Child's Path

aka Child's Path   |   Naples, FL   |  https://www.childspath.org

Mission

Child's Path strengthens and enriches the lives of underserved children and families in Collier County through high-quality early childhood education. - Provides Income-based scholarships for children ages birth to 5 years old to ensure access and school readiness. - Emphasizes the arts and nature through experiential learning. - Encourages children’s innate ability to develop cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills. - Engages families to assure their children’s future success Child's Path vision is to inspire children’s love for lifelong learning.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Heather Singleton

Main address

15275 Collier Blvd # 201-359

Naples, FL 34119 USA

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Formerly known as

Collier Child Care Resources - CCCR

EIN

26-2646032

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 80 percent of a child’s brain is developed by age three, quality early childhood education has a lasting impact on the child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and life. Children who receive quality early childhood learning are healthier, happier, more likely to graduate from high school and college, avoid teen pregnancy, be employed, earn higher wages and enjoy homeownership. Many children in Collier County are facing poverty and early learning deficits. Almost two-thirds of children are economically needy. Less than half the children are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten, and less than 25 percent of them can read at kindergarten levels. Due to the lack of affordability, over 4,000 economically needy children do not have access to high-quality early childhood learning and are placed in unlicensed facilities or stay at home in sometimes unstable environments. Child's Path offers high-quality early learning and income-based scholarships to offset costs to needy families.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Child's Path , Inc.

Child's Path operates four high-quality early learning centers for children ages two weeks to five years and is one of the largest providers of early childhood learning to underserved families in Collier County, FL.

Child's Path was founded as Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. in 2008 with a focus on the needs of children and families in Collier County, Florida. As part of a recent update to the organization's strategic plan, the board of directors voted to change the organization's name to Child's Path on July 1, 2021, to better reflect the organization's mission and growth. Today Child's Path serves approximately 394 children annually and provides income-based scholarship assistance to 75 percent of the children who are from economically needy, low-income, working families. This allows parents to continue working to support their families.

So children don't fall through the cracks, most income-based scholarships are awarded to children from working families who earn just above the poverty level—not enough to afford high-quality childcare but too much to qualify for state education assistance. For families who qualify for state education vouchers, Child's Path is one of the few early learning centers that covers the differential— not charging the families the difference between what they are awarded and Child's Path tuition rates.

Child's Path uses the Reggio Emilia approach to education, which instills a love of learning in each child by building upon his or her interests. Each child is heard and encouraged to talk, critique, compare, problem-solve and work independently, as well as with others. They are taught to think in a fun, creative way and enjoy the process of learning in an art- and nature-based environment. The Reggio method focuses on social, emotional and cognitive development for all children. Classroom activities have a heavy emphasis on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The art element makes the lessons less intimidating and more effective.

Most teachers have Child Development Associate credentials or a college degree, above the early childhood education industry standard of essential training. The average tenure of Child's Path teachers is greater than three years, while some have tenure of over 12 years.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people
Children

Child’s Path Santa Barbara is located in Golden Gate and provides affordable childcare and high-quality early education for up to 86 children, ages one to five. This Center operates year-round to address the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of the children in our care. Last year, 50,514 healthy meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks) were served free to children as part of our Healthy Meals/Minds Program. Due to COVID-19 the meals program was been temporarily suspended so parents must pack meals and snacks for their children until foodservice operations are reinstated.

Santa Barbara Center Success & Outcomes
100% of the children improved their cognitive, social and emotional developmental milestones as measured by pre/post scores. Children entering kindergarten from the Santa Barbara Center achieved a kindergarten readiness rate of 75%, which is 32 points above the Collier County average of 43% and 24 points above the Florida average of 53%.

All Child's Path employees are thoroughly screened and are required to hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials, and all are trained in child CPR.

Jodi Garrett, Center Director
[email protected]

Phone: 239.353.4144
Location: 3144 Santa Barbara Blvd, Naples, FL 34116
Ages: 1-5 years old
Hours of Operation: Year-round, 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Child’s Path Moorings serves children ages one to five in a warm, family-oriented, developmentally appropriate learning center inside Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 777 Mooring Line Drive in Naples. The center consists of four large classrooms and an outdoor play area, and it can accommodate up to 56 children. Moorings provides an experiential approach to learning, focusing on a child’s social, emotional and physical well-being. Child's Path Moorings provides a nurturing environment where children can flourish both academically and socially.

Moorings Center Success & Outcomes
100% of the children improved their cognitive, social and emotional developmental milestones as measured by pre/post-assessments. Last year, children entering kindergarten from the Moorings Center achieved a kindergarten readiness rate of 77%, which is 34 points above the Collier County average of 43% and 24 points above the Florida of 53%.

All Child's Path employees are thoroughly screened and are required to hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials, and all are trained in child CPR.

