PRESIDENT: Ronald Edenfield
VICE PRESIDENT: Tim Ferguson
Affiliation: United Way of Lee County, Lee County, Lee County Schools, Early Steps
Contributions are deductible
IMPACT, a private, not for profit organization, is focused on the advancement of children, ages birth through 5 who are “at risk” due to conditions that could impair development. Our mission is to prevent or reduce the severity of disabilities by providing child development programs and therapeutic intervention directly to at risk children, and parent education and support.
Our early childhood centers in Cape Coral & Fort Myers serve 3 and 4 year old children in the Lee County School District who have been determined to have developmental delay that puts them “at risk.” The Florida School Readiness Standards for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old children and the Lee County Schools Preschool Education Standards are taught through thematic units. Each class has a certified teacher and teaching assistant. Our comprehensive program is designed to prepare children for academic and social success.
We believe that a high quality, early childhood education program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of families. The structured programs at IMPACT reflect this philosophy. A curriculum for young children is planned for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interest and developmental levels of individual children. Speech, Occupational & Physical therapies, as outlined in each individual child’s educational plan, are provided in the classroom environment. Other related services, such as Vision and hearing services may be provided by school district personnel.
The 1st IMPACT program located at our Fort Myers site provides an intensive structured environment with a board certified Associate Behavior Analyst and serves children age 2 who are referred through the Early Steps program. This program focuses on Verbal Communication for children who have been determined to have a behavior related disorder.
Infant Toddler Developmental Specialists work with families of children birth to age 3 who have been assessed to have a developmental delay in one or more domains (communication, adaptive, social-emotional, fine and gross motor and cognitive). The Florida Birth to Three Learning and Developmental Standards provide a basis for these services that are offered in the child’s natural environment. The ITDS works with caregivers in natural environments to provide activities that are embedded in daily routines to help facilitate learning across all of the domains.
Not-for-Profit Early Intervention Agency