Citizens Committee for Children of New York

Every Child Healthy, Housed, Educated and Safe

aka CCC   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.cccnewyork.org

Mission

Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan child advocacy organization. We educate and mobilize New Yorkers to work towards a city in which every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. CCC accomplishes its mission through three pillars: data analysis and research to better understand the issues facing children and identify community-driven solutions to address those needs; advocating for budgetary, legislative, and policy proposals that will improve the well-being of children and their families; and educating and mobilizing the public to become effective child advocates and active citizens. To remain an independent and honest broker among public and private stakeholders, CCC does not accept government funding.

Notes from the nonprofit

CCC is a 71-year-old independent, nonpartisan organization funded by individuals and foundations. CCC does not accept government funding, allowing us to develop impartial priorities and policy positions in the best interests of children. Our Board of Directors meets bi-monthly with executive staff and in subcommittees to oversee the program impact and finances of the organization. CCC is independently audited annually and is a Four Star Charity on Charity Navigator and meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 standards for charity accountability, demonstrating our commitment to accountability and transparency.

Ruling year info

1945

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer March PhD

Main address

14 Wall Street Suite 4E

New York, NY 10005 USA

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EIN

13-5618593

NTEE code info

Children's Rights (R28)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (H01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nearly 500,000 of New York City's 1.8 million children live in poverty. Over 20,000 children sleep in a homeless shelter every night. Every Day in New York City, 150 children are reported abused or neglected. In some communities only 1 in 5 third graders are reading at grade level. 400,000 children live in a home that lacks access to healthy, affordable food. 90% of 16 and 17 year olds who are arrested in NYC are black or Latino. Citizens' Committee for Children of New York:

-Gathers data on these children to fully understand what it's like to be a child in New York City
-Researches and analyzes government budgets, policies, programs and services to improve the lives of children
-Educates the community about our findings, and
-Develops and promotes solutions that make New York City a better place to be a child and work to ensure that every child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.

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?

Every Child Healthy, Housed, Educated and Safe

CCC champions New York City children, especially those who are poor, have special needs or are particularly vulnerable. CCC is a multi-issue child advocacy organization and covers the following areas: child welfare, early childhood education, education, financial stability, health and mental health, healthy and affordable food, housing and homelessness, juvenile justice and youth services. We also compile an annual comprehensive databook and data website on New York City children called "Keeping Track of New York City Children.

In addition, we run an annual program for adults called the Community Leadership Course, and run a similar program for youth called YouthAction.

Population(s) Served

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 stories successfully placed in the media

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Media hits that were direct quotes or the result of our organization providing background

Number of adult and youth trained through our unique advocacy and community leadership courses

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of youth and adults that participate in our Community Leadership Courses and our YouthAction program, including the number of youth reached by our youth peer trainers.

Number of Social Media Followers

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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Total number of followers on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram

Number of children who benefited from our community-based research

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CCC launched an annual in-depth community-based research studies

Number of children and youth who benefited from our successful advocacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CCC works for all children in New York City.

Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

We educate and mobilize New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Our advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and promote practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe.

New York City is home to more children than any other city in the country. Citizens' Committee for Children of New York:

-Gathers data on these children to fully understand what it's like to be a child in New York City
-Researches and analyzes government budgets, policies, programs and services to improve the lives of children
-Educates the community about our findings, and
-Develops and promotes solutions that make New York City a better place to be a child.

Our Priorities
We work across many issues and our core goals are that every child deserves:

-Quality health and mental health services
-Safe and stable housing
-Quality early childhood education, education, and after-school programs
-A safe home, and to be positively engaged in their school and community
-Financial stability
-Healthy, affordable food

CCC is a child advocacy organization and believes there is strength in numbers. We create, build, and support coalitions of advocates, service providers and citizens to provide a unified voice on critical issues to positively influence policy, legislative and budgetary decisions
made at all levels of government.

CCC's founders believed that advocacy could only be as good as the data behind it. Central to our fact-based advocacy is Keeping Track of New York City's Children, the most comprehensive municipal database on child well-being in the country. In its 23rd year, Keeping Track (data.cccnewyork.org or a print edition) provides CCC and every New Yorker with data needed to speak out on behalf of the city's children and to inform the decisions made at City Hall, in Albany and in Washington.

CCC also believes in informing, engaging and mobiizing New Yorkers and remains a go-to source of information for the media, elected
and appointed officials, direct services providers and New Yorkers at large. Through our community education efforts, that include annual adult and youth community leadership courses; e-advocacy that regularly delivers tens of thousands of thousands of emails to city and state officials, free policy briefings on a range of issues affecting children; and through effective use of the media; we provide hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers with the tools needed to lend their voices to New York City's children.

We nurture and develop leaders who carry CCC's message and inspire greater numbers to make a difference for children.

CCC, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, has an expert staff of 18 and does not accept government funding in order to remain independent. We run on a tight budget of just over $3.5 million and utilize expert staff, partnerships with other organizations and coalitions, and a very active Board of Directors and volunteer base to multiply our influence and effectiveness in achieving our goals.

Milestone successes during the past year include:
- Salary parity for the early child education workforce;
- Ending adult incarceration of youth and ending the use of solitary confinement in Adolescent Offender facilities;
- Countering racial inequities in the child welfare system and reducing economic insecurity by reforming the State Central Register;
- Supporting family focused, community-based supports intended to find and treat children’s behavioral health problems early and prevent hospitalization through funding $1.7 million to restore reimbursement rates for Children and Family Treatment and Support Services; and
- Protecting Children’s Health Homes from across the board budget cuts.

Successes in previous years include the creation of New York City's Earned Income Tax Credit, the first local Child Care Tax Credit, the expansion of Newborn Home Visiting, establishment of the Mayor's Office of Food Policy and passage of GreenCart legislation. CCC also influenced passage of progressive state personal income tax reforms, the creation of statutory funding for alternatives to detention and incarceration, the closure of underutilized juvenile placement facilities, and the transfer of delinquent youth to services and placement options close to home. Furthermore, CCC played a key role in recent historic legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State to 18. We helped create the local Campaign for Children, which elevated the public dialogue and increased the commitment to protect and expand investments in early childhood education and after-school programs resulting in the recent expansion of universal pre-k for all four year olds and after-school for all middle schoolers in NYC.

As New York City continues to face unprecedented challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and well-being of all New Yorkers remain forefront in our minds. The outbreak of the COVID-19 is a global public health crisis that presents risks and consequences for all New Yorkers. But this crisis is not solely a threat to individual health – its ramifications will be felt by children, families, communities, and the entire city for months and years to come. CCC is responding by advocating to ensure that fundamental health and human services for children and families are strengthened and responsive so that they can achieve their critical purpose. Moreover, we know that in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead, this crisis will impact all areas of our work – health and mental health; income supports; housing and homelessness; child welfare and juvenile justice; early education; and K through 12 education.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Citizens Committee for Children of New York

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Veronica Dillon

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