Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

aka Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day   |   Bethesda, MD   |  www.wonderslearning.org

Mission

To create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities that teach children the foundations of life-long learning and social responsibility.

Notes from the nonprofit

For over 40 years, Wonders has been providing a safe, nurturing learning environment parents can trust and depend upon. We are a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education, before and after school care and summer camp for children ages 2 months through sixth grade. We are committed to equity in our teaching practices and organizational policies and we are proud to be an integral part of the community. Wonders believes that children develop and learn through play in a nurturing and diverse community. Our mission informs our work and guides us in creating safe learning environments while developing deep connections with children and families in our programs. A vital aspect of our program is our commitment to anti-bias and social justice education. We intentionally create an environment that reflects not only the cultures of the families we serve but the world around us.

Ruling year info

1977

Principal Officer

Joanne Hurt

Main address

5272 River Road Suite 530

Bethesda, MD 20816 USA

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EIN

52-1055687

NTEE code info

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

Child Day Care (P33)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day strives to create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities that teach the foundations of life-long learning and social responsibility. This mission informs all of the work we do and guides us in creating safe learning environments and developing deep connections with children and families in our programs. Wonders works to not only provide quality childcare but to really look at the word quality and what it should mean when used in reference to childcare. Wonders works to address the issue of a lack of quality childcare available to all families. Also the importance of providing a career for employees in the early childhood education field. lobbying issues surrounding early childhood education. advocating for Equity in Early is to advocate for children and families to have quality childcare Financial Assistance Fund - Accessibility to all families Well trained and equipped teachers and staff Equity in Early Learning Initiative

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?

Wonders Financial Assistance Fund

The Wonders Financial Assistance Fund is fundamental to who we are as a child care organization. The Fund, which provides approximately $250,000 in tuition assistance each year is integral to our 40-year mission of creating inclusive child care communities. Our goal is to increase the number of families served through this program.

Population(s) Served
Families

Wonders is dedicated to creating and maintaining a professional environment in which all staff thrive. We believe in the value of this work and we are dedicated to supporting the ongoing professional development of all Wonders staff. Our goal is to increase the Professional Development Fund to provide more staff with opportunities to build their professional skills.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wonders Extended Day programs provide a fun, nurturing, and enriching before and after school environment where children can safely grow through self-guided and structured play. Wonders has 6 Extended Day Programs located in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, and the District. Serving children ages 4 - 12 years old.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

Wonders provides early learning care for children ages 8 weeks to 5 years. We have two NAEYC accredited early learning programs. We provide individualized care and attention using the Creative Curriculum to guide our teaching. Our early learning programs are located in Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation 2019

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, to set organization goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are currently changing our enrollment/billing software to better meet the needs of the families we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Wonders Early Learning + Extended Day

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kristalee Overdahl

Compass

Term: 2015 - 2017

Renee Blair

Discovery

Ingmar Broemstrup

The Boston Consulting Group

Debbie Brown

Child Care Matters

Selma Caal

Child Trends

John Finisdore

Sustainability Flows

Jay Johnson

Callahan & Associates

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 11/12/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2019

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.