Youth Development

Corning Day Programs Inc Corning

aka CORNING CHILDREN'S CENTER

Corning, NY

Mission

Corning Children's Center strives to set the standard in early care and education by inspiring learners, leaders and dreamers.

Ruling Year

1981

Executive Director

Paula Detar

Main Address

107 Arthur St

Corning, NY 14830 USA

Keywords

child care, childcare, daycare

EIN

22-2361362

 Number

7621987159

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

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

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Our programs

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Childcare

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of children who have access to education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of family members participating in school activities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Established in 1980 to serve families throughout the greater Corning area, Corning Children’s Center aims to set the standard in early care and education by inspiring learners, leaders, and dreamers. We provide high quality care and education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages 6 weeks to 5 years). Our Center has a strong sense of community, and children learn and grow within an environment that is positive, diverse, creative, stimulating, and caring — one that recognizes and appreciates the uniqueness of each child. The Center’s 70 full- and part-time staff members serve approximately 160 children. Our combination of unique experiences, expert staff, continuity of care, hands-on oversight by Age Level Specialists and the Program Director help to distinguish the Center from other options in the area. We also serve as a training site for college and high school students who are pursuing studies in early childhood education.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality care and education for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Our staff members recognize and appreciate the uniqueness of each child, and we cultivate a sense of community that is positive, gentle, warm, diverse, inclusive, creative, stimulating, and genuine. We believe we serve our children as both caregivers and educators. Research supports our conviction that children are best able to grow and learn when they can freely explore a world in which they feel cared for and safe. With this in mind, nurturing, learning, and safety form the three legs of the stool upon which our program is based. Our educational programs focus on introducing children to the world around them, and we tailor our curriculum to each child. We expand their individual knowledge and experiences in all key areas — physical, social/emotional, creative, and cognitive — in ways that are appropriate to their developmental age. We believe it is important to provide a rich array of experiences that develop their skills and knowledge and stimulate their imagination.

The Corning Children’s Center will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. With those years of experience, along with the longevity of our staff and the strength of our financial position, the Center is fully prepared to reach our goals. We’ve expanded our vision as we’ve grown, to include the creation of a Mandarin Immersion Program, for example, and through continuously exposing children and staff to new experiences. We have achieved our goal in building strategic and emergency reserve funds and have planned reinvestment from strategic reserves. If we were to experience a major emergency, we have enough funds to run the Center for 18 months.

We will know if we are making progress by maintaining our enrollment number and increasing our donations (both in # of total donations received and # of dollars raised). Additionally, we perform multiple evaluations throughout the year with internal and external clients to make sure we are making progress. We employ several research-based methods for evaluating ourselves, our child outcomes, and the programs that we offer. Our staff longevity, which led to the creation of a “Committed Caregivers” program honoring employees who have been with the Center for 5+ years, is a clear indicator that we are an employer of choice in the area.

Our program was among the first early-childhood centers to receive accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and we have maintained this accreditation since 2005. Additionally, we created the model for Continuity of Care that is now used throughout the region. Our current home opened in 2009 and qualified as a LEED Silver-certified building by meeting rigorous standards in construction materials, energy conservation, recycling, and air quality. In 2013, we piloted Mandarin Immersion Program with volunteer Mandarin Teachers. As of 2019, 136 children at the Corning Children’s Center have been exposed to the Mandarin language. One of the things we are most excited about is that we are now educating the second generation for some area families. We are also delighted to have staff members who started their early education with us.

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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the feedback loop
check_box We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
check_box We shared information about our current feedback practices.
How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.
What significant change resulted from feedback
Our entire staff took a look at calendars and meetings and made adjustments based on feedback - whether it was to add additional meetings for better discussion or if it was to eliminate some of the redundant meetings which allowed for a better use of time and work flow. For example, lead teachers were meeting once a month, with teachers meeting just quarterly. Based on feedback from the teachers and lead teachers, there are now monthly meetings which has improved communication and staff inclusion. Based on self-assessment due to a recent transition in leadership, our team decided to focus on leadership development throughout the organization, and the senior staff and the lead teachers will be engaging in exercises and activities presented in "Dare to Lead" by Brene Brown.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Middle States Accreditation (Since 2005) 2024

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Financials

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

No

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?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/11/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

Race & Ethnicity

No data

Gender Identity

Sexual Orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity Strategies

Last updated: 09/11/2019

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Data

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We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
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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

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We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
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We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
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We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.