Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota FL 34234

The Early Learning Coalition prepares children for lifelong success through quality early learning.

CEO/Executive Director Janet Kahn
Board 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
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Jan 2019
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
ELC Sarasota IRS LetterView
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 for success.


  1. Serve over 4000 children and assist 185 providers annually
  2. Oversee successful 5 star quality rating system for childcare facilities, 60% participation rate, impacting 6500 children or 75% of all children in childcare
  3. Manage a "Literacy Buddy" program utilizing 180+ volunteers to correspond with, and provide books to young children
  4. Facilitate programs for high risk children to address goals of the Grade Level Reading campaign
  5. Provided customized childcare listings and community, literacy and child development resources for over 5000 parents annually, applying a Two Generation focus to assist families in poverty


  1. Ensure positive outcomes for young children through parent support and quality early education programs
  2. Improve access to early education opportunities for children in targeted areas
  3. Train and offer on-site targeted coaching for childcare providers
  4. Assist providers working with children with special needs and challenging behaviors
  5. Educate community members on the value of early care & education for all children
Needs Statement

  1. Scholarships for children in low income working families to access quality early education ($400 provides one month of childcare for one child; $4800 provides one year of childcare for a child)
  2. Funds for books for children whose families have limited resources for books ($20 buys 5 books for a child with limited access to books in the home; $25 buys a “bucket of books” placed in local community businesses for children to use while on site)
  3. Funds to support childcare sites to maintain high quality early education and care; includes coaching, training, and needed classroom materials ($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 coaching support to 5 childcare sites working to improve quality; $2500 covers cost of a 8 week program to recruit, train and support entry level early childhood educators)
  4. Parent support/outreach ($3,500 for parent education tools related to child development, early milestones, and challenging behaviors; $15,000 for consultant to focus on fund development to support critical service needs)
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 to ensure that all children have access to high quality early education for success in life, and a solid foundation 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 for children in Sarasota County
  • Provide scholarships to local income-eligible families so they have access to high quality care to support positive development and outcomes for their children
  • 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 child care, a 5 star rating system; provide corresponding support and training for early care teachers
  • Manage a local “Literacy Buddy” program using volunteers to correspond with young children around books
  • Offer variety of resources for parents, including educational materials on child development, early literacy, developmental screening, and support for parents being their child’s first teacher
  • Educate the community regarding importance of investments in early learning


   The Early Learning Coalition reports to Florida’s Office of Early Learning. A Board of Directors governs the Coalition and ensures compliance with 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
Areas Served Comments Serving children ages 0-5 years old, their parents, and early childhood educators throughout Sarasota County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Youth Development
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Dear Friends,

3,200 – That’s the minimum number of children in Sarasota ages 0-5, who continue to live in poverty.

Since 2000, the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County has been working to prepare all children for lifelong success through quality early learning. Those first five years of life are the most critical in shaping a child’s learning and developmental skills. Our vision is to ensure all families have access to the necessary support to thrive and all children are able to reach their full potential. We know that the economic prosperity of our community depends on sustained investment in early learning.

95%- That’s how much of our total funding goes directly towards support of our programs.

With an annual funding, from Federal, State and local community sources, of about $11 million, we are held to a maximum of only 5% for overhead and administration and 95% goes to funding our programs including:
  •  Promoting School Readiness,
  • Financial Assistances for Child Care,
  • Free Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten,
  • Early Literacy Programs,
  • Quality Ratings of Child Care, and
  • Support for Families

To build on these successes of the past 15 years, and recognizing the importance of planning, we updated our strategic plan as a roadmap through 2018. We have already achieved many of the goals outlined in the plan and we continue to strive to exceed our prior expectations.

As chair of this board, as a father of young children and a long standing member of our business community, I am proud of the work of our board of directors and staff in addressing the needs of families and early education providers in Sarasota County.

Our vision is a community dedicated to ensuring that all families have the necessary support to thrive, and all children develop a strong foundation to reach their full potential. Our current strategic plan and focus for our work is the result of collaboration among all our constituents, board members, staff, external stakeholders, funding sources, and the community at large. This significant investment of time, resources, and research brings us great confidence in the support of our community. Our Board and Staff remain dedicated to our mission to prepare children for lifelong success through quality early learning.

We hope you’ll join us and participate on this important journey.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

High quality early education, lifelong success That is our focus. 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 that every child develops a strong foundation of learning in a community dedicated to ensuring all families have the necessary support to thrive and all children reach their full potential.

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 our community’s Grade Level Reading Campaign. If a child is not reading on grade level by third grade, they may never catch up.

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. Since standardized child outcomes are measured only when children enter Kindergarten, we measure success of our program through parent perception surveys as to how access to quality care has helped prepare their child for school. Research 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 such a quality childcare setting of their choice.

  • Over 98% of parents surveyed report the services helped prepare their children to be ready for school
  • 100% utilize the tools and checklists to help make informed decisions about quality early learning

Program Success Monitoring

Surveys are mailed to parents 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. It also asks  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, all tracked in a data base. Within the child care setting, they receive a variety of assessments to measure their progress in learning. Children receive care in programs that are regularly assessed and evaluated on measures of quality, including teacher skill and interactions which is directly linked to child outcomes.


