West Haven Child Development Center
201 Noble Street
West Haven CT 06516
Contact Information
Address 201 Noble Street
West Haven, CT 06516-
Telephone (203) 932-2939 x
Fax 203-932-4465
E-mail westh@snet.net
Web and Social Media
Children grow develop and learn through hands on activities
Mission

The West Haven Child Development Center believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of the young child. Our program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment. These needs are met by the use of qualified staff specially trained in early care and education in an accredited program.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1978
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 Dr. Patrice Farquharson
Board Chair Mr John F. Onofrio
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kircaldie Randall and McNab LLC
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $1,931,953.00
Projected Expenses $1,931,953.00
Statements
Mission

The West Haven Child Development Center believes that the family unit is the strongest influence in the life of the young child. Our program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment. These needs are met by the use of qualified staff specially trained in early care and education in an accredited program.

Background
In the fall of 1977 the Office of Grants-In-Aid submitted an application to the State Department of Human Resources for funding to establish the first public child development center in the city. The application requested funding for one hundred (100) pre-school children, but due to lack of space and funding, the program was funded to service thirty (30) children, which were housed temporarily at the Forest Elementary School for a period of one (1) year. Meanwhile the city of West Haven applied for and received a federal grant of 1,000,000 dollars for the renovation of the Noble Community Center into a multi-purpose center. The center has grown through the years and now serves 173 children. In the fall of 1998 a grant was submitted to the State Department of Social Services for 8 infant-toddler slots. The grant was approved and the slots were added, and a resource room was renovated to host the infants.
 
In the spring of 1999 a needs analysis was conducted to identify which population would be better serviced through the use of DSS funds. The results showed a dire need for infant-toddler care a sliding fee basis. The  board then converted preschools slots to infant -toddler slots. The changed created a total of 24 infant toddler slots. Also in 1999 the City was designated as a priority needs district. The center then became eligible for school readiness funds. The preschool slots were then added back under this funding. Today the center is still the only provider of infant-toddler care in the City offering a sliding scale. The total number of children has grown to 32 infant/toddler and 145 preschoolers. The executive director holds a doctorate in child studies, the educational coordinator holds a blended early childhood certification, the education consultant holds a master in early childhood education, the social worker holds a masters in social work and a full-time nurse was added to the team. All of these professionals allow us to work with students in the various fields from our local universities. Enriching the services we can offer to families and children. The center has been Nationally accredited since 1991 and recently received 10 out of 10 as a score in all categories. The center strives to provide services at an exemplary level and has most recently been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama for our efforts. One of only twelve early care and education programs in the nation to receive this recognition. In 2015, we were recognized again by First Lady Michelle Obama and this time we were one of only 9 programs nationally and the only one in the northeast. In the fall of 2015, the center partnered with United Way to offer the first Early Head Start program in West Haven. This was done to meet the needs of  the community for high quality, low cost infant/toodler care and education.
Impact

Our program promotes a higher level of learning for children, parents, teachers and the community utilizing a comprehensive model of emerging practices across social, emotional, cognitive, and health domains. In 2016 we were the only program in CT to be recognized as a "Promising Practice," in medical home implementation. A very unique distinction considering we are not a medical practice or clinic but the award recognized our efforts to meet the needs of children and families through the use of a variety of support services. There are only two programs in the country to be so recognized by the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition in 2016 we were the only team chosen to represent CT for a medical home and early childhood partnership grant to address the effects of toxic stress on children, families and those that work with them. Previously, in 2015 we received national recognition from First Lady Michelle Obama and the Center for Disease Control for our work to address childhood obesity. We were only 1 of 9 programs selected in the nation and the only one in the Northeast. We were also recognized by the CT Office of Early Childhood for meeting the new teacher qualifications for early care and education. As a result of meeting these qualifications teachers starting salaries were raised to $40,000. An additional $95,000 was secured in grant funding to upgrade preschool classrooms and we recently partnered with the United Way of New Haven to add an Early Head Start program to serve more infants and toddlers. A grant was secured toward start up funds to develop online early childhood courses. The first offering had 1 student, the second  had 5 students and the third one, that is currently running, has 19 students enrolled! There is definitely a need for this type of coursework for the early childhood community.In February of 2015 we were awarded a 20,000 grant from the International Association of New Haven (IANH) to partner with the Public Library and the West Haven Community House to offer programming to our diverse community.We hope to further strengthen existing community partnerships and collaborations while developing new ones.

Needs
  1. The program's most pressing needs continue to be professional development of teachers. The State of CT and National Association of the Education of Young Children is requiring 100 percent of teachers to be specifically trained with a Bachelors degree in Child Studies or ECE and not just a related field with early childhood credits by 2020. We reached the 50% requirement for 2015 but we have further to go to reach the 100%. by 2020. Additionally teachers who have been with us over a long term period are retiring. There is quite a demand for qualified new teaching staff members and we need to keep our salaries and professional development competitive to attract these new teachers.
  2. Upgrades to the physical space and upgrades to our technology infrastructure.
  3. Support from local foundations to build our financial base and garner more national funding sources are needed now more than ever since CT is closing the Care for Kids Child care subsidy program for new families as of August 1, 2016. Many of our families relied on this program to help subsidize their weekly fees. It will greatly impact our funding.
CEO Statement

Our program is unique in that we take a holistic approach to early care and education. Staff members include an executive director with a doctorate in child studies and an administrative and supervisory certification issued through the State Dept of Ed. A full time social worker with an MSW, a full time educational coordinator with a blended early childhood certification, an educational consultant with a master degree  in early childhood education and a full time pediatric nurse. The services provided include behavioral consultation for children; parent workshops on various subjects; exemplary early childhood curriculum; play therapy group with Clifford Beers Clinic; nutrition consultation for families and a new partnership with Shoprite to offer cooking classes onsite to parents and children. Partnerships with several local universities have been formed to enhance the services the center offers. 

The Center has received National Recognition for quality programming through the National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation process, receiving scores of three tens out of ten and scores of 10+ out of 10 on the remaining 7 strands for meeting emerging criteria over and above the standard criteria assessed. First Lady Michelle Obama rewarded our efforts to prevent obesity in young children at the “Weight of the Nation,” conference in Washington, DC, one of only 12 programs in the nation to receive this recognition. The Center recently came in 4th in a national challenge campaign through the Child Hood Obesity Challenge sponsored by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The work that has been taken place at the center has also been internationally recognized, at the “Third Internationally Congress on Early Childhood Education,” in Adana, Turkey. The Early Childhood Round Table at Oxford Univerisity, Oxford, England and at the Royal College of Nursing at the University of Edinburg, Scotland.

 

Board Chair Statement

I have had a long standing relationship with the West Haven Child Development, beginning when my son attended preschool here. I was so impressed for the program that I have remained as a board member for several years. I am accountant by profession and it is clear that this is a well run, fiscally stable program. The management team is creative, hard working and strategic thinkers. I am pleased to be associated with such an organization that provides wonderful programming to the children and families in my City.

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Youth Development /
Areas Served
West Haven
Branford
East Haven
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
The majority of our families (90%) come from West Haven. A small percent of families come from other towns in the greater New Haven area as identified above.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The West Haven Child Development Center is still the only program in West Haven to offer care for infant/toddlers on a sliding scale.  Our Center serves 173 children and has a waiting list of over 100 children for the infant/toddler and pre-school programs.  More than 50% of families earn below the state median income and are single-parent households. We are a NAEYC accredited Program providing high quality early care and education. We recently partnered with United Way of New Haven to offer an early headstart program to try and accommodate the families on our waiting list for infant/toddler care.
Programs
Description

    Our program is designed to support the family by providing the child with a warm, secure, and educationally stimulating environment while the parents are at work. It provides a positive setting for children to learn to play, create, and explore with other children their own age. The Infant and Toddler Program has a separate curriculum which includes physical, emotional/social, cognitive and creative development. In this program, we use a Primary Caregiver System to help foster the growth of a special bond between the child and his/her caregiver.

