The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation granted Collier Child Care Resources $35,000 earlier this year to assist CCCR in providing partial tuition assistance for the children of low-income, working parents who struggle to afford childcare. CCCR operates four early childhood development centers in Collier County. More than 80 percent of the 300 children enrolled are from economically disadvantaged families and receive the tuition assistance that this grant helps to fund.
Niccole Howard, CCCR’s Executive Director/CEO explains, “This grant will help give local, economically disadvantaged children access to high-quality early education and childcare. Without high-quality early education, these at-risk children have a one in three chance of starting kindergarten behind in their cognitive, emotional, and motor skills.”
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to the communities in Minnesota, where he and his family grew up, and in Florida, where he now maintains a permanent residence. RMSFF supports nonprofit organizations operating in the areas of human and social services, education – including college and early learning scholarship awards – and health and medicine. The foundation is committed to investing $1 billion in grants to nonprofit organizations primarily in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area and in the Greater Naples-Fort Myers area.
Niccole Howard continues, “When children start kindergarten behind, their probability of outcomes like dropping out of high school and even committing a violent crime increase exponentially. We are so grateful to the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation for their support of early education.”