Guilford Center for Children
47 Stone House Lane
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 47 Stone House Lane
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 453 x8050
Fax 203-453-8050
E-mail l.jones@guilfordcenterforchildren.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
The Guilford Center for Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment for young children who need out-of-home care during the day.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Lisa Jones
Board Chair Elizabeth Ukena Catino
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $736,732.00
Projected Expenses $734,260.00
Statements
Mission The Guilford Center for Children is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment for young children who need out-of-home care during the day.
Background
   The day care center, which started in 1971 at its Park Street location with 20 children, now provides all day care at 47 Stone House Lane for  65 children ages 3-5 who need care because parents are working.  About 50% of the children are on a sliding fee scale, established by the number of people in the family and the income of the family.  The day care center serves breakfast, lunch, and snack and offers Spanish and music as part of its program.  Children are introduced to all skills necessary for a successful transition to Kindergarten.  Communication with parents is an integral part of the program. 
   The Before and After School Care program, started in 1979 in one elementary school with 23 children, now offers care to  school-aged children from Kindergarten through age 12 at 3 of the 4 elementary schools in Guilford. A child can be enrolled in any parts of the day, which include before school, the part of the school day that a Kindergarten child is not in Kindergarten class, and after school.  There are over 400 children enrolled in this program which also offers a sliding fee scale.  Parents are also an integral part of this program, with parent breakfast, pasta suppers, and art shows  being some of the events to which parents are invited.
  
Impact
  Our top three accomplishments are 1) procuring the balance of the funding for the completion of the second floor, 2) adding fire/emergency egress stairs from the second floor as well as carpeting, lighting, counters, and other finishing details so the second floor could be opened for use, 3) launching a successful fund raising campaign for the design and installation of a playground;  4) having the parking lot blacktopped, and 5) installing seven new experienced members of the Board of Directors.
   Our goals are 1) accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; 2) increase membership on the Board to 10-12; 3) have the new Executive Director of the day care center selected by 7/31/12 and 4) run a summer program at Calvin Leete school for elementary school-aged children for 6 weeks.
Needs   Our most pressing needs are to find a knowledgeable and experienced candidate for the position of Executive Director of the day care center; 2) to fund and establish the staff position of "permanent substitute" so that we always have someone to count on in a staff member's absence;  3) to establish a committee to revise the Bylaws and Personnel Policies; 4) to become accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children;  and 5) to see if there is a location in town for the summer program to move to after the Guilford Public Schools must close for maintenance so that the summer program can last longer than 6 weeks.
CEO Statement
   We offer a sliding fee scale to families so that they can remain working  while paying affordable fees for child care.  Activities and experiences, as determined by a well educated teaching staff, are those that best meet the needs of specific children and/or a particular age group. We offer opportunities for growth in all areas: social/emotional, physical, language and cognitive.
   Staff develop warm relationships with the children in their care, often remaining with them for two years.  We feel as if we are partners with parents in preparing their preschoolers for Kindergarten and beyond.
   Breakfast, lunch, and snacks as well as Spanish and music classes are important times at the center.  We also stress the expression of feelings and emotions, and the acceptance of responsibility for one's own actions. 
   
Board Chair Statement
   The seven members of our Board of Directors are new, but we bring enthusiasm, experience, and dedication to this organization. I chose to volunteer because I am a Guilford resident and want to give something back to the community in which my children were raised and in which I live.  In addition, two of my grandchildren are finishing their second year at the day care program, and I am often the one to drop them off or pick them up, and I like what I see.  In the fall, they will be moving on to the Before and After School Care Program, so we will have experience with all phases!
   All Board members plan to run this organization with transparency, welcome all visitors to the Board meetings, and limit the use of executive sessions to a few very specific situations.  We view the directors of the programs as partners, and we look forward to working together for the good of the organization.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Areas Served
Shoreline
Branford
Guilford
Madison
   Priority is given to residents of Guilford, but enrollment is open to the residents of the entire shoreline. 
Programs
Description
   We are a preschool for children ages 3-5.  We offer a sliding fee scale for parents who meet income and family size guidelines.  We offer a nutrition program that includes breakfast, lunch, and two snacks made and served by our cook and her assistant.  About 2005, while we were looking for space to expand our program, we were offered the possibility of a site at the Rollwood (formerly Woodruff) Farm property, owned by the town.  After a 50-year lease was signed for 1 acre of land on this property, which included two barns in need of renovation, the search for funding began.  We received $25,000 from CIP/LISC, and $400,000 from the STEAP program.  We applied for and received a little over $2,000,000 from CHEFA, of which we need to repay 17.8%.  We applied for and received a grant from the the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in the amount of $40,000 to help with the cost of the building.  Because it was discovered that additional foundation work had to be done, the price of the project increased.  We were able to open the first floor in June of 2010, and were fully enrolled by late August of 2010. The playground was completed in May of 2011, and the second floor opened at the end of 2011, at which time the parking lot also was paved.  We have continued to have full enrollment since late August of 2010.
 
