IMPACT Tallahassee's 2023 Year in Review

Special Note from Our CEO

2023 was a huge year for IMPACT Tallahassee for so many reasons. It was our first full calendar year operating under our new name, IMPACT Tallahassee, and we got to witness the positive changes firsthand. Each of our “big three” programs – IMPACT Academy, IMPACT Preschool, and IMPACT Therapy – thrived in their own ways. Our hard work and community investment paid off – and we’re only getting started.

Before diving in, I’d like to extend thanks to our staff, program directors, and our Academy and Foundation boards for everything they did to make this one of our best years yet. Our IMPACT family is the reason we’re able to continue growing in our mission to serve those with special needs to ensure they are able to become as independent as possible.

To learn more about IMPACT’s mission and vision, please click here.

Kevin Kolka, IMPACT Tallahassee CEO
(Pictured at right with the IMPACT Tallahassee Team of Directors)




50 Students in Preschool 48 Students in Academy 500+ Clients in Therapy
70% increase in enrollment in the last year.

Earned an Early Learning Coalition CLASS score of 5.96 out of 6, a very big deal!

The 2023-2024 school year saw the single largest increase in enrollment since the school’s inception.

Renovations over the summer allowed for updated classroom space, better storage solutions for teachers, and a more effective PAES Lab.

25% growth in the last twelve months.

Renovations early on in the calendar year allowed Therapy’s capacity to double as needs in the community continue to grow.

Applied Behavioral Analysis kicked off in January 2023 – and quickly exploded!

10+ students from OT, PT, and ST programs at FSU, FAMU, UF, and Keiser Universities are being trained through IMPACT’s practicums.


The IMPACT Foundation executed two brand-new (and successful!) fundraising events this year! Our goal was to draw in a new circle of supporters with our fall and spring fundraisers; in turn, we held two of our most successful events in IMPACT history this year!

Each event allowed us the opportunity to create and foster relationships with members of our community that had and had not interacted with IMPACT in the past, which allowed us to share our mission and vision with our neighbors. We were lucky enough to find incredible partners in Sun Stop Stores, who was the title sponsor for both events this year, and to work with several local bands and businesses!

Thanks to the generosity of our community partners and the hard work of our IMPACT Foundation and IMPACT Academy boards, IMPACT Tallahassee was able to raise nearly $190,000 to go towards renovating and expanding our facilities, services, and opportunities available to our clients and students, as well as going towards the development of our Community Center.

Our Reach & Our Community

IMPACT Tallahassee also expanded our reach this year, supporting families from 14 Florida counties and 4 Georgia counties. Renovations to IMPACT Therapy this spring allowed us to double our capacity, including the establishment of an ABA practice. We were also able to make updates to our Academy and Preschool spaces, refreshing our classrooms for more efficient use of space – and maximum fun.

In addition to our spring and fall semester fundraisers, community events also became a focus for IMPACT this year, including our inaugural Trunk or Treat. Local community members were invited to join IMPACT students on campus for an early Halloween celebration, complete with costumes, games, treats, and food trucks!

We also connected with several local organizations, including 100 Men Who Care and the Community Foundation of North Florida, both of whom awarded IMPACT grants in honor of our service to our community.

Since 2006, IMPACT has worked to create a community where all children, especially those with special needs, could thrive.

IMPACT was founded in 2006 to provide families with a central location for children to receive first-rate therapeutic treatment from expert, individually licensed therapists. By 2012, services had expanded to include a wide variety of therapy types, including speech, music, and physical therapy, as well as the addition of IMPACT Academy and IMPACT Preschool.

Started by parents with a need for specialized programs, IMPACT is focused on building a community for all children, especially those with special needs. IMPACT serves children aged 6 weeks to 22 years old with varying disabilities, including but not limited to Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injuries, and Autism, and is the only full-service, comprehensive private education center in the region.

Over the last 15+ years, IMPACT has grown but remained focused on empowering and educating all children with a model that utilizes therapeutic intervention to provide a solid foundation for each child to have positive social, emotional, physical, and academic success. Whereas traditional schools cannot provide individualized care for each student, IMPACT understands that every child has the potential to succeed and deserves quality educational opportunities based on their individual developing strengths.

I am proud to be a part of a team that puts others in front of themselves.
Lawrence Mvrica
IMPACT Foundation Board Member
The positive energy the staff brings to the center every day, helps you know your little one is being well taken care of. Everyone at the center have truly become a part of our family now and we will be forever grateful for each and every one of them. Everything is so great that now we are also looking forward to their after school program!
Caitlin Huard
I can’t say enough great things about The Summer Escape program! Trusting people when you have a child with special needs is often a scary thing. You want to make sure the people surrounding your little one are kind, caring, and able keep them safe. We are so lucky to have found this program and love all of the people who help run things.
Caitlin Huard
The most comforting aspect as a parent, is knowing that my son is in an environment where he can learn and is understood. I am very thankful for the school's mission to educate kids with learning differences and the teachers and administrators that make this happen every day.
Shacarra Sigler
We struggled with the school placement decision, because we wanted to find the right school that would be a good fit for our son. I am so glad that we chose IMPACT. [...] His teachers have been amazing, and we have seen progress in his ability to focus, independently complete classroom assignments, appropriately interact socially, and speech improvement. They have put the time and effort towards his individual needs, and we are reaping the rewards.
Shacarra Sigler
We struggled with the school placement decision, because we wanted to find the right school that would be a good fit for our son. I am so glad that we chose IMPACT; they are so helpful, caring, and understand my son’s specific needs. They have accommodated his needs on so many levels, which I believe would have been unmet at other schools.
Shacarra Sigler
The environment is inclusive, safe and our son looks forward to his sessions. We are very thankful for the summer camp programs. The VPK program was amazing for him as well.
Teresa Corbet
Our son has a rare genetic syndrome, delayed development and learning disabilities. We have been bringing him to IMPACT Tallahassee since he was 1-year-old and he will soon be 10. The staff in the office, the teachers, the aides are all amazing with the children; I'm very impressed with their professionalism and compassion. I personally recommend IMPACT to people on a regular basis.
Teresa Corbet
IMPACT Tallahassee and their staff have become such an important part of our lives over the last 9 years. We couldn't imagine not being there on a weekly basis.
Teresa Corbet