PLATINUM2023

The Family Conservancy

Helping children and strengthening families.

Kansas City, KS   |  www.thefamilyconservancy.org

Mission

The Family Conservancy creates opportunities for children, families, caregivers, and educators to thrive so that every child can experience well-being throughout their lives.

Ruling year info

1963

President and CEO

Paula Neth

Main address

Kansas Administrative Office 444 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 200

Kansas City, KS 66101 USA

Show more contact info

Formerly known as

Heart of America Family Services

EIN

44-0454800

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2022, 2021 and 2020.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Family Conservancy believes that every child can reach their full potential when we invest in them and those who care for them. The first five years of a child's life can determine emotional resilience, health outcomes, school readiness, and future career success. Our services create opportunities for children, families, caregivers, and educators to thrive so that every child can experience well-being throughout their lives. We embrace the definition of equity that ensures everyone has access to the resources, opportunities, power, and responsibility they need to reach their full potential. We acknowledge the history of systematic racism that is still perpetuated in today’s systems and we are committed to disrupting that reality.

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?

Helping children and individuals overcome trauma, depression and anxiety

Agency programs that provide resources for families and individuals to prevent child abuse and neglect, reduce crime and victimization, and keep at-risk children in school include:Healthy Parents, Healthy KidsStudent Assistance ProgramDame la ManoMental Health Counseling, Therapy and Group Support Moving Beyond Depression

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Agency programs that provide resources to help families and child care providers to improve skills and quality of early learning environments, ensuring children are entering school ready to learn, include:
Quality InitiativesProfessional Development for Early EducatorsEarly Childhood Mental HealthHead Start and Early Head StartChild Care Resource and ReferralChild and Adult Care Food Program

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Caregivers

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2020

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - Child Care Aware Consumer Education Quality Assurance Program - Certification 2015

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2013

AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 2008

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 1990

Council of Accreditation of Child and Family Services, Inc. 1987

United Way Member Agency 1963

National Association of Social Workers 1955

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 teachers trained

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

Caregivers, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Equipping children with supportive, nurturing parents and caregivers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children enrolled in Home-Based Head Start.

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

Infants and toddlers, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of new child care spaces in Wyandotte County.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Start Young

Number of early education programs increase family engagement.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equipping children with supportive, nurturing parents and caregivers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of early education students increase protective factors.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Helping children and individuals overcome trauma, depression and anxiety

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients exhibit improved mental health functioning.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Helping children and individuals overcome trauma, depression and anxiety

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of mothers who completed at least 6 treatment sessions and experienced a reduction in depression symptoms as evidenced by scores on the Beck Depression Inventory.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Helping children and individuals overcome trauma, depression and anxiety

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of children whose families received opportunities and training around developmental milestones, community resources, and advocacy.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equipping children with supportive, nurturing parents and caregivers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HS KS

Number of families of young children have access to accurate and up to date information about child care options.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equipping children with supportive, nurturing parents and caregivers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CCA

Number of families remaining in workforce to support their families/provide stability because of child care gap funding.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of child care providers who increased knowledge of nutritional guidelines.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Equipping children with supportive, nurturing parents and caregivers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Strategies
Support educators and expand the capacity of the early education sector.
Empower children and families to address their immediate needs.
Help children and adults develop resilience.

]Outcomes
Children transition to kindergarten ready for success.
Parents experience increased well-being, and advocate for their children.
Individuals and families develop social-emotional skills and healthy relationships, learn coping skills and heal from trauma.

Our Intended Impact
Children grow up in thriving families and healthy communities, and experience well-being throughout their lives.

Beginning in 2021, we formulated an agency dashboard to quickly and effectively analyze our agency’s performance in advancing our Theory of Change. This tool provides us with timely data so that we can provide proactive quality improvement and enhanced service delivery to the children and families we serve. The dashboard is housed on our website (http://tfckc.org/dashboard) and is updated quarterly.

