Human Services

Early Learning Coalition Of Floridas Heartland Inc

  • Port Charlotte, FL
  • www.elcfh.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland, Inc. is to support families and children in accessing high quality early care and education services via School Readiness and Voluntary Prekindergarten programs. The ELCFH also serves as a point of access to resources and referrals for health care and family support services.

Main Programs

  1. School Readiness Programs

ruling year

2001

chief executive for fy 2006

Anne Bouhebent

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Keywords

preschool, child care, early childhood education, Early Learning Coalition, financial aid

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EIN

65-1047991

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Child Day Care (P33)

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

Management & Technical Assistance (W02)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

The ELCFH continues to focus on the reduction of operational costs and assure eligible children receive child care services. During FY 14-15, we were able to bring children off the wait list and into child care services in all four counties in our service area. The children, primarily age birth to five years, are low income and in need of child care while their parents work or attend school.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

School Readiness Programs

The School Readiness Program provides financial aid for child care services for low income children whose parents are either working or attending school. These services are provided through local, contracted child care providers. The ELCFH expects that the child care services are of the highest quality as research studies have shown that low income children who have access to high quality early care and education services do significantly better in school.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Budget

$5,897,564.00

Population Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Funding Needs

1. Typically, there are over 500 eligible children on the ELCFH wait list for financial aid for child care services. The cost per child for a full month of full time child care is $410; annual cost is $4,920. 2. Individualized support services are needed for 50 children with developmental needs. Services include screening and assessment, individualized accommodation for the child, and support and resources for the parent and child care provider. The average cost per child for the year ranges from $700 - $1000. 3. High quality children's books are needed for young children. These books are coupled with good tips for parents on the importance of reading to their child every day. A donation of $500 will purchase 100 books for young children in need.

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

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Early Learning Coalition Of Floridas Heartland Inc

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Anne Bouhebent

BIO

Anne Bouhebent began her career in early childhood education as a preschool teacher in 1990. This eventually led to serving as a child care center director and adjunct instructor for local community colleges. Her work moved to the non-profit sector in 1997 with a Child Care Resource and Referral agency in Los Angeles, CA. Her role was to provide training and technical assistance to family child care providers who were contracted to care for children receiving child care subsidies. After moving to Fresno, CA in 2001, she was employed by First 5 Fresno County- an agency which administered public funds for innovative early care and education programs including home visitation, center based child care, faith based child care, program assessment and child screening. During this time, she also completed her Master of Arts Degree with focus on Early Childhood Education at California State University, Fresno. She was hired as the Executive Director of the Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland, Inc. in November, 2006. In her time of service to the ELCFH she has focused on the need for high quality child care services for children, assuring children's personal rights are understood and honored, and building a transparent and fiscally responsible non-profit organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The Early Learning Coalition of Florida's Heartland Inc. provides financial assistance for child care for low income and at-risk families in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee and Highlands Counties. The children we serve are in need of child care services while their parents work or attend school, or have a referral from a partner agency mandating the need for child care. The child care service is provided through local child care providers who qualify to contract with the ELCFH By contracting with the ELCFH, child care providers agree to provide a high quality early care and education program to children. This directly aligns with the mission of the ELCFH Board of Directors which is to support families and children in accessing high quality early care and education services via SR and VPK Programs. The vision of the ELCFH is that each child will have a strong early foundation to ensure a lifetime of success. ELCFH staff supports both the mission and vision of the Board through comprehensive work with child care providers and parents. We strive to provide top notch information through training, technical assistance, and written materials to support the developing child. In any given month, the ELCFH serves 1500 - 1600 children who are identified as low income, TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) recipients or are at-risk for child abuse or neglect. The need for high quality child care is great for these children, and research findings show communities that investing in young children now, saves on tax dollars later. The HighScope Perry Preschool longitudinal study found that children with adverse issues early on in life who attended high quality early care and education programs generally did better as adults. In this study, low income participants attended a high quality preschool program and then followed through adulthood. At the age of 40, they were found to be more likely to have graduated from high school, have a savings account, and own a home. Additionally, they were less likely to have needed remedial education or to have been arrested.It is estimated that for every dollar spent on high quality early care and education programs for our most vulnerable children,taxpayers realize a later savings of $7.16 (Schweinhart, 2002). The dollars received by the ELCFH for child care services and programs is directly utilized towards the 6% community match requirement. These dollars are spent on child care services or designated programs and assure that local child care providers are reimbursed for 100% of the service they provide."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ashley Coone

DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce

Term: Nov 2013 - Apr 2017

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