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Edward Street Child Services, Inc.

aka Edward Street   |   Worcester, MA   |  www.edwardstreet.org

Mission

Edward Street Child Services collaborates to improve the quality and impact of early education and care, enhancing the development of young children and strengthening families in Central Massachusetts.

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Ruling year info

1968

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Eve Gilmore

Main address

50 Portland Street

Worcester, MA 01608 USA

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Formerly known as

Edward Street Day Care Center, Inc.

EIN

04-2133874

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Edward Street leads a variety of initiatives to improve the delivery of early learning services. Our current areas of focus include: Align, support and strengthen the quality of early learning programs and services across the community to increase coordination and transition of a continuum of services for children from birth to 3rd grade. Support, strengthen and elevate early educator performance, training and compensation. Support parenting skills of young families. Increase early literacy skills, as almost a third of children enter kindergarten without the basic language skills they need to learn to read. Advocate at the local, state and federal levels for increased community investment in early childhood and early education and care.

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?

Early Learning Scholarship Program

Supports educators committed to advance coursework in leadership and certification.

Population(s) Served
Adults

www.earlychildhoodcentral.org provides childcare and child development information for parents and providers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Formed in 2014, Worcester’s Alignment Partnership Council (APC) is a leadership coalition of early learning providers and programs serving young children and their families. Designed to align and strengthen early learning programs and services across the community the APC addresses opportunities to increase coordination of and transition across a continuum of services from birth to 3rd grade.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Books play an important role in children’s social and academic development, and the process of reading, listening, questioning and responding to a story helps to build reflective and critical thinking.

Responding to this need and eager to foster stronger home-school connections, Edward Street Child Services created the Book Buddies Program. The goal of the program is to increase a child’s early literacy skills by building a home library of developmentally appropriate books. Edward Street recruits local businesses willing to adopt a preschool classroom in a Worcester child care center serving low-income families.

The Book Buddy company’s sponsorship purchases three books a year (November, January and April) for each child. Classroom teachers, or a celebrity reader(s) from the company, read the book to the children. Teachers also create thematic activities in the classroom related to the story. Each child then brings the book home to keep, building their own home libraries. Listening to, and participating in book-related activities stimulates children’s literacy and critical thinking skills.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Now in its tenth year, the Edward Street Day of Play Family Festival is a one-day festival with more than 50 fun, interactive activities across seven play areas which emphasize how young children learn through play. Held at Elm Park, this annual event attracts 5,000+ people. A companion monthly newsletter highlighting a dozen activities reaches more than 10,000 families in Central Massachusetts.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

In 2012, with support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Edward Street created a bold pilot to strengthen and elevate early educator performance through an embedded Master Teacher. Each year, the Master Teacher has the opportunity to work with new teaching teams, identifying goals and collaborating to grow them as professionals. The Master Teacher provides coaching and feedback, modeling, curriculum resource support, problem-solving and in-depth training on identified topics. In 2016, the Master Teacher Project extended its impact to several infant/toddler teaching teams, responding to program partner needs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Worcester Reads is a coalition committed to promoting early literacy and reading. Co-chaired by Edward Street Child Services and Worcester Education Collaborative, the initiative amplifies the important message of reading to every child every day. It is the Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day!

It started with a book. Inspired by the Campaign for Grade Level Reading (link is external), a small committee read The 90% Reading Goal. We saw the possibility of creating a reading community in Worcester to ensure all children were on track for reading success by 3rd grade. And we knew we needed to start early.

Worcester Reads grew out of the national Campaign for Grade Level Reading and includes many organizations in the city that focus on early literacy. Worcester Reads coordinates those efforts and provides new resources, inspiration and direction.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

The Katharine F. Erskine Award 2019

YWCA of Central Mass.

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 Family Childcare Educators assisted with direct grant funds and access to resources such as free test kits and PPE during the Covid 19 pandemic. .

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

Self-employed people, Emergency responders, Teachers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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

Charting impact

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

To prepare all children for success in school and life, Edward Street improves early educator knowledge and effectiveness, develops community awareness about the importance of the early years, and leads alignment among early learning and kindergarten through grade 3 systems. Recognizing the centrality of families, Edward Street drives family engagement.

Edward Street's annual Day of Play Family Festival gives families tools and monthly newsletters promoting developmentally appropriate child activities. Our cross-sector collaborative work brings early learning issues to projects typically centered on older youth, graduation rates and self-sufficiency. Our Master Teacher Consultation program provides “fundamentals” coaching for many new teachers who lack degrees or experience in the field of early childhood education. Our leadership spans Worcester’s Youth Violence Prevention Plan, early childhood health and mental health strategies, workforce professional development, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, Worcester Reads, Worcester Public Schools Strategic Plan, Greater Worcester Community Foundation Early Childhood Advisory Council, & Worcester Education Collaborative.

Edward Street's vision is a community that puts children and families first, and invests deeply in early education as a core component of a thriving community. Our work includes intersections with the strategic planning efforts by partners, Schools and the City. We currently in year four of our five year strategic plan, committed to its mission and goals and our core strategic goals for the next 3-5 years include:

(1) Lead cross-sector alignment for early learning

(2) Influence the investment in early education and care

(3) Advance high quality early learning environments

(4) Support a thriving early learning workforce of valued, well compensated professionals

Our strategies include:
1. LEAD CROSS SECTOR ALIGNMENT:
a. Leverage the Alignment Partnership Council (or other entity) to drive ownership and adoption of Worcester’s Early Learning Framework.
b. Expand family resource alignment across community by establishing a Data Collaborative focused on children 0-8 yrs. old.
c. Initiate a public awareness campaign with the aim of increasing stakeholder investment in young children.
d. Work with the City of Worcester to assist in implementing their expansion plan for high-quality preschool.

