Ansonia School Readiness Council
115 Howard Avenue
Ansonia CT 06401
Contact Information
Address 115 Howard Avenue
Ansonia, CT 06401-
Telephone (203) 893-0065 x
E-mail ansoniadiscovery@yahoo.com
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of the Ansonia School Readiness Council (ASRC) is to ensure that all children in Ansonia are ready for kindergarten by the time they enter school.
 
The ASRC coordinates the 124 slot Ansonia School Readiness program for 3 and 4 year olds at four locations: Ansonia Middle School, Julia Day Nursery, Inc. TEAM Early Care and Education and YMCA Child Care.
 
This State initiative allocates funding, along with funding from the Graustein Memorial Fund, to the school district of Ansonia to increase communication and partnership among families with children ages birth to five, early care providers, elementary schools, and the community to ensure school readiness by: 
 
* Expanding the School Readiness Council's capacity to provide leadership on early childhood issues in Ansonia
 
* Creating a network for child care providers in Ansonia in order to improve the quality of care
 
* Offering and promoting a range of programs for parents of young children
 
* Enhancing the linkages between early childhood teachers and kindergarten teachers in Ansonia
 
* Creating a greater awareness and buy-in among the community about the importance of school readiness

The ASRC participates with the Valley-wide Early Childhood Task Force (ECTF) of the Valley Council of Health and Human Services, a cooperative venture linking more than 50 non-profit health and human service providers throughout the Valley. The ECTF enables the Valley School Readiness Councils to build strong connections that focus on the transition to kindergarten for all Valley families.

The Ansonia Discovery collaborative, has created a community plan to guide our efforts.  We now have three workgroups that are working on Literacy, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Safety issues.  These three areas of work will assist us in leading Ansonia to a place where all children in Ansonia, birth to age eight, are safe, healthy, and have the skills and behaviors to become lifelong learners.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1969
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Diana Brancato
Board Chair Mrs. Michele Holovach
Board Chair Company Affiliation TEAM, Inc.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Ansonia School Readiness Council (ASRC) is to ensure that all children in Ansonia are ready for kindergarten by the time they enter school.
 
The ASRC coordinates the 124 slot Ansonia School Readiness program for 3 and 4 year olds at four locations: Ansonia Middle School, Julia Day Nursery, Inc. TEAM Early Care and Education and YMCA Child Care.
 
This State initiative allocates funding, along with funding from the Graustein Memorial Fund, to the school district of Ansonia to increase communication and partnership among families with children ages birth to five, early care providers, elementary schools, and the community to ensure school readiness by: 
 
* Expanding the School Readiness Council's capacity to provide leadership on early childhood issues in Ansonia
 
* Creating a network for child care providers in Ansonia in order to improve the quality of care
 
* Offering and promoting a range of programs for parents of young children
 
* Enhancing the linkages between early childhood teachers and kindergarten teachers in Ansonia
 
* Creating a greater awareness and buy-in among the community about the importance of school readiness

The ASRC participates with the Valley-wide Early Childhood Task Force (ECTF) of the Valley Council of Health and Human Services, a cooperative venture linking more than 50 non-profit health and human service providers throughout the Valley. The ECTF enables the Valley School Readiness Councils to build strong connections that focus on the transition to kindergarten for all Valley families.

The Ansonia Discovery collaborative, has created a community plan to guide our efforts.  We now have three workgroups that are working on Literacy, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Safety issues.  These three areas of work will assist us in leading Ansonia to a place where all children in Ansonia, birth to age eight, are safe, healthy, and have the skills and behaviors to become lifelong learners.

Background

The Ansonia School Readiness Council was formed in 1998 when Ansonia first received funding from the State of Connecticut for a school readiness program that served 20 children. Since that time, the school readiness program has grown to serve over 140 children at four sites in the city. As result, the council has grown as well.

