paths for the future,
one child at a time.
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
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.
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
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
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.”
in fiscal year
SUCCESS & OUTCOMES
of children are
of children made
gains in all
free meals provided
Percentage of our children that met or exceeded growth targets
A T C H I L D ' S P A T H
OF OUR CHILDREN TESTED
ABOVE FLORIDA'S RATE OF
OUR VISION: Inspire children's love for lifelong learning.
Success is within reach!
OUR TEACHERS ARE PREPARED
TO HELP CHILDREN THRIVE.
Most of our teachers have Child
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
$2.971M OPERATING BUDGET
State/Federal Subsidies (childcare and food)
Philanthropic Support & Grants
Teen Parent Program
Early Education Tuition
Scholarships for Children
Free Meals to Children
Early Childhood Education Programs
Naples Children & Education Foundation
Admiral Jerome Johnson
Allegra - Naples
Barron Collier Jr. Foundation, Inc.
Brown & Brown
Carol B. Phelon Foundation
Ciccarelli Advisory Services
Community Foundation of Collier Co.
Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation
David Crooks Esq.
DeVoe Automotive Group
Dr. Louis Traina
Early Learning Coalition of SWFL
E Sue Huff & Associates
Ed & Dorothy Ferguson
Family First Legal Group
First Florida Integrity Bank
Florida Peninsula Insurance Group
Gregg D. Sjoquist
PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
PATHWAY BUILDERS ($1,000 +)
HBKS Wealth Advisors
HCI Group Foundation, Inc.
In Memoriam of Bernice Burchman
J Richard Munro
James & Laura Dixon
John R. Wood Properties
Kitchens By Clay
Naples Daily News
Prestige Insurance Consultants
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation
Rotary Club of Naples-Gulf Shore Sunset
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
Felix Mehler, Board Chair
Admiral Jerome Johnson
2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite #504
Naples, FL 34103
paths for the
at a time.