Human Services

Mose and Garrison Siskin Memorial Foundation, Inc.

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • www.siskin.org

Mission Statement

Siskin Children’s Institute improves the quality of life for children of all abilities through excellence in education, research, health care, advocacy and support.

Main Programs

  1. Siskin Early Learning Centers
  2. Siskin Center for Child and Family Research
  3. Siskin Children's Institute-T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
  4. Siskin Outreach Services
Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Siskin Children's Institute is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Institute serves children with and without disabilities locally and throughout the tri-state region, including Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

ruling year

1978

Principal Officer since 2006

Self-reported

Mr. Gerald D. Jensen

Keywords

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Siskin, children, disabilities, special needs, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, handicapped, education, early intervention, research, early childhood, pediatrics, special ed, special education, medically fragile, kids, seizures, seizure disorders, developmentally delayed, developmentally disabled, health care

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EIN

59-1781637

 Number

7856175868

Physical Address

1101 Carter Street

Chattanooga, TN 37402

Also Known As

Siskin Children's Institute

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Pediatrics (G98)

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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Siskin Children’s Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families. The Institute achieves its mission through four initiatives:

Siskin Early Learning Centers, which provide a quality preschool education in an inclusive environment where children of all abilities learn together
Siskin Outreach Services, which offer outreach and support programs for families, professionals and college students
Siskin Center for Child and Family Research, which conducts applied research focused on early childhood development and special education
Siskin Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, which provides pediatric health care through assessment, diagnosis and treatment for 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

Siskin Early Learning Centers

The Institute operates two child care and preschool centers in Chattanooga where children with and without disabilities learn together in an inclusive environment. At both Siskin Early Learning Centers, comprehensive teams of teachers, specialized therapists and other professionals serve more than 250 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The Siskin Early Learning Center-Downtown continually receives distinguished recognitions, such as the highest rating possible from the Tennessee Department of Human Services and accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Siskin Early Learning Center-East Brainerd, which opened in August 2008, received one of the state’s highest-ever evaluation scores and is now awaiting its state rating.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Siskin Center for Child and Family Research

The Institute advances the fields of early childhood development and special education with its research center. Opened in 2008, the Siskin Center for Child and Family Research — led by Robin McWilliam, Ph.D., whose concepts and procedures are practiced internationally — is staffed by three doctoral-level researchers who conduct applied research within the Institute’s preschools and other settings outside the Institute. The center’s goal is to discover significant information about children’s development and functioning to improve engagement, independence and social relationships. The research center disseminates its findings to educators, higher education institutions, social agencies, advocacy groups and government agencies locally and worldwide. The center has established collaborative partnerships with Vanderbilt University, the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Middle Tennessee State University.

Category

Social Science Research

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 3

Siskin Children's Institute-T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

The Institute expanded services related to its mission to include specialized pediatric health care in July 2009. The Siskin Children's Institute-T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Center for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, a partnership with T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, offers assessment, diagnosis and treatment for children who have or are at risk for disabilities and developmental delays. The center, located within the Institute’s downtown location, is led by Regina Gargus, MD, FAAP, a triple board-certified developmental and behavioral pediatrician.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 4

Siskin Outreach Services

The Institute provides support and resources to families and communities nationwide. We offer a wide range of family support services as well as training and consulting to educators, healthcare professionals and college students. Our services include a 5,000-item resource library open to the public, educational programs and seminars, student rotations for various universities, and other services.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Tennessee

Siskin Children's Institute is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Institute serves children with and without disabilities locally and throughout the tri-state region, including Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama.

Funding Needs

The Institute is grateful for the generosity of individual donors, corporate support, grants through foundations and other avenues of funding.

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MOSE & GARRISON SISKIN MEMORIAL FDN INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Mose and Garrison Siskin Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gerald D. Jensen

BIO

Jerry Jensen has served as President and CEO of Siskin Children's Institute since January 2006. He has more than 28 years of leadership and management experience in a university academic setting, with a majority of that experience within the University of Missouri system. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Kansas Wesleyan University and a law degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Now is an exciting time at Siskin Children's Institute. We’re helping more children than ever before in our 60-year history. Locally. Regionally. Nationally.

Two years ago, we created a plan to better impact the lives of more children of all abilities. Now we’re making it happen.

In August 2008, we opened our second preschool that features an inclusive learning environment for children of all abilities. The Siskin Early Learning Center-East Brainerd, which employs more than 30 staff members, doubles the number of children we educate locally.
In July 2009 we opened a developmental and behavioral pediatric healthcare center, which is the first one in our region with a full-time specialized pediatrician on site. The Siskin Children's Institute-T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital Center for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics offer assessments, diagnosis and treatment for children with disabilities.
Our new research center is staffed by three doctoratal-level researchers, well-known in their fields of study. The Siskin Center for Child and Family Research focuses on finding better ways to help children with special needs and their families – anywhere in the world – learn and prosper.

Our Institute is growing and evolving, but our mission remains the same: Improving the quality of life for children of all abilities. Our new initiatives only strengthen our longstanding pledge that our founders made decades ago.

We appreciate your support.

Sincerely,Jerry JensenPresident and CEO"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ward Petty

Wells Fargo Advisors

Term: Apr 2010 -

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