Public, Society Benefit

First Chance for Children

  • Columbia, MO
  • http://www.firstchanceforchildren.org

Mission Statement

First Chance for Children is dedicated to building an early education system that helps every child arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. Today, many children enter kindergarten far behind their peers. Children who arrive unready for school face a lifetime of challenges. They have lower high school graduation rates, more criminal convictions, higher teen pregnancy rates, and lower earnings. No five-year-old should face odds like these. As a result, our goal is for every child to arrive at school with the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to succeed in school--and in life.

Main Programs

  1. Baby Bags Program
  2. Safe CRIBS
  3. Lean & Learn Toy Libaries
  4. Home Visitation Program
  5. Support for Child Care Providers
Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

First Chance for Children serves Boone, Howard and Cooper County in the state of Missouri, USA

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Dr. Jack Jensen

Keywords

Self-reported

Early Childhood Success Programing

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EIN

11-3662636

 Number

0621350802

Physical Address

1010 Fay St.

Columbia, MO 65201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

Unknown (Z99)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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First Chance for Children tackles the school readiness gap in several ways:

Advocating public policies that help every child arrive at school ready to succeed
Mentoring low income parents
Helping caregivers improve quality
Raising public awareness of the importance of early childhood education
Bringing stakeholders and civic leaders together
Preventing SIDS and child abuse with our safe cribs and home visits

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Baby Bags Program

First Chance for Children provides low-income mothers who deliver at the two Columbia hospitals with a canvas Baby Bag that contains books to read to her new baby, baby safety items, a sleeper, and a notebook called “All About Baby” that tells her about local resources for new mothers and their babies.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 2

Safe CRIBS

Our Safe CRIBS program provides safe cribs for at risk families who lack safe sleeping accommodations for their baby. The cribs are accompanied by a Baby Bag that includes home safety items like a smoke detector and tub thermometer. The initial delivery visit is followed by five additional home visits that focus on child abuse and prevention and child development.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Female Adults

Budget

Program 3

Lean & Learn Toy Libaries

Our Lend & Learn Toy Libraries provide a safe location in which young children and their parents can play with toys that develop their motor and cognitive skills. Our toys can be enjoyed at the library or borrowed for free. The toy libraries also provide opportunities for parents to link with other parents, both during our regular hours and at group events, like our popular "messy days."Books and More BooksAt every visit, our parent educators emphasize the importance of story book reading to infants and toddlers. To foster family reading, we give free books to our low-income families and offer incentives, like diapers, to families that participate. We have provided toys and books for more than 1,000 at-risk families from our original Columbia facility alone.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Homeless

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 4

Home Visitation Program

Our home visit program for stay-at-home parents provides low-income parents with home visits to help them learn more about child development. Initial visits work on the creation of a healthy and strong mother-child relationship, using Dr. Terry Brazelton's Touchpoints approach. Later visits emphasize early literacy skills, drawing on the highly-regarded Baby Talk curriculumHow We Help Because many high risk families were not being reached by the traditional means of delivering parent education services, First Chance for Children pioneered a novel modification of the Parents as Teachers program (PAT) called "PAT Plus." Our model more heavily emphasizes outreach, permits more flexibility in arranging home visits, focuses more heavily on fostering mother-child attachment, works with families on setting goals, and reduces the caseloads carried by parent educators. Our parent educators are also able to offer incentives, like diapers and books, to increase enrollment and retention.We also provide funds to four local school districts so that they can hire their own “PAT Plus” educators who will use our intensive model of parent services. PAT Plus educators now work for the public schools in Boonville, Centralia, Columbia and Fayette.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Female Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Program 5

Support for Child Care Providers

Start-up and Expansion Grants
Each year, First Chance for Children provides financial resources, technical support, and training to early education providers in the community to help them start up and expand state licensed child care programs. To learn more(http://www.firstchanceforchildren.org/index.php/page/start-up-and-expansion-grants) .

Accreditation Facilitation

First Chance for Children also administers a state program which provides assistance to child care programs that are beginning the process of becoming accredited or are preparing for reaccreditation.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Missouri

First Chance for Children serves Boone, Howard and Cooper County in the state of Missouri, USA

Funding Needs

First Chance for Children needs financial support to continue and expand its programs.  There is a greater demand for the Safe CRIBS program, the Parent Visitation Program, the Lend & Learn Toy Libraries, and the Child Care Providers program then their are resources.

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FIRST CHANCE FOR CHILDREN
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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First Chance for Children

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Jack Jensen

BIO

Dr. Jack Jensen served as an educator in Columbia Public Schools for 31 years.  His positions included elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal at the elementary and middle school levels, and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education.  In that role he supervised 19 elementary schools, the Title I Program and Parents as Teachers Program.  He serves on numberous community boards focuse on community issues.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Imagine entering kindergarten and finding you are behind your peers on the very first day of school.  At age 5 you propably are not going to realize you are hehind, but soon you are going to find out you cannot do the things the other children around you can do easily like identify colors, numbers and letters.  What are you going to do at age 5, "pull yourself up by your own boot straps"?  First Chance for Children is dedicated to making sure no child experiences the above situation, it is our mission to make sure every child enters kindergarten with the back ground of experiences and knowledge that allows success in school. 

 

Jack Jensen

Executive Director

First Chance for Children"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Kim Ratcliffe

Missouri School Boards Association

Term: Jan 2011 - Dec 2011

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