Miss Ruby's Kids

Every Child Deserves An Equal Start

aka MRK   |   Georgetown, SC   |  www.missrubyskids.net

Mission

Miss Ruby's Kids enables identified families and caregivers to inspire a passion for learning in their children. We help prepare parents to be their child's first, best teacher and support both parents and child throughout the child's school career.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Natasha Brockington

Main address

2018 Church St

Georgetown, SC 29440 USA

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EIN

20-3933169

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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?

ParentChild+ Program

Miss Ruby’s Kids is an evidence-based, early literacy, parenting, and school readiness model that addresses the achievement gap head-on by providing under-resourced, low-income families, and other pre-qualified families with children between 16 months to 4 years old with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to build school readiness where it begins - in the home.

Target families are challenged by poverty, language and literacy barriers, social isolation, limited access to educational opportunities, immigrant/refugee status, and/or homelessness. Miss Ruby’s Kids employs Early Learning Specialists (ELSs) who are bilingual or fluent in the families’ native languages, share their ethnic/cultural background, and live and/or have worked in the community. The ELSs work one-on-one with families, providing 92, twice-weekly, 30-minute home visits over a two-cycle period.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants

Miss Ruby's Kids ParentChild+ Graduates are assigned a Volunteer Mentor once they enter school. Mentors provide additional support to the child from grades K-12. Volunteer Mentors visit their Mentee for at least 30 minutes at school weekly. The Mentor and Mentee work on projects, read, do puzzles and talk. The Mentor becomes another caring adult in the child's life that can support them throughout their school career.


Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants
Caregivers

 
Miss Ruby's Kids Family Child Care Program (FCC) addresses a systemic issue: low-income families rely on a distressed family child care system, including child care providers who are not experienced in building children's school readiness skills. Providing access to innovative and culturally relevant professional development, Miss Ruby's Kids FCC Program tackles the achievement gap by supporting family child care providers in successfully building school readiness skills and transitioning children through care and into classrooms, and strengthening the vital role child care plays in economic development. After the Program, child care providers are more skilled and equipped to provide school readiness environments. Our providers have said, "I feel like a teacher, not just a babysitter" Many go on to further professional development, building long-term quality child care for their communities.

Population(s) Served

 Miss Ruby's Kids supports 14 little free libraries located in targeted areas of Georgetown County to provide free age-appropriate, culturally relevant books & small school supplies to children and families. The libraries are stocked weekly with 40 to 50 new and gently used children's books, small school supplies, and Miss Ruby's Kids Program materials to recruit new families. Our Volunteer Stewards maintain the libraries and report monthly on their progress and needs. In addition, we supply our libraries with local community book drives, grants, and donations from our Amazon Wish List.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants
Children and youth
Caregivers
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Erin Hardwick Excellence in Nonprofit Management Award 2010

South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2005

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Miss Ruby's Kids serves families who may be overwhelmed with significant life challenges, such as having limited resources, language and literacy barriers, limited access to educational opportunties, immigrant/refugee status, and or homelessnes in Georgetown County South Carolina.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, exit interviews ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Because the services we provide require us to enter homes, our hours of operation were kept strictly from 9am-5 pm. Many of the families receiving our services work in jobs that require them to work evening hours. This made the scheduling for visits difficult, and sometimes prevented families from having an established weekly schedule. With the introduction of a virtual home visit families suggested that we offer visiting hours later in the evening so that work conflicts wouldn't hinder service delivery. We are now open to extending our visiting hours.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Miss Ruby's Kids has always relied on program participants' feedback to help inform the decision-making. This is a normal part of our programming and it helps to establish a mutually respectful relationship. No power struggle. We are partners.

  • 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Miss Ruby's Kids

Board of directors
as of 2/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Elisabeth Litvin

Colonel, retired, US Army

Term: 2021 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mrs. Leigh Ann Brown

Educator

Term: 2020 - 2023

Vaudrien Ray

Ruby's Academy

Amanda Cohen

Tidelands Health

Amanda Keith

Educator

Leona Bonds

Educator

Manuel Salazar

CPA, Educator

Ruby West

Curriculum Associates

De'Ontay Winchester

Social Worker

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/04/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2022

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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.
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.