From Cradle To College Foundation

Building Dreams - Transforming Lives - Impacting Generations

Palmetto, FL   |  http://FCTCF.org

Mission

The Foundation is organized exclusively as a not for profit corporation under the provisions of Chapter 617 of the Florida Statutes to act as a supporting organization for the benefit of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation, and to operate exclusively to benefit the Supported Organization and the public. The mission of the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County is to provide and coordinate the services of school readiness programs, in an efficient manner, in order to help all children develop the skills needed to achieve future educational success, to support the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher, and to continue to improve the quality of services available in the community.

Ruling year info

2017

Chief Executive Officer

Paul A Sharff

Main address

525 7th Avenue West Suite 2

Palmetto, FL 34221 USA

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EIN

81-5170404

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Corporate Foundations (T21)

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Our programs

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

Operation W.I.T. - Whatever It Takes

W.I.T. provides a multi-faceted approach to supporting young children to grow and develop to their maximum by partnering with churches throughout the community. The program is provided either with our Mobile Learning Lab or The Book Bus. Parents receive the Effective Black Parent curriculum with a trained professional while an early learning educator offers children the Connect for Learning curriculum. Parents and children regroup then participate in an early childhood activity. Parents practice skills with the support of the parent educator. Parents and children will be invited to participate in a family field trip!

Mission
The goal of Operation W.I.T. is to improve overall educational outcomes indirectly, by giving parents the tools they need to better connect with their children and be more effective in their parenting.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
People of African descent
Multiracial people
Family relationships

The Preschool Emergency Learning System (PEARLS) team travels throughout the state, sharing valuable training, providing awareness and exposure to a new way of thinking, including options for acting in threatening circumstances.

Evaluation of their environment, discussion, and planning are immediate outcomes of this training, as well as communicating with their children and parents to establish preparation and protection as a priority. Training has been proven to give individuals the ability to make decisions and act quickly in situations where danger exists, such as CPR. PEARLS trainees firmly support this concept and the necessity of thinking in a new way to handle potential events in our world today.

An underlying theme throughout the training is collaboration and communication with law enforcement to mitigate risk and save lives. Events such as active shooting are often over before law enforcement has arrived at the scene, so it is critical that citizens understand options such as Evacuation, Lockdown with Barricade, and Counter to protect themselves and those in their care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Caregivers

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Our results

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Number of staff members certified in subject area training

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of child care providers who have participated in PEARLS trainings

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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FCTCF is dedicated to helping provide direct support to the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County. The mission of ELC is to develop children’s skills to be successful in school and life, and additional funding streams from FCTCF supports and enhances ELC programs. Through the PEARLS program, FCTCF trains child care providers how to respond and act in threatening circumstances such as an active shooter situation. FCTCF also has one other main program – Operation W.I.T. (Whatever It Takes) – a program that gives parents the tools they need to better connect with their children and be more effective in their parenting.

FCTCF is actively applying for grants and local funding as an individual agency and in collaboration with partners.

FCTCF actively applies for grants and local funding as an individual agency and collaborates with partners such as ELC. FCTCF has already ready significant state and county funding for programs and continually looks for grant or funding opportunities that would benefit the organization. FCTCF also has an annual fundraising plan with two or three events that generate funds for the agency to fund its mission.

FCTCF enters into a shared services agreement with the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County to utilize staff, vehicles, and infrastructure. This allows FCTCF to tap into the vast knowledge and experience of the ELC staff and leadership who carry out the work needed to make the events possible, to work on grant submissions and presentations to potential funders. ELC is reimbursed for the work that staff carries out. FCTCF has two staff who oversee the admin and day-to-day running of the organization.

FCTCF has been operating the PEARLS program for over three years and continues to train child care providers across the state. There have also been several successful fundraising events – three Golf tournaments, one Roast of the Manatee County Sheriff, a Family concert – and plans for future events such as a Leader Prayer Breakfast. FCTCF also received a significant grant from Manatee County through the CARES Act funding. This money was sued to purchase a brand new school bus used as a Mobile Community Center. The bus helped distribute food to over 5000 families in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can also be used as a mobile book library and an educational vehicle equipped with modern technology and the capability to host outdoor lessons for children in line with social distancing. FCTCF stands ready to respond to the community ad's on-going needs and is determined to increase fundraising, so revenue streams flow back into the ELC to develop, support, and increase their programs.

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Board of directors
as of 3/11/2021
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Board chair

Judge Marc Gilner

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