The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County welcomes the support of the community to help us with our mission to ensure that all children have access to high quality early learning experiences for lifelong success.
This support can include donations, sponsorships, volunteering or in-kind services. Investing in early childhood yields great returns, something that economists routinely cite. For every $1 invested in early childhood services, there are significant returns. Economists are now saying that such investments can bring a 13% per child, per year return on investment through better outcomes in education, health, social behaviors and employment, reducing taxpayer costs down the line and preparing the country’s workforce for a competitive future
The Early Learning Coalition consistently has a waiting list of over 500 local children and families needing services. Invest today and help our children achieve lifelong success.
The following are specific ways your support can help.
- Scholarships for children in low income working families to access quality early education:
$450 provides one month of child care for one child
$4500 provides one year of child care for a child
- Funds for supplies for children in need:
$30 buys 5 books for a child with limited access to book in the home
$20 helps fill a backpack with needed school supplies for a child
- Funds to assist early care and education sites offer high quality early learning programs; includes coaching, technical assistance, and classroom materials otherwise not be available:
$400 provides a scholarship to a preschool teacher to take one college credit course to enhance classroom skills
$500 provides new classroom materials for one site
$1200 provides a training series for 30 participants to increase skill in providing quality care for children
$1500 provides one month of mentoring time to 5 childcare sites working to improve quality