Jamie Eskridge, Center Director
[email protected]

Phone: 239.980.9021
Location: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Drive, Naples, FL 34102
Ages: 1 to 5 years old
Hours of Operation: 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Child's Path Golden Gate High School Center provides high-quality early childhood care and education to the children of teen parents enrolled in the ”Teenagers as Parents Program” (TAPP). Child's Path also provides parent education and mentoring to our teen parents so they know their children are safe in a nurturing environment and focus on graduating high school to plan a successful future. This Center serves children age two weeks to five years old and also serves the children of Collier County Public School System staff working at the school. Child's Path Golden Gate High School follows the Collier Schools academic calendar and is open only on days that teachers work, mid-August through early June.

Golden Gate High School Center Success & Outcomes
Last year, 100 percent of all children at the Child's Path Golden Gate High School Center, ages one to five years, were assessed as meeting/exceeding their developmental milestones in all four areas measured. 98% of those who graduated to kindergarten tested “kindergarten ready,” 45 points above the Florida average of 53%. 100%. of the teen moms who were seniors received their high school diplomas.

All Child's Path employees are thoroughly screened and are required to hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials, and all are trained in child CPR.


Ivette Aponte-Torres, Director of Program Services
[email protected]
Phone: 239-377-1750
Location: Golden Gate High School, 2925 Titan Way, Naples, FL 34116
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 6:30 am - 4:00 pm

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Child's Path Immokalee High School Center provides high-quality early childhood care and education to the children of teen parents enrolled in the ”Teenagers as Parents Program” (TAPP). Child's Path also provides parent education and mentoring of developmentally appropriate practices to our teen parents. Since they know their children are safe in a nurturing environment they can focus on graduating high school and plan a successful future. Last year, 100 percent of the seniors in the program successfully graduated high school. This Center serves children age two weeks to five years old and is also open to the children of Collier County Public School System staff. Child's Path follows the Collier Schools academic calendar is open only on days that teachers work, mid-August through early June.

Immokalee High School Center Success & Outcomes
Last year, 100% of children in the Immokalee High School Center achieved gains in their cognitive, social and emotional skills according to pre/post-program assessments. 98% of children entering kindergarten were deemed “kindergarten ready” by state testing, which is 45 points above the Florida average of 53%. 100% of the teen moms who were seniors received their high school diplomas.

All Child's Path employees are thoroughly screened and are required to hold Child Development Associate (CDA) credentials and all are trained in child CPR.

Center Director: Angela Anderson
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 239-377-1167
Location: Immokalee High School, 701 Immokalee Dr., Immokalee, FL 34142
Ages: 6 weeks-5 years old
Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Extended Hours 6:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) - Early Learning Coalition

National Accreditation Commission 2021

Awards

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Affiliations & memberships

Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida

Future Ready Collier 2008

National Accreditation Commission 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children who have the ability to use eye-hand coordination, strength, and motor control to use age-appropriate tools and utensils effectively

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All students are evaluated by Teaching Strategies Gold on an ongoing basis and also pre/post-assessments. Over the past three years, 100% of children have improved their performance.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Child’s Path (formerly Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.) believes that every child deserves a successful start at life. High-quality early childhood education sets a child on a trajectory to future success in kindergarten, school, employment and life.

The mission of Child’s Path, Inc. is to strengthen and enrich the lives of underserved children and families in Collier County, Florida through high quality and affordable early childhood education. The organization’s vision is to inspire children’s love for lifelong learning.

Child’s Path operates four early childhood development centers and is one of the largest providers of high-quality early childhood care and learning to underserved families in Collier County during a child’s most crucial developmental years. At-risk children who are provided tools to successfully enter kindergarten by meeting all their cognitive, social and emotional development milestones are set on a pathway to future success to break the cycle of poverty.

The core strategies of the organization as defined in the most recent update to the strategic plan are to ensure the future and financial viability of the organization to continue to effectively serve the community through high-quality early childhood education. Core strategies include continual improvement and upgrades to high-quality early childhood education programs, build brand awareness and understanding, and grow a strong revenue stream to offer more scholarships and expand services to the community through donor stewardship, corporate and private foundation support and annual fundraising efforts/events.

Child’s Path (formerly Collier Child Care Resources) operates four high-quality early childhood development centers in Collier County, FL. Approximately 75 percent of the 400 children, ages birth to five years old, served annually are from needy families and are awarded income-based scholarships so parents can continue to work to support their families. Scholarships ensure that no child falls through the cracks - children from working families who earn just above the poverty level – those who do not earn enough to afford childcare but earn too little to qualify for state education assistance. For those families who do receive state assistance, Child’s Path is one of only a few early learning centers to cover the differential – the difference between the amount the family is awarded and Child’s Path tuition rates. The children are ethnically diverse, many from single-parent households and/or from homes where English is not the first language.

Two Child’s Path locations care for the children of teens who wish to finish their education at Golden Gate and Immokalee High Schools and provides parenting skills education.

Child’s Path utilizes the Reggio Emilia early childhood learning philosophy, relying on “the hundred languages” that children use - art, language, physicality, experimentation, relationships and so many other avenues as forms of communication and expression. In this art and nature-based environment, teachers act as coaches and children guide the learning through their own interests. This child-centered learning involves the families in the learning process.

Child’s Path values the importance of proper nourishment to successful early learning. Because many of the children come from families who live in "food deserts," Child's Path provided over 80,000 healthy and nutritious meals last year at no incremental cost.

Since 2008, Child’s Path has been improving the quality of life for children and families in Collier County through high-quality early childhood education to help break the cycle of poverty. Even though 75 percent of children come from economically needy households, 100 percent of students made gains in all their developmental areas in the past year. Over 80 percent of children were socially, cognitively and emotionally ready for kindergarten, well above the Florida state average of 53 percent and the Collier County average of 43 percent. Child’s Path has earned an excellent reputation for its high quality early childhood care and learning and is well-trusted by the parents, partners, businesses, foundations, government entities and the overall community in Collier County.
In the past fiscal year, 54 full time employees and 305 volunteers provided their expertise and capabilities to achieve results and success for the 300-400 children of economically needy families served in four early childhood development centers. Most Child’s Path teachers have Child Development Associate credentials or a college degree, above the industry standard of essential training. The average tenure of teachers is greater than three years, while some have been with Child’s Path 12 years or more. The experience of the board of directors is diverse and provides professional expertise across multiple industries to support and accomplish the organization’s goals.

Child’s Path board of directors recently updated the organization’s strategic plan through 2022 to better reflect its mission and long-term financial viability, changing the organization’s name from Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. – CCCR. The strategies are: (1) continually improve education standards and expand services to more families; (2) build brand understanding and awareness; (3) develop a strong foundation and processes to build revenue through enhanced donor cultivation and stewardship; and (4) secure corporate and private foundation grants and support. Strong year-over-year revenue growth allows Child’s Path to meet the increasing demand for affordable, high-quality early childhood education.

For the latest school year for which data is available (2018-19,) Child’s Path students achieved significant results:
1. 100 percent of students made gains across all their developmental milestones
2. Over 80 percent of students met/exceeded their developmental milestones (pre/post-assessments)
3. 100 percent of senior teen moms earned their high school diplomas
4. 83 percent of students were assessed as “ready for kindergarten,” 30 points above the Florida average of 53 percent and the Collier County average of 43 percent (FL Department of Education Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener – FLKRS)

Yet, many unmet needs still exist. Over 4,000 children in Collier County have no access to high quality and affordable early childhood care and learning. Many are relegated to attend unlicensed facilities or placed in the care of a relative or neighbor, sometimes in unstable situations. Nearly two-thirds of Collier County children are economically needy. Less than 50 percent read at kindergarten levels and less than 45 percent are socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten.

The demand for income-based scholarships has grown by 83 percent (compound annual growth rate) over the past five years. The negative economic impacts on parental employment (layoffs, reduced work hours, etc.) have sky-rocketed the demand for income-based scholarship assistance to even greater levels.

Child’s Path has its sight set on opening additional spaces and increase its scale to service the 4,000 children in Collier County without access to affordable and high-quality early childhood learning. There is still so much work to do. You are invited to contact Child’s Path for more information and updates on the status and ongoing progress toward achieving its strategic goals and impact on the Collier County children, families and community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We strengthen and enrich the lives of underserved children and families in Collier County through high-quality and affordable early childhood education. · Provide scholarships for children ages birth to 5 years old to ensure access and school readiness · Emphasize the arts and nature through experiential learning · Encourage children’s innate ability to develop cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills · Engage families to assure their children’s future success

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    At the end of the school year we conduct parent surveys. Last year's surveys indicated that parents had a desire to electronically check their child in and out daily without using the typical single entry system. The prior system involves a shared laptop and parents waiting for a turn to clock in/out their children. This was a safety concern due to COVID-19 even thought we moved the check in computers to the school entry ways. We were able to upgrade our clock in procedures to a system that allows parents to indicate their children are present or have left for the day utilizing their cell phones.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    By requesting feedback form our parents, donors and grantors we can better ensure that we are meeting their expectations and incorporating their ideas for improvements.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Child's Path

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Felix Mehler

Attorney, Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.


Board co-chair

Martin Nestares

Attorney, ABN Law, PLLC

Melissa Blazier

Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections

Howard Isaacson

Financial Consultant, Howard Isaacson, Inc.

Robin Clark

Healthcare Consultant

Nancy Gibbs

Attorney, Skrivan & Gibbs

Carla Bogart

Manager, Community College Market, NewsBank, Inc.

Seymour Burchman

Partner, Semler Brossy Consulting Group

A. Scott Hansen

Vice President, Karpus Investment Management

Jerome (Jerry) Johnson

4 Star Admiral, U.S. Naval Aviator (ret.)

Tamara Nicola

County Court Judge, Twentieth Judicial Circuit

Ann Horton

Ann Horton (New Member) GNL Class XIII Representative, UAC Board Member

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/30/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.