Alexis Hill Montessori School
330 Grand Ave
New Haven CT 06513-3728
Contact Information
Address 330 Grand Ave
New Haven, CT 06513-3728
Telephone (203) 887-1942 x
Fax 203-752-1022
E-mail alexishillms@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
Alexis Hill Montessori School is a Montessori-based childcare facility for children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age, primarily from low-income families. Alexis Hill's mission is to provide a rich, loving, and safe environment that fosters total development and eagerness for life-long learning in each child by utilizing the philosophy and methodology of Maria Montessori.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2006
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Charity Type I Supporting Organization
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Kaye Harvey
Board Chair Kaye Harvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation 3 Hill Associates
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission Alexis Hill Montessori School is a Montessori-based childcare facility for children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age, primarily from low-income families. Alexis Hill's mission is to provide a rich, loving, and safe environment that fosters total development and eagerness for life-long learning in each child by utilizing the philosophy and methodology of Maria Montessori.
Background
In 2005 Alexis Hill Montessori School, Inc. (AHMS) was
founded and incorporated as a non-profit 501( c )3 organization and a
school509(a) (1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the IRS in the State of Connecticut in September, 2006.
The school opened its doors in September 2009 and has served 75 families at the 330 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT. location.  AHMS serves children ages 6wks – 3 yrs. old through activities developed by Maria Montessori and facilitated by Montessori trained and certified teachers. Maria Montessori describes activities that take place in the prepared environment as “purposeful work". The children acquire an inner discipline by working within a prepared environment. AHMS supports children as they strive to attain their full educational and social potential while encouraging creativity. In addition, Alexis Hill Montessori School supports parents with continual feedback and workshops that focus on the children’s developmental stages for their age group. 
The school offers support groups facilitated by professional staff from local organizations for Parents/Legal Guardians. The school targets  single parent households, the working poor and grandparents raising grandchildren. Spanish speaking staff help facilitate communication between Latino children and families.
Montessori believes that all children carry within themselves the person they will become. Activities provided to the children include: familiarizing children with the purpose and correct use of age-appropriate materials, directing and guiding children in aspects of self-care such as the preparation of their own meals, and encouraging the development of cognitive and gross-motor skills. The children learn to build relationships with their peers, their teachers and their parents.
Impact
Accomplishments:
10 new families were introduced to the Montessori philosophy and pedagogy this year.
Provided 14 families with high-quality childcare at low cost to them.
Partnered with SPACe to secure the future use of two classrooms in the former Strong School. 
2 new board members were recruited.
 
Goals: 
Engage the community-at-large in assisting AHMS to increase visibility through social media in order to secure financial support.
Identify 2 Montessori-trained head teachers and an administrator.
Provide ongoing staff development opportunities in the Montessori pedagogy.
Recruit 2 new board members in the next 5-6 mos.
Recruit culturally diverse families of mixed socioeconomic status to attend Alexis Hill Montessori School.
 
Provide ongoing support for parents and caregivers so that they in turn can continue to follow through with the Montessori method at home.  
Needs
Montessori-trained and certified staff: $10,500 per teacher
Full-time administrator: $45,000 annual
Adequate and safe space for a population of 16 children: $24,000 annual
Funds that provide the difference between our actual costs of $21,875 annually per child and what we receive from families and Care4Kids.  Assuming 10 full scholarships and $9,000 per month from Care4Kids, that would equate to $110,750.
Expertise in fund development. 
 
