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Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City

Front Porch Alliance works together with residents of Kansas City, Missouri’s eastside and urban core to meet their changing needs at home and in school.

Kansas City, MO   |  www.frontporchalliance.org

Mission

Front Porch Alliance works together with Kansas City's eastside children and families to meet their changing needs at home and in school.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Mr. Je T'aime Taylor

Main address

3210 Michigan STE 400

Kansas City, MO 64109 USA

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EIN

43-1874501

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

A Brookings Center on Children and Families report underscores income-driven academic gaps, noting only 48% of poor children are ready for school at age five, compared to 75% of children from moderate/high-income families (27% gap; Issacs, 2012).
Neighborhood Families addresses this gap locally by providing home visiting services to low-income living in some of the most underserved sectors of urban Kansas City. Our program prioritizes enrolling children from four zip codes: 64109, 64110, 64128, and 64130, where children under 18 face poverty rates spanning 28.9% to 51.1%, significantly higher than the metro-wide average of 18.2% (Census child poverty rates). We recruit families facing numerous barriers and demonstrating increased risks for family instability; currently, our average family reports at least five of the 18 characteristics identified by DESE as “high need" indicators. In response, we provide home visiting services to increase parent engagement, foster healthy child devel

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?

Community Connections

Community Connections is one of three pillars of programming at Front Porch Alliance. It focuses on adult education, elders aging in place, and community events.

Adult education: Reproductive Health classes start in April of 2023. This class focuses on the cis-gendered female anatomy and development through stages. There are three 7-week cohorts throughout the year; child care and dinner are provided.

Minor Home Repair: This program helps seniors stay in their homes by providing them with reliable, safe, and free access to repairs. Each week volunteers help residents stay safe and comfortable by completing minor home repairs such as leaky faucets, broken light fixtures, or grab bars.

Quarterly Community Events: Quarterly Front Porch Alliance serves the neighborhoods east of Troost through, food and clothing drives and community baby showers.
   

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people

Youth Journeys is a catalog of six STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) classes that include tools and resources for overall success and well-being.

Participants can select from six options:
- PALs —a 1:1 mentor program for students in kindergarten to sixth grade designed to provide reading support.
- First LEGO League Robotics—a robotics opportunity for fourth through sixth graders.
- Financial Literacy—a 12-week course for seventh and eighth graders utilizing Junior Achievement curriculums.
- PORCH (Preserving Our Relationships & Collective History)—a nine-week storytelling opportunity for ages 14-16 allowing participants hands-on art projects with community experts.
- Reel Collectors—a nine-week videography and entrepreneurship program for ages 14-16 offering lifelong technology skills, knowledge, and confidence.
- Our Stories—a 14-week community engagement program for youth ages 14-16, that has participants exploring the rich history of their city.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Artists and performers

Neighborhood Families is a home visiting program designed to foster multi-generational health and well-being in historically disinvested eastside Kansas City, MO. Trained parent coaches work one-on-one with low-income parents in their homes to strengthen protective factors within families, model healthy behaviors, teach parenting best practices, connect families to community resources and healthcare, and provide emotional encouragement. The purpose of the program is to support both parents and children simultaneously in education, goal setting, and health and wellness.

Early Head Start - Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States.

Promise 1000 - An initiative that supports families within the first 1000 days a child is born.

The Neighborhood Families programs serve Clay, Platte, and Jackson counties, providing comprehensive early learning services to qualifying families in these areas.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Caregivers
Families
Pregnant people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

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.

Neighborhood Families is Front Porch Alliance's (FPA's) home visitation program that helps ensure Kansas City's urban, eastside children are healthy, safe, and prepared for kindergarten. Program staff work directly in homes with parents of children ages birth to five to foster relationships, parenting skills, family stability, and school readiness.

Neighborhood Families staff conduct four key activities:
(1) WEEKLY HOME VISITATION is provided using the federally approved Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum, implementing the model with full fidelity. Strengths-based, parent-driven, fun, and highly individualized weekly visits foster parent –child interaction, information sharing, and family goal setting. These activities increase positive interactions between parent and child while raising parent awareness of developmentally appropriate expectations and milestones. Individualized, education-focused goals are developed by each parent, with guidance and support provided by the home visitor.
Family goals progress and change over time as the child's development advances, as parents increase their skills/knowledge, and as yearly goals are attained and new ones established. The home visits also build skills/knowledge of successful parenting techniques to promote child safety and healthy development. Twice yearly parent-family and child screenings are conducted, using Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) approved tools such as Ages and Stages Questionnaire, focused on developmental gains of children. Staff also conduct hearing, dental, and vision screenings to promote healthy growth and development and connect parents to appropriate supportive resources if needed for their child. Screenings are used to identify areas of growth in both children and parents to facilitate goal setting and to convey specific information about a child's individual progress.
(2) WEEKLY AND BI-WEEKLY PLAYGROUPS offer open-ended parent- child interaction and parent-to-parent socializing. Playgroups are facilitated by a parent educator to encourage respect, appreciation, and model active parent involvement in children's play and educational activities. As relationships are built in this atmosphere, parents begin to establish ongoing connections and practice mutual support, including knowledge-sharing and support for school readiness topics. Over time, playgroups help parents widen their circle of positive, supportive relationships.
(3) COMMUNITY RESOURCE REFERRALS are made to help our underserved families access the support necessary to ensure stability and wellbeing. Staff help families connect, as needed, with early childhood education and childcare providers, affordable housing providers, case management and social services, healthcare providers, food pantries, and access points for benefits such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WIC.
(4) FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is provided to help families access equipment and supplies necessary for child safety, wellbeing, and learning. Neighborhood Families helps clients access supplies such as diapers and formula, cribs and pack-and-play devices, car seats, strollers, and educational materials such as books.
Overall, this continuum of services is provided to help families improve stability, build parents' skills/knowledge to help children develop to their fu

Trained, certified staff provide the building block capability for the Front Porch Alliance. With its core program focused on Neighborhood Families, the FPA staff conduct four key activities: Weekly Home Visitation--using the federally approved Parents As Teachers curriculum, this model provides strengths-based, parent driven fun and highly individualized weekly visits to foster parent-child interaction, information sharing, and family goal setting. Individualized, education-focused goals are developed by each parent, with guidance and support provided by the home visitor.Weekly and bi-weekly playgroups offer open-ended parent-child interaction and parent-to-parent socializing. Playgroups are facilitated by a parent educator to encourage respect, appreciation and model active parent involvement in children's play and educational activities.Community Resource Referrals are made to help our underserved families access the support necessary to ensure stability and well being. Staff help families connect, as needed, with early childhood education and childcare providers, affordable housing providers, case management and social services, healthcare providers, food pantries and access points for benefits such as SNAP (formerly food stamps) and WICFinancial assistance is provided to help families access equipment and supplies necessary for child safety, well being, and learning. Neighborhood Families helps clients access suppliers such as diapers and formula, cribs and pack-and-play devices, car seats, strollers and educational materials such as books. Passionate, dedicated, faith-based volunteers—a number of family support services are provided by a growing number of church-based and community activist volunteers. The most prominent of these services is the Partners in Active Learning (PALs) group, featuring over 100 adults each year spending between 1 to 4 hours per week paired with one or two low-income students of Faxon Elementary School in the Kansas City Public Schools system. Robotics focuses on school age kids from Faxon participating in STEM learning activities with a separate group of a dozen or more adult volunteers, under the supervision of a trained Robotics coach. Boys Mentoring utilizes volunteers to mentor vulnerable teen boys from urban core families.

Our family stabilization and support programs have produced consistently positive outcomes for a group of at least 25 urban core families. Retention rates for our parent educators exceeds 90 percent, at least 10 points higher than the average. This is largely due to the frequency of service—once a week—due to the variety of factors affecting the family life.  Our goal is to receive additional funding to support staff increases so that our caseloads can increase.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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

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Front Porch Alliance-Kansas City

Board of directors
as of 03/01/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Megan Black

Western States Center

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Sally Stanton

Community Volunteer

Term: 2018 - 2023

Megan Black

Western States Center

Sally Staton

Community Volunteer

Rob Lockard

Helios Consulting

Thomas Aliber

Community Volunteer

Melissa Plukett

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Cynthia Fails

LaunchCrate Publishing

Robert "Bob" Bjerg

Attorney

Annie Burcham

Children's Mercy Hospital

Barb Haviland

Community Volunteer

Dharshinie Jayamaha, MD

Children's Mercy Hospital

Julie Sykes

Community Volunteer

Megan Walker

Andrew McMeel Universal

Pauline Moley

Educator

Jenifer Wilson

Community Volunteer

Larnell Jones

Lawrence A Jones-Sons Funeral Chapels

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2023

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/01/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.