Educational Institutions

Education & Community Learning Center Inc

BRADENTON, FL

Mission

Our mission is to improve literacy and provide educational support in an engaging and accessible manner to all children for free.

Ruling Year

2018

Board Chair

Heather Lennie

Main Address

3500 EL CONQUISTADOR PKWY APT 227

BRADENTON, FL 34210 USA

Keywords

K-6, Education, Literacy, E-Learning

EIN

83-0634535

 Number

8005785220

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Our program is working to address literacy in both youth and adults. We aim to address the lack of accessibility to education and create engaging programs that instill a love for learning.

Our programs

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The Free Reading Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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Goals 1. Develop fundraising capacity that can match the growth of children registered in the program to ensure our sustainability. Currently, we are growing at a rate of 5,000 registered users per month. 2. Developing a content creation interface for teachers so they can add new content with efficiency and efficacy in mind. 3. Creating an App so that users can access the program using Wifi on their mobile phones. 4. Adding new assessment and tracking features to prove the efficacy of our program to donors and users. This will also aid in the improvement of instructional delivery to best suit our diverse user base. 5. Creating an adult educational learning program for use in areas with chronic literacy challenges, such as prisons. 6. Develop relationships with other community groups to expand the reach of our programs.

Current Outreach To reach our goals, we need to sustain the cost of our programs. Our outreach and fundraising strategies are listed below. Mailchimp- manages email lists, use to send out newsletters and surveys, ask for donations Donor Box- Used to accept donations and manage donor contacts Website- Easy to donate, clear and visually exciting- need more program information Facebook- 29,000 Fans, daily posting, good communication, run ads Amazon Smile- 0.5% of customer transaction gets donated if we are the chosen charity Giving Partner- Community Foundation of Sarasota- non-profit database that donors use to select where their donations go Survey Monkey- Annual pro plan, sent out a survey about user experience, over 400 users completed survey, very helpful data- will continue to send surveys monthly Rotary Clubs- over 100 participating Rotary Clubs, sending out formal requests for donations and funding to each club Future Outreach Pursuing Corporate Donors Organizing Fundraising Events

We have excellent capability to reach our goals. We have a dedicated board who are experts in the literacy field. We have the technical capacity to create promotional materials. We have the business acumen to create sustainable products that help our users.

Program Success Monitoring From an engagement level, we know the programs are being supported by the parent community because of our reach and comments from our 29,000 Facebook fans. We know that over 180,000 parents have registered their children in the program. We are able to track unit completions, grades and the time taken to complete an activity through database reporting. To date (November, 2018), our registered users have completed 1,500,000 activities and 98,000 units with an average score of 93%. In a recent survey, 40% of users said they have seen an improvement in their child's reading skills since starting the program and 84% of users said having access to our free resource helps their family. Program Success Examples Our program has been available for a few years now. As a result, we receive testimonials on a continuous basis. These testimonials are made available publicly on social media. Here are just a few of the many testimonials we have received that speak to the impact of the program. “I absolutely love this program. I have a child that is 2 years developmentally delayed and has memory/language issues. This program has allowed her to practice various skills that she is struggling to learn in the school classroom. I am thrilled this program allows her to relearn skills when needed. I have not found that type of support in any other learning program.” -Karen Hartung “The Free Reading Program is magnificent! My daughter loves it and it has really helped her get her self esteem back. She realized that she could do it. There was a time when she didn’t feel this way. But just knowing that she can do this and that every kids learns differently, even when you have dyslexia, you can learn to read.” -Ulonda Jones "My daughter is 5 and now reading on a Second Grade reading level!" -Mary Staton "We use the program two to three times a week. My daughter is picking up more words and becoming more confident in attempting to read. I couldn't ask for more." -T Khan

Accomplishments Over 1,500,000 educational activities completed to date. Reaching a milestone of registering over 150,000 children in our literacy program. Receiving a Rotary International Booth Award. Received the Rotary Doug Dempsey Literacy Award. Successfully getting our IRS letter registering us as a 501(c)3 non-profit and creating our board and financial plan. Needs 1. Covering the cost of new and existing students. As of October, 2018 we have 9,000 registered users in Florida. We need to cover the cost of these students. At this stage of our development it costs us $5.00 per student to provide the program for a year. 2. Adding assessment tracking features to better understand program impact and improve efficacy. 3. Provide funding to develop a teacher interface to support the creation of local content with community needs in mind.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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