2. INFLUENCE INVESTMENT IN EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE:
a. Assembling an advocacy network of local senior leaders for letter writing, testimony, etc.
b. Creation of a ‘Young Children’s Cabinet’ institutionalized at city level.
c. Presentation to and relationship building with the local Chamber of Commerce.
d. Creation of a Funding Opportunities Framework wherein opportunities related to the Framework are acted upon, tracked and responded to, as appropriate.

3. ADVANCE HIGH QUALITY EARLY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS INCLUDING:
a. Hold presentations on the current environment for early learning providers, boards, other CBOs, and the business community.
b. Host forums on ideal early learning environments for this same audience.
c. Host and receive increased exposure for our annual Day of Play Family Festival and its associated monthly newsletter in order to engage and provide parenting support for young families and the community.
d. Provide consultative advice on quality early learning environments.

4. SUPPORT A THRIVING EARLY LEARNING WORKFORCE OF VALUED, WELL-COMPENSATED PROFESSIONALS:
a. Sponsor professional development opportunities to increase educator content knowledge.
b. Connect Master Teacher mentees with NAEYC (national professional org.)
c. Impress upon local business leaders the value of quality care for their workforce and create a core leadership group from the business community.
d. Develop professional relationships with the Worcester Public School leadership, i.e. the superintendent, deputy superintendent, senior staff with the aim of increasing recognition of the value of quality early education.
e. Raise public awareness of the need for early education and care compensation to be increased.

Edward Street has worked towards ensuring young children have high quality early learning programs. Quality guides our work, and partnerships and community collaboration drive it. Edward Street Child Services is looked to as the ‘go to’ resource in our community. We continue to expand our strategic and advisory leadership related to new early learning initiatives. We are supported in our work by our Board of Directors and the knowledge and expertise of our staff places them at the forefront of our field:

Executive Director – 30+ years in NPO Management
• Erskine Award for Community Social Service & Government, 2018
• Chair, TFK Coalition
• GWCF Early Childhood Advisory Board
• WCAC Board Member

Managing Director, Birth to 3rd Grade Alignment-25+ years in Education & NPO Management
• ECE grant development-state & national
• Chief Program Officer, Jumpstart for Young Children
• Adjunct Faculty at FSU, WSU, QCC
• National Emerging Leader Award, CCIE
• Leadership Worcester, 2018
• WEC Board; EcoTarium Corporator

Master Teacher – 30+years in Early Childhood Education
• MassAEYC Board of Directors as Clerk
• WAAEYC Board of Directors, Co-President
• CLASS Reliable Rater for Preschool

Our ongoing initiatives include:

Worcester’s Alignment Partnership Council (APC) is a leadership coalition of early learning providers and programs serving young children and their families. Designed to align and strengthen early learning programs and services across the community the APC addresses opportunities to increase coordination of and transition across a continuum of services from birth to 3rd grade.

Eager to foster stronger home-school connections, Edward Street created the Book Buddies Program. The goal of the program is to increase a child’s early literacy skills by building a home library of developmentally appropriate books. Edward Street recruits local businesses willing to adopt a preschool classroom in a Worcester childcare center serving low-income families. The Book Buddy company’s sponsorship purchases three books a year (November, January and April) for each child. Classroom teachers, or a celebrity reader(s) from the company, read the book to the children. Teachers also create thematic activities in the classroom related to the story. Each child then brings the book home to keep, building their own home libraries. Listening to and participating in book-related activities stimulates children’s literacy and critical thinking skills.

Now in its tenth year, the Edward Street Day of Play Family Festival is a one-day festival with more than 50 fun, interactive activities across seven play areas which emphasize how young children learn through play. Held at Elm Park, this annual event attracts 5,000+ people. A companion monthly newsletter highlighting a dozen activities reaches more than 10,000 families in Central Massachusetts.

EdwardStreet.org is our online portal for local information for agencies, parents and the community about early education, child development, childcare openings, and public policy related to children.

With support from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Edward Street created a bold pilot to strengthen and elevate early educator performance through an embedded Master Teacher. Each year, the Master Teacher has the opportunity to work with new teaching teams, identifying goals and collaborating to grow them as professionals. The Master Teacher provides coaching and feedback, modeling, curriculum resource support, problem-solving and in-depth training on identified topics. In 2016, the Master Teacher Project extended its impact to several infant/toddler teaching teams, responding to program partner needs.

Worcester Reads is a coalition committed to promoting early literacy and reading. Co-chaired by Edward Street and Worcester Education Collaborative, the initiative amplifies the important message of reading to every child every day. It is the Most Important 20 Minutes of Your Day!

To learn about our past projects please visit edwardstreet.org.

Financials

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Edward Street Child Services, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Monica Thomas-Bonnick

Webster Five

Term: 2017 - 2023

Wendy O'Leary

Monica Thomas-Bonnick

Sharon Nutter

Angela Avoryie

Darlene Belliveau

Amina Gomez

George Joseph

Karen O’Neill

Mark Vining Vining

Tom Belton

Lisa Dalterio

Jennifer Madson

Miranda Sgariglia

Domenica Perrone

Eric Roldan

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/22/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.