As parent’s needs for child care increased to others (than just employees of Coca Cola/Minute Maid), ALPI established a corporation with guiding principles and sought out other funding sources. This allowed more families to utilize the needed child care centers. Coca Cola/Minute Maid continues to support ALPI as a donor on an annual basis. In 2004, plans are to open another child care center in Polk County.
ALPI serves as the grantee agency for the Head Start services in St. Lucie County. In 1978 the agency received initial funding to serve 160 Head Start children. Today the Head Start program serves 690 children. The agency also continues to operate as the central agency for subsidized child care services that provide child care for as many as 4,500 children per year. All of the Head Start centers and ALPI directly operated child care centers are NAEYC accredited, state licensed and child care food program certified.
Two child care centers and 29 family child care homes located in low-income areas received mini-grants through ALPI for facility start-up, quality improvement, licensing and accreditation. The agencies quality and improvement program provided training and technical assistance to 19 child care providers to expand and improve infant care services.
Over the years, the agency has received funding from a variety of sources. The levels and types of funding continue to be diverse (e.g. United Way, Public Schools, Children Services Councils, Federal, State, Corporate Foundations) enabling ALPI to expand services into more targeted areas. ALPI places a high focus on partnerships and
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