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Fun Time Early Childhood Academy Inc

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Causes: Education, Educational Services, Preschools, Student Services

Mission: Our mission is to provide safe, quality, affordable education and care for children and parents from low-income working families and to prepare the children for kindergarten, ready to read and ready to learn!

Results: 100% of the 2021 graduating class was ready for kindergarten!

Direct beneficiaries per year: 96 students and their families

Programs: Fun Time Academy provides a high-quality early childhood learning environment. The children are taught by teachers with early childhood education degrees and credentials. Voluntary pre-kindergarten is offered to all children at Fun Time the year prior to them entering kindergarten, and Head Start is available to income-eligible families. Fun Time educates 96 children from age two to pre-kindergarten. Full breakfast, lunch, and snacks are served free of charge to all children. Fun time is open five days a week from 7:30 AM To 5:30 PM to accommodate working families year-round.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became involved with Funtime as a donor and was so impressed with the impact they have on young lives that I wanted to contribute more. I highly recommend you take a tour and you will be as hooked as I was. I became a board member in 2021 and look forward helping the students, the academy , the staff and the board to be as successful as possible!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Fun Time for over 12 years. I started out reading with 3 little boys, one-on-one on Tuesdays each week during the school year. But it wasn't just about reading, although Fun Time's mission is to prepare preschoolers from low-income working families "ready to read and ready to learn" when they start kindergarten. It was also about confidence, and a joy in learning, and love. The staff at Fun Time exhibits this daily, not just on Tuesday afternoons. Although I grew within Fun Time to become a Board Member, my greatest satisfaction was walking into a classroom and seeing an energized environment that none of these kids would have ever experienced without this amazing pre-school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been tutoring three adorable children this year on a weekly basis and have seen firsthand the amazing impact the wonderful teachers and staff have had on these children’s academic and personal growth to ensure they are ready for kindergarten. The parents have also been engaged with various learning opportunities and fun family activities. I will miss my graduating students, but look forward to helping three other darlings next fall. It has been an honor to be involved with this incredible early learning center and I’ve enjoyed the added benefit of tasting the delicious, healthy food prepared daily by Lorena!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I began as a volunteer at the school three years ago spending time with three students once a week, reading and doing book related activities. My time with the students was the highlight of my week....their joy and enthusiasm was heart warming. I was so impressed by the school, the teachers and the curriculum that I have since become a board member because I truly believe FTA offers the exact quality pre-school care and education that not only Collier County, but the entire nation, needs now. FTA gives lower income parents the opportunity to hold a full time job knowing their young children are cared for in a safe, stable and enriching environment that prepares them to succeed in life. In addition, the school educates and supports the families to help create a learning environment at home. My objective is to help the dedicated staff and board in continuing our mission and expand our services to reach many more families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This pre-k school is a jewel in the heart of Naples! It provides the highest quality education - all-year long! Teachers and staff are magnificent! The academy on 12th Street N. is a beautiful building and learning environment. I have the privilege of serving on their Board of Directors, whose members all love the mission, and give so generously of their time and tremendous expertise. It's a joy to work together with this board and staff!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Since becoming involved with Fun Time over 20 years ago, I am convinced that they are the Number One!! Early Learning Center in not only Naples, but Collier County.
The staff and volunteers are committed to maintaining their standing as the premier early childhood school because of their caring, expertise and outstanding support.

Mary Beth J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of serving on the Fun Time board for many years and now a Board Member Emeriti. I call Fun Time my "happy place". The children and staff provide us many joys when visiting . I cannot say enough about the education that is provided to these beautiful children, which says a lot about the very qualified staff. Wish all children could be provided with such a place!

1 Roger J. S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to be involved for three years. This organization is a five star for the working low income parents. FTA prepares kids for kindergarten. This year all 40 kids that will start K in the fall tested ready

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Board Member

Rating: 5

if you are looking for a school that really teaches, that really educates your young children, you have found it in Fun Time Early Childhood Academy. They have been doing it right for over 60 years, making sure their graduates are ready to read and ready to learn. I have been associated with this well-run, fully accredited organization since 2005. Fun Time is unique because it is one of the few early learning centers that offers safe, quality and affordable education for children and parents from low-income working families!
Skip Zink, Director Emeriti

3 Pam H.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to FunTime Academy three years ago when I was given a tour of the school. It was impossible not to recognize the energy, enthusiasm, and compassion of the staff at the school. Since my initial exposure to the Academy, I have gotten to know members of the staff, and have seen their love for what they do demonstrated in their dedication to creating a wonderful learning environment for the children. When walking through the school, the childrens' faces are lit up with excitement; classrooms are bright, cheery and engaging; and the faculty is 100% focused on helping students excel. I just recently joined the Board, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of bringing friends to the school for tours--hoping they, too, will get involved as a volunteer or donor. Every time I'm there, watching the children's joy in learning and the wonderful teachers, it makes my heart sing. I wish there were more outstanding pre-school educational opportunities like Fun Time Academy for the low-income working families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been on the Board of Directors for 5 years. This nonprofit is one of the finest and most effective at providing a preparatory education for the children of the working poor prior to their entering kindergarten.

2 Jinny J.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Fun Time knows how to prepare children—for reading, for getting along with others, for learning in general and for succeeding in kindergarten. Executive director Jessica Campbell leads an extremely qualified staff in nurturing the students on so man levels.