Identifying THE GAPS
In June of 2005, following a very successful auction at the 2004 Wine Festival, the Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF) engaged the Lastinger Center of Learning at the University of Florida College of Education to perform an independent study of the needs of the children in Collier County. The eight-month study, the first of its kind for Collier County, identified significant gaps in several service areas, including Early Learning, After School, Dental and Medical health care. Its findings were subsequently used to help the NCEF Trustees make informed and empirically based philanthropic investment strategies, with the goal of erasing these gaps. The 2005 “Study of Child Well Being in Collier County” remains an important reference for all children’s not for profits in Collier County.