The Gargiulo Education Center was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit a little less than two years ago, after having been in operation for roughly 15 years. Working with local nonprofits as fiscal sponsors, beginning with The Learning Connection and ending with Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Gargiulo Education began in a small trailer donated by Gargiulo Farms, the Naples-based tomato grower and packer for which the majority of the students’ parents work. The organization served 10-15 students and was completely volunteer-based, with an annual budget of only a few thousand dollars.
The program grew in popularity over the years, both as families expanded and word spread. Two paid hourly positions with administrative and teaching responsibilities were added, and in 2011 the Center moved to its current store front facility on Rail Head Boulevard.
The autonomous 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization now employs two administrative staff , Mary Asta, Board Member/Executive Director and Leslie Prosser, Site Coordinator, eight hourly teachers, four STEAM instructors, supplemented by numerous dedicated volunteers throughout the year, as well as a devoted Board of Directors.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, we educated 59 students, 4 students graduating from high school going on to college and supported an annual budget of $305,761. Please see our 2017-2018 Audited Financial Report by following this link: Audited Gargiulo Education Center FS 2018
To view the 2018-2019 Operating Budget, follow this link: 18-19 Final Approved Budget