SOUTH SHORE STARS INC

Excellence in Education, Enrichment and Family Support

East Weymouth, MA   |  www.southshorestars.org

Mission

South Shore Stars provides comprehensive early education and youth programs, using a family support approach, that enhance the development of children from economically and culturally diverse families through collaboration with parents, schools and communities. Over 1,200 children, age birth to 18 years, attend our family child care system, preschools, school age centers, middle school programs, high school program and summer camp. We are committed to serving a diverse population, with an emphasis on supporting low income parents and at-risk children. Four core goals form the foundation of our work: Enable parents to work Help each child reach their full developmental potential Facilitate positive youth development Improve academic achievement for students at risk of academic failure

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Sheri Adlin

Main address

200 Middle St.

East Weymouth, MA 02189 USA

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Formerly known as

South Shore Day Care Services

EIN

23-7097840

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Family Services (P40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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South Shore Stars provides comprehensive early-education and youth programs that enhance the development of children from economically and culturally diverse families. Our family-support approach emphasizes collaboration with parents, schools and communities. Four core goals form the foundation of our work: 1. Enable parents to work 2. Help each child reach her or his full developmental potential 3. Facilitate positive youth development 4. Improve academic achievement for students at risk of academic failure Close to 90% of our families are low income and 50% of our parents are immigrants or refugees. 25% of our children begin our programs with developmental delays. Many of our families are coping with substance abuse and/

Our programs

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

Early Head Start Stars

Early Head Start (EHS) Stars
In January 2010, Stars received notification of a federal grant extending services to expectant mothers and families with children aged 0-3.  EHS Stars is one of only two new American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 EHS grantees in the New England region, and is designed specifically to serve the communities of Holbrook and Randolph with the goal of enhancing the health and well-being of families with very young children. 
Stars began enrolling families in August 2010 for services provided through a partnership of local community based non-profits including; Blue Hills Healthy Families/Health Imperatives, Step One Early Intervention/South Shore Mental Health, the Holbrook School District and Randolph School District.
The EHS Stars program provides information, referral and advocacy for the area’s most vulnerable families including:
·        assistance accessing prenatal and postpartum care
·        prenatal education
·        health, nutrition and mental health services
·        parent/child play groups
·        parent education
·        screening and developmental assessment of children
·        early education and child care
EHS Stars aims to help families develop parenting skills that support healthy development and learning of their infants and toddlers; gain access to health, nutrition, education, social service and housing resources in the community; and to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served

About South Shore Stars
 

 

With over forty years of experience providing early education and youth programs, South Shore Stars is one of the state’s most respected agencies.  Throughout the year, we care for 1300 children, ages two months to fifteen years, in a family child care system, an Early Head Start program, three preschool centers, seven afterschool centers, a middle school program, two high school programs, and a summer camchildren explore, learn and grow. Our providers plan child-centered activities that are not only fun, but also spark creativity, and the mastery of new skills.
 

 

 

Some of the supports integral to the high quality child care which we provide include:
 

 

An Early-Childhood Specialist visits each family child care home several times a month, observing and consulting. This child development professional acts as a resource and a support to both parents and providers, helping them meet each child’s individual needs.
 

A Social Worker assists providers and parents with behavior management, coping with family stress and finding needed resources.
 

A Registered Nurse provides consultation and information on health issues.
 

Over sixty hours of Specialized Training are offered to our providers each year.
 

About the Program
 

 

•        Our Family Child Care homes are located in Braintree, Holbrook, Milton, Quincy, Randolph and Weymouth
 

 

•        Licensed and experienced Family Child Care providers care for up to six children in their homes
 

 

•        Care is available Monday – Friday, 7AM to 6PM (each provider’s schedule varies)
 

 

•        Children are two months to three years old
 

 

•        Breakfast, lunch and a snack are provided
 

 

•        Parents meet with their provider and an Early Childhood Specialist at least twice a year to formally discuss their child’s development
 

 

•        Sliding fee available based on family size and income

Population(s) Served

School Age
 

 

In our school age centers, located in Quincy, Randolph and Weymouth, children are encouraged to grow in self-reliance and self-expression as they enjoy many activities including: athletics, arts and crafts, games, drama, cooking and field trips.  We aim to excite children about reading and writing by integrating literacy activities into each center’s daily schedule.  Staff work with parents to develop an individual homework plan, and homework time is a part of each day’s schedule.
 

