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the little dolphin school foundation

THE LITTLE DOLPHIN SCHOOL FOUNDATION

Excellence In Early Childhood Education & The Arts

1977 – 2007

Copyright 2008 The Little Dolphin School Foundation

question for springboard
Question for Springboard
  • How does the Little Dolphin School partner with private, public or other nonprofits to support the expansion of their state-of-the-art childcare model for children in Maine regardless of status?

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little dolphin school mission
Little Dolphin School Mission
  • Provide the highest quality, comprehensive childcare services for young children ages zero to six regardless of social or economic status.

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the history of little dolphin
The History of Little Dolphin
  • Founded in 1977 by ECE pioneer Sheila Brier in NYC, the name Little Dolphin has become synonymous with excellence in early education.
  • Opened Portland/Westbrook campus in 1999, serving over 200 families each year.
  • Due to overwhelming demand, opened Scarborough school in 2007.
  • Provides academic internships for ECE programs in southern Maine.
  • Tuition assistance available per mission

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today s child care is poor
Today’s Child-Care is Poor

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trends require better child care
Trends Require Better Child-Care
  • Importance of Early Childhood Education
  • Changing “Core” Family Models
  • Growing Responsibilities for Women
better childcare benefits employers the state maine
Need an educated and professional workforce

Competitive advantage needed in bringing key personnel to Maine

Require innovative methods for recruitment & retention of skilled workers

Leading HR headache in hiring is child care

Leading HR headache in lost productivity (sick/personal days) is child care

Better CHILDCARE Benefits EMPLOYERS & The State MAINE

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how little dolphin stands out
How Little Dolphin Stands Out
  • ECE Degreed, certified teachers
  • Full benefits, living wages, free meals, a 4-day work week, childcare stipend
  • State-of-the-art learning centers with a movement theater, water & sand art room, library, private parenting room and fresh meals every day
  • Yoga, dance, martial arts, drama, music, theater productions, and visual arts

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a better use of tuition
A BETTER USE OF TUITION $$

% of gross receipts spent

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strengths and challenges
Strengths and Challenges
  • Tremendous reputation with parents, educators
  • Attracts best & brightest teachers
  • Waiting lists
  • Well positioned as attractive PR partner for corporate America
  • Academic program very costly
  • True cost drives up tuition 6-10% annually
  • Sustainability of mission dependent on funding

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question for springboard11
Question for Springboard
  • How does the Little Dolphin School partner with private/public or other nonprofit organizations to support the expansion of their state-of-the-art childcare model for children in Maine regardless of status?

Copyright 2008 The Little Dolphin School Foundation