All children are formally assessed in Kindergarten, after they leave our programs.
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 How has the Early Care Scholarship Program helped your family? include:

  • It prepares my child for learning
  • Gives me a chance to work by helping with fees. Also, love the Look for the Stars program
  • My daughter will get a head start in expanding her knowledge
  • I like that it helps me save money and helps my children to be able to go to daycare and learn what they need to know to move forward
  • Makes child care affordable as well as helpful tips to find providers that work for me
  • It helps struggling families young children have an equal education opportunity
  • It prepares my child for learning
  • It helps me be able to work and support my family
  • Enables me to provide a better life for us


Look for the Stars, now in its 11th year,  is a comprehensive 5 star rating system proven to improve quality in early care and education. Program standards are nationally recognized and based on early learning research. Evaluations are conducted regularly by an independent assessor. Star ratings are based on the quality of the learning environment and classroom interactionschild screening and assessment, staff qualifications and professional development. Using the evaluation, a star level is assigned, ranging from one to five stars. Three stars equals 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 Coalition staff, who are state certified, provide technical assistance, training and on site coaching support to help the 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

  • 75 % of all center-based child care sites in Sarasota County consistently choose to participate each year, thus maintaining a viable pool of participants receiving star levels.
  • 94% providers surveyed agree with the statement: "Participating in LFS has improved quality of child care provided by my program.”
  • 88% of children receiving state funded care are served in sites with 3 or more stars, up from 39% at beginning of the program.
  • 85% of all parents seeking child care 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:



  • Coaching was the most important support we received. The time invested in our program was invaluable.
  • Coaching & Trainings were very important. I liked the one on one interactions w/the coaching staff as they came to the school to help the classroom with suggestions and tools.
  • Please continue what you are doing we appreciate all of you and your efforts and we love the continued trainings.
  • Thank You for all of your endless support, helps our center be the best it can be!


Long Term Success

Research consistently demonstrates that quality early care and education results in positive outcomes for children. Recent research demonstrates that teacher skill and teacher/child interaction are the most significant factors.

Given the research, the long term success is measured by the numbers/ percent of child care sites that achieve and maintain a quality star level of 3 star level or above since quality care impacts children’s success. 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.

  •  99% of childcare sites participating in the program will demonstrate positive year over year improvements in one or more areas
  • 99% of teachers demonstrate increased knowledge after attending training
  • 90% of participating sites will continue to be at a three star level or above, consistently good care
  • 85% 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 coaching and onsite 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 satisfaction surveys are utilized as well as surveys about the assessment process and training and coaching services.

Website hits are tracked and parents are surveyed to determine community awareness and use.

Program Success Examples


By year 10, in 2017, 98% of the 105 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 and that there is now consistent quality across sites in Sarasota County.

  • 99% 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.
  • 85% of parents who knew about the program report using the Look for the Stars information when choosing child care
  • In recent surveys, "quality" is often 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.



Early literacy skills are critical for children to be ready for kindergarten, and a key component of Grade Level Reading. Children with access to books and exposed to language at a young age are more likely to experience success at Kindergarten and beyond. This is particularly true for children experiencing poverty and other stressors. ELC of Sarasota promotes optimal early learning and literacy. Through its “Children Who Read Succeed” program ELC facilitates book distributions at child care sites. The “Literacy Buddy” program uses community volunteers to correspond with a preschool 'buddy' around book interests and provide books for the children 3 times per year. The program supports development of writing skills, fosters a love of reading and builds a child’s home library.


The ELC also continues its parent educational campaign to encourage reading: “Your child’s success is as easy as 1. Talk 2. Listen 3. Read.” The bookworm mascot makes regular appearances throughout the community.
Budget $70,000
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

  •  Over 185 community volunteers are consistently matched with 200 children within the Literacy Buddy program annually, providing children with increased access to books (3x per year) and increased writing skills through correspondence.
  •  Informational materials with the Talk, Listen, Read messaging have been distributed within the community to strongly promote of the message on an ongoing basis.
  •  85% 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.
  •  Over 3500 books are provided to children at 20 or more different child care sites serving high % of children in poverty.
  •  ELC maintains the Growing Minds Read website with numerous resources on early literacy

Long Term Success

Young children with access to books and exposed to language are more likely to be ready for school. This is particularly true for children experiencing poverty. Yet children in poverty are the ones least likely to have books in the home or experience the kind of widespread language and word use that impacts early literacy. Studies show children in poverty often have a ratio of 1 book to every 300 children whereas in higher income homes it is 13 books for each child. Increasing access to books is how we will show long term success.

Research also 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. Encouraging parents to talk and read to their children impacts their children’s language development, and school readiness and address the “30 million word gap” would be long term success.

The Literacy Buddy program develops children's writing skills, promotes increased reading and access to books.

Program Success Monitoring

Literacy Buddy program success is measured by increased numbers of children receiving books and teacher or staff reports of change in children's writing and reading anticipatory skills. Additionally, with an increase in number of volunteers more children can also be served.

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.

