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Why Immokalee Needs Your Support

The contrast couldn’t be greater between Immokalee, Florida and neighboring communities such as Naples, Bonita Springs and Fort Myers. Naples, for example, is known as one of the wealthiest communities in the country, but nearby Immokalee has an extraordinarily high level of poverty.

How Poverty Puts Children at Risk

According to a 1992 study referred to as “The Thirty-Million Word Gap,” children from lower-income families hear 30 million fewer words than children from higher-income households by the time they are four years old, potentially impacting language fluency as well as educational and career success. Additionally, research shows that at-risk children without access to high-quality early education are 60 percent less likely to attend college.

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The Community’s Greatest Need: Education

One well-documented solution to breaking the cycle of poverty is Early Childhood Education, but in Immokalee, there are not enough high-quality, affordable early childhood education services to meet the need. Worse, there are only three Gold Seal Quality Care facilities in Immokalee, including Guadalupe Center. The 2017 Collier County Community Needs and Assets Assessment reports that “many residents in these areas turn to unlicensed providers for care if quality programs are unavailable.”

The only NAEYC accredited center in Collier County, Guadalupe Center has three highly effective programs to address the community’s greatest need. We’re already making a difference for approximately 1,700 students in Immokalee. With your support, we can reach hundreds more students who are on the waiting list for our services.

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