The Guadalupe Center provides at-risk kindergarten through second grade children of Immokalee the support that they desperately need to catch-up to their peers. Many students enrolled in the Guadalupe After-school and Summer Tutoring Programs were not afforded the benefits of high-quality early childhood education. Thus, they are working hard, struggling to learn what many of their peers have already mastered. Research finds that by the time impoverished children reach middle school, they are over two and a half years behind their middle-class peers. There are a myriad of reasons for this, but the end results are that children from lower socioeconomic families are less likely to be successful in school and, thus, in life. Without support, these children will continue to struggle and the achievement gap will grow wider with each year in school.
Students in the After-school Program are identified by Collier County Public Schools as at-risk of failure. The Guadalupe Center's After-school and Summer Tutoring programs work to reverse the effects of this achievement gap and increase student performance. Students are provided remedial help and enrichment opportunities led by certified teachers, adult program leaders, and successful high school students who act as academic role models and tutors - a model proven to help struggling children see that success is within reach.