Starting around the same time, Ansonia School Readiness was invited to apply for funding from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial fund to become a Discovery community. This initiative of the State Departments of Education and Social Services allocates funding, along with funding from the Graustein Memorial Fund, to the priority school district of Ansonia to increase communication and partnership among families with children ages birth to five, early care providers, elementary schools, and the community to ensure school readiness by addressing the following objectives:

-Expanding the School Readiness Council's capacity to provide leadership on early childhood issues in Ansonia

-Creating a network for child care providers in Ansonia in order to improve the quality of care

-Offering and promoting a range of programs for parents of young children

-Enhancing the linkages between early childhood teachers and kindergarten teachers in Ansonia

-Creating a greater awareness and buy-in among the community about the importance of school readiness

The ASRC and the Ansonia Discovery Coordinator are members of the Valley-wide Early Childhood Task Force (ECTF) of the Valley Council of Health and Human Services, a cooperative venture linking more than 50 non-profit health and human service providers throughout the Valley. This ECTF subcommittee enables the Valley School Readiness Councils of Ansonia, Derby, Seymour, and Shelton to build strong connections Valley-wide that focus on the transition to kindergarten for Valley families. The following documents were created for distribution throughout Ansonia.

The Ansonia Discovery collaborative, a subcommittee of the Ansonia School Readiness Council, has created a community plan to guide our efforts.  There are currently three separate workgroups that are working on Literacy, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Safety issues.  These three areas of work will assist us in leading Ansonia to a place where all children in Ansonia, birth to age eight, are safe, healthy, and have the skills and behaviors to become lifelong learners.

Impact
Recently, the Ansonia School Readiness Council engaged in a community planning process. Our purpose is to make a positive impact on issues that we have found to be obstacles and needs for families. 
 
Education- We looked at what may be preventing children from reading successfully. Three major areas include, children who are dual language learners, are financially disadvantaged, and poor parental expectations. 
Strategies described in our plan include:
* Increasing preschool opportunities for young children.
* Provide professional development for teachers, preschool staff, home care providers and parents.
* Offer more opportunities for multilingual learning experiences in the community.
* Create a saturation of literacy programs, and promote the involvement of businesses and all community members.
 
Health – Lack of physical activity and poor nutrition habits are having a major impact on the health of our children.
To help improve healthful outcomes for children:
* Offer more opportunities for physical activity through a child’s day – movement during school day, afterschool programming, and community and family friendly exercise opportunities.
* Nutrition information throughout the community – introduce new foods to children through the schools and child care centers, exploring healthy menu choices through school lunches, teaching children about nutrition, and promote the use of community gardens.
 
Safety – Over 100 incidences of child abuse and neglect are reported each year in Ansonia. To reduce parental stress levels and promote parent/child relationships, our committee developed strategies to:
* Offer family advocate services at all child care centers.
* Create and support home visiting programs for at risk families.
* Establish a mentoring program for families who need parenting support.
* Engage more families in playgroups, events and parenting classes.
 
We are committed to carrying out these strategies over the course of the next several years.

 

Needs
The Ansonia School Readiness Council is committed to ensuring all Ansonia children have a successful experience in school. We know that many Ansonia families with young children can't afford preschool for their child. The cost of care greatly exceeds the cost of rent, leaving many parents unable to afford an early learning experience for their child.  Even with funded programs, there is a gap of services for those on waiting lists, have children under age three, or do not meet the guidelines for these programs.

Our community council is seeking donations to establish an endowment fund that will allow us to award scholarship funds for these families. We are asking that you consider donating to this fund during the Great Give. Your support will help us create a scholarship to allow more children the opportunity to attend that high quality early learning program while giving parents the freedom to earn a living wage. And, because it is an endowment program, your donation will benefit children and parents in need year after year.

A high quality early care experience offers a great head start for a child to learn the skills they need to be successful lifelong learners. Your support and generosity will make a difference in the lives of young children for generations to come.

CEO Statement

The Ansonia School Readiness Council oversees the Ansonia School Readiness Program. This program provides 145 children residing in Ansonia with a quality, accredited preschool experience before entrance into kindergarten.  There are 108 full day/full year and 37 part day/part year slots that give Ansonia’s three to five year olds the opportunities and experiences that support their physical, social, emotional, language, literacy, and cognitive development. In addition to providing hands-on learning in the preschool class, children and their families receive many additional services such as workshops on a variety of topics including proper nutrition, the importance of medical and dental care for children and family involvement in preparing children as they transition from preschool to kindergarten.