 
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent /
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. One hundred percent of the children starting Kindergarten who have special needs will have been identified.  Of the children going to Kindergarten, 100% have been exposed to the skills needed for a successful transition, and 95% of the children will have the skills need for a successful transition.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
   Our goal is that children will enter Kindergarten with all the skills they need to be successful there and all the years ahead.  We encourage them in their social skills, so that they find it possible to make and keep friends.  We support them while their emotional development take place as well.  Opportunities for physical devleopment and support also take place, as does language and cognitive development.  We hope that they have learned that learning is fun, having one friend or lots of friends makes life more pleasurable, and that everyone doesn't need to be good at everything.  These are all life lessons that we hope stay with them forever.
   Another goal we have is that all children with special needs have been identified so that assistance can be delivered as soon as possible.  We are alert to the use of all five senses, and make recommendations to parents if we think they are not seeing or hearing or speaking as well as they should be.   We look to see if the children are developing at within a "typical" time frame.  Is there a child who needs intervention of some type?  We want to work with the parents to make sure any necessary assessments are made in case early intervention is necessary.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.    We do assessments twice a year, using the tool from Creative Curriculum, which tells us specific skills a child has mastered or is still working on.  We do family surveys once a year as well as annual staff surveys.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
   When "our" children start Kindergarten, we get positive feedback from various Kindergarten personnel that they have made excellent transitions.  We hear from parents that the children were well-prepared for Kindergarten.  
   We always have a long waiting list and always have younger siblings of "graduates" on our waiting list.
   We get positive feedback from the Parent Questionnaire that parents are very happy having their children with us.
   One mother recently mentioned that she has listened to the classroom teacher and noticed how she responded to the children, and tried to model her responses to her children after those she heard.  (Her son, now in first grade, was with us for 2 and a half years, and we now have her daughter, who will leave for Kindergarten this fall). 
   One hundred per cent of the families surveyed said they had good relationships with their children's teachers. One hundred per cent also felt that the children's teachers take good care of them, help them learn to get along with others, and are good teachers.
 
Description
   The Guilford Before & After School Care Program is a program of the Guilford Center for Children.  This program provides care both before and after school in three of Guilford's four elementary schools
   Care is also provided during spring vacation, professional development days, non national holidays that school is closed, and for 8 weeks during the summer.  The program is also open all day on early-dismissal days.
   A variety of activities is offered and the children are free to choose what they would enjoy each day.  They may choose from arts and crafts, table games, sports, homework time, reading, and snack.  In addition, sewing, cooking, science activities, hip hop dancing, and music are offered as special activities. Very special days are also celebrated like Super Bowl Day and Hollywood Day among others.
   Children may register for a set schedule for the school year, or as "drop-in" children, whose parents need to call to see if there is space available on a particular day or days.
   Four hundred children are registered for this program.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) / /
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.    The program is now open on more occasions, including school vacation weeks, professional developments days, and summer recess weeks.  These additional weeks enable parents to be able to continue to work without disruption and help children by allowing them to be with familiar staff and children in a safe environment.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
   The children will find a sport or recreational activity that piques their interest and in which they are involved during their school careers and beyond. 
   The children will look to other adults in their lives as important nurturers, and people they can count on.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.    Parents are surveyed every spring.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
   The program is doing well.  Over 400 children are registered for either regular weekly care, or "drop-in" care.
   There is a parent in the program who suddenly became the single father of 6 children, four of whom are in elementary school.  Because of the availability of the program, he was able to look for work and become employed.  He is very pleased that the children are receiving academic assistance during the Before & After School Care program as it is late by the time he picks the children up, they get home, and make dinner, and eat.  He is also grateful for the fact that the program was able to help him with a reduced fee and help him fill out the paperwork for Care4Kids.  He knows the children are safe, happy, and busy when they are in the program.
Program Comments
CEO Comments    We are a new board whose biggest challenges at the present time are to make sure that an excellent candidate is selected to replace the retiring Executive Director of the day care center, to add to the size of the board, and to revise the bylaws and personnel polices, which have not been revised for quite a few years.  We have well-qualified and experiences board members at the present time, and we believe that we will meet this challenges in an organized and professional manner.
CEO/Executive Director
Lisa Jones
Term Start Oct 2016
Email l.jones@guilfordcenterforchildren.com
Experience Lisa Jones has dedicated the past 18 years to working with children and their families. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with concentrations in Sociology and Early Childhood Education, and a Master's Degree in Education. Lisa's teaching and administrative experiences have taken place in private and public schools in Boston and along the Connecticut shoreline. Lisa's first teaching experiences with young children began while attending Emma Willard School and spending time at the Children's School at Emma Willard where she began her practice of a Piagetian based philosophy. Throughout her years at Simmons College, and beyond, she added Montessori and Reggio Emilia based experiences to her practice. Lisa lives in Guilford with her husband and two children and is the Director of the NAEYC accredited Guilford Center for Children Early Education Program.
   
