HSM/210 - HUMAN SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES
March 14, 2013
In Collier County there is a great need of early learning opportunities for children of low income families, caused by the lack of funding and limited centers with proper accreditation. Children in Collier County need to participate in these programs in order to be ready for kindergarten as well as to create a strong learning base for their future studies. There should be more restrictions for early learning centers that want to open up their doors, to make sure they are teaching the children correctly. A publication by The Early Learning Coalition states that 89% of early learning centers in Collier County are not accredited, Early Learning Coalition of Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties & Childcare of Southwest Florida, Inc. (2005). Ft. Myers, Fl. The centers should be observed and children should be tested to make sure they are learning. Hopefully some agencies will begin fund raising to cover some of the costs to help the children in need. Collier county has many programs to help the children and even though they are not able to cover what every child needs they are working hard to meet the needs of the children that are been helped. In Golden Gate City 12.5 percentage of families only speaks Spanish and no English at all. Another problem that is affecting Collier County is the housing crisis causing a growing negative impact on Collier’s quality of life. Essential service professionals are not able to find affordable housing and low income residents often pay exorbitant rent for substandard, over-crowded apartments. Housing availability at a low cost is very hard to find for families that are not earning enough.
Many institutions are working hard to meet the needs of the population in Collier County. Grace Place is one of the agencies that is helping the Spanish speaking population learned English as a second...