In 2005 and 2010

The Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation commissioned an assessment of the needs of children in Collier County. The study, done by the Lastinger Center for Learning at the University of Florida proved to be a comprehensive overview of the status of child well being in our community and an invaluable tool to help elevate the Foundation to a first class grant maker.

The study identified several significant gaps in basic services of Collier’s children in response to these findings the trustees of NCEF elected to look beyond their annual grants program and proactively engage in strategic partnerships with local non-profits, local colleges, universities and other foundations with the goal of creating long term solutions to fill the gaps.

Working creatively with other private or public charitable entities, NCEF has established seven major Strategic Initiatives.

To date NCEF has committed $52.3 million

to these Strategic Initiatives

  • 1

    Children’sEarly Learning

    This multi-faceted strategic initiative for children from birth to 5 years old enhances teacher quality, access, and affordability of education-focused care – components that research deemed deficient in Collier County.

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  • 2


    This strategic initiative provides children in need with essential medical and healthcare services that have measurable outcomes and a life-changing impact.

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  • 3


    This strategic initiative provides nutritious food to children and their families who struggle with food insecurity—the fear of not knowing where their next meal will come from.

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  • 4

    Children’sMental Health

    Through the integration of primary care and behavioral health services, this strategic initiative aids in identifying and preventing children’s mental health issues.

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  • 5

    Children’sOral Health

    This strategic initiative provides dental care to at-risk and underprivileged children of Collier Country through the NCEF Pediatric Dental Center in conjunction with a mobile sealant program.

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  • 6

    Children’sOut-of-School Time

    This strategic initiative was developed to provide innovative, groundbreaking programming to close gaps in education during after-school, holiday, and summertime hours.

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  • 7


    This strategic initiative ensures children in Collier County’s twenty six Title I schools receive vision screenings by eye professionals.

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