Fun time early childhood academy

Who We Are & What We Do

Our mission is to provide safe, quality, affordable education and care for children and parents from low-income working families and to prepare the children for kindergarten, ready to read and ready to learn!

MEET THE BOARDMEET THE TEAM
with no other options . . . 

Two women had a dream to nurture & educate kids close to home.

Decades ago, a band of determined educators teamed with parents to create Fun Time Nursery in the heart of Naples. Among this group were Alma and Herbert Cambridge and Ola Mae Mack. Together they dreamed and worked towards the day when children from their neighborhood could be nurtured and educated close to home.

 

“It just seemed natural to me that we had to provide for and teach our young children,” recalled Mrs. Cambridge. “At the time, there was no school for little children during the day, and the options for child care for children of color were nonexistent. We opened the doors to 12 students whose parents paid a very minimal tuition to get Fun Time started. Soon after, the United Fund began to help us, and then others in the community contributed.”

The Fun Time Nursery first opened its doors in 1961 as a small classroom within the Old Carver School under the direction of Mrs. Cambridge. The school was 100% African American until 1965, when Mrs. Pat Schultheis joined as a teacher and placed her son, Buddy, in Fun Time. Our easy relationship with integration began.

In 1967, Novella Williams joined the staff and remained until 1998, seeing Fun Time through its formative years as a center for child activities in the River Park neighborhood and as an education site for children from downtown. Mother Perry also worked at Fun Time as a cook and then Director.

Throughout its history, the early childhood development center focused on learning through a research-based, creative curriculum and worked to meet the needs of students and their parents, setting hours of operation around their work schedules. In 1975, the hours of operation were set at 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In 2009, Fun Time moved from a 4,200-square-foot, 36-year-old trailer to its current 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring six classrooms, a multipurpose room for parent meetings and staff events, the Founders’ Room, offices, a kitchen, two playgrounds and a garden.

The current building, with its safety, security and increased potential for delivery of educational opportunities, represents a vast improvement for students, teachers and administrators.

Ensuring the success of Fun Time is ensuring the success of future generations and our community.

caring for the children of our community

Meet our Board of Directors

A diverse and dedicated group of people who believe in educating tomorrows leaders today.

board chair

board chair

marsha murphy

 

asst. treasurer

asst. treasurer

tony urick

Director

Director

kim dillon

 

Director

Director

lisandra napolitano

 

Immd. Past Chair

Immd. Past Chair

RUSTY TROTH

Director

Director

Sheila Clark

 

Director

Director

jackie fritsch

 

Director

Director

lynn nolan

 

secretary

secretary

willie gorke

 

Director

Director

ron Ciesla

 

Director

Director

doug johnson

 

Director

Director

bob polizzotto

 

treasurer

treasurer

ann olson

 

Director

Director

maureen denman

 

Director

Director

robin larkin

 

DIRECTORS EMERITI

JIM DERHAM

CRAIG JILK

SUSAN MANION

GARY ROOT

MARY FREY

MARY BETH JOHNS

CONNIE MESSNER

VAL TROTMAN

JANET GABLE

JINNY JOHNSON

DICK MUNRO

MICHAEL WATKINS

OTTO IMMEL

PETER MANION

MAUREEN O’GORMAN

SKIP ZINK

caring for the children of our community

Meet the Team

Our dedicated staff ensure these children are learning and having fun every day.

 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BARBARA TYRRELL

OFFICE MANAGER

OFFICE MANAGER

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION

LESLIE TURNER

 

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

SHIRELL GROSS

 

Students Enrolled

Children graduated

Committed Board & Staff

Years Caring For Children

Get In Touch

Location: 102 12th Street N, Naples, FL 34102

Telephone: (239) 261-8284

Email: moreinfo@FunTimeAcademy.org

School Hours: M-F: 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1.800.435.7352 WITHIN THE STATE OR AT www.800helpfla.com. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. FUN TIME EARLY CHILDHOOD ACADEMY SOLICITATION REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH CH4543