Together with a Coordinator, the Ansonia School Readiness Council is comprised of school system personnel and representatives from the city and area agencies. Some of the collaborating organizations include: Ansonia Board of Education, Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center, Ansonia Public Schools, Children’s Medical Associates, City of Ansonia, Valley Family Resource Center, Julia Day Nursery, Inc., Parent Child Resource Center, TEAM Early Education, Valley Regional Adult Education, Visiting Nurse Association of South Central CT, Inc., Valley YMCA and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.

The Ansonia School Readiness Council has the responsibility of making recommendations on issues relating to school readiness including application for the school readiness grant. It also oversees the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Discovery Initiative and the Ansonia Community Plan. The Council addresses the diverse needs of the children and families in Ansonia and is committed to the success of every child. The Council and the community play a critical role in helping Ansonia’s children enter school ready to learn, to develop and to experience success throughout their lives. 

Michele Holovach & Reina Marasco – Co-Chairs Ansonia School Readiness Council

Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Preschools
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Child Day Care
Areas Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Ansonia
We primarily serve the community of Ansonia, Connecticut.  Our collaborative work crosses over to the neighboring communities of Derby, Seymour, and Shelton.
Programs
Description State-funded preschool readiness program serving 140 students. Professional development for teachers to improve quality and quantity of preschool opportunities in Ansonia.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / 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
CEO/Executive Director
Diana Brancato
Term Start Jan 1999
Email dbrancato@ansonia.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 0%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments
The Ansonia School Readiness Council is a council of volunteers that oversees the work done by the School Readiness sites and our subcommittees working on community awareness and activism.  The CEO listed above is our School Readiness Coordinator, not an official CEO.  Board members listed are members of the Council and are involved in the decision making process. Our Co-chairs are listed as our Board co-chairs for the purpose of this fundraising effort.  The Valley United Way serves as fiduciary for us as we have been awarded several grants that fund our efforts.
The funds raised during the Great Give will be used solely for the purpose of establishing an endowment fund through the Valley Community Foundation.  The endowment will award "scholarships" to young children who would like to attend preschool but do not have the financial means to pay full or partial tuition.
Board Chair
Mrs. Michele Holovach
Company Affiliation TEAM, Inc.
Term Sept 1998 to June 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Catherine Bradshaw Graustein Memorial Fund Liasion
Diana Brancato Ansonia School Readiness Coordinator
Barbara Eckner Valley YMCA Child Care Center, Director
Eileen Eehman Ansonia Public Schools
Linda Flach Parent Child Resource Center
Karen Hicks Ansonia School Readiness Discovery
Sharon Kelley Julia Day Nursery & Kdg., Director
Pamela Lorenzo Visiting Nurses Association of S. Central CT
Donna Lungren Ansonia Nature Center
Mrs. Reina Marasco
Carol Merlone Ansonia Superintendent of Schools
David Morgan TEAM Early Care and Education
Tracy Platt Ansonia Public School PreK, Director
Paul Vivian Consultant
Suzanne Whittaker Ansonia Public Schools, Teacher
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 14
Governance
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Mrs. Reina Marasco
Company Affiliation Valley Regional Adult Education
Term Sept 1998 to June 2014
Email rmarasco@vrae.org
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $75,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS letter for fiduciary
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$78,707$41,982$30,232
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.981.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets------
Current Assets------
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets------
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 Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Comments
CEO Comments
Grants awarded to the Ansonia School Readiness Council
School Readiness State funds $1,121,261.00
State of CT School Readiness Quality Enhancement $6,447.00
Discovery/ WCGMF $26,211
Children's Fund of CT $8,000
State Dept. of Education $15,789
Katharine Matthies Foundation $25,000
Valley Community Foundation $2,000
Target $2,000
Foundation Staff Comments
***The Ansonia School Readiness Council operates under the 501c3 of The Valley United Way. To see the last three years of 990s and audits, which includes the Ansonia School Readiness Council, please see the giveGreater.org® profile for The Valley United Way.
 
The previous three years of financial information in the profile is specific to The Ansonia School Readiness Council.***
 

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 115 Howard Avenue
Ansonia, CT 06401
Primary Phone 203 893-0065
CEO/Executive Director Diana Brancato
Board Chair Mrs. Michele Holovach
Board Chair Company Affiliation TEAM, Inc.

 

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