Educational Institutions

OPPORTUNITY INC

Learning to learn and grow.

aka Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Mission

The mission of Opportunity to empower children of low-income, working families to achieve future academic and life success by providing superior early childhood educational programming and support services, and by assisting families with strategies to achieve self-sufficiency.

Ruling Year

1948

Executive Director

Ali Eger

Main Address

4171 Westgate Avenue

West Palm Beach, FL 33409 USA

Keywords

Disadvantaged Children, Early Childhood Education, Family Development

EIN

59-0624429

 Number

8198624639

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Child Day Care (P33)

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

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Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kindergarten Readiness

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of children who have the skills necessary to maintain personal health

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

All teachers are involved in school-wide decisions about student learning through staff, small group, and individual meetings with leadership, surveys, special committees, and pilot programming.

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric is based on skill-leveled student portfolios, research-based developmental screening tools, curricular assessments, and readiness assessments.

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All educators have multiple opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations including accredited educational organizations and local & national early childhood organizations.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This metric considers the age of the child and developmentally appropriate expectations.

Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric considers children and families served by our organization.

Average age of first-time, full-time, first-year registrants in direct entry programs continuing to the following year

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

This metric is an average age of newly enrolled children. The age range of newly enrolled children is 6 weeks-5 years.

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Kindergarten Readiness

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All administrators and all staff experience professional development activities together throughout each year.

Charting Impact

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To empower children of low-income, working families to achieve future academic and life success by providing superior early childhood educational programming and support services, and by assisting families with strategies to achieve self-sufficiency.

Opportunity has kicked off its capital campaign, Opportunity Knocks, to build a new facility. Opportunity Knocks seeks to raise $16 million to purchase land, construct a 22,000 square foot learning facility, and to create an endowment for the organization. Opportunity is seeking $8 million in phase one (phase two being endowment). We have received $2,750,000 and pledges totaling $3,055,000 to date.

The new 3.7 acre campus will allow the school to expand enrollment from 96 to 200 children and increase family programs and outreach. The building will include 16 classrooms, a computer resource center for parents, a medical suite, full kitchen, a multi-purpose room, and a board/conference room suite. Opportunity anticipates breaking ground in the fall of 2016 and opening to students and families in the summer of 2017.

With over 75 years experience, Opportunity, Inc. exemplifies "A tradition of Excellence"
In designing the program we have created objectives around the key indicators of quality" or "quality indicators" through strategic improvements in the physical setting that protects our students health and safety, set the recruiting standards to attract formally trained staff with above average credentials and training in early childhood education, mandated and empowered the Education Director who holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has had extensive training to strive for excellence, and created a compensation framework directly linked to professional development which provides incentives for staff to work towards achieving educational goals aimed at improving the skills required for continuous improvements in delivery of services and which will ultimately lead to less turn over and more stability for the students and families. Specifically, we have focused our efforts on creating an atmosphere which fosters high moral and high job satisfaction. In addition, we continue to strive to surpass the ratio requirements by containing our classroom sizes and providing the right staff mix to ensure that the children are receiving individualized attention hence creating the right environment for producing quality learning outcomes.
Ensuring the quality of children's daily experiences at Opportunity, Inc. lies at the core of the daily activities

In designing the program we have created objectives around the key indicators of quality" or "quality indicators" through strategic improvements in the physical setting that protects our students health and safety, set the recruiting standards to attract formally trained staff with above average credentials and training in early childhood education, mandated and empowered the Education Director who holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has had extensive training to strive for excellence, and created a compensation framework directly linked to professional development which provides incentives for staff to work towards achieving educational goals aimed at improving the skills required for continuous improvements in delivery of services and which will ultimately lead to less turn over and more stability for the students and families. Specifically, we have focused our efforts on creating an atmosphere which fosters high moral and high job satisfaction. In addition, we continue to strive to surpass the ratio requirements by containing our classroom sizes and providing the right staff mix to ensure that the children are receiving individualized attention hence creating the right environment for producing quality learning outcomes.
Ensuring the quality of children's daily experiences at Opportunity, Inc. lies at the core of the daily activities

We continue to stride towards best practice, to maintain our tradition of quality and to continuously improve our services. National accreditation and consistent Five Star ratings (which provides the endorsement and proof of a quality program) remains a priority. Surpassing the highest set standards continues to be our goal. This is demonstrative of the commitment of the Board, the management and staff at Opportunity. The program is measured against the most robust and rigorous national standards on education, health and safety. Early childhood educational programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school. By engaging in self-study and pursuing programs we are able to create a stronger and more committed team of teachers, administrators, and families who work together to continually improve program quality. Opportunity teachers and administrators find their work more rewarding. Most importantly, low income families have an opportunity to enroll in quality accredited programs, such as ours, for their children to thrive.

External Reviews

Accreditations

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2012

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2013

Awards

Quality Counts Gold Seal 2012

State of Florida

Quality Counts Five Star Rating 2012

State of Florida

Quality Counts Five Star & Gold Seal Rating 2013

State of Florida

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/31/2020

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

No data

Gender Identity

No data

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 03/31/2020

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

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We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
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We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.

Policies and processes

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We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.