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 Center
  2. Siskin Home & Community-Based Early Intervention
  3. Siskin Center for Developmental 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

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Mr. John Farrimond

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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Also Known As

Siskin Children's Institute

EIN

59-1781637

 Number

7856175868

Physical Address

1101 Carter Street

Chattanooga, 37402

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

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

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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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Program 1

Siskin Early Learning Center

The Institute operates a child care and preschool center in Chattanooga where children with and without disabilities learn together in an inclusive environment. At Siskin Early Learning Center, comprehensive teams of teachers, specialized therapists and other professionals serve more than 160 children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Siskin Early Learning Center (SELC) is a TN STAR Rated Center committed to earning and maintaining accreditations and certifications in the areas of early childhood development and special education. Our staff implements best practice methodologies in the classroom to provide the highest quality early childhood learning environment possible and to comply with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) standards. The center is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, is an approved Tennessee Category 1 private school and approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a Child Care Center.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Siskin Home & Community-Based Early Intervention

Home visiting is the name used for Home & Community-Based Early Intervention (HCBEI), a service provided to families with children ages birth to three with special needs, eligible for services through Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS). This intervention, provided in the home or in another setting in the community, is based on collaborative consultation with "caregivers," including families, child care providers and other people who spend significant time with children with disabilities. With the help of an Early Interventionist, the adults in a child's life gain tools to help the child develop. Siskin Children's Institute provides home visiting services to approximately 200 families in the Southeast TEIS District counties of Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, McMinn, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie. The HCBEI program has served more than 930 families in five years, working with them weekly in their natural environments.
The home visiting program consists of a director and 10 full-time early interventionists, as well as an Early Intervention Behavior Specialist.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics

The Institute expanded services related to its mission to include specialized pediatric health care in July 2009. The Siskin Center for Developmental Pediatrics offers assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support for children with or are at risk for developmental delays and disorders. Led by a full-time, triple board certified developmental behavioral pediatrician along with a full clinical and therapy staff, the center specializes in early identification of delays and disorders in children ages birth to early teens.

The center is administered by Siskin Children's Institute and is an academic pediatric practice affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.

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.

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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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Operations

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Mose and Garrison Siskin Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. John Farrimond

BIO

John proudly joined the Institute as President & CEO in January 2013. Previously, he served as a vice president at The Help Group, a Los Angeles based nonprofit serving children, adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, and emotional problems. In this role, he is particularly proud of his efforts related to the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism & Related Disorders and the California Senate Select Committee on Autism and its regional task forces.In his formative years, his father was the director of special education and his mother was a speech pathologist. These early influences ultimately led him to a career dedicated to helping children – particularly children with special needs and their families.He earned his BFA from Missouri State University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Mary Tanner

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