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Arthrex Named NAFC Family Friendly Business of 2014 and Youth Haven Receives the Family Friendly 2014 Innovative Award
posted on: April 08, 2014
posted by: Naples Alliance for Children

Family Friendly Log

ARTHREX was named the NAFC Family Friendly Business of the Year 2014 at the Naples Alliance for Children Celebration Dinner, April 7.  Their outstanding ability to mix traditional and innovative ways to help their employees  balance the needs of their families with the demands of their jobs along with presenting opportunities to help the greater Collier County Community earned them this special recognition.

Youth Haven received special recognition in the 2014 Family Friendly Business  Innovative Award category for their low cost innovative programs that offer their employees a happy family friendly workplace.

Local businesses that exemplify a family friendly workplace by meeting some or all of the established criteria receive the 2014 NAFC Family Friendly Business designation. Plaques were presented to all the designees at the seventeenth annual NAFC Celebration Dinner.

The following businesses exemplify a family friendly workplace
Numbers designate years of recognition

Arthrex, Inc.  5

Artis-Naples (Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts)  11

Bank of America-US Trust  13

Bigham Jewelers  1

Bonita Bay Club  1 

Brown & Brown Benefits  16

City of Naples  16

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc.  5

Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court  14 

Collier County Government   15

Collier County Health Department  15

Collier County Public Schools   11

Collier County Sheriff’s Office  16

Community Foundation of Collier County  13

Conservancy of Southwest Florida  16

David Lawrence Center  13

Fifth Third Bank of Florida  16

First National Bank of the Gulf Coast 1

Naples Daily News  12 

NCH Healthcare System  16

Northern Trust Bank  16

Quarles & Brady  16

Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)  16

Robert of Philadelphis  2 

Shelter for Abused Women and Children 1

YMCA of the Palms  10

Youth Haven  5

The Naples Alliance for Children encourages and recognizes employers who have workplace policies and programs that assist employees to take an active part in raising their children. 

“Call 649-5260 for information

Dinner Pictures will be available on this Web Site,

Annie Torres and Almaretta Williams Named NAFC 2014 Teachers of the Year
posted on: April 08, 2014
posted by: Naples Alliance for Children


Annie Tores, NCEF Early Childhood Development Center and Almaretta Williams, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy were named Naples Alliance for Children Apple Blossom Teacher of the Year 2013  at the NAFC Celebration Dinner, April 7.

The NAFC Apple Blossom Awards honor Collier County early childhood teachers who make a unique contribution to the lives of young children and their families. The nominees were evaluated on information submitted by the nominators and “on site visits.”
The 2013 Apple Blossom winners are selected from the following group of Apple Blossom Distinguished Teachers.


CAROL BARTO – Infant Toddler Center, YMCA of the Palms

ANA LUCIA BAROS – NCEF Early Childhood Development Center

KAYLA CROWDER-RIGGS – Infant Toddler Center, YMCA of the Palms


DIGNORAH LEDO DIAZ – Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

MARY DUNIGAN – Royal Palm Academy

SHAWN HARRIS  – Gaynor Center, YMCA of the Palms

TERESA HINOJOSA – RCMA Immokalee Community Child Development Center

BERTHA JENNINGS – A Step Up – Golden Gate

ESPERANZA LEON – Guadalupe Center

MARICELA LOZANO, A Step Up – Golden Gate

KELLY O’CONNOR, Greater Marco Family YMCA

BRITTANI PASSARO – 123 Grow With Me Learning Center

LISA SANFELIPPO – Royal Palm Academy

MONICA TACCONE – Gaynor Center, YMCA of the Palms

ANNIE TORRES – NCEF Early Childhood Development Center

ALMARETTA WILLIAMS, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

NOTE: Watch Naples Alliance for Children Website for Dinner Pictures: