Human Services

Alliance for Children

  • Monroe, NC
  • https://theallianceforchildren.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Best Start
  2. Breastfeeding Suppport
  3. Education Stars
  4. Smart Start Inclusion Support
  5. Nurturing Parenting
  6. Childcare Subsidy
  7. Circle of Parents
  8. Union ELITE
  9. NC Pre- Kindergarten Support
  10. Smart Start Resource Center
  11. Inclusion Support
  12. Child Care Health Consultant
  13. Motheread
Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Serving Union County, NC.  We invest in programs that strengthen the health, education, and emotional development of young children.

ruling year

1998

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Linda Smith

Keywords

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Serve children birth to age 5 in areas of health, education and family support

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EIN

56-2052395

 Number

0926175512

Physical Address

105 Cedar Street Suite C

Monroe, NC 28110 3041

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Alliance for Children invests in programs that strengthen the health, education,  and emotional development of young children.

Experiences during early childhood literally shape the structure of the brain. Because today's children are tomorrow's leaders, parents and workers, everyone has a stake in making sure that all children have the experiences they need to thrive. Our goal is to brings together all the people involved in a young child's life—families, teachers, doctors, caregivers, social workers, and many others—to ensure every child has all they need for healthy growth and development.

Programs

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

Program 1

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.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

188,165

Program 2

Breastfeeding Suppport

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.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

53,491

Program 3

Education Stars

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

None

Budget

206,000

Program 4

Smart Start Inclusion Support

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.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

Budget

$54,919.00

Program 5

Nurturing Parenting

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.

Category

Population(s) Served

Crime/Abuse Victims

Crime/Abuse Victims

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

79,316

Program 6

Childcare Subsidy

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.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

1,055,038

Program 7

Circle of Parents

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.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

40,000

Program 8

Union ELITE

Union Elite is a leadership training and technical assistance program to assist early childhood center administrators in examining their programs in order to provide high quality learning environments for young children and more supportive work environments for teachers.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

75,316

Program 9

NC Pre- Kindergarten Support

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

63,898

Program 10

Smart Start Resource Center

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Adults

Budget

84,420

Program 11

Inclusion Support

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.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

64,549

Program 12

Child Care Health Consultant

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.

Category

Health Care

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Budget

83,000

Program 13

Motheread

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Female Young Adults (20-25 years)

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

74,923

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    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.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    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.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    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.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Research shows that a child's brain develops most dramatically during the early years of life.
    By kindergarten, many children are so far behind that they may never catch up.
    Children who are not reading proficiently at third grade are four times more likely not to graduate high school.
    • Holding back a child in kindergarten adds almost $11,000 to the public cost of that child's education.
    • For every $1 invested in school-age children, only 23 cents are invested in preschool-aged children, birth to age 5.
    • Nationally, 49% of children arriving at school unprepared come from middle and upper income families.
    • According to the Federal Reserve, every $1 spent on investing in the early years delivers a $7 return on investment by:
    o Reducing special education costs
    o Reducing costs to hold a child back
    o Increasing high school graduation rates
    o And lowering crime rates

    We conduct rigorous monitoring of the programs we provide, deliver training and technical assistance; and are held accountable for meeting performance standards in governance, fiscal, and programmatic operations by the North Carolina Partnership for Children.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    There is still much to be done. We strive to provide outreach in the community about the importance of 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.)

Service Areas

Self-reported

North Carolina

Serving Union County, NC.  We invest in programs that strengthen the health, education, and emotional development of young children.

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ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Alliance for Children

Leadership

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Executive Director

Linda Smith

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"We know if we get it right in the early years, we can expect to see them thrive throughout school and their adult lives."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gene Robbins

Robbins and Associates Insurance Company

Term: July 2011 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Race & Ethnicity
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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity