Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, INC.

Changing the Path

aka Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee   |   Immokalee, FL   |  www.pathwaysearlyeducation.org

Mission

The mission of Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is to provide exceptional educational programs.

Ruling year info

1968

Executive Director

Mrs. Beth Hatch

Main address

4060 Tamiami Trail N Unit 1

Immokalee, FL 34142 USA

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Formerly known as

Immokalee Child Care Center

EIN

59-1209842

NTEE code info

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

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the census, the poverty rate in Immokalee is 43.4%, and the poverty rate for children is over 50%. With a large population of migrant workers, 19.7% of families have moved in the past year. Many parents in Immokalee cannot afford quality childcare and early education to prepare their children for kindergarten and the years that follow. Early education options in Immokalee are limited, as evidenced by our waiting list of nearly 500 students. The number of students on our waitlist increased by nearly 25% from 2019 to 2020. We have seen firsthand that with the right support, parents who have little to no formal education and who have no choice but to work in the fields can raise successful college graduates who will never have to work below minimum wage. We are changing the path to make this dream a reality for every child in Immokalee so they can become our future leaders, scholars, and inventors.

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?

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee

As the very first childcare center in Immokalee, we started serving the children of migrant farm workers in what was then a tiny wash house. The Center was created so parents had somewhere safe to leave their children when they went out to the fields to work long hours. At the beginning, the Center’s goal was very simple: provide childcare so children did not have to deal with the harsh sun and dangerous chemicals they were exposed to in the fields.

Over the years, we have increased the number of children served and have shifted our focus from basic custodial childcare to providing comprehensive educational programs to children from infancy to 5 years old. This shift allows us to create equitable opportunities for underserved populations: access to early education has been shown to have a profound impact on lifelong success. Pathways has since become nationally accredited and is on the cutting edge of evidence-driven STEAM educational programming.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

National Accreditation Commission 2009

Awards

GOLD Seal Certification 2009

Department of Children and Families

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Affiliations & memberships

Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida 2015

Future Ready Collier Strategic Partner 2019

Blue Zones Project 2020

Naples North Rotary Club 2018

Naples Chamber of Commerce 2018

Immokalee Chamber of Commerce 2018

Association of Fundraising Professionals 2018

Exposed Newborn Task Force 2018

Immokalee Unmet Needs Coalition 2019

Naples Children & Education Foundation 2019

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
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor, Migrant workers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using Teacher's Gold Standard assessment for the end of 2020-2021 school year. Fewer students were assessed since we decreased enrollment to follow CDC guidelines. Represents over 95% of students.

Number of children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Extremely poor people, Working poor, Migrant workers, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Using Teacher's Gold Standard assessment for the end of 2020-2021 school year. Fewer students were assessed since we decreased enrollment to follow CDC guidelines. Represents over 80% of students.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our main priority is to increase our students’ Kindergarten readiness and to provide them with quality educational experiences. Preparing children for Kindergarten and beyond is not a one-year task, but we can easily measure each student’s improvement in a given year. We aim to ensure that every student who attends Pathways to graduates from preschool ready to succeed in Kindergarten. Further in the future, we also expect them to graduate from high school and attend college or find a well-paying job. These children will be the future of Immokalee, and our hope is that the long-term data shows that their achievement of early education makes an impact in the rest of their lives.

We create individualized education plans, or Pathways Plans, for each student based on where they are developmentally and what they need to succeed. Based on standard, age-appropriate developmental guidelines, we assess at the beginning of the school year whether each student is meeting standards, is on track to meet standards, or is not meeting standards in a variety of areas. We use this information to craft a Pathways Plan that tells teachers and parents what we need to do and what we need to provide to each student. We also evaluate growth throughout the year and update each student’s Pathways Plan accordingly.

The wrap-around services we provide to students and their families go far beyond basic education. We work with parents to engage them in their children’s learning process, provide 2 full meals and one snack every day, connect families with resources to help them deal with difficulties outside the scope of Pathways’ work, provide meal assistance to families through local food pantries, and provide free vision, oral health, hearing, and mental health screenings for every child enrolled. In response to COVID-19, we have also begun offering virtual VPK to students who cannot safely return to classes.

We are typically open 51 weeks of the year, because we know the parents work year-round and the children still need the safe and enriching environment we provide to them. These are resources that many of these families would not be able to afford without the financial support we provide.

Pathways welcomed a new Executive Director in March 2018 with over twenty years of early childhood education experience, and a new Director of Development in January 2019 with experience in Collier county's public school system and non-profit organizations in the most critical needs area of the county.

Our programs are incredibly effective, largely because we provide individualized attention to each student, identifying in which areas they need help. We can see based on our assessments that this approach is effective. Between September 2019 and March 2020, we saw the following developmental improvements in our students:
- In social development and physical/coordination development assessments, we saw a respective 47% and 40% increase in the number of infants achieving developmental goals. By March, there were no infants scoring as not developed.
- Toddlers saw a 47% increase in those meeting expectations in physical development, a 45% increase in language and communication, and a 54% increase in meeting expectations in cognitive assessments.
- VPK students saw a 44% increase in meeting expectations in emergent math, a 33% increase in emergent literacy, and 26% increase in meeting expectations for fine motor skills.

These improvements are even more impressive when we consider that many students enter our programs with significant developmental delays. For example, we admitted 22 new preschool students last year who had little to no early education. 44% of those students were scoring below expectations and only 23% were meeting expectations. By March, 82% were meeting expectations and the remaining 18% were on track to meet expectations by the end of the year.

Our programs will continue to impact our students and more members of the Immokalee community as we expand our services to reach even more children.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, INC.

Board of directors
as of 5/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Peter Garlock

Garlock Printing and Converting

Term: 2019 - 2021

Beverley Vining

Retired

Susan Nunner

Secretary, Retired

Susan Ignelzi

Retired

Kent Anderson

Retired/Director of Stewardship Development for First Baptist Church Naples

Eric Esper

Treasurer, CFO of Hertz Corporation

Mary Payne

Retired

John Brooks

Retired

Sue Sherwin

Retired

Board leadership practices

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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 5/22/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data