Message from the Executive Director
Dear Parents, Providers, and Partners,
This past year, the Coalition continued to grow significantly in terms of its programs, its staff, and most importantly – its positive community impact.
The Coalition was once again nominated in 2016 for the Tampa Bay Business Journal Non-Profit of the Year award, this time by the International Save the Children Organization. Having won the Non-Profit of the Year award in 2015, I am very happy and proud to announce that ELC Manatee was selected once again as one of three finalists out of the many nominations throughout the Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area for 2016. No organization has ever been selected as the winner two years in a row, but to be a finalist again was a great honor.
Our signature pilot program, Early Steps to School Success (ESSS), provides early childhood education services to pregnant women and children birth to five years of age, education services to their parents, and ongoing staff training to the community’s early childhood educators.
Our Nemours Bright Start! Complete Program for Early Literacy Success was implemented in November 2015 with nine centers and 17 classrooms involved in the initial launch, impacting over 200 students. We are very proud of the Nemours program, our expert staff who have been implementing it with great success, and the positive outcomes we have seen come from the program.
The Early Learning Community Task Force is composed of the Coalition, Manatee County School District, Manatee Community Action Agency and many other community partners who share a common goal of making sure our children are ready to learn at Kindergarten entry. The Task Force has implemented the ground work for the creation of a unique identifier number for children, which will allow the Coalition to track the significance and outcomes of all our programs.
NEXTGEN Family Magazine continues to be one of the best educational information resources for all families in Manatee County.
I wish to express my sincere appreciation to our volunteer Board of Directors for the valuable service they provide to both the Coalition and community. And I want to especially thank the Coalition staff, whose dedication to quality early care and education for all of Manatee County’s children is immeasurable.
We look forward to 2017 as a year of continued growth and endless possibilities.
As always, if any of our team can be of any assistance please click on the links on this website our call us directly at 941-757-2900.
Paul A. Sharff
Chief Executive Officer