Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc.
1940 North Monroe Street
Suite 70
Tallahassee FL 32303
Contact Information
Address 1940 North Monroe Street
Suite 70
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Telephone (850) 385-0504
Fax 850 922-0075
E-mail info@elcbigbend.org
Web and Social Media
Donate Directly to this Organization http://www.elcbigbend.org/Get-Involved/Donate
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-3743672
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $23,024,254.00
Projected Expenses $23,024,254.00
Mission Statement
Provide leadership and advocacy that builds a community where all children are prepared for success in school.
Needs Statement
1.  Additional funding for child care slots
2.  Books for children ages 0-2
3.  Volunteers for our Celebrity Reader program
4.  Diapers/wipes
5.  Childrens' toys
Impact Statement
2013 Accomplishments:
1. Increased enrollment in our School Readiness Program, which provided subsidized childcare to low-income working families from 3,478 to 4,212 (21% increase);
2. Received 15,500 donated books for the ELC's My First Books Program, which provides every child who comes to one of our offices with a free quality children's book; and
3. Engaged two new community partners, the Refuge House and the Big Bend Homeless Coalition.
2014 Goals:
1. Secure additional funding to serve children still on wait list;
2. Continue to collaborate with partner agencies to streamline services; and
3. Increase community awareness.
Background Statement

The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc. (ELC) is a private not-for-profit organization that provides services to children, families and child care providers in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla Counties. The ELC works collaboratively with families, children and child care providers to help prepare children for success in school and support families' ability to work. The ELC has service centers in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla Counties.

Service Categories
Child Day Care
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Midway, Quincy, Havana, Monticello, Greenville, Lee, Perry, Sopchoppy and Crawfordville.
Description Child Care Resource & Referral is a free service that provides information to families about choosing child care, generates child care referrals, and helps families understand their early care and education options, in order to make an informed choice about their child care. The referrals are computer generated based on the needs expressed by a family, and are not recommendations by the Early Learning Coalition.
Budget $115,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), Families,
Program Success Monitored By
Each quarter, we have volunteers conduct cold calls and use our child care resource and referral score card, to inform us how successfully staff provided the required information, in regards to the options available to them. We use this data to identify training opportunities for staff.
Description The School Readiness Program provides tuition assistance for at-risk and low-income working families. Eligibility is based on purpose for care (employment, in school, etc.) and on a sliding fee scale that factors in household income and number of persons in the household.
Budget $15,000,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Families, Infants to Preschool (under age 5),
Long term Success
Provide families with tuition assistance to help them be able to work, and provide the basic needs for their families. 
Improve the quality of child care offered, by educating the early learning professionals.
Program Success Monitored By
The Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc. is proud to say that we have our own internal department that monitors all aspects of our business for Quality Assurance and Accountability.
Yearly we have 3 major audits from outside auditing firms, that we use to help guide the success of our program.
Examples of Program Success
A parent had been receiving our tuition assistance for 3 years, and when she came in to determine if she was still eligible for services, we found out that with her recent promotion in her job she was no longer eligible for the assistance.  She went on to infom us that she was grateful that this program was able to help her continue to work and move up in her field, so she felt comfortable providing the basic needs for her child.
Description The Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten program (VPK) is a legislatively mandated program designed to prepare Florida's four-year old children for kindergarten, and build the foundation for their educational success. Participation is free for all four-year old children born on or before September 1st of each year, who are Florida residents.
Budget $7,000,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Families, ,
Long term Success
Enroll 100% of eligible 4 years old children within our service area.
Program Success Monitored By
The children enrolled in this program will receive a test within the first 30 days of school, to identify if the child learned and mastered the skills they needed to in the VPK program. The scores are then tracked back to the VPK program in which they attended.
Examples of Program Success
The children enrolled in this program will gain the knowledge and experience to help them succeed in kindergarten.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Monesia Brown
Company Affiliation Wal-Mart
Term July 2013 to June 2017
Email monesia.brown@wal-mart.com
Board Members
Mrs. Paula Arnold Quest Management Consultants
Mr. Josh Aubuchon Pennington Moore Wilkinson Dunbar Bell & Moore
Mrs. Kim Barnhill Health Department
Mrs. Monesia Brown Wal-Mart
Mr. Jeremy Cohen PATLive
Mr. Bryan Desloge Desloge Medical
Mrs. Stacey Duggar Trinity United Methodist Preschool
Mr. Paul Dyal Taylor County Schools
Mrs. Sharon Gaskin North Florida Chlid Development Center
Mr. Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet Ubber Operations
Mrs. Kim Kelling-Engstrom WFSU
Dr. Luisa Martin Bright Stars Child Development Center
Mrs. Jeanne Martin Department of Children and Families
Mr. Jim McShane Workforce Plus
Mrs. Linda Nelson EarthSTEPS, LLC.
Ms. Jeanna Olson Department of Children and Families
Ms. Tara Orlowski North Florida Community College
Mrs. Maria Pouncey Pandandle Area Educational Consortium
Mrs. Carrie Rubenstein Kaleidoscope Limited
Mrs. Janice Sumner United Country Realty
Mr. Angel Trejo Sunrise Arc
Daniel Wagnon Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 14
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 91%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 35%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Program / Program Planning
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Matt Guse
Term Start Apr 2013
Email mguse@elcbigbend.org
Former CEOs
Mrs. Chris Duggan 1999 - July 2010
Mrs. Lauren Faison July 2010 - Feb
Senior Staff
Title Director of Finance
Title Director of Operations
Title Director of Quality Assurance and Accountability
Title Program Services Director
Full Time Staff 46
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 34
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 86%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Non Profit of the YearTallahassee Area Chamber2007
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $23,024,254.00
Projected Expenses $23,024,254.00
Endowment Value $12,061.72
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 4%
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$25,214,635
Individual Contributions$179,828$162,893$145,174
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$0$0
Membership Dues--$0$0
Special Events--$0$32,083
Revenue In-Kind$139,629$183,305$204,772
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$20,601,633$23,905,114$24,943,247
Administration Expense$877,278$662,353$874,887
Fundraising Expense--$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.980.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%97%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$1,426,444$1,466,152$2,409,535
Current Assets$1,309,689$1,334,165$2,276,711
Long-Term Liabilities--$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,439,429$1,421,322$2,261,050
Total Net Assets($12,985)$44,830$148,485
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.910.941.01
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Comments
  • Financial figures were taken from the audits
  • Contributions from foundations and corporations are included with total for individuals, as they are not separated in the audit.
  • Top 3 fundig sources are not reflected above as they are not indicated in the audit.
  • Has an endowment at the Community Foundation.
  • Government grant revenue includes earned revenue from contracts.
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Early Learning Coalition of the Big Bend Region, Inc.
Address 1940 North Monroe Street
Suite 70
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Primary Phone 850 385-0504
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
Contact Email info@elcbigbend.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Matt Guse
Board Chair Mrs. Monesia Brown
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wal-Mart
Year of Incorporation 2003