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!

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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

ann olson

Immediate past chair

Immediate past chair

marsha murphy

 

secretary

secretary

Kris Pfaehler

asst. treasurer

asst. treasurer

roger schorr

director

director

Darrell Balmer

director

director

tom Campbell

 

Director

Director

ron Ciesla

Director

Director

jackie fritsch

Director

Director

Karen Hopper

Director

Director

robin larkin

Director

Director

DON Lawson

Director

Director

Karen Lutz

director

director

Ruth Orange, Esq.

director

director

Fran O'Sullivan

director

director

Lisa Sanchez

director

director

tony urick

DIRECTORS EMERITI

MAUREEN DENMAN

JANET GABLE

DOUG JOHNSON

DICK MUNRO

GARY ROOT

SKIP ZINK

JIM DERHAM

OTTO IMMEL

JINNY JOHNSON

LYNN NOLAN

RUSTY TROTH

KIM DILLON

CRAIG JILK

SUSAN MANION

MAUREEN O’GORMAN

VAL TROTMAN

MARY FREY

MARY BETH JOHNS

CONNIE MESSNER

BOB POLIZZOTTO

MICHAEL WATKINS

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

Jessica Campbell

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Darlene Spano

Special Projects Coordinator

Special Projects Coordinator

Becca Mysels

executive assistant

executive assistant

Yolanda Heredia

Bookkeeper

Bookkeeper

Charles Shiels

teacher

teacher

Monique Atkinson

teacher

teacher

Lizbeth Ayala

teacher

teacher

Lynne Beirnes

TEACHER

TEACHER

Narcisa Cappelluti

TEACHER

TEACHER

Chrislande Dera

TEACHER

TEACHER

Michelle Fonte

TEACHER

TEACHER

Raquel Garcia

teacher

teacher

Sonia Garcia

TEACHER

TEACHER

Carmen Guerrero

TEACHER

TEACHER

Suchity Jordan

TEACHER

TEACHER

Norma Ramirez

teacher

teacher

Karina Rodriguez

teacher

teacher

Carmen Starkweather

teacher

teacher

Gwenda Townsend

teacher

teacher

Cester Willimas

Chef

Chef

Lorena Michaca

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: 7:30 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 CH4543