Children Across America

A child who reads becomes an adult who thinks

Milford, MA   |  www.childrenacrossamerica.org

Mission

Children Across America is a registered 501(c)3 that provides preventative healthcare and education support to underserved children in the United States. We focus on using the STREAM program for our educational programs which advances students skills in Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math. Our educational programs are effective, fun and free! Students end the programs equipped with a motivated and positive mindset.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Raymond Fellows

Main address

23 Pine Street

Milford, MA 01757 USA

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EIN

27-0355388

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1.Summer Learning Loss: Most students lose 2 months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another 2-3 months in reading.Summer learning loss during elementary school accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap in reading between low-income children and their middle-income peers by ninth grade. 51% of families not participating in a summer program say they would if one was available to them and Of families who pay for summer programs, the average weekly reported cost is $288 per child per week.

2.Every hour of every school day 857 kids drop out of high school.That's nearly 7000 students dropping out each day — about 1.2 million students dropping out of high school every year. Over the next decade – by 2026 – 12 million students will have dropped out of high school. According to KIDS COUNT report ,reading proficiently at the end of the third grade are at low level of reading skills nationwide, especially among children from low-income families.

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?

Reading and Maths Club

EMPOWERING CHILDREN THROUGH EDUCATION

To succeed in school, underserved children should have the opportunity to develop their reading and math skills, while enjoying the learning process. Children Across America’s unique education programs are designed to do just that. In addition to teaching children how to read, the literacy program focuses on making literature enjoyable and interactive, encouraging children to read more – at home and at school. Its math program brings concepts to life and offers a fun environment where the children can practice and discover the use of numbers in everyday life.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

PROVIDING ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE

Every child should have access to routine healthcare, including vaccinations, growth and development check-ups. Children Across America helps families take care of their infants and toddlers in a variety of way – from filling out forms and registering their child for MassHealth to checking eligibility for social services and healthy food vouchers through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. The organization also connects every family with a primary care pediatric practice and a dental office, so their child gets the care he/she deserves.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

BUILDING LEADERS AND MENTORS

The team at Children Across America trains high school students on its programs and activities, so they can co-host the book and math clubs and interact with elementary school students. Not only do the high schoolers have fun teaching, but they also learn about mentoring and leadership – skills they then apply in college and at work.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

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 children who have emerging literacy skills such as beginning letter recognition and phonological awareness, story comprehension, and use of writing materials.

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Reading and Maths Club

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use DIBELS testing for Phonetic awareness for Pre K-1st grade

Number of children achieving language and literacy proficiency

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Reading and Maths Club

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

DIBELS testing Nonsense Word Fluency(NWF) Alphabetic Principle and Basic Phonics. 4-7 year olds

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Reading and Maths Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Daze Reading Comprehension administered to all 8 and 9 year olds

Number of clients who become literate because of literacy education programs by the nonprofit

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Reading and Maths Club

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency Advanced Phonics and Word Attack skills, Accuracy and Fluancy with Connected Text and Reading Comprehension.

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Reading and Maths Club

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have included STEM in 2018. Kids do code.org's hour of coding and participate in science experiments. Kids math and reading skils have soared.

Number of children who have access to healthcare

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Preventative Healthcare

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We are a Mass Health vendor, we sign children up for Mass Health, become their health advocate and make sure they have coverage. We hen connect them with a local pediatrician. We advocate for immuniza

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 are trying to eliminate achievement gap and summer slide among our under-served communities with our FREE educational programs.We know that healthy mind is also important to achieve these goals ,so we work with communities to raise awareness around state offered Children's Health Insurance program and to help kids to get annual check-ups and immunizations.

We are providing three services at no-cost in communities where we operate -

1.Saturday STEM Club: (whole year):
Every child benefits from opportunities that develop their reading and math skills. One student plus our unique education programs equals lasting success.In addition to teaching children how to read, the literacy program focuses on making literature enjoyable and interactive. This results in children wanting to read more – even outside of school. Our math program brings concepts to life. It offers a fun environment where the children can practice and discover the use of numbers in everyday life.

2.Summer STREAM Camp: (7 weeks long/4 days of week):
In a single program we feed the body and the mind. We provide these elementary level children a unique opportunity to maintain reading and math skills over the summer along with a reliable healthy meal. We provide opportunity to read aloud and discuss stories with peers in an emotionally safe environment. We teach them coding using minecraft.

3.Access to Quality Healthcare:
Children Across America has helped hundreds of underserved families obtain healthcare coverage. We connect children with doctors and dentists within their local communities. By educating parents, more than 200 children have received annual check-ups and immunizations annually. We are a partner sign-up center with Mass Health.

Our Organization was founded in 2007 and it's a 501(c)(3) community based charity determined by IRS. We are working with underserved communities in Greater Blackstone Valley . In 2021 we opened a chapter in Mountainview California and plan on five additional chapters by years end. We are led by capable Leadership Team with balanced representation in experienced and young professionals. We have 50% women representation across our board and board meets every month.

Along with leadership team, Children Across America also mentors high school and college students on its programs and activities. In turn, these students act as mentors for their younger counterparts. These students co-host the book, math STEM clubs, interact with elementary school students, and carry out our mission to empower and improve their lives. Not only do our mentors have fun teaching, they also learn about mentoring and leadership. These skills will be applied in college and at life as they go on to further success.

Our progress in since 2007 -
• Helped more than 400 underserved kids annually at our STEM clubs and math sessions to gain insight in literacy and logic games.
• With a collaboration with other Non Profit organizations, during the STEM clubs, hot meals are also provided.
• Helped more than 300 underserved families annually obtain healthcare coverage and connected their children with Pediatricians and dentists within their local communities.
• By educating parents, more than 200 children annually have received annual check-ups and immunizations.
• Helped families fill more than 1,000 prescriptions at 50-75 percent below retail costs.

We are expanding our Summer Programs to enroll 200 kids this year and integrating STEM content into our summer program.

Financials

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Children Across America

Board of directors
as of 3/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Raymond Fellows

Children Across America

Term: 2008 - 2021

Raymond Fellows

Executive Director

Renata Imre

Operational Direcor

Eric Morin

Vice President

Beth McClain

Treasurer/Financial Director

Mukesh Asarpota

Technology Director

Anirban Panda

Secretary and Engagement Officer

Miguelina Peralta – Bobrick

Director of Cultural Diversity

Stacey Hurwitz

Marketing Director

Travis Guillette

Director of Youth and Sports Activity

Organizational demographics

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