Bethesda Nursery School
305 Saint Ronan St
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 305 Saint Ronan St
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 787-5439 x
Fax 203-787-5439
E-mail bns@bethesdanurseryschool.org
Web and Social Media
Mission

Bethesda Nursery School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber early care and education for children ages 3 to 5 years old based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. The school supports and encourages the optimum growth and development of every child in a nurturing, safe and enriching environment. Recognizing the importance of collaboration between home and school, the school emphasizes a strong connection between the two. Bethesda Nursery School wholeheartedly fosters a diverse community of children, families and teachers, where everyone is welcomed and respected, and the joy of learning is shared.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1993
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Sara Gannon
Board Chair Katie Luekens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

Bethesda Nursery School, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the highest caliber early care and education for children ages 3 to 5 years old based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. The school supports and encourages the optimum growth and development of every child in a nurturing, safe and enriching environment. Recognizing the importance of collaboration between home and school, the school emphasizes a strong connection between the two. Bethesda Nursery School wholeheartedly fosters a diverse community of children, families and teachers, where everyone is welcomed and respected, and the joy of learning is shared.

Background

Bethesda Nursery School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded in 1961. It is licensed by the State of Connecticut; the Department of Public Health is the licensing agency. Relicensing occurs every four years. The program has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) since 1989. Reaccredidation takes place every five years. Our class size is a maximum of 30 children per day. Our staff structure is composed of a director, an assistant director, and three teachers. All five staff members work as teachers in the classroom on a daily basis; our student to staff ratio is 6 to 1. Our students are three; four- and five years old. A student whose third birthday falls on or before December 31st may enroll in September of that year. Otherwise, children must be aged three before enrolling. We typically have 45 families enrolled. Some children attend two days a week, some three-, four-, or five. We operate on a school year schedule, from late August to June. A separate six-week summer program operates from mid-June to the end of July.

Impact

Our goals are to offer the highest quality early childhood education, nurture our wonderful little community through family involvement, and broaden economic diversity through increased financial aid to families.

Needs

Bethesda Nursery School’s most pressing needs are funding various aspect of our daily operations:

1- Financial aid.  Each year 25-40% of our families apply for financial aid, and we try to help everyone afford the cost of quality preschool.

2- Teacher salaries & benefits. Competitive compensation for our teachers is paramount to our school. 

3-  Teacher Development.  Bethesda Nursery School recognizes the importance of professional development in maintaining a consistently high quality program for early childhood education. All staff members maintain an individual professional development plan, and all participate in professional development activities throughout the year, as required by Connecticut licensing and NAEYC accreditation. 

CEO Statement

At Bethesda Nursery School we believe that all children come to the program with their own unique characteristics. Our goal is to help children discover and delight in what they are good at, and feel a sense of mastery and satisfaction as they acquire new skills and ideas.

 

We attempt to provide opportunities for learning across areas of child development - social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative. We provide opportunities for growth and self-expression through the use of blocks, books, games, manipulatives, dramatic play, a wide variety of art materials, woodworking, plenty of water and sand play and sensory experiences. Children are encouraged to build, to cook, to play, to observe, to sing, to dance, to listen, to care. Activities are balanced between child-initiated and teacher-initiated with the basic understanding that all children do not like all activities. The goals of the individual are carefully considered to meet the general needs of the group.

 

The daily schedule provides many opportunities for growth and development. The early morning free-play provides children a wide variety of activities from which to choose. Clean-up requires a cooperative group effort. Snack and lunch times encourage social interaction in small groups and our large outdoor space provides options for individual, small or large group play with a wide variety of surfaces and activities available.

 

The teachers’ goal is to facilitate discovery and knowledge by the child, not to present already formed opinions. Activities are carefully planned so that the child can be challenged, not frustrated, and can experience success more often than not. Creative, interested and motivated teachers also pay attention to the children’s particular ideas and interests and aim to incorporate their suggestions into the daily activities.

 

We believe that parents are a child’s primary teacher. We consider parent participation an essential part of the educational experience for each child. Teachers and parents work together to share knowledge, observations and suggestions to promote the optimum achievement of every student. A strong foundation in all of the developmental domains and the skills required to succeed in kindergarten is the ultimate goal of an education at Bethesda Nursery School.

Board Chair Statement I am proud to be a part of the Bethesda Community.  Mary Ann Bonenberger would always say, "many hands make light work".  I am simply trying to add my hands to the many, and give back to a school that has been so important in my life, and the lives of my children.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Areas Served
New Haven
Hamden
North Haven
Bethesda Nursery School primarily serves families in New Haven County, but occasionally we have children from farther afield.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Mary Ann Bonenberger was the director of Bethesda Nursery School for 30 years. She created the school as we know it today. Upon retiring in 2009, a fund was established at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven as a way for families to honor her three decades at the school. Not only did she leave an indelible mark on a generation of New Haven area parents, she created a lasting community that continues to grow. Mary Ann dedicated her life to the journey of childhood by teaching children how to navigate those amazing preschool years with joy, wonder, confidence and resilience.
 
Donations to this fund are used exclusively for financial aid. 
 
 
Programs
Description Nursery School.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. We strive to create happy children and strong families.  We foster a community that continues to grow, even after each family leaves Bethesda Nursery School.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Preschool success is measured daily by looking for smiling children.  Other measures that help us improve our school include parent feedback, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) surveys and accreditation, and the percentage of families we can support through financial aid.
CEO/Executive Director
Sara Gannon
Term Start Sept 2013
Email bns@bethesdanurseryschool.org
Experience Sara began teaching at Bethesda in 2003 and served as Assistant Director from 2008-2013.   Sara received her B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education, both from Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Connecticut certified teacher from Pre-K to grade 3.  Sara is also currently the president of the board of the New Haven Association for the Education of Young Children.  The NHAEYC board advocates for young children and provides continuing education workshops for teachers in the New Haven area.
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 80%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Mary Ann Bonenberger July 1979 - June 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Katie Luekens
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term June 2016 to June 2017
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jennifer Caruso Community Volunteer
Kate Coyne Community Volunteer
Sara Gannon School Director
Janina Gilo-Tomkins Community Volunteer
Danielle Ginnetti Community Volunteer
Nora Lee Church Representative
Michelle Matouk Community Volunteer
Lauren Pavlis Community Volunteer
Gordon Streeter Community Volunteer
Amy Sudmyer Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 10
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $327,066.00
Projected Expenses $322,298.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$7,292$11,818$10,170
Government Contributions$28,525$24,000$24,000
Federal------
State$24,000----
Local------
Unspecified$4,525$24,000$24,000
Individual Contributions------
------
$291,410$307,449$307,386
Investment Income, Net of Losses$20,869$8,778$1,682
Membership Dues------
Special Events$14,743$14,095--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other----$15,509
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$320,168$350,340$335,324
Administration Expense$23,814$20,923$16,961
Fundraising Expense$13,095$8,042$7,389
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.971.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue26%16%22%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$233,068$257,015$246,570
Current Assets$100,606$127,033$136,334
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$22,715$32,745$22,367
Total Net Assets$210,353$224,270$224,203
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Dept. of Ed. $24,000 --New Haven, CT Board of Ed. $24,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.433.886.10
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 305 Saint Ronan St
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 787-5439
CEO/Executive Director Sara Gannon
Board Chair Katie Luekens
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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