     As the Center’s name states, this is a place that not only provides parents with needed child care but also works with the parents in helping to promote each child’s growth and development.  The aim is to develop each child as an individual, while at the same time instilling in them the basic rules and values.

   The West Haven Child Development Center will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Families /
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.
 
90% of head teachers will continue to make educational progress
90% of assistant teachers will continue to make educational progress
90% of preschool children will meet CT Preschool Benchmarks
85% of Infants and toddlers will meet developmental milestones on Denver Developmental Profile
95% of children referred for service will receive services 
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.
 
80% of children will successfully complete kindergarten 
75% of children will graduate from high school 
100% of head teachers will have a bachelors degree by 2020
100% of assistant teachers will have an associates degree by 2020 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Program success is monitored using the National Association for Education Annual Report, NAEYC Staff Surveys, NAEYC Family Surveys, Connecticut School Readiness Preschool Program Evaluation System, Board Surveys, Staff Evaluations. In addition child progress in monitored using the Denver Developmental Profiles, The Connecticut Preschool Assessment Framework, Ages and Stages Questionnaires, and Creative Curriculum  
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Recognized nationally by First Lady Michelle Obama for our Let's Move" and our initiatives to address childhood obesity. One of only 12 programs in the Nation to receive this honor.
Three of our head teachers will be among the first in the State of CT to receive the new ECTC Early Childhood Teacher Credential at the Bachelor level in the Spring of 2013, this will be a requirement for all head teachers by 2020.
The Center was chosen to work with the Rudd Center at Yale, receiving a child care nutrition grant to study the impact of changing the requirements for the National Adult and Child Nutrition Program meal requirements.
Served over 1500 children and families in our 35 year history, in the community, in a program that has been nationally accredited since 1991. This has a huge impact on the families in our community being able to work.
Program Comments
CEO Comments

The West Haven Child Development Center is still the only program in West Haven to offer care for infant/toddlers on a sliding scale.  Our Center serves 173 children and has a waiting list of over 100.   More than 50% of families earn below the state median income and are single-parent households.

 The challenge that we face constantly is an ever changing economy and funding base. The importance of  Early Care and Childhood  Education is talked  about and researched has shown it is indeed a factor in the school readiness, but money is usually given to expand services to new children and not to raise quality for children already in care. Mandates are put in place without funding to back them. The teaching staff is required to receive a bachelor degree (which we highly support), but no funding is in place to raise the salaries.

An opportunity we have is to pursue and write more grants at the federal level. The center is positioned near several universities including Quinnipiac, University of New Haven, Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Post University. Yale University including the Yale Nursing School presents an excellent opportunity to foster collaborations on grants. The center serves as a placement site for 4 nursing students enrolled in a community health course each summer. 

Staff members include an executive director with a doctorate in child studies and administrative and supervisory certification  through the State Dept of Ed. A full time social worker with an MSW, a full time educational coordinator with a blended certification in early childhood, an educational consultant with a MS degree  in early childhood education and a full time nurse. The services provided include behavioral consultation; parent workshops; exemplary early childhood curriculum; play therapy group with Clifford Beers Clinic; nutrition consultation for families and a new partnership with Shoprite Grocery stores to offer onsite cooking classes for parents and children. Partnerships with local universities have been formed. 

