The Early Literacy Learning Model (ELLM) confronts the effects of poverty on school readiness, particularly in the area of literacy, in at-risk Pre-K classrooms and childcare centers throughout Collier County. ELLM is designed to close the school readiness gap for at-risk 4-year-old children in Collier County.
ELLM specifically targets children in portions of Collier County and throughout Immokalee that are born into conditions that bear the demographic and socioeconomic risk factors that hinder learning and success. ELLM translates the current research findings into classroom practice and provides coaching to teachers that is specifically targeted to increase learning outcomes for children. ELLM works with teachers from both Head Start classrooms and early learning centers, visiting classrooms, and coaching teachers on research-based practices. Through county-wide newsletters (providing best practices and habits of effective teachers) and online Adobe trainings (delivered every month and archived for future use and reference), all at-risk Pre-k classrooms are connected and learn with and from each other.
Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) selects Blueprint Partners that exemplify the highest levels of efficacy and accountability. The Early Literacy & Learning Model (ELLM) is a partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University that provides leadership for NCEF’s Early Learning Initiative, a groundbreaking effort that brings nonprofits together to achieve a greater collective impact. Blueprint Partners collaborate to optimize funding and develop innovative programs to deliver high-quality early learning programs. NCEF Blueprint Partners in the Initiative also include ABLE Academy, Early Learning Coalition of SWFL, Guadalupe Center, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee and Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA).