Guilford Center for Children
47 Stone House Lane
Guilford CT 06437
Contact Information
Address 47 Stone House Lane
Guilford, CT 06437-
Telephone (203) 453-8050 x
Fax 203-453-8050
E-mail l.jones@guilfordcenterforchildren.com
Mission

The Guilford Center for Children provides year-round education for children of working parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

We involve children in independent and collaborative tasks that help them reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential while working cooperatively with others. We nurture the curiosity and thirst for knowledge inherent in all young children. Our curriculum is designed to allow our students to gain confidence in their personal strength, an awareness of their individual gifts, and the desire to share their joy with others, both in and outside the classroom.

We believe every child needs and deserves a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

We believe this desired environment begins with a positive, nurturing relationship between child and teacher.

We believe that quality child care and early childhood development includes communicating and working with the family through education, support and parent involvement.

Our curriculum is based on the whole child: his/her social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative development.

We see each child as a unique individual and plan our programs according to the child’s strengths, needs, interests and developmental skills.

We believe in fostering cultural awareness and pride through anti-bias curriculum and activities.

We strive to keep our services available and affordable to all families.

Our mission is to continue to create an enhanced, quality early and primary education program that emphasizes the arts and cultural experiences. We aim to encourage curiosity, promote kindness and respect, and foster interaction with and in support of our community.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Guilford Day Care
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 Laura Clapp Davidson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Center for Children
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission

The Guilford Center for Children provides year-round education for children of working parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

We involve children in independent and collaborative tasks that help them reach their intellectual, creative, moral, and physical potential while working cooperatively with others. We nurture the curiosity and thirst for knowledge inherent in all young children. Our curriculum is designed to allow our students to gain confidence in their personal strength, an awareness of their individual gifts, and the desire to share their joy with others, both in and outside the classroom.

We believe every child needs and deserves a safe, secure, and stimulating environment.

We believe this desired environment begins with a positive, nurturing relationship between child and teacher.

We believe that quality child care and early childhood development includes communicating and working with the family through education, support and parent involvement.

Our curriculum is based on the whole child: his/her social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative development.

We see each child as a unique individual and plan our programs according to the child’s strengths, needs, interests and developmental skills.

We believe in fostering cultural awareness and pride through anti-bias curriculum and activities.

We strive to keep our services available and affordable to all families.

Our mission is to continue to create an enhanced, quality early and primary education program that emphasizes the arts and cultural experiences. We aim to encourage curiosity, promote kindness and respect, and foster interaction with and in support of our community.

Background

Guilford Center for Children is a NAEYC accredited early education program and before and after elementary school care initiative that serves children of working families by providing full-time and year-round out of home care, curriculum, and enrichment. GCC, as it I called, is a non-profit organization, so 100% of revenue goes to our critical mission. Moreover, it is the only education program in Guilford that offers significant financial assistance thanks to special state grants for families in need, including newly settled refugees (through an important relationship with IRIS in New Haven and Guilford Interfaith Ministries).

GCC is a vibrant and valuable part of the shoreline community, easily seen in the families served, the local businesses supported through strategic partnerships, and the close relationship with other Guilford organizations like the Guilford Community Fund, Guilford Civic Women and the food bank, to name a few.

The state of the art early education center, located across from the Whitfield Museum on Stonehouse Lane, is a welcoming and dynamic space where the doors are open from 7:15 to 5:30 each day. All meals are prepared in-house using local and organic ingredients whenever possible.

The before and after school care side of the program operates out of three of Guilford’s elementary schools and offers a safe and relaxed environment where school-aged children can enjoy a variety of activities. Since 1978, it has been the goal of the Guilford Before & After School Care Program to provide quality and affordable care to elementary school children.
Impact
Guilford Center for Children (GCC) is dedicated to meeting the needs of working families on the Connecticut shoreline by providing a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment for children who need out-of-home care. GCC offers a full-day, year-round early education for preschoolers and a Before and After School Care program in three Guilford elementary schools. The early education program operates on a sliding fee scale; both programs offer scholarships to maximize the number of families they serve. GCC's curriculum and enrichment activities foster the development of self-awareness, self-expression, independence, and appropriate conflict resolution. GCC is proud to partner with other local nonprofits and organizations to foster community and support children and families in Guilford and surrounding towns.
Needs .
CEO Statement Lisa and Jess Statements 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Tertiary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Areas Served
Shoreline
Guilford
Branford
Madison
East Haven
New Haven
Priority is given to families who live or work in Guilford, but enrollment is open to the entire shoreline and surrounding area. 
Programs
Description
We are a full-time and year-round 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.  In 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
Guilford Before & After School Care is a program of the Guilford Center for Children.  This initiative 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 when school is closed, and for 8 weeks during the summer.  The program is also open 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. 
Children may register for a set schedule for the school year, or as "drop-in" children.
Over three 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.
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.
Over 300 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.
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 HillierMar 2014 - Sept 2016
Pamela OrtonMar 1982 - Feb 2014
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
Laura Clapp Davidson
Company Affiliation Guilford Center for Children
Term Mar 2019 to Mar 2021
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Kira Baum
Bernadette Bober
Jessica Catlin
James Crawford
Michael Duggan
Matthew Healy
Lisa Jones
Sarah Leite
Stephanie Mancini
Joanna Lisker Meyer
Dawn Parker
Andy Stephens
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 4
Female 9
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Matthew Healy
Term Mar 2019 to Mar 2021
Email matthewjh3@gmail.com
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Building
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Boards: Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Elizabeth Ukena CatinoCommunity Volunteer
John DellaventuraCommunity Volunteer
Margaret Moffett FerrellCommunity Volunteer
William RidolfiRetired
CEO Comments
***Need this info from Lisa
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Sept 01 2019
Fiscal Year End Aug 31 2020
Projected Revenue $1,420,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,400,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Audit Documents
Audit report2016
Audit report2015
Audit report2014
2011 Audit2011
Audit2009
IRS Letter of Exemption
501C3 letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,883,755$3,115,155$3,197,405
Current Assets$288,942$432,867$498,282
Long-Term Liabilities$1,923,936$2,002,193$2,066,099
Current Liabilities$73,843$130,955$78,056
Total Net Assets$885,976$982,007$1,053,220
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGuilford Community Foundation $15,550 --Guilford Community Foundation $15,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments We have budgeted for an excess of revenue over expenditures of $20,000.  This is a prudent addition to add to cash reserves.  We applied for grants to fund scholarships for families that need assistance with tuition.
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. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. 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 Laura Clapp Davidson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Guilford Center for Children

 

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