CEO/Executive Director
Dr. Patrice Farquharson
Term Start Aug 1982
Email drpatrice@aol.com
Experience
Dr. Patrice Farquharson is well known for her expertise in early care and education. She has been the Executive Director of the West Haven Child Development Center for 38 years.  During her tenure she has secured several million dollars in grant revenues to support the excellent multiservice program.   Dr. Farquharson is also an Associate Professor at Post University in Waterbury, CT. where she developed the very first degree program online in early childhood education.  She has received many awards and accolades for her efforts to improve the lives of children and families. She has collaborated on many clinical and research projects with her colleagues in nursing. Her areas of research focus on issues in early child development including literacy, international adoption, and effects of violence. Patrice has presented at many interdisciplinary conferences on these topics. She was one of the first administrators to formally recognize the importance of providing quality nursing on site in her center and has had a PNP consultant for over twenty years and through grant funding was able to add full time nurse to the administrative team. 
Patrice had the opportunity to present her research with the center's education consultant Gayle van Dijk at the International Early Childhood Congress held in Adana, Turkey. This was particularly an enriching experience as West Haven and subsequently the Child Development has a large Turkish population. The parents were extremely pleased that they had visited their country and became familiar with their culture.
Patrice has since presented in Finland, Spain , Oxford University, England and most recently at the Royal College of Nursing,University of Edinburgh, Scotland. These presentations were funded in part by Post University. Patrice, and 5 teachers presented the their work, addressing childhood obesity at the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) national conference in November 2015. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 26
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 96%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 30
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Infant and Toddler Team Leader
Experience/Biography Lisa Baglini is the Infant/Toddler Team Leader at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in Psychology and she just received her Early Childhood Special Education (Birth to 5 Years) Certification from Charter Oak State College. Lisa has been at the Center for ten years- first she worked part-time in the infant/toddler program, then full time in the infant/toddler and pre-school programs. She has also completed fieldwork in a Kindergarten classroom.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys cheerleading and zumba. During the summer, she co-teaches a cheerleading camp for children ages 5-12. Last year at the Center, Lisa helped pilot a Zumba program for staff and parents.
Title Social Worker
Experience/Biography Patrick has been the Social Worker at the Center for 13 years. He currently holds a Master's degree in Social Work. He started as a Social Work intern for his bachelor's program at Southern CT State University and was then hired as the Social Worker.  Patrick also teaches as an adjunct at Post University. He truly enjoys working with young children and their families and has enjoyed his time at the Center immensely.
Title Nurse
Experience/Biography
Penny Beauchemin has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from College of Mount St Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She is a Nationally Certified School Nurse and has 43 years of nursing experience.  She has worked as a home care nurse, primarily with infants, children, and new mothers, for well over 20 years.  She has also worked in the Stratford and Westport school systems with children from preschool through high school and in New York State with adolescents with mental health issues.  For three years she also worked as an assistant teacher and on the Board of Directors for the Lordship Cooperative Preschool in Stratford, CT.
Title Executive Assistant
Experience/Biography Kristina Santos is the Executive Assistant at the West Haven Child Development Center. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration on Early Childhood Education from Post University. She also received her Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate from Post University. She has been at the Center since 2007. She was also an Assistant Teacher for four years before joining our staff.
Title Infant/Toddler Coordinator
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
Collaborations
The West Haven Child Development has collaboration agreements with the West Haven Board of Education, West Haven Library, Foster Grandparent Program, Clifford Beers Guidance Clinic, Yale School of Nursing, University of New Haven Program, Sacred Heart Academy and Southern CT State University. and South CentralAgency on Aging, United Way
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
United Way of Greater New Haven2013
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Recognition for efforts to Reduce ObesityLet's Move2012
Recognition for efforts to Reduce ObesityLet's Move2015
The 2017 State-Funded Education Qualifications BenchmarkState of CT Office of Early Childhood2015
Comments
CEO Comments

The Center has received National Recognition for quality programming through the National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation process, receiving scores of three tens out of ten and scores of 10+ out of 10 on the remaining 7 strands for meeting emerging criteria over and above the standard criteria assessed. First Lady Michelle Obama rewarded our efforts to prevent obesity in young children at the “Weight of the Nation,” conference in Washington, DC, one of only 12 programs in the nation to receive this recognition. The Center recently came in 4th in a national challenge campaign through the Child Hood Obesity Challenge sponsored by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The work that has been taken place at the center has also been internationally recognized, most recently at the “Third Internationally Congress on Early Childhood Education,” in Adana, Turkey and the "4th International Congress on Teaching, Learning and Leadership in Education," held in Barcelona, Spain.