Feedback from providers that serve as book distribution sites, provide reports of activities, and feedback from the distributions.

For the social marketing parent education campaign, media tracking and statistics are the largest indicator of reaching our audience. 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.

Program Success Examples

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.

On the survey question parents can identify ways to boost reading and tips to help them reinforce the parent tips and information packets were common favorites.

The Bookworm mascot regularly makes appearances throughout the county and is well received.

The Literacy Buddy program continues to grow each year, thus providing multiple books for children in need.

Documenting that hundreds of books are being distributed to children each year.

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. A significant focus of our work is also  to promote early literacy, get books in the home of children, and allow parents opportunities to improve their lives. 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. 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 grade 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. Every child needs access to high quality early education to build a foundation for lifelong success.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Janet Kahn
CEO Term Start Nov 2002
CEO/Executive Director Email jkahn@earlylearningcoalitionsarasota.org

Janet Kahn has well over 25 years experience in non-profit human services, including multiple senior leadership positions. Janet’s experience includes work with children and families on diverse issues such as child abuse prevention, grief & loss, disabilities, childhood cancer, and early childhood education. She came to the Early Learning Coalition with executive level experience in two other organizations. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, remains a licensed clinical social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Since coming to ELC, Janet 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 worked with community partners to increase access to preschool for children most in need, facilitated Two Generation approach to ELC’s family services, and is active in the local Grade Level Reading Campaign. A key to her success is her effective collaborative private and public partnerships with multiple organizations. Under her leadership, ELC continues to meet or exceed benchmarks and outcomes, has consistently positive state monitoring and implements new, innovative programs to meet needs of children and families.

Community organization involvement includes Community Alliance, STC Early Education Advisory Council, Sarasota Community Organizations Active in Disasters, and collaboration with all early childhood partners. Janet currently chairs the local Partnership for Children and Youth. In recent years, she won two personally meaningful awards, FLAEYC Child Advocacy Award (2015) and National Association of Social Workers local Social Worker of the Award (2016). In 2016 Janet attended the inaugural Leadership in Education class as part of Leadership Florida.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Lilyana Chen Finance Manager
Claudia Malecki Quality Services Manager
Linda Mason Director of Child Care Connection Program
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 17
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 83.3
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 3
Volunteers 208
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Within its mandated legislative role, the Early Learning Coalition is a collaborative entity. We actively partner with numerous other non profits, businesses, local foundations and county government, as well as early childhood partners to leverage our resources. Our collaborations enhance our community impact including services for families, developmental, health or behavioral services for children, literacy initiatives, and support for early education providers to offer high quality early learning programs. Collaboration was identified as a strength in recent stakeholder interviews. ELC is considered a valuable, well respected, dynamic community partner that goes above and beyond to ensure success.

Our local early care and education 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 actively participates in community groups such as Community Alliance, Sarasota Partnership for Children, Community Organizations Active in Disaster, Arts Education Task Force, Healthy Sarasota Collaborative, groups focusing on services for homeless families, Two Generation approach to address poverty, and the Grade Level Reading campaign.

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
Gold level Healthy WorkplaceSarasota County Department of Health2015
Best 25 Places to Work AwardHerald Tribune Media Group2017
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 Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Oct 2015
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Multi-Media Comments by Organization

Board Chair
Board Chair Nicholas Feather
Company Affiliation Capstan Financial Consulting Group
Board Term Jan 2015 to Apr 2017
Board Chair Email Nicholas.Feather@CapstanFCG.com
Board Members
Board Members
Holly Anderson Sarasota County Libraries
Matthew Anderson President, Milestone Marketing Associates, Inc.
D. Cory Byzewski Vice President & General Manager Direct Energy
Erin del Castillo Sarasota County School District
James Disbro Career Source Suncoast
Brent Dykstra Synovus Commercial Lending
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
Phyllis Lasky Retired- non profit
Barbara Levesque Rep of faith based child care providers
Jeff Matthews Nokomis Design Studio
Nicole Murby Easter Seals
Connie Snyder Pines of Sarasota Childcare
John Stump Regions Bank
Kathleen Sullivan Head Start Director
Lindsey Toole Acumen Wealth Advisors
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 10
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
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.


Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $11,508,822.00
Projected Expenses $11,508,822.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
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 Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$11,476,454$11,340,965$11,038,899
Individual Contributions$0$0$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$46,802$46,168$44,081
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$11,145,255$10,964,930$10,719,208
Administration Expense$410,588$438,695$400,089
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,164,745$997,175$902,807
Current Assets$1,164,745$997,175$901,722
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$957,056$821,877$742,026
Total Net Assets$207,689$175,298$160,781
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $10,799,768Government Grants - State $10,587,485Government Grants - State $10,249,582
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $676,686Government Grants - Local $753,480Government Grants - Local $789,317
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $64,981In-Kind Contributions $46,168In-Kind Donations $44,081
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.221.211.22
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures based on audited financial statements. This organization is not required to file IRS Form 990s.  Valuation of in-kind donations included in income.
Nonprofit Early Learning Coalition Of Sarasota County
Address 1750 17th Street, Building L
Sarasota, FL 34237
Phone 941 954-4830

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