Lake Trafford Pilot Project
• In partnership with Collier County Public Schools to assist with challenges of teacher recruitment and retention in Immokalee.
• 3 modular units at Lake Trafford Elementary School in Immokalee will be converted to Early Childhood Education Classrooms in August 2017.
• 33 children age 6 weeks to 3 years old will be served Monday – Friday all year long.
• Children 3-5 years old will transition to Guadalupe Center’s main campus at 509 Hope Circle, Immokalee, FL, following Lake Trafford
• 94% of children enrolled in Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education program demonstrate “school readiness” and 100% demonstrate social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in elementary school.
• Currently 394 children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old are on Guadalupe Center’s wait list for Early Childhood Education. There are approximately 3,000 children under the age of 6 in Immokalee so the need is even greater.
• “Lack of quality childhood education programs close to work” was a primary reason for transferring to another Collier County Public School according to a recent survey of teachers.
Case for Support
Florida ranks 30th in quality for education and the state spends $0 on the education of children birth to 3 years old. Less than 20% of Guadalupe Center’s operating budget comes from federal grants which are restricted to Head Start, voluntary pre-kindergarten and food subsidies. Hardworking parents pay on a sliding scale but philanthropy is crucial to accomplishing the Guadalupe Center’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education.
Recognition and naming opportunities available.
Contact: Tracy Connelly, Vice President for Development, 239-657-7711. TConnelly@GuadalupeCenter.org