 
Co-CEO
Jessica Catlin
Term Start June 2015
Email guilfordbasc@gmail.com
Experience

The Executive Director of the Before & After School Care Program graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010. She began working for the Before & After School Care in 2008 as a childcare provider and was promoted to head teacher after completion of her Degree from SCSU. In 2013 Jessica took the position of Administrative Assistant where she worked closely with the programs Director, Rose Anne Kelly. When Mrs. Kelly retired in June of 2015, Jessica was promoted to Assistant Director. During this time, Jessica carried out many tasks and responsibilities of an Executive director resulting in her promotion to Executive Director of the Before & After School Care Program in September of 2016. She was also the stand in director for the Early Education Center in 2016 while they were in the process of hiring a new Executive Director for that location.

Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 18
Number of Part Time Staff 19
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 83%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 17 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 34
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ashley Hillier Mar 2014 - Aug
Pamela Orton Mar 1982 - Dec
Senior Staff
Title Head Teacher - Early Education Center
Title Head Teacher BASC
Experience/Biography Stephanie has been working at the Guilford Before & After School Care Program since 2001. She began in high school as a child care provider. in 2014 she warned her head teacher certificate. She is currently the Head Teacher at our Guilford Lakes location as well as the Administrative Assistant for the BASC program.
Title Head Teacher BASC
Experience/Biography Tom has been working with the Guilford Before & After School Care since 1997. He has a masters degree and serves as the Head Teacher at our Calvin Leete location. Tom does many fun activities with the children including gym games and various science experiments.
Title Head Teacher BASC
Experience/Biography Mirjana has been with the Before & After School Care program since 2008. She has her CDA and is the Head Teacher at our A. W. Cox location. Mirjana also serves as a para-educator for the Guilford Public Schools.
Title Head Teacher - Early Education Center
Title Head Teacher - Early Education Center
Title Head Teacher - Early Education Center
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Elizabeth Ukena Catino
Company Affiliation First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT
Term Mar 2016 to Apr 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Bernadette Bober
Jessica Catlin
Laura Clapp Davidson
John DellaVentura
Lisa Jones
Sarah Leite
Mark Matlosz
Joanna Lisker Meyer
Maggie Moffett
William Ridolfi
Nikki Tsoukanelis
Debora Welch
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Unspecified 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Mark Matlosz
Term Mar 2016 to Apr 2018
Standing Committees
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Personnel
Finance
Building
CEO Comments
   We are all new board members (as of March, 2012) and we see our challenges as opportunities.  We must hire a new Executive Director of the day care center as the current director is retiring.  We must revise the Bylaws and personnel policies and it has been many years since this has been done.  We want to add more well-qualified and experience people to the board.
   We have the opportunity to start fresh, and a chance to get everything organized and revised for the future.  We have the opportunity to include parents and the Executive Directors and to work together as a team for the betterment of the organization.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2011
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2012
Projected Revenue $736,732.00
Projected Expenses $734,260.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit Documents
2011 Audit2011
Audit2009
IRS Letter of Exemption
501C3 letter
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 Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$27,177$40,879$61,850
Government Contributions$408,987$372,677$455,406
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$408,987$372,677$455,406
Individual Contributions----$12,800
------
$1,216,405$876,199$850,116
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$605$12,029
Membership Dues------
Special Events----$9,502
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$26,643$3,229$9,335
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$1,255,049$954,550$950,427
Administration Expense$314,399$285,206$121,518
Fundraising Expense$2,720--$11,632
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.041.30
Program Expense/Total Expenses80%77%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%2%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$3,296,536$3,159,373$3,257,978
Current Assets$269,807$150,662$1,574,278
Long-Term Liabilities$2,268,849$2,310,279$2,226,727
Current Liabilities$183,158$112,299$348,310
Total Net Assets$844,529$736,795$682,941
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGuilford Community Fund $13,800 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.471.344.52
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets69%73%68%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments We are expecting to end this fiscal year in a "break even" position.  If there are funds left at the end of this fiscal year, they will be carried forward to next year's budget, the 2017-18 fiscal year.
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 47 Stone House Lane
Guilford, CT 06437
Primary Phone 203 453 8050
CEO/Executive Director Lisa Jones
Board Chair Elizabeth Ukena Catino
Board Chair Company Affiliation First Congregational Church of Guilford, CT

 

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