 The Center was most recently awarded a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics to strenghten a partnership between early childhood programs and pediatric medical homes. Additionally the Graustein Foundation awarded the center a grant to address "Equity in Education."

Board Chair
Mr John F. Onofrio
Company Affiliation Kircaldie Randall and McNab LLC
Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2018
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Ms. Nancy Barr Bookkeeper
Mr. Mark Bergamo City of West Haven
Mr. William Blake Jr.
Mrs. Mindy Chambrelli Parent
Ms. Pamela Lorenzo Visiting Nurse Association
Mr. Robert Rosenburg Insurance
Ms. Alison Tyliszczak Nuturing Families Network
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 4
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 4
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Mr. Mark Bergamo
Company Affiliation Marcus Law Firm
Term Oct 2016 to Oct 2018
Email mbergamo@marcuslawfirm.com
CEO Comments
It is difficult to attract board members from our local community. West Haven has many generous people. With that said there are numerous boards and organizations looking for people to serve on boards and assist in events. It is usually the same people who respond.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2016
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2017
Projected Revenue $1,931,953.00
Projected Expenses $1,931,953.00
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902015
Form 9902014
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
IRS Letter of Exemption
501 c3 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$35,110$27,725$33,000
Government Contributions$1,228,726$1,354,965$1,170,701
Federal$72,159$114,675--
State$1,151,567$647,800--
Local------
Unspecified$5,000$592,490$1,170,701
Individual Contributions$834$2,693$1,104
------
$425,214$419,271$474,777
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,300$240$1,495
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$7,329--
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$8,750--$6,724
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,424,577$1,453,609$1,489,599
Administration Expense$243,731$204,471$153,386
Fundraising Expense$4,574$4,526$5,856
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.091.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses85%87%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$673,481$622,333$480,517
Current Assets$519,021$450,155$454,382
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$63,865$39,769$47,570
Total Net Assets$609,616$582,564$432,947
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountOffice of Early Childhood, State of CT $647,804CT Child Day Care Grant $647,800United Way of Greater New Haven $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSchool Readiness $503,763School Readiness $478,478 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUS Dept. of Education $72,159Head Start $114,675 --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.1311.329.55
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Comments
CEO Comments
The challenges are always meeting the demand for high quality affordable early care and education and balancing that with being able to pay"worthy wages," to the staff and teaching staff to remain competitive. We strive to provide excellent comprehensive programming and each year grants need to be secured to meet this goal. The executive director writes the grants and it continues to take up much of her time. Professional development is something that the center has invested in for several years. It shows in the qualifications of the staff and the highly satisfied parents. Not many funders like to invest in professional development. Although it was highlighted as very important at a recent Community Foundation sponsored event. Also the center has been fiscally responsible and maintains a small fund for emergencies. While this is seen as a plus for our financials it also serves as a detriment to funding sources when they want to know why we need the funds.
We collaborate with many and have written grants with other agencies within our community, we take advantage of the many resources that are available through the community. We still need to find a source of income that will support our current programs. We recently developed online training that has been approved for college credit. We train our own staff so that they may meet the State mandatory qualification and have partnered with our local Adult Ed to advertise the courses. Each time we take a step forward the State and National economy greatly effects are resources. Most recently the care for kids child care subsidy program is closing its application process for new families as of August 1, 2016. We rely on this income from families to provide services.We need to secure funding to development two more courses and fund the fee for the college credit review. We need to maintain our accreditation, meet the needs of families and children and recruit and retain qualified staff members. 
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 201 Noble Street
West Haven, CT 06516
Primary Phone 203 932-2939
Contact Email westh@snet.net
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Patrice Farquharson
Board Chair Mr John F. Onofrio
Board Chair Company Affiliation Kircaldie Randall and McNab LLC

 

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