As part of its sustainability plan, Child’s Path will no longer administer the TAPP (Teenage Parent Program) contract at Immokalee High School and Golden Gate High School on June 2nd, the last day of the school year. Despite numerous attempts to renegotiate the contract with Collier County Public Schools, Child’s Path was unable to come to an agreement that would allow the nonprofit to, at minimum, break even on operating costs. While Child’s Path remains grateful for the longstanding partnership it has had with CCPS, the nonprofit could not continue operating the high school sites at a significant loss and remain sustainable. In addition, our Child’s Path Moorings location will close on July 1st, when the center lease expires.
The teachers at the high school sites and the Moorings location have been offered the opportunity to work at other Child’s Path centers, depending on openings, and receive top priority for employment in any future Child’s Path centers. Parents of children enrolled at the high school sites and Moorings location also have top priority for enrollment at other current and future Child’s Path centers, as spots become available.
Moving forward, Child’s Path is in the process of opening a new center in East Naples this summer, with more details coming soon. In addition, the nonprofit has owned and operated its Child’s Path Santa Barbara location since 2016, which continues to serve Collier County children with high-quality early childhood education.