Human Services

Alliance for Children

  • Monroe, NC
  • www.theallianceforchildren.org

Mission Statement

EARLY INTERVENTION TO PREPARE CHILDREN SO THEY ARE  HEALTHY AND READY TO SUCCEED WHEN THEY ENTER KINDERGARTEN.

Main Programs

  1. Best Start
  2. Smart Start Breastfeeding Suppport
  3. Smart Start Education Stars
  4. Smart Start Inclusion Support
  5. Nurturing Parenting
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Serving Union County, NC.  We invest in programs that strengthen the health, education, and emotional development of young children.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Linda Smith

Keywords

Self-reported

Serve children birth to age 5 in areas of health, education and family support

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EIN

56-2052395

 Number

0926175512

Physical Address

105 Cedar Street Suite C

Monroe, NC 28110 3041

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Alliance for Children invests in programs that strengthen the health, education,  and emotional development of young children.

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

Best Start

Best Start works with adolescent and teen mothers within Union County Public Schools. Program counselors teach life skills needed to parent infants and young children, model and reinforce positive parent-child interaction and facilitate regular school attendance and encourage high school graduation. They also intervene during crises and connect families to needed services.

Category

Maternal & Infant Care

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Female Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$124,174.00

Program 2

Smart Start Breastfeeding Suppport

Breastfeeding Support supplies training to mothers enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s program at the County Health Dept, increasing their chances of successful breastfeeding. Breastfeeding boosts the long-term health of babies. The program also lends breast pumps.

Category

Parenting Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$53,820.00

Program 3

Smart Start Education Stars

Education Stars provides tuition, books and fees for college credit courses to full-time teachers in licensed child care facilities. As they advance their professional development at South Piedmont Community College, teachers strengthen the quality of instruction for the children in their classrooms.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

$130,850.00

Program 4

Smart Start Inclusion Support

Inclusion Support assists children with special needs, their parents and child care providers with training, technical assistance and resources to help integrate the children into standard early childhood programs. The specialist nurtures teachers, families and children by providing developmental screenings, individual family consultations and support.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$54,919.00

Program 5

Nurturing Parenting

Nurturing Parent Program provides intense group parenting sessions for families receiving services from child welfare or who are experiencing the early stages of child maltreatment. During this evidence- based, 12-week program, parents and children participate in group sessions and come together for family nurturing time. The program also teaches early childhood professionals in child care centers to focus on recognizing, responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.

Category

Case Management

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Crime/Abuse Victims

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$57,373.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Brain research clearly indicates that the greatest opportunity to impact a child's development is in their first five years. Focus on early childhood education is the starting point for a strong foundation that builds a strong future generation which drives economic growth, innovation, and investment in our local communities. Alliance for Children works with local agencies to strengthen the health, education and emotional development of young children.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Research shows that a child's brain develops most dramatically during the early years of life.
    By kindergarten, many children are so far behind that they may never catch up.
    Children who are not reading proficiently at third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school.
    • 62% of Virginia's incoming 4th graders score below proficient reading levels.
    • Holding back a child in kindergarten adds almost $11,000 to the public cost of that child's education.
    • In Virginia, for every $1 invested in school-age children, only 23 cents are invested in preschool-aged children, birth to age 5.
    • Nationally, 49% of children arriving at school unprepared come from middle and upper income families.
    • According to the Federal Reserve, every $1 spent on investing in the early years delivers a $7 return on investment by:
    Reducing special education costs
    o Reducing costs to hold a child back
    o Increasing high school graduation rates
    o And lowering crime rates
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Serving Union County, NC.  We invest in programs that strengthen the health, education, and emotional development of young children.

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Financials

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ALLIANCE 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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Alliance for Children

Leadership

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Executive Director

Linda Smith

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gene Robbins

Robbins and Associates

Term: July 2011 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity