Christ Child Society Naples now manages nine major programs in Collier County
focused on three primary Mission objectives: Infant Care, Basic
Needs and Literacy.
LAYETTES: All national chapters of Christ Child Society provide
layettes for newborn children in need. As part of the Naples project,
members of Christ Child as well as friends and family members and
women from area retirement communities create blankets for each
BRINGING BABY HOME: ”Bringing Baby Home” is a book about infant care,
given to first-time mothers who are living at or below the poverty
level in Collier County. The book is published in Creole, Spanish and
English. This program is possible through a partnership with the
Christ Child Society of Naples, Collier Health Services, Inc. in
Immokalee, and The Women’s Foundation.
ELLM READING READINESS: The ELLM program focuses on active learning to
improve the early literacy of young children. ELLM-trained Christ
Child members work with children in more than 40 Head Start classrooms
in Collier County.
FUN TIME EARLY CHILDHOOD ACADEMY: Fun Time Early Childhood Academy
provides affordable, quality early care and education for young
disadvantaged children of low income families. Christ Child volunteers
work, as needed, in many areas, including the ELLM reading program.
Annually, Christ Child financially supports the preschool’s education
GOLDEN GATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Christ Child members volunteer many
hours tutoring, mentoring, and working in the library. Christ Child is
also an active “business partner” with the school, contributing money
to purchase various supplies for the children and equipment for the
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: By donating beds and bedding for children’s
rooms, Christ Child ensures that no child in a Collier County Habitat
home has to sleep on the floor.
MY STUFF BAGS: To ease the trauma of children living in shelters,
volunteers provide reusable bags filled with clothing and personal
items, as well as a book and a stuffed animal.
RONALD McDONALD CARE MOBILE: Christ Child volunteers help the Ronald
McDonald Care Mobile professionals provide health and dental care
services to underserved and at-risk children. Volunteers are trained
to accompany children from their classrooms to the Care Mobile and to
ease their fears. Christ Child also provides funding for books on
dental care and nutrition.
KIDS KARE – GRACE PLACE, YOUTH HAVEN, and THE CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY
CENTER: Christ Child provides funding and/or volunteers to support
these three agencies which focus on services for at-risk and
impoverished children in our community.
INFANT GRIEVING GOWNS: Christ Child volunteers assemble small robes to
be given to mothers of babies lost at birth or shortly thereafter. The
baby is dressed in the gown, a picture is taken, and the gown and the
picture are given to the parents as a remembrance.