Alliance for Children

Investing in bright futures

Mission

Equipping young children for success by advocating and investing in efforts that strengthen their health, education and emotional development. We serve children birth to age five and their families in Union County, NC.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Linda Smith

Main address

P.O. Box 988 105 Cedar Street

Monroe, NC 28111 USA

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Formerly known as

Union County Partnership for Children

Union Smart Start

EIN

56-2052395

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

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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?

Best Start

Best Start works with adolescent and teen mothers within Union County Public Schools. Program counselors teach life skills needed to parent infants and young children, model and reinforce positive parent-child interaction and facilitate regular school attendance and encourage high school graduation. They also intervene during crises and connect families to needed services.

Population(s) Served

Breastfeeding Support supplies training to mothers enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children’s program at the County Health Dept, increasing their chances of successful breastfeeding. Breastfeeding boosts the long-term health of babies. The program also lends breast pumps.

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Education Stars provides tuition, books and fees for college credit courses to full-time teachers in licensed child care facilities. As they advance their professional development at South Piedmont Community College, teachers strengthen the quality of instruction for the children in their classrooms.

Population(s) Served

Inclusion Support assists children with special needs, their parents and child care providers with training, technical assistance and resources to help integrate the children into standard early childhood programs. The specialist nurtures teachers, families and children by providing developmental screenings, individual family consultations and support.

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Nurturing Parent Program provides intense group parenting sessions for families receiving services from child welfare or who are experiencing the early stages of child maltreatment. During this evidence- based, 12-week program, parents and children participate in group sessions and come together for family nurturing time. The program also teaches early childhood professionals in child care centers to focus on recognizing, responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.

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Childcare Subsidy offers subsidized child care so parents can work outside the home, which improves quality of life. It allows more children of low-income families to have high-quality child care.

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Circle of Parents® provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children and children with special needs. It’s a place where they can find and share support.

Population(s) Served

a free, high quality program designed to enhance school readiness for eligible four-year-old children. The program follows the public school calendars, with children attending class each day for six and one-half hours at four and five star rated child care centers. Transportation is provided by the child’s family. Studies have shown that students in a high quality Pre-kindergarten program are more likely to succeed in grades K-12 and throughout their lives.

Population(s) Served

The Resource Center is a lending library offering multi-cultural and educational materials for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Parents, child care providers and students can borrow toys, books and musical instruments for children’s play or to strengthen motor skills for a minimal fee. Story time and other activities are available throughout the year.

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Assists children with challenging behaviors, their parents and child care providers with training, technical assistance and resources to help integrate the children into standard early childhood programs. The program is also designed to recognize any developmental or behavioral disorders in order to correct them as early as possible.

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The consultants are health professionals who know about child health, child development, and health and safety in child care settings. CCHCs and the child care staff work together to promote healthy and safe environments for young children.

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Motheread classes provide parents with the skills and encouragement to become their child’s first and most important teacher. Using curriculum based on multicultural children’s books, these classes help parents support the age-appropriate, literacy skill development of their infants, toddlers and preschoolers while improving their own listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Population(s) Served

Provides resources to child care facilities, including technical assistance, in-depth training, professional workshops and grant awards. This multi-faceted approach not only enriches the facilities but creates environments of excellence for children and instructional staff.

Population(s) Served

program is designed to prepare 4-year-olds for success in school and is free to qualified families. Studies have shown that students in high quality pre-k are more likely to succeed in grades k-12 and throughout their lives.

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Where we work

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 children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

NC Pre-Kindergarten

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Children are tested prior to beginning NC Prek and then they are tested again at the end of the year on their knowledge and social-emotional skills. They are also screened for developmental delays.

Number of children served

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We served 5383 children. Impacted 1113 parents and 423 educators were supported through our network of programs.

Number of parents engaged in less psychological aggression toward their children

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Nurturing Parenting

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Nurturing Parenting provides services to parents who are experiencing the early stages of maltreatment. Referrals are based on child welfare or the court system.