 

Middle & High School (STARS)
 

 

STARS, (Students Training for Achievement, Responsibility and Success), is funded by a Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant and leveraged by private funding from community partners.  With a goal of improving students’ school achievement, staff innovatively integrate academic support with art and sports activities. The High School STARS program incorporates a community service learning model to promote social growth, civic responsibility, self esteem and leadership skills.
 

 

During our six week Summer STARS program, students become excited about math and science through our creative hands on curriculum.

Population(s) Served

Our four social workers become familiar with all of our children as a result of their regular visits to each center and family day care home. As part of our team approach, they observe children, consult with staff, and obtain information and ideas from parents. They provide staff and parents with effective strategies for helping children with difficult behavior and developmental concerns. They are available to parents for crisis intervention and on a short-or long-term basis for child guidance and counseling. In addition, through a partnership with South Shore Mental Health, a full-time Family Support Clinician works intensively, long-term with some of our most troubled families.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation 2012

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Stars is a community-based organization focused on early education and youth development. We are committed to serving a diverse population with an emphasis on low income parents and children who have experienced trauma.

Each year more than 1,200 children and youth, age newborn through 18, participate in our programs, which include:
• Early Head Start
• Family Child Care
• Preschool Centers
• Elementary, Middle and High School out-of-school time programs
• Summer camp

Many parents choose Stars for our commitment to diversity. About 75% of our children are from racial and ethnic minority families.

Our children often grow up with us, starting in our preschool program and continuing through our school age and older youth programs.

Close to 90% of our families are low income and 50% of our parents are immigrants or refugees.

25% of our children begin our programs with developmental delays.

Many of our families are coping with substance abuse and/or mental health issues.

How We Support Children
• Small group size with low student-teacher ratios
• Research based curriculum
• Ongoing assessment with individualized planning

How We Support Families
We partner with our children’s parents and guardians to help their children thrive. Accordingly, we work hard to help them:

• Support their children’s growth and development by providing parenting education, ongoing counseling and referrals
• Obtain basic services, such as job training, food, housing and utilities
• Increase their self-sufficiency through advocacy and collaboration with other agencies

Since 1970, South Shore Stars has enabled tens of thousands of parents to work while providing innovative programs that help their children reach their full developmental potential.

Funders consistently commend Stars for its programmatic, organizational and management excellence.

Each year over 1,200 children and youth, age newborn through 18, benefit from our programs.

Stars is dedicated to a continuity of programming throughout a child’s developmental stages, commitment to children who have experienced trauma, and support for the entire family.

Our program staff has proudly served Stars for many years. This longevity has resulted in consistent oversight and relationship-building with our children and families.

We provide leadership in our community and statewide, advocating for children who have experienced trauma and for low-income families, bringing people together to develop new initiatives and to identify new resources.

Our three preschool centers are located in Quincy, Randolph and Weymouth and are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

In 2016, our Randolph High School Stars and Youth in Motion (YIM) programs received the highest level rating (“demonstration status”) as a U.S. Dept. of Education 21st Century Community Learning Center.

The success of YIM is proven by our very high graduation rate of 99% (2011-16) compared to the overall RHS rate of less than 75%.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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SOUTH SHORE STARS INC

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher Ernest

BlumShapiro

Term: 2017 - 2021

Maddy Pope

Retired

David Sawyer

Eastern Bank

Tom Harris

Quincy Mutual Group

Effie Lee

State Street

Sarah DeMayo

Vibrancy Communications

Gabriela Barraza

Quincy Mutual Group

Natacha Clerger

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Susan Eliason

Bridgewater State University

Tom Findley

Red Line Freight Systems

Bruce Haas

Retired

Jenifer Hartnett-Bullen

State Street

Jenifer Pinkham

P and P, LLC

Paul Meoni

Weymouth Public Schools

Marie Morisset

Christopher O’Neill

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Ed Reszenski

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Debra Salvucci

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Patricia Thomas

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes