As children are enrolled at Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee, their special skills and abilities are assessed to provide them with a rigorous and individualized curriculum designed to best meet their needs. Our teachers engage parents and community resources, and early learning interventions to work together to set age-appropriate goals for learning and developing social skills for home and school. This collaboration allows us to provide the best opportunity for each child to stay on the path for success.

Pathways’ National Accreditation:

Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee is Gold Seal Licensed program and one of only 15 nationally accredited programs in Collier County.  Each accreditation is valid for three years with strict center compliance. The National Accreditation Commission has 91 Standards divided into 6 component areas.

  1. Administration
  2. Family Engagement
  3. Health and Safety
  4. Curriculum
  5. Interactions between Teachers and Children
  6. Classroom Health and Safety


Pathways Early Education

The Creative Curriculum® is a comprehensive, research-based curriculum that features exploration and discovery as a way of learning.

The foundation of the curriculum helps teachers create a high-quality learning environment and build a thorough understanding of best practices. Learning is hands-on, individualized, engaging, and fosters social -emotional development while helping teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes.

MyTeachingStrategies brings together digital classroom tools and resources that teachers need to support their most important daily activities – teaching, assessing, reporting, and connecting with families, and developing their own knowledge and skills – onto one streamlined, user-friendly platform.     

Teachers use real data to make assessments and plan instruction for the crucial social-emotional and language growth of each student.

Teachers can seamlessly interact with five key areas that support high-quality teaching practice and make navigating between digital classroom tools and resources easy and intuitive. The five key areas include:


  • Teachers have access to digital curricular experiences that can be automatically linked with assessment data to support individualized instruction, and support for planning, including customizable weekly and monthly calendars.


  • Teachers and administrators have access to GOLD® authentic, ongoing assessment, with tools and resources that allow our team to view and add documentation and complete milestone checkpoints.


  • Teachers have support for growing their professional knowledge, refining their teaching practice, and strengthening their implementation into their classroom environment.


  • Teachers access interactive reports that help to bring data to life, telling a story about each child’s progress and providing actionable information that helps teachers understand and report out on what the children in their program are likely to do next.


  • Teachers access support that is designed to engage and include families in meaningful ways, including family communication tools to help share information about children’s learning and development and ongoing support for promoting regular dialogues between school and home.
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Pathways Early Education Center is a certified Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Education Program provider. VPK is a free program designed to prepare children to enter public schools more prepared to learn. Children are eligible to enroll in VPK when they are four years of age by September 1st.

With the foundation of our Pathways’ curriculum, we are able to build on students’ successes to provide both the educational skills and social skills to start the kindergarten school year off right.

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Pathways’ Early Education Center of Immokalee is a certified Gold Seal School Readiness Provider through the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. The School Readiness Program offers financial assistance to low-income families for early child education and care so families can become financially self-sufficient and their young children can be successful in school in the future. School readiness programs provide developmental screenings for children and referrals to health and educational specialists, and work in cooperation with other programs for young children such as the VPK program.

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The Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM) is a research-based, comprehensive curriculum for 3-, 4-, and 5-year old preschool children that has been proven to be effective improving children’s early reading achievement.  The literacy-focused curriculum builds children’s cognitive development through literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, motor experiences, and physical health. Children’s acquisition of important cognitive and social/emotional development is facilitated through interactions with supportive teachers and ELLM coaches who encourage children’s curiosity, persistence, and creativity by planning and implementing engaging activities and providing support during learning experiences. ELLM is designed to expand children’s vocabularies and refine their understanding and comprehension of words they know and use.

To help meet the challenge of improving the emergent literacy skills of young children in urban schools, the University of North Florida (UNF)College of Education and Human Services, and the UNF based Florida Institute of Education (FIE) established a significant partnership with several governmental and private organizations, Head Start Centers, public and private child care centers and public school districts committed to improving reading among children, particularly those children who come to school under prepared.

The Naples Children & Education Foundation has funded the ELLM curriculum as part of their Children’s Early Learning Initiative serving under- served children in Collier County.  The Early Literacy and Learning Model (ELLM) is designed to close the school readiness gap for at-risk 4-year old children in Collier County. ELLM targets portions of Collier County and all of Immokalee that house children born into conditions that bear the demographic (mobility, language), socioeconomic (poverty, hunger, healthcare), and institutional (under performing schools) risk factors predictive of educational failure.

Research has identified poverty and language as the two largest barriers to learning and success. Additionally, research has found that this level of poverty has a negative effect on a child’s brain development. The impact of severe poverty can be off-set by intensive interventions such as focused and stimulating activities like those that are incorporated into the ELLM design. ELLM provides professional development, curriculum, assessments, and classroom materials  

ELLM creates a cohesive network of early learning sites, including Head Start classrooms and private early learning centers. Instructors visit each other’s classroom, share best practices and learn together. The ELLM literacy coaches link and support the classrooms and ELLM Teacher-Get-Togethers provide opportunities for formal and informal networking. As teachers increase their knowledge, skills and self-confidence—student outcomes improve. ELLM has helped to bridge the school readiness gap created by poverty.  Pathways’ is so fortunate to have this interactive literacy-based curriculum that offers development for not only the children, but teachers and families too.

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STAR is also part of the Naples Children & Education Foundation Children’s Early Learning Initiative. Pathways’ works in collaboration with STAR by providing:

  • The Specialized Therapeutic Analysis Resources (STAR) Initiative provides behavior analysis for children, birth to age five, who may be at-risk and require behavior intervention.
  • Individualized services are available to children specifically referred by personnel within the early learning centers.
  • STAR directly impacts children served at selected childcare centers as individual ABA and naturalistic teaching is used to improve behaviors and increase language and other skills.
  • Direct training is provided by way of teacher and parent training as well as cooperation with center directors to increase and improve conditional learning for all children.
  • Individual behavior and skill acquisition plans are developed for children at risk.
  • Parent support by way of training and assistance with interventions and diagnosis when needed is also provided. Parents of children identified receive training and support to ensure that behavior intervention success is evident across environments.
  • Assistance to access to medical and/or behavioral health diagnosis that allows children and family access to wraparound services and much more.