Public Policy Agenda
Our Advocacy Committee has finalized TFC’s 2022 Public Policy Agenda. The agenda outlines focus areas and initiatives we plan to pursue throughout 2022.

Our agency’s long history spanning nearly 140 years, we have been responsive to the needs of the community as well as changes in funding. In addition to exceptional financial oversight, TFC boasts program experts in all of our programs who are leaders in their field. The expertise is further demonstrated through our lower than average turnover rates, which also proves continuity of service to clients and the community.The Family Conservancy uses partnerships and collaboration to serve the community and to connect to populations who are seeking or in need of our services. Some core partnerships and affiliations include Mid America Regional Council, Child Care Aware of Missouri, Child Care Aware of Kansas, United Way of Greater Kansas City, United Way of Wyandotte County, and many more. In addition to being the number one recipient of United Way funding – via contracts, allocations and designations – TFC maintains over 100 funding streams to support a variety of programming.

Theory of Change Strategy I: Improving Early Learning and the Early Education Sector

Early Care and Education
TFC provides training, coaching and consultation to thousands of early educators each year, because we believe that child care should be about much more than care. When children have access to high-quality early learning environments, they’re able to take advantage of a critical brain development period that occurs during the first five years of life and create a foundation for success in school and life.
2021 Program Highlights:
TFC trainers and coaches supported 7,268 teachers and providers
306 training opportunities were offered
612 programs were coached by the Early Care and Education team

Training
TFC offers a variety of training opportunities for early education professionals. Training is offered in the community, on-site at child care programs and online. ECE addresses the needs of all child care providers and early educators by offering training geared toward a variety of needs:

Level 1 trainings focus on entry-level skills – health and safety; child abuse and neglect
Level 2 training is comparable to a Child Development Associate (CDA) degree
Levels 3-5 support advanced, developmentally appropriate classroom practices to help educators provide a higher quality of instruction

Coaching and Consultation
TFC also offers fee-for-service options to early education programs that include playground services (audits, inspections, and consultations), classroom or program assessment, accreditation coaching, or general consultation.

CLASS Institute
TFC delivers on-site coaching through a variety of projects. One of the largest projects is The CLASS Institute. This is a 12-month training and coaching program that uses the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ (CLASS™). CLASS™ is an observational tool that provides a common lens and language focused on what matters—the classroom interactions between the teacher and students that will boost student learning. TFC staff helps identify teacher’s strengths and opportunities for growth. Programming also includes a director’s support group to help early childhood program directors create systems within their program to sustain quality gained from The CLASS Institute.

In 2019, the CLASS Institute began offering a cohort designed specifically for in-home child care providers. Additionally, as an alternative to the 12-month commitment, individualized training and coaching opportunities were offered throughout the year.

Directors Leadership Academy
One of the many training series provided by the team is the Director’s Leadership Academy (DLA). TFC authored this curriculum, which was rolled out in 2014, providing education opportunities for early childhood program directors. DLA focuses on new directors and assistant directors of child care centers who lack experience or education in early childhood administration. The program features components that are vital to a director to successfully perfor

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.
  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

The Family Conservancy
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

The Family Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 06/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Nick Nash

Union Bank and Trust

Nick Nash

Union Bank and Trust (UBT)

Don Ash

Brian Dunn

J.E. Dunn Construction Company

Pat Thelen

Ripple

Sara Anthony

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City

Cami Walker

Prime Capital Investments

Amy Wolf

Park University

Anna Krstulic

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Tony Jackson

SelectQuote

Anna Krstulic

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Uma Wilson

UMB

Megan Elder

Bank of Labor

Angelia Ewing

Commerce Bank

Melvin Sarmiento

Sunflower Bank

Raheema Sampson

Erica Duker

T-Mobile

Jenny Faught

Deloitte & Touche LLP

Larry Lerner

Community Volunteer

Courtney Starnes

True Accord

Ashley Daniels

Children's Mercy Hospital

Ernesto Márquez

KPMG

Jacqueline Rodriguez

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/8/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/08/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.