Grace Place for Children and Families

21st Century Community Learning Center


The mission of the Academy of Leaders program (K-12) is to improve student achievement in core academic subjects, develop leadership habits and provide opportunities for students to learn the 21st century skills needed to be college and career ready.


Summer 2017 Program Information

Grace Place will offer 21st CCLC programming to students in grades K – 12 this summer. The program is free; there is no cost for parents.

Parent Handbook (2016 – 2017)

Click here to view the Summer Program Flyer

Target Schools for the program:
Golden Gate Elementary and Golden Terrace Elementary
Golden Gate Middle School
Golden Gate High School

21st Century Community Learning Center Information

As result of 21st Century Community Learning Center funding, Grace Place is able to provide educational services during the summer to Golden Gate and Golden Terrace elementary students, 72 Golden Gate Middle School students and 80 Golden Gate High School students at no cost to these children or their families. The grant allows Grace Place to expand its academic programming during the school year and in the summer months in reading and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects with heightened evidence-based curriculum including robotics, biology, computer science and chemistry. Additional enrichment activities include music, arts, wellness and Stephen Covey’s “The Leader in Me” program.

Family literacy components for parents provide opportunities to enroll in our existing literacy and educational programs, including Family Literacy Days and the Adult Education program. Solidifying the impact of family involvement, the funds also support the launch of special sessions of Parent Academy to foster positive parenting and ensure a high level of adult family member participation and integration into their child’s education.

The 21st CCLC Academy of Leaders program and family services are offered at Grace Place, Golden Gate Middle School (GGMS) and Golden Gate High School (GGHS). Grace Place is located less than three miles from these schools, which makes the facility easily accessible to students and families. Our organization offers safe and reliable transportation to the campus for our children and families as well. The Grace Place campus provides classrooms, computer lab, cafeteria, a music room, recreational fields, and two KaBOOM playgrounds; has been licensed by Florida Department for Children and Families (DCF) for child care; and meets all DCF and Collier County Public School (CCPS) safety policies. The GGMS campus provides classrooms, computer lab, cafeteria, media center, gym, and recreational fields and meets all DCF and CCPS safety policies. The GGHS campus also provides classrooms, computer lab, cafeteria, media center, gym, and recreational fields and meets all DCF and CCPS safety policies.


Program Details

Program Goals

1. Improve academic achievement in reading/literacy and STEM.

2. Improve social and behavioral skills, as well as promote positive youth development and personal growth through health, wellness and enrichment activities, including physical activities, the arts and character development.

3. Improve adult English language and literacy, as well as parenting competencies.

4. Integrate families of participating students into the regular day school environment.

These goals are supported by proven research-based activities, such as Project-Based Learning curricula, reading/math labs, engaging enrichment activities, adult English language and literacy (ELL) classes, and monthly parenting classes.

Students participate in proven effective academic and enrichment activities led by highly qualified instructors. In each content area, activities will align with Florida Standards.

Daily Activities

1. Nutritious dinner and snack (provided through other funding)

2. Homework help and remedial tutoring

3. Project-based learning

4. Reading and math skills labs

5. Personal enrichment activities (i.e., physical activities, wellness, arts)

Student Activities

Location and Hours

Summer Elementary and Middle School Program Location: Grace Place Campus | 4300 21st Avenue SW; Naples, Florida 34116

Summer Elementary Hours: 72 students (Grades K – 5), June 12 – Aug 3, four to five days per week (Monday – Thursday, and some Fridays) from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Site Coordinator: Dara Baer at dara@graceplacenaples.org | 239.236.5325 (Grant Narrative)

Summer Middle School Hours:  72 students (Grades 6 – 8), June 12 – Aug 3, four to five days per week (Monday – Thursday, and some Fridays) from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Site Coordinator: Wardell Frazier at wardell@graceplacenaples.org | 239.234.2463 (Grant Narrative)

Summer High School Program Location: Golden Gate High School | 2925 Titan Way; Naples, Florida 34116

Summer High School Hours: 80 students (Grades 9 – 12), July 3-July 27, four days per week (Monday – Thursday) from noon to 4 PM.

Site Coordinator: Monica Chavez at monica@graceplacenaples.org | 239.236.5327 (Grant Narrative)

Evaluation Reports for 2015 – 2016

Elementary School Report

Middle School Report

High School Report (Pending, New Program)

2017 Advisory Board Minutes

2016 Advisory Board Minutes

2015 Advisory Board Minutes


Updated: 5/5/17

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