Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota FL 34234
The Early Learning Coalition provides access to high quality early education resources and family support to ensure that children are ready for learning and ready for life.
CEO/Executive Director Janet Kahn
Board Chair Interim Chair Nicholas Feather
Board Chair Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
General Info
Organization DBA
Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
Supported Organization Child Care Connection
Former Names
School Readiness Coalition
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2015
State Registration Yes Jan 2018
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $11,647,033.00
Projected Expenses $11,647,033.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Early Learning Coalition provides administration/ oversight of the local, integrated system of early education for preschool children in Sarasota County, ensuring quality of childcare and early learning programs, family access to services, and positive outcomes for young children. Our work strengthens families and prepares children to be ready for learning, ready for life.



  • Serve over 4000 children and assist 185 providers annually
  • Oversee successful 5 star quality rating system for childcare facilities, 67% participation rate, impacting 6000 children or 75% of all children in childcare
  • Maintain successful campaign to educate parents on early literacy and importance of reading.
  • Manage a "Literacy Buddy" program utilizing 150+ volunteers to correspond with, and provide books to young children
  • Facilitate ongoing professional development for childcare educators and annual conference, regularly measuring skill improvement. Teacher skills and education is linked to successful child outcomes
  • Facilitate programs for high risk children as part of Grade Level Reading campaign
  • Provided customized childcare listings and community, literacy and child development resources for 5147 parents, applying a Two Generation focus to assist families in poverty




  • Ensure positive outcomes for young children through parent support and quality early education programs
  • Improve access to early education opportunities for children in targeted areas
  • Train and offer on-site targeted coaching assistance for childcare providers
  • Assist providers working with children with special needs and challenging behaviors
  • Educate community members on the value of early care & education for all children
  • Develop and maintain community collaborative partnerships
  • Educate business community on direct impact of quality early education now and in the future and to encourage support of working parents
  • Advocate and raise community awareness and support for early childhood issues



Needs Statement

Scholarships for children in low income working families to access quality early education

$350 provides one month of child care for one child
$4200 provides one year of child care for a child
 Funds for supplies for children in need
$20 helps fill a backpack with needed school supplies for a child
$30 buys 5 books for a child with limited access to book in the home

Funds to continue support for childcare sites to maintain quality; 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

Parent support/outreach

$5,000 for parent education tools related to child development, early milestones, and challenging behaviors 
$10,000 for a consultant to focus on effective, creative use of social media and technology to support critical initiatives
Background Statement

The Early Learning Coalition was established in 1999 by legislation and incorporated in May 2000 originally as the School Readiness Coalition of Sarasota County, Inc. as a 501 c (3) nonprofit. The Early Learning Coalition administers a program of local, state, and federal funds for the purpose of ensuring that all children enter school ready to learn, with the solid foundation they need to grow and develop. Local private funds allow us to expand our community support beyond the legislatively mandated services.

Legislation outlines the responsibilities for Early Learning Coalitions across the state including oversight for the delivery of local early education services, establishes thresholds for spending categories, including an administrative cap of 5%, and determines the composition of its Board of Directors. Our local Coalition currently administers a program of $11 million of local, state and federal funds that are used to:


  • Facilitate and oversee a wide range of services to enhance the overall system of quality child care and preschool educational programs
  • Provide child care scholarships to local income-eligible families
  • Manage the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program (VPK) for all four year olds to increase the readiness of children to begin Kindergarten
  • Administer the community’s Look for Stars quality rating program for local child care sites
  • Offer a variety of resources for parents, including educational materials on child development, quality child care choices, early literacy, and developmental screening


The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County reports at the state level to the Office of Early Learning. A Board of Directors governs the Coalition and ensures compliance with all applicable legislation and statutory requirements and a high quality of services. The Chair and two of the private sector business representatives are appointed by the Governor, other Board members are community leaders, educators, child care professionals, and local business representatives, all dedicated to ensuring that Sarasota’s young children are given the strong foundation they need to succeed in school.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type
preschool education, young children, childcare, literacy, early learning
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is my pleasure to serve as Chair of the Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Sarasota County.   The Coalition’s responsibility to provide high quality early learning programs extends to our entire community of children.  This responsibility incorporates assessment and training of providers, curriculum development and testing of children to measure success, parent communications and community partnerships.

The Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County spent several years creating and implementing the very successful Look for the Stars, a voluntary comprehensive assessment program that encourages all child care providers to achieve and maintain high quality early learning education environments. We are especially excited that the Look for the Stars initiative, having completed its sixth year with demonstrated results, continues to gain visibility and recognition in the community. 

The Coalition is thrilled to have participated in the community wide initiative to promote family literacy focused on children from birth through middle school, known as LEAF: Literacy Empowers All Families.' The Coalition continues to oversee the comprehensive social marketing educational campaign to remind parents how critically important they are to their child’s future success in school and in life, including simple ways that parents can impact early literacy skills. We initiated a new program a year ago called Literacy Buddies which allows for community volunteers to help ensure that children have access to books in their homes. We have 170 community volunteers assisting now in this very successful program.

We value our community’s early learning providers and teachers and want to ensure their success in educating our children.  We sponsor numerous quality initiatives such as training, curriculum materials and direct support for child care centers; early literacy training; and health screenings and early identification programs for children with developmental challenges.   The positive impacts of these programs to children in child care are realized in many ways, not the least of which is the measurable improvements seen when the children enter kindergarten ready to learn.

While high quality child care benefits working families, we know it also has a positive impact on our community’s economy.  An investment in quality early learning programs has been shown to yield a 10:1 return over a disadvantaged child’s lifetime in the way of higher graduation rates in high school and college, resulting in improved employment opportunities and decreased dependence on government programs. Those children become employees who are well prepared to enter the workforce. We continue to highlight those benefits and foster greater awareness within the business community.


Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Ready for Learning, Ready for Life is our goal for every child. As a not for profit organization, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County welcomes the support and generosity of community members to achieve our vision of a community that strengthens families and nurtures the learning potential of every child. The Early Learning Coalition plays a crucial role in ensuring positive outcomes for children through the direct services it provides and through its oversight and partnership with other agencies. Over 4000 children and 185  child care providers receive assistance and support annually from the Coalition. Parents are given resources and information they need to nurture the learning potential of their children, including guidance to strengthen early literacy skills. Choosing a childcare program is one of the most important decisions a parent will make for their child. To ensure all children in all parts of our community get the quality care they deserve the Early Learning Coalition administers the community’s Look for the Stars program, which uses a 5 star scale to evaluate and improve early learning providers. This valuable tool educates and informs parents as they consider childcare options and offers specific and achievable road map to quality care for providers. Research shows that quality early learning experiences provide the foundation for a child’s success in school and in life. These positive experiences are also critical for economic development and the success of the community overall. The Partnership for America’s Economic Success, a national coalition of business leaders, embraces the value of investment in young children as a critical policy imperative and economic necessity. Families in poverty need targeted assistance through a Two Generation approach to ensure success for all family members. School readiness is also a critical component of children reading on grade level. If a child is not on grade level by third grade, they may never catch up. Like all non-profits, the Early Learning Coalition depends on community support and partnerships. When you invest in young children you invest in all our futures.  Join us as we champion the learning potential of our community’s youngest and most vulnerable citizens; our children. Your help will make a difference!


Scholarships provide assistance for children ages 0-5 in income-eligible families to access quality child care. All families served in this program receive comprehensive parent education materials, information to support early literacy and school readiness and tools for choosing quality childcare. To qualify for assistance, parents must be currently working or attending school at least 20 hours per week. All families have parent co-payments based on income. Additionally these scholarship funds provide before or after care for some of the children enrolled in the state supported Voluntary Pre- Kindergarten program. (Note: VPK is a separate program for all 4 year old children, regardless of income).

All children served receive age-appropriate developmental screening and early intervention support as needed. Approximately 2000 children can be served each year with the state funds allocated to Sarasota County, which does not meet all of the current need.

Budget $5,400,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

Approximately 1000 children in eligible families will have access to affordable, quality child care and preschool programs each month that help ensure positive outcomes for children and help prepare them for school and for life.

Over 2000 families receive the services annually and are able to work and attend school while their children are in high quality early care programs, with a focus of a Two Generation approach to help families out of poverty

Children of parents receiving assistance receive high quality early learning experiences to develop skills that will help ensure they are ready for school and success in life. They also receive regular assessments and developmental screenings to ensure optimal development. Early intervention is provided as needed.

Long Term Success

The ultimate goal is for children to be ready for school when they enter Kindergarten, as this is a significant component of being on grade level in elementary school. Research shows that children not on grade level by third grade may never catch up. Research also consistently demonstrates that participation in a high quality early education program positively impacts school readiness and life skills. This scholarship program specifically provides parents with the financial assistance to be able to access a quality childcare setting of their choice. Since child outcomes are measured later on when children enter Kindergarten, the initial success of the program is measured through the surveys of the parents as to how access to quality care has helped prepare their child for school.

  • Over 97% of parents report the services helped prepare their children to be ready for school
  • Over 99% utilize the tools and checklists that are provided to help them make informed decisions

Program Success Monitoring

Surveys are mailed to parents and providers after child(ren) are placed in care. Additional in person surveys and interviews are completed during office visits for follow up eligibility. These surveys ask the parents about

their perception of the value of the services as well as if and how they are using the tools designed to assist them in supporting their child's learning, and whether they believe their child is being helped to be ready for school, the ultimate goal.

Children receiving financial assistance receive regular developmental screenings and follow up intervention, and also receive a variety of assessments to measure their progress, all of which is tracked within a data based system. Children receive care in programs that are regularly assessed and evaluated on measures of quality, including teacher education and skill, which is directly linked to child outcomes.

All children are assessed in Kindergarten.

Program Success Examples
Several parents report relief knowing their children are in quality early care programs. Prior to receiving assistance, they had to rely on friends and relatives for childcare.
Other parents have been able to receive college degrees offering an opportunity for a better life.
Parent responses to the survey question "What do you like about the Early Care Scholarship Program?" include:
  • "If I wasn't in the program I would have struggled to find a suitable daycare for my kids" 
  • "My child is able to get the same education and school readiness as other children"
  • "[The program] enables educational services my child would not otherwise have."
  • "The program allows me the ability to finish my education while I know my children are receiving quality childcare."
  • "I don't know what I would have done without it"
  • "Information on how to help my child learn"
  • "I don't have to sacrifice quality childcare for cost"
  • "It helps me better my children for their future"
  • "Being a single mother it helps me pay my bills"

Look for the Stars is a comprehensive program for rating the quality of child care and early education settings using a 5 star system. Program standards are nationally recognized and based on early learning research. Evaluations are conducted regularly by an independent assessor.

The following domains are assessed: learning environment, curriculum and child assessment, staff qualifications and professional development, and general business practices. Using the evaluation, a star level rating is assigned, ranging from one to five stars. Three stars is considered to be consistently good quality. Parents have an easily identifiable tool to use when selecting quality childcare. Providers are given a road map for making specific quality improvements along a continuum. The Early Learning Coalition staff provide technical assistance, training and on site coaching support to help the local child care providers achieve and maintain high quality early education programs.

Budget $350,000
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Families
Short Term Success
  • 70% of all center-based child care sites in Sarasota County will choose to participate each year, thus maintaining a viable pool of participants receiving star levels.
  • 86% of providers surveyed agree with the statement:  "Participating in LFS has improved quality of child care provided by my program.” 
  • 75% of children receiving state funded care are served in sites with 3 or more stars, up from 39% at the beginning of the program. 
  • 70% of all parents seeking child care can report knowledge of the program as evidenced by surveys.
  • 90% of parents familiar with program will use it to guide decisions.
  • Look for the Stars website regularly receives consistent number of hits each month.
Providers survey comments include:
  • "QIS should continue. It has definitely made our center one of better care and quality. I feel we all need the assessments to keep us on target with what is required and best for the benefit of our children.”
  •  “It raised the quality of our sites, but the ladder to get there was hard.” 
Long Term Success
Research consistently demonstrates that quality early care and education results in sustained positive outcomes for children. More recent research is indicating that teacher skill is one of the most significant predictor of child success. Since we are not able to track children over time in this program, the long term success is measured by the numbers/ percent of child care sites that achieve and maintain a 3 star level or above, with the corresponding impact on the children in care. Additionally the long term success is also measured by the percent of parents who use the program to choose quality care and thus driving the ongoing demand for quality.
  • 85% of childcare sites participating in the program will demonstrate positive year over year improvements in one or more areas
  • 90% of teachers demonstrate increased knowledge after attending training
  • 80% of participating sites will continue to be at a three star level or above.  
  • 80% of parents report using Star levels when considering care.
Program Success Monitoring

An annual objective comprehensive assessment is conducted by an outside entity using a research based tool and a validation checklist. This determines both the overall star levels and specific areas where providers made improvements. Our expectation is that sites which have achieved a 3 star rating or above will maintain high quality programs.

The ELC provides onsite coaching and technical assistance to help providers achieve their individualized improvement goals. In addition numerous training is offered to increase teacher skills. Pre/post surveys and observations are used to measure results. In addition following each training, participants must submit a follow up activity that demonstrates change in knowledge and implementation of a change as a result of the training.
Annual consumer surveys are additionally utilized as well as surveys about the assessment process and mentoring services.
Website hits are tracked and parents are surveyed to determine community awareness and use.
Program Success Examples
  • By year 6 (2013),  102 of the 121 participants had achieved a 3, 4 or 5 star rating.  Participants reported that Look for the Stars improved the quality of participating sites and “helped a lot of sites get to a 4 or 5” that would not otherwise have done so. Participating providers reported that there is now consistent quality across sites in Sarasota County.
  • 87% of participating providers demonstrated year over year improvement in one or more areas of assessment. 
  • 90% of providers acknowledged in follow up surveys the value of the independent assessment in their quality improvement process.
  • In recent surveys, 93% of parents who knew about the program report using the Look for the Stars information when choosing child care
  • In recent surveys, "quality" is identified as a higher ranking factor than "cost" for parents choosing child care. For numerous years, cost was identified as the most important consideration so this represents a significant shift.

The ELC supports the development of early literacy. A successful award winning parent education campaign originally launched over 5 years ago as part of the LEAF (Literacy Empowers All Families) initiative continues. It has gained significant traction in changing attitudes and behaviors concerning literacy. Targeting Sarasota County’s parents with children from birth to 5 years old the educational campaign  is: “Your child’s success is as easy as 1. Talk 2. Listen 3. Read.”  The goal is to influence behaviors of parents of young children, who see and hear this message in multiple ways. A LEAF bookworm mascot also makes regular appearances throughout the community.

The Literacy Buddy program utilizes community volunteers to provide books for preschool children who correspond with their 'buddy' around book and reading interests. Cohorts of children in preschool programs are matched to buddies. The program supports development of writing skills and a love of reading.
Budget $0
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Infants to Preschool (under age 5) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
  • To date well over 20,000 informational materials with the Talk, Listen, Read messaging have been distributed within the community to strongly promote of the message on an ongoing basis.
  • The LEAF parent membership program had grown to over 1000 members by 2013, with over 50% of participants from specific high risk zip codes. Now those parents continue to receive periodic literacy tips and materials via e-mail.
  • 80% of parents seen at ELC consistently indicate awareness of the specific message and 95% understand the importance of reading to ensure their children's success.
  • Year-to-Year Web site traffic comparisons show positive awareness.
  • Over 170 community volunteers are matched with cohorts of children within the Literacy Buddy program, providing children with increased access to books and increased writing skills through anticipatory. correspondence. Program continues to grow.
Long Term Success

Research shows that all parents can help their children succeed, regardless of the income level and literacy level of the parent, by taking very simple actions. Parents who engage in more “extra talking”, reading, and positive interactions can have an impact on their children’s language development, early literacy skills and school readiness. 