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 goal is a high quality, comprehensive, accountable system of care and education for each child beginning with a healthy birth.

Brain research clearly indicates that the greatest opportunity to impact a child's development is in their first five years of life. Focus on early childhood education is the starting point for a strong foundation that builds a strong future generation which drives economic growth, innovation, and investment in our local communities. Alliance for Children works with local agencies to strengthen the health, education and emotional development of young children and support for their families through provided programs.

We provide programming with professionals in the field. These individuals work one on one with children and their families to provide services enabling children to become healthy and prepared for a successful future.

Increasing access to high-quality child care for families. The percentage of children in 4 & 5 star programs increased from 33% in 2001 to 73% in 2014.

Improving early literacy by collaborating with nationally recognized literacy organizations, child care programs, and pediatricians to promote early literacy across the state. Programs like Raising a Reader and Reach Out and Read® (ROR) provide books to parents to read with their children and information on how to help children develop language and literacy skills. A recent evaluation of ROR showed that parents in the program are 92% more likely than new participants to engage with their children in reading activities.

Providing the community with a place for parents, leaders, and providers to come together to tackle the big issues facing early child care and education. Giving parents the tools they need to raise healthy, successful children by providing education and resources through programs that increase parents' knowledge of children's development and positive parenting practices.

Increasing the number of children who receive the appropriate developmental screenings, referrals and follow-up to detect and treat developmental delays early by working with doctors' offices. Today, North Carolina has the highest rate of developmental screenings in the nation.

Support child care businesses to improve quality and achieve higher stars on North Carolina's rated license
through onsite technical assistance, training, and support for child care professionals to obtain higher education.
ensuring oversIght and accountability at all levels.

To understand how the county's children are faring, as a local partnership we use independent data from state and federal sources to assess child-well being. This snapshot identifies in which areas the county's children are doing well and in which areas attention is needed.

We then use this information to bring together families, teachers, doctors, dentists, libraries, schools, and many others to better meet children's needs. As a result, we offers different programs and services, depending on the need.

There is still much to be done. We strive to provide outreach in the community through programs supporting early education, literacy, emotional development and family support. Educating the community on the services available so we can provide assistance.

Proper healthcare and nutrition are also a priority for young children. The earlier we can diagnose developmental delays or health problems, the easier it is to correct them at the youngest age possible while the child is still developing emotionally and physically.

While we see results in the children we serve, every nonprofit is limited by their funding.
Underserved children will always be out there. Serving more children in the programs we provide would produce greater outcomes with additional funding. (For every $1 invested in school-age children, only 23 cents are invested in preschool-aged children, birth to age 5.)

Financials

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Alliance for Children

Board of directors
as of 06/18/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Hayne White

Retired, South Piedmont Community College Foundation

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Dennis Joyner

Union County Health Dept Director

Term: 2018 - 2020

Koy Dawkins

Attorney at Law

Andrew Houlihan

UC Public Schools

Jack Hargett

Business Community

Gwen Perkins

Medical Community

Gene Robbins

Robbins and Associates Insurance

Maria Pharr

South Piedmont Community College

Lorey White

Community at Large

Nina Chappin

UC Public Library

Hayne White

Community at Large

Cynthia Croffut

UC Public Schools

Steve Ramsey

UC Dept. of Social Services

Hayne White

South Piedmont Community College

Angela Greene

Carolina's Health Care System

Roy Young

Human Services

Maria Lander

South Piedmont Community College

Michelle Lancaster

Union County Human Services

Joshua Francis

Northwestern Mutual

Angelia James

Union County Public Schools

Dennis Joyner

Union County Health Dept

Ashley McBride

Attorney

Cheryl Neely

Kinship Group

Christa Tyson

Ty-Par Realty

Mark Watson

Union County Government

Michael James

Union County Goverment

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