naples-Gulf Shore Sunset

Seymour Burchman

Shula's Naples

Siena Wealth Advisory Group

Skrivan & Gibbs

Swinging with Purpose

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation

Suncoast Credit Union

The Sample Foundation

The Wasie Foundation

The Wellington Group at Morgan Stanley

Thomas & Sandra Moran

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Melissa Blazier

Carla Bogart

Seymour Burchman

Robin Clark

Nancy Gibbs

Felix Mehler, Board Chair

Ann Horton

Howard Isaacson

Admiral Jerome Johnson

Martin Nestares

Tamara Nicola


2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite #504

Naples, FL 34103

Creating bright

paths for the

future,

one child

at a time.

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