 
CEO Statement
At this time we are in transition, working toward a move to the proposed Strong Performing Arts Center (SPACe) at the former Strong School, or an equivalent space, where we can continue to offer infant and toddler care using the Montessori method. I have fulfilled my dream of providing this specific type of education in the inner city, at a time when it was available only in higher-income areas. The legacy began with my work in 2000 at the Hill Cooperative Youth Services where I introduced  Montessori in the Hill. A pioneer in New Haven, I am proud to see the opening of the first public school Montessori program at Elm City Montessori. Along with a strong group of parents we started the movement. Let this herstory be written now for others to know how all of this truly came to be in New Haven.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Areas Served
New Haven
East Haven
Hamden
West Haven
We serve families from the entire Greater New Haven area.  However, as we are centrally located in New Haven and wish to serve families with infants and toddlers who otherwise would not have the benefit of this type of education, we tend to draw our families from the close region around New Haven.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are proud of our diversity.
Programs
Description Alexis Hill Montessori School full-day program will provide  up to 16 children from 6 weeks to 3 years of age a rich, loving, and safe environment that fosters total development and eagerness for life-long learning in each child by utilizing the philosophy and methodology of Maria Montessori.
The toddler’s daily activities include food preparation, cleaning, washing, folding and even flower arranging. Exercises that assist them in this work such as pouring and spooning are individual activities as well. Children prepare their own snack and serve themselves. They set the table for lunch, eat family style, clear their own plates and clean up their own spills.
There are items in the environment to be matched with an identical object or to match with a picture card. Distinguishing sounds in the natural environment and in our culture as well as sounds of letters and rhyming words are mentioned in everyday conversation. The numbering of items experienced in everyday activities are discussed as they are encountered in the environment.
Infants use manipulative objects made easily available to explore, to develop hand control, balance and coordination, and to develop his senses. For language development, there are stories, songs, books, pictures and miniature or real objects to identify such as food, flowers, animals, clothing.
Activities provided to the children include: familiarizing children with the purpose and correct use of age-appropriate materials, directing and guiding children in aspects of self-care such as the preparation of their own meals, and encouraging the development of cognitive and gross-motor skills. The children learn to build relationships with their peers, their teachers and their parents.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Families / Minorities
Description
A series of up to four workshop on the following topics:
Introduction to Montessori -- We provide parents with information about the philosophy and methods used in a Montessori environment.  Although the Montessori method has been in existence for over 100 years, it has only recently been offered to families of diverse socio-economic statuses in urban settings.  Once they learn about this method, families are engaged fully in their child's development not only in the school setting but at home. 
Eating Healthy -- A variety of fruits and vegetables are introduced to parents and their child. We share recipes, provide magazine subscriptions, and offer gift cards to Elm City Market to each family.  Food samplings are prepared from several cultures represented by our families, to prove how healthy can also be tasty.  Outings to the local farmers market are scheduled as part of our curriculum.
Ages and Stages of Development, part 1 -- Consultants facilitate discussions with parents regarding the concept of developmental milestones, when to expect them, and how to recognize each one as they occur in their own child's life.
Ages and Stages of Development, part 2 -- Various parenting techniques are discussed, such as: how to manage behavioral issues, how to select age-appropriate tools (books, materials, and playthings), and alternatives to saying "No."
Population Served Adults / Families / Other Economic Level
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. Parents demonstrate an understanding of the school's approach and philosophy.  Families make healthy food choices, and begin to enjoy a wider variety of foods. Parents are more observant about their child's development, and are able to discuss the needs of their child with the staff. Parents demonstrate mastery of various parenting techniques and skills.
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. Parents acquire a wealth of information, knowledge, and skills about their child's growth and development that they utilize in the home environment  This creates a congruence between school and home, which then benefits the child and strengthens the relationships within the family.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Parent surveys and evaluations are collected at the end of each workshop.  Suggestions and recommendations are incorporated into the following series of workshops.  Informal discussions between parents and staff serve as a point of departure for further support.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
As a parent of one graduate said, "Miss Kaye, you spoiled us because now we know what is expected" [from a quality child-care program].
Our parents come back to us when their first child has a sibling.
Feedback from local educators indicate that our children transition well into preschool and beyond after they graduate from Alexis Hill Montessori School.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
There are families that only need half day service. Economically, it does not benefit AHMS to offer half day service. It is already difficult to meet the needs of the full day program let alone to try and incorporate any other service that will not contribute to the organizations growth.
CEO/Executive Director
Kaye Harvey
Term Start Sept 2006
Email alexishillms@gmail.com
Experience Professional experience
Alexis Hill Montessori School, New Haven, CT.
Executive Director
Responsible for Administrative oversight of operations and programmatic activities; Plan, Design and Implement Fiscal and Personnel Policies and Procedures for organization. Recruit, hire and evaluate staff. Develop goals and objectives in relation to the school’s philosophy, placing emphasis on the needs of the client. Develop and maintain a marketing plan. Keep open communication with board of directors, parents, community and licensing agents.
Hill Cooperative Youth Services, Inc., New Haven, CT.
Executive Director
Responsible for Administrative oversight of operations and programmatic activities; Plan, Design and Implement Fiscal and Personnel Policies and Procedures for organization. Recruit, hire and evaluate staff. Write proposals and seek other funds for operation of the school. Keep open communication with board of directors, parents and community. Established the Montessori in the Hill for Toddlers- 2000-2005


Professional memberships
Active member of National Association of Female Executives,
National Coalition for Youth Employment Fellow
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
Friends Center for Children
Farnam Neighborhood House
Harrison Tucker School
New Haven Free Public Library
New Haven Family Alliance
SPACe
All Our Kin
Comments
CEO Comments
The challenge with management has not been a lack of skills or knowledge, it's been the ability to purchase the necessary administrative staff to help keep the organization viable. The Executive Director has managed the school without any administrative help while also being a facilitator and guide in the classroom. Eventually, something had to give. Moving forward, taking this time to raise money prior to opening is a sensible and prudent approach to success.
Our greatest challenge is affordability.  We are concentrating in the areas of fundraising and compliance in order to bring our special program to more families.  We feel strongly about our program, even as we struggle to make it available to the population we wish to serve.
Board Chair
Kaye Harvey
Company Affiliation 3 Hill Associates
Term July 2013 to June 2016
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Terri Clark Community Volunteer
Laura McCargar Community Volunteer
Lakeisha Singleton Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 4
Unspecified 0
CEO Comments
Without administrative assistance, being able to recruit and retain board members has been a challenge this past year. The prior years, AHMS maintained the appropriate quota to conduct business. Participating in GiveGreater provides AHMS the transparency needed to attract prospective board members.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $15,000.00
Projected Expenses $15,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
ahms irs
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$27,535$36,036$41,674
Administration Expense$30,801$51,777$52,409
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.201.000.86
Program Expense/Total Expenses47%41%44%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$13,404$2,694$725
Current Assets$11,404$694$725
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,158$1,853--
Total Net Assets$12,246$841$725
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities9.850.37--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $10,000.00
Dates May 2014 to May 2017
Amount Raised To Date 675 as of July 2014
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
We are in the process of reinventing ourselves, as we continue to struggle with the financial aspect of doing our work.  It is work that is necessary with a financial model that is very difficult to maintain.
Our board is active and is recruiting new members and searching for new donors and income-generating strategies other than tuition and Care4Kids.
We have a willing matching donor for this campaign. 
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 330 Grand Ave
New Haven, CT 065133728
Primary Phone 203 887-1942
Contact Email alexishillms@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Kaye Harvey
Board Chair Kaye Harvey
Board Chair Company Affiliation 3 Hill Associates

 

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