Corning Day Programs Inc Corning

aka CORNING CHILDREN'S CENTER   |   Corning, NY   |  www.corningchildrenscenter.com

Mission

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

Ruling year info

1981

Executive Director

Paula Detar

Main address

107 Arthur St

Corning, NY 14830 USA

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EIN

22-2361362

NTEE code info

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

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

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Programs and results

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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?

Childcare

The Corning Children’s Center serves children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Children are grouped based on their approximate age into our distinct Infant, Toddler, Pre-school, and Pre-K programs. If you select our Continuity of Care option, your child will remain with the same cohort of friends and teaching staff from his or her Infant through Pre-school years.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Accreditations

Middle States Accreditation (Since 2005) 2024

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 children who have access to education

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

Infants and toddlers

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

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of family members participating in school activities

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

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Childcare

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

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.

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

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • 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.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • 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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Corning Day Programs Inc Corning

Board of directors
as of 8/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Carl

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 ? No
  • 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 09/11/2019

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
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

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.