Wyoming Valley Children's Association

Therapy. Education. Achievement.

aka WVCA   |   Forty Fort, PA   |  www.wvcakids.org

Mission

Wyoming Valley Children’s Association provides the highest quality early childhood education to ensure the greatest developmental potential of ALL children in partnership with their families, including therapeutic and support services as needed.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Ms. Nina DeiTos Zanon

Main address

1133 Wyoming Avenue

Forty Fort, PA 18704 USA

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Formerly known as

Wyoming Valley Crippled Children's Association

EIN

24-0795510

NTEE code info

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

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Together We Grow Preschool

WVCA's largest program is our Together We Grow Preschool, licensed by the PA Department of Education State Board of Private Academic Schools, Department of Human Services and is a Keystone STAR 4 Center. WVCA offers small class sizes for children ages 3 to 6 and blends a population of children with developmental delays with typically developing children from the community. We also have three additional classrooms that offer more specialized education programs for children with an autism diagnosis or related conditions. Each class has low staff-to-child ratios to ensure one-on-one instruction, hands-on learning, and encourage positive social interactions with staff and peers.

The therapeutic services for children are identified through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and are paid, in part, through the PA Early Intervention Program. Children who are typically developing attend on a private pay basis and financial aid is available to families in need.

Our preschool curriculum addresses developmental needs including: Cognitive, fine motor, adaptive skills, social/emotional, gross motor, language, positive behavior, and positive self-concept.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Therapy is a key component in all of the services and programs at Wyoming Valley Children's Association. Our team of licensed therapists and early childhood specialists works together to provide a transdisciplinary approach to Early Intervention. Whether the child is involved in WVCA's Home-Based Therapy Program (therapists and teachers provide services in the child's home), the "Together We Grow" Preschool Program or Outpatient Programs (teachers and therapists provide individual sessions to the child at a regularly scheduled appointment), every child is afforded the opportunity for a comprehensive evaluation followed by an individualized treatment plan.

Physical Therapy
Wyoming Valley Children's Association's Physical Therapists, licensed by the state of Pennsylvania, evaluate gross motor skills including muscle strength, rolling, sitting, standing, walking, transitions, balance and coordination. Treatment strategies include, but are not limited to, neurodevelopmental techniques, range of motion exercises, stretching, gait training, strengthening, transfer training, balance/coordination activities, motor planning and gross motor activities.

Positioning is also a key component of Physical Therapy at WVCA. Recommendations for appropriate positioning equipment such as gait trainers, wheelchairs, chair inserts, and other equipment are made to the family in order to ensure that the child is positioned properly to prevent contractures and optimize function.

Occupational Therapy
Pediatric Occupational Therapy at WVCA focuses on feeding, sensory motor skills (body movement) sensory processing (the use of touch, movement, sight, sound, smell and the force of gravity and body position to function), fine motor manipulation (how to hold and use a pencil and scissors or how to perform dressing skills such as buttoning), perceptual skills (eye-hand coordination), seating and special equipment (splints, adaptive spoons, etc.) needs. Oral motor/feeding assessments are also provided.

The goal of our team of Occupational Therapists, who are licensed by the National Board For Certification in Occupational Therapy, is to aid the development of the aforementioned skills so that the child can be as independent as possible in all aspects of daily living.

Speech Therapy Services
Wyoming Valley Children's Association's Speech and Language Pathologists, who are licensed by the State of Pennsylvania, provide evaluations, speech therapy, and hearing services.

Evaluation of communication skills may include assessment in any of the following areas:
preverbal communication
receptive language / comprehension
expressive language
articulation / pronunciation of words
oral motor / feeding
respiration
fluency / stuttering

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2004

PA Department of Education State Board of Private Academic Schools 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Keystone STARS Program - STAR 4 Ranking 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children, Infants and toddlers, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of speech therapy sessions performed

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of occupational therapy sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of physical therapy sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of music therapy sessions performed

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Group sessions

Overall number of services rendered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Our main goals are:

1. To prepare young children, regardless of their developmental level, for success in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond.
2. To minimize or eliminate the effects of developmental delays through therapeutic services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy.
3. To evaluate young children (when needed) and provide them with the proper therapy, services, or referrals needed to identify the best educational path. (Example: our Childhood Autism Team Check Clinic – known as CATCH – helps to diagnose autism and related conditions).

Our strategies to meet these goals are:

1. Actively collaborate with local school districts, and other local agencies, for children with Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) to help develop goals and education/therapy needs for each unique child.
2. Invest in our staff members' skill sets through staff training and development programs, courses, and conferences.
3. Continual investment in equipment and programmatic needs, to ensure our facility and materials are conducive for productive teaching and therapy services.

WVCA is able to meet our stated goals by:

1. Hiring and retaining licensed, qualified and talented faculty and staff who uphold the values and mission of helping each individual child succeed.
2. Having a strong administrative staff and Board of Directors in place to raise charitable funding for programs and that practice wise fiscal management.
3. Investing in our facility - for example, WVCA’s recently underwent a $300,000 capital renovation project that renovated multiple areas of our current building. This included our occupational and physical therapy suite and new classrooms/areas for program expansion.

WVCA has recently accomplished the following:

1. Achieved the Keystone STAR 4 ranking – the highest ranking available for early childhood education centers. We also continuously meet the needs of our licensing entities and have received many community awards (For example, The United Way’s Outstanding Partner Award).
2. Received overwhelming positive feedback from parents and families. This is seen on Facebook reviews, letters written to the United Way of Wyoming Valley and feedback told directly to staff and our Board of Directors. Families praise the quality of our programs and see the developmental progression of their children after receiving a WVCA education.
3. We have seen unprecedented increased enrollment, high graduation rates and individual student growth (i.e. Completion of IEP goals, etc.). Each child that walks through our doors has a different story, we identify our accomplishments through each child’s achievement of their goals. Learning to walk, talk, communicate or play – they are all large accomplishments in our organization’s eyes.

WVCA is proud to have served the Wyoming Valley community for over 95 years, and we are excited to continue to expand our program offerings to meet the needs of our students and families. Our newest venture was the start of our Kindergarten program in 2019 - bringing our preschool education and therapy model, which has seen success for more than 30 years, to the Kindergarten level.

Financials

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Wyoming Valley Children's Association

Board of directors
as of 06/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathleen Dunsmuir

Kevin Kane

Retired

Dawn Gaudino

Cook's Pharmacy

Lesa Gelb

Luzerne County

Kathleen Dunsmuir

PNC Bank

John Beberus

UGI Utilities, Inc.

Rebecca Brominski

Luzerne County Community College

James Harowicz

Interstate Building Materials

Layne Crothers

Truist

Mark Crowell

Geisinger

Flo DePolo

Retired

Tim Evans

Colours, Inc.

Thomas Malloy

Luzerne County

Maureen Metz

Metz Culinary Management

Michael Olenginski

ENT Physician

Kathleen Rickrode

Crestwood High School

David Sheydwasser

Architect

Bruce Weinstock

Kades-Margolis

Philip Gelso

Attorney

James Johns

M&T Bank

Bob Morgan

USDA Rural Dev.

Joyce Stevens

Wilkes University

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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