The goal of the LEAF educational campaign is to influence parent behaviors that benefit the target audience and society in general.  Specifically, the goal is: 
  • To familiarize the targeted audience (parents with children ages 5 and under) with the Hart and Risely 30-Million Word Gap study, demonstrating the profound impact that early literacy development plays in the future success of a child and encourage parents to "talk, listen and read" to their children. 
The goal of the Literacy Buddy program is to develop children's writing skills and to promote increased reading and access to books utilizing community volunteers to correspond with children.
Program Success Monitoring
For the social marketing parent education campaign, media tracking and statistics are the largest indicator of reaching our audience.  Website traffic is tracked, advertising effectiveness was measured, and surveys were regularly sent out to parents who signed up to be "LEAF members". Additionally surveys are given to all parents seen annually within the Early Learning Coalition's offices to measure awareness of message and specific behaviors utilized to support early literacy.
Literacy Buddy program success is measured by increased numbers of children receiving books and teachers reports of change in children's writing and reading anticipatory skills. Increased number of volunteers will impact more children.
Feedback from providers who facilitate the Buddy program at their sites report on the changes in the children's pre-reading and writing skills, vocabulary understanding and excitement about receiving books, which they also share with their parents. 
Program Success Examples
One parent said, “Before hearing about the LEAF program there was no question I was going to read every day, but after hearing that children who are read and talked to hear 30 million words more by age 3, I was convinced that I need to stay consistent with it, because that makes such a difference.”
On the  survey question ranking the best perks of the LEAF program, the parent tips and information packets were common favorites. One parent even said she had been distributing LEAF materials!
The LEAF  Bookworm mascot regularly makes appearances throughout the county and remains in high demand. 
After just one year, the Literacy Buddy program has grown from 50 to over 170 volunteers, thus providing multiple books for children in need.
Providers describe the joy and excitement the children exhibit when the books are received. Parents report and share pictures of reading the books at home with their children. 
Program Comments by Organization

The Early Learning Coalition offers program services that equally benefit the child, parent and the child care provider. The children ultimately benefit from being in high quality early learning environments, gaining skills for life and receiving appropriate developmental screenings and any needed follow up as well. The parents receive a number of services such as financial assistance with child care costs, a wide range of parent education, literacy and child development information, and/or tools to choose quality care. Our local child care providers receive a range of support, training and technical assistance to ensure that they achieve and maintain high quality early learning environments for young children.

The intertwining of all of these services to ultimately ensure positive outcomes for young children is what makes the Early Learning Coalition such an exciting and dynamic organization to manage. The first five years of a child’s life is the most critical for both short term and sustained long term success. Brain development is at its highest during these crucial early years. Positive experiences maximize brain development. Equally important, and perhaps most concerning, is that failure to provide quality early care for young children, or exposure to negative influences, can actually harm brain development. Additionally more understanding exists now of the importance of children being on grade level. If not on grade level by 3rd, children may never catch up. The early years and school readiness skills are critical to this issue. The opportunity to intervene early in a young child’s life can literally be life changing with long term impact. Our goal is for every child in Sarasota County to be Ready for learning, Ready for life!
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Janet Kahn
CEO Term Start Nov 2002
CEO/Executive Director Email jkahn@earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

Janet Kahn has over twenty years experience in the non-profit human services field, including multiple senior leadership positions. Janet’s experiences have included work with children and families on a variety of issues such as child abuse prevention, grief and loss, disabilities, childhood cancer, and early childhood education. She came to the Early Learning Coalition with executive level experience from two other organizations. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, remains a licensed clinical social worker and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. During her time with ELC, Ms. Kahn has increased local funding, created a successful collaborative model for service delivery saving administrative costs, implemented a comprehensive program for measuring and improving child care quality, and spearheaded a successful social marketing campaign for parents focused on early literacy. Recently she has worked with community partners to ensure access to preschool programs for children most in need, and is working toward ELC maintaining a Two Generational focus to assist families in poverty. A key to her success is her effective collaborative private and public partnerships with multiple organizations. Under her leadership, the organization continues to meet or exceed benchmarks and outcomes, has consistently positive state monitoring and implements new, innovative programs to meet the needs of children and families.

She is involved with many community organizations, including the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, Sarasota Technical College’s Early Education Advisory Council, Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disasters, and collaborates with all early childhood partners in the community. In other cities, Janet has served on a variety of committees/task forces including a statewide Childhood Cancer Subcommittee, and an American Cancer Society Task Force as well as serving in leadership roles in Association of Fund raising Professionals.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Claudia Malecki Quality Services Manager
Linda Mason Director of Child Care Connection Program
James Pawlak Finance Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 21
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 95
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 2
Volunteers 170
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

By its very definition and mandated legislative purpose, the Early Learning Coalition is a collaborative entity. In addition we actively partner with numerous other non profits, businesses, local foundations and county government, as well as early childhood partners to leverage our resources and ability to provide services.

Our collaborations enhance our services to the community including services for families, developmental or health related services for children, literacy initiatives, support for childcare providers to offer high quality early learning programs assistance to child care professionals around early intervention and challenging behaviors.

Our local early care and education child care and preschool providers are critical partners in accomplishing our goals related to school readiness for all children. Providers offer the day to day connections and support to the families and children we serve.

ELC also actively participates in groups with a community-wide focus, such as the Community Alliance, Sarasota Partnership for Children, COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster), the Arts Education Task Force of the local Arts and Cultural Alliance, groups focusing on services for homeless families and our community's new Grade Level Reading initiative.

Association of Early Learning Coalitions
Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Be More Informed Award for Outstanding Achievement in Marketing (for LEAF Program)WEDU2010
Silver Addy (for LEAF Program)Advertising Federation2010
Be More Knowledgeable Award for Educational Outreach (for Look for the Stars Program)WEDU2010
Golden Image (for LEAF Campaign)Florida Public Relations Association2010
Golden Image (for Look for the Stars Campaign)Florida Public Relations Association2010
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2013
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Interim Chair Nicholas Feather
Company Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
Board Term Jan 2015 to Apr 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Holly Anderson Sarasota County Libraries
Matthew Anderson President, Milestone Marketing Associates, Inc.
Linda Baxter Community College Representative
Michael Breton Breton Benefits
D. Cory Byzewski Vice President & General Manager Direct Energy
Brent Dykstra Synovus Commercial Lending
Ted Ehrlichman Suncoast Workforce
Nicholas Feather Private sector appointed by the Governor
Caroline Fisher Rep of private for-profit child care providers
Chuck Henry Child Care Licensing Head
Jill Jacoby County Health Dept Designee
Chris C. Kofler President, Unisource Inc.
Kimberly Kutch Department of Children & Families
Barbara Levesque Rep of faith based child care providers
Jeff Matthews Nokomis Design Studio
Nicole Parker Chase Bank
Connie Snyder Pines of Sarasota Childcare
John Stump Regions Bank
Kathleen Sullivan Head Start Director
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development?
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 68
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 81
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 85
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization

The Board of Directors of the Early Learning Coalition is unique in that the composition of the board is legislatively mandated to include both specific early childhood stakeholders and private business representation. In addition, some of the private business members are appointed by the Governor, including the Chair. Individuals who are serving on the board in the required stakeholder seats are doing so as a function of their work responsibilities or are serving in response to the will of the Governor.

The contributions of the members serving in the required stakeholder seats provide a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the various constituents in the field are represented and they offer a unique and valued perspective. There are, however, inherent challenges to having a board that has a majority of individuals appointed to be there and may be unable to fulfill the expectations that one could ask of a private citizen who takes on a fully voluntary position.

With a board comprised of individuals serving in designated board seats, board attendance is one area often impacted as members’ job functions may take precedent. In addition, fund raising is often compromised as those members serving in mandated seats cannot automatically be expected to take on the type of fund raising activities that one might ask of a board member in a typical non-profit. The individual may not have signed on for such an activity, have the necessary skills to do so, or, as is often is the case, may have conflicting interests related to the organization where they work or be prohibited from fulfilling such roles. Finally, there can be absolute conflicts of interest when stakeholders who directly benefit from the organization serve on the board and such conflicts must be acknowledged and carefully managed.

On the other hand, as stated above, the inclusion of early childhood stakeholders, along with the private business sector members promotes a unique view of the issues being discussed and can lead to lively and very productive board discussions.


Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $11,647,033.00
Projected Expenses $11,647,033.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$10,977,248$11,014,204$11,565,151
Individual Contributions$108,024$310,373$607,854
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$9,529$8,596$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$10,735,424$11,089,683$11,839,905
Administration Expense$378,621$278,915$314,573
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%98%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$726,402$919,754$10,110,028
Current Assets$724,232$916,499$1,107,246
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$566,835$775,733$966,057
Total Net Assets$159,567$144,021$143,971
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $10,435,234Government Grants - State $10,361,731Government $11,565,151
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $542,014Government Grants - Local $962,846Individuals $607,854
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $108,024Other $35,475 --
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.281.181.15
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
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Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on audited financial statements. This organization is not required to file IRS Form 990s.
Nonprofit Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
Address 1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota, FL 34234
Primary Phone 941 954-4830

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