START SCHOOL LATER INC

Health, Safety and Equity in Education

aka Healthy Hours   |   Severna Park, MD   |  www.startschoollater.net

Mission

Start School Later is a coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Terra Ziporyn Snider

Main address

574E Ritchie Highway #164

Severna Park, MD 21146 USA

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EIN

46-0922466

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (G01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Our programs

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Local Chapters

Communities that want to ensure students have healthy school start times can form a local chapter of Start School Later.

Population(s) Served
Families

Online, interactive sleep health education programs targeted at incoming college students and middle and high school students, developed in partnership with a leading university and our educational arm, Healthy Hours .

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Young adults

Let’s Sleep! is a joint initiative of Brigham & Women’s Hospital’s Division of Sleep & Circadian Disorders, led by Harvard Medical School’s sleep pioneer Dr. Charles Czeisler, and the nonprofit Healthy Hours, dedicated to promoting sleep health and raising public awareness about the relationship of sleep and developmentally appropriate school hours to physical, psychological, and educational well-being. Our team consists of sleep researchers, pediatricians and other medical professionals, psychologists, writers, and educators who share a common vision of creating compelling, accessible, and scientifically accurate sleep education materials for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators across the United States.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Teachers
Students

At our workshops, our expert panelists from the sleep, health, change management, and advocacy communities present the science of sleep and its connection to school start times, as well as proven strategies for successfully changing bell times. This includes how to generate optimum community support and work through potential implementation challenges such as bus routes, athletic scheduling, and more.

This interactive workshop is intended for superintendents, transportation directors, principals, athletic directors, teachers, counselors, nurses, and other school administrators and staff, as well as school board members, parents, guardians, health professionals and other concerned community members. ​

Registration for our Pennsylvania workshop was so successful that we added a second day. With COVID, we have moved to online workshops, which have also been proven to be successful to expand our reach without the difficulties and expense of travel.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Parents
Teachers
Researchers

Where we work

Awards

Public Service Award 2022

Sleep Research Society

Affiliations & memberships

Sleep Research Society Public Service Award 2022

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of states initiating school start time legislation to address teen sleep health.

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Local Chapters

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of live broadcast

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Students, Teachers

Related Program

Let's Sleep Education Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hosted 11 webinars that were free and available to the general public as part of a grant award.

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Goals & Strategy

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Mission
We are a coalition of health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

Goals
Our primary goals include:

(1) Collaborating with health professionals, sleep scientists, educators, parents, students, and other concerned citizens dedicated to increasing public awareness about the relationship between sleep and school hours and to ensuring school start times compatible with health, safety, education, and equity.

(2) Educating the public about the relationship between sleep, school start times, and physical, psychological, and educational well-being, utilizing education awareness forums, professional networking, symposiums, teaching presentations and social media outreach

(3) Providing resources, support and guidance to local communities working for later school start times

(4) Serving as an information clearinghouse by collecting and consolidating information and data about school start times and efforts to change them

(5) Advocating for legislation to ensure evidence-based school hours at the national, state and local levels

We are utilizing a multi-pronged approach to educate, advocate for school start times in the following areas simultaneously:
* national level guidance
* state level legislation
* local level advocacy, education and assistance with implementation

Changing the school start time requires inclusion and buy in from all the community stakeholders for a good implementation. Because of competing and conflicting interests and shrinking budgets, most local school districts are hardpressed to make change. State legislation is critical to gain widespread familiarity with the issue of school start times.

We have expanded our program offerings to provide sleep education programming for teachers, administrators and students at the college and high school level. We provide implementation and sleep health webinars and provide coaching support for community members pursuing healthy and safe school start times.

On the national level, we have a responsibility to ensure that children are going to school at a safe time. Federal legislation can serve to provide guidance for all school systems in the United States and beyond.

We have an expanded network of supporters in local chapters in 31 states, Washington DC and three countries.
We also have a presence on social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, which has been useful in spreading the word to sleep researchers, media contacts, school systems and concerned parents.

We have received grants and sponsorships to develop an award winning sleep education program, which is now being distributed to colleges and high schools.

We have expanded our local chapter network to reach more communities.

Prior to the formation of Start School Later, there was no legislation regarding school start times. Now, there are 11 states that have initiated legislation on examining school start times and the issue of teen sleep and too early starts has become common knowledge in the mainstream. We have been able to take decades of sleep research and apply it to the world at large. More school systems and states are examining how to change school start times to account for the delayed circadian shift of adolescents.

While there is a long way to go, we have contributed progress in keeping the issue on the forefront of education reform.

We successfully held a National Conference, bringing together sleep researchers, advocates and school administrators, which has resulted in implementation workshops, sleep health webinars, and a very successful Research Summit, in addition to our award winning Let's Sleep online sleep education modules.

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START SCHOOL LATER INC

Board of directors
as of 08/12/2022
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Board chair

Terra Snider

Start School Later, Inc.

Sina Nader

SWAN Medical Group

Danny Lewin

Children's National Medical Center

Amy Wolfson

Loyola University

Terry Cralle

Certified Clinical Sleep Educator

Ann Gallagher

U.S. National Park Service

Judith Owens

Center for Pediatric Sleep Disorders, Boston Children's Hospital

​Rafael Pelayo

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Maribel Ibrahim

Start School Later

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No