We strengthen and enrich the lives of underserved children and families in Collier County through high quality early childhood education.
- Provide scholarships for children ages birth to 5 years old to ensure access and school readiness
- Emphasize the arts and nature through experiential learning
- Encourage children’s innate ability to develop cognitive, physical and social-emotional skills
- Engage families to assure their children’s future success
Inspire children’s love for lifelong learning.
Who we are:
Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. is a non-profit child care agency that serves children, families and early learning professionals since 2008. The agency relies upon generous donations and volunteer efforts from members of the community, corporations and foundations to build and maintain programs that make a difference for children from low-income families.
The Ten Things You Need to Know About CCCR:
1. CCCR provides partial tuition assistance to low-income, working families, and over 80% of the 300 children enrolled receive this financial assistance. With more than 68% of school-age children qualifying for free or reduced-priced lunch, the challenges of economic need are a constant in Collier County.
2. CCCR strives to give economically disadvantaged children access to high-quality early education so that they are able to enter kindergarten “ready” with all their developmental milestones met. Without high-quality early education, one in three at-risk children will enter kindergarten behind in their cognitive, motor, social and emotional skills.
3. CCCR seeks to meet the need for early education during a child’s most crucial developmental years. A child’s learning from birth to age five determines his or her kindergarten starting point. When students score low on entering kindergarten assessments, it rarely reflects their intelligence, but rather opportunities during their earliest learning years.
4. CCCR wants to stop the cycle of poverty, dropping out of high school and teen pregnancy these at-risk children face without a successful start. We know that 75% of the children who enter kindergarten behind will never catch up.
5. CCCR uses the highly-regarded Reggio Emilia approach to education, which instills a love of learning in each child by building upon his or her interests. There is also a focus on daily art experiences, which help children develop their motor, social, emotional and cognitive skills.
6. CCCR provides approximately 85,000 healthy meals annually (breakfast, lunch and snack) free for the children.
7. CCCR teachers have higher-than-average education levels. We aim to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers.
8. CCCR demonstrates its impact and the high quality of its programs. In 2017, 98.5% of the children who graduated on to kindergarten from CCCR tested “kindergarten ready” by the state. In contrast, only 28% of children in Collier County entering kindergarten tested “kindergarten ready”.
9. Collier Child Care Resources’ goal is to increase the quality of early education and childcare throughout SWFL by providing quality training workshops for early childhood teachers.
10. There are 4,000 children under the age of five in Collier County that do not access early education programs. We need help to grow!