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MISS B'S LEARNING BEES INC.

Changing the face of poverty through Education

Vero Beach, FL   |  missbslearningbees.org

Mission

Miss B’s Learning Bees assists children and families from high poverty communities by providing access to academic support and behavioral services designed to help students reach and maintain proficiency.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and CEO

Ms. LaToya M. Bullard

Main address

4736 34th Ave

Vero Beach, FL 32967 USA

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EIN

46-5201707

NTEE code info

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Miss B's Learning Bees strives to increase the number of economically disadvantaged students that are proficient in reading, math and science. Proficiency is determined by scores students receive on the Florida Standards Assessment. Those scores are then grouped into levels ranging from 1-5. Level 1 being inadequate and likely to need support for the next grade and level 5 Mastery likely to Excel to the next grade. The 2019 Indian River Community Needs Assessment (IRCNA) compared the level of proficiency of 3rd graders who were economically disadvantaged to those who were not economically disadvantaged. In Reading 76.3% of non-Economically Disadvantaged 3rd graders read-on-level (scored a Level 3 or higher) while ONLY 39.9% of Economically Disadvantaged 3rd graders are reading on grade level. In Math, the percentage of economically secure 3rd graders on grade level was 73.4% compared to ONLY 53.1% of Economically Disadvantaged third graders scoring grade level (3 or higher).

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?

Academic Enrichment Program

Project COAEP (Community Outreach Academic Enrichment Program) offers proven learning remediation and enrichment programs and increases accessibility to quality behavioral health services for economically disadvantaged children in Indian River County in grades K-12 who have learning differences and are not achieving grade level goals. Project COAEP increases the number of economically disadvantaged students who are proficient in the areas of reading and math. The Afterschool Program focuses on achieving academic goals and building independent, successful learners. The Behavioral program identifies and builds behaviors which build self esteem and help children succeed while addressing negative behaviors. Project COAEP also provides a Summer Learning program which is a robust, fun, and engaging camp to continue learning in the summer months to prevent the summer slide.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
People with disabilities
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Behavioral services program educates our families and the community about the practice of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) and gives our parents and adults the tools they need to better serve our targeted youth to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. The Behavioral services program utilizes ABA to develop interventions that increase and enhance learning for all students and develop behaviors that are proven to help them become more confident, improve self-esteem and gain social acceptance . We more specifically focus on learning and verbal behaviors to better encourage and support learning with primary goal of helping students become proficient and teaching socially acceptable behaviors.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Families
People with disabilities
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

School District of Indian River County 2022

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 students showing improvement in test scores

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Academic Enrichment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who perform at average or above on standardized testing

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

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Academic Enrichment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

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

Adolescents, Children, Preteens, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Academic Enrichment Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

The ultimate goal of Miss B's Learning Bees is to change the face of poverty through education! According to the Florida Department of Education less than 50% of the lowest performing students are not making learning gains. Increasing the gains of these students is critical. We will do this by:
Goal 1
- Increase the number of students in 3rd grade who score satisfactory or higher in 3rd grade English from 58% to 63% by increasing the number of students who are economically disadvantaged that score a level 3 or higher from 40% to 45% using data collected from Performance Assessment Utilized by the State.
Goal 2
- Increase the number of students in 8th grade who score satisfactory or higher in 8th grade Math from 73% to 76% by increasing the number of students who are economically disadvantaged that score a level 3 or higher from 53% to 56%.

Project COAEP (Community Outreach Academic Enrichment Program) increases accessibility to
quality afterschool programs and behavioral services to families that reside in high poverty communities.
- After school program offered four days a week/ 2 hours each day staffed by certified teachers
- Behavioral Health Services utilizing applied behavioral analysis to increase and enhance learning for all
- Located within two neighborhood hubs for transportation impoverished communities
South County (Oslo) and North County (Wabasso).
- Utilize online learning program IXL which develops unique action plans specific to student learning gaps and builds skills
- Teachers work with students in small groups and one-on-one
- Eliminate Major barriers that prevent students and families from accessing services. Examples-
---Increase the number of academic opportunities accessible to children from high poverty communities all year including summer and vacation periods
- --Increase access to quality behavioral and mental health services for families that live within high poverty communities
- --Overcome transportation barriers- Provided from home/ school, to the afterschool program, and back home ( 4 days a week)
--- Reduce food insecurity through the food program- Provide a healthy snack and nutritious substantial meal each day (4 Days a Week)



The Academic Enrichment program utilizes scientific research and best practices to determine strategies and interventions that are most effective with assisting our student population in reaching and maintaining proficiency. We have a unique approach that has proven successful to help our students reach and maintain proficiency.

The Behavioral Services program promotes applied behavioral analysis to improve outcomes for students and families from our targeted population. The purpose of the program is to educate families about Behavioral Health services, increase capacity for services available in the community, and make it easier for to access quality behavioral services.

All these services are free of charge to the families and we have a demonstrated record of success since 2006. Our capacity to serve students is directly tied to the level of charitable support the organization receives each year and we have been successful in securing multi-year grants because of our ability to quantify our student's success.

Project COAEP has had a profound impact on our student outcomes. We have consistently assisted our student in reaching and maintaining proficiency. Over the past year, Miss B’s has implemented interventions from the behavioral services program into the afterschool program and the student outcomes have been astounding. Students experienced gains which ranged from 20- 85 points in the first four months of 2021 using data collected from local assessments. By the end of 2021-22 school year, those gains ranged from 30- 100 points on the local assessments. IReady Assessment 3 and FSA data for the 2021-22 school year had not yet been released at the time this document was completed. However, based on the data collected from our online learning program 98% of our students will make learning gains which will help them increase their current levels of proficiency.


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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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MISS B'S LEARNING BEES INC.

Board of directors
as of 06/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ardra Rigby

Miss B's Learning Bee's

Term: 2021 - 2023

LaToya Bullard

Chief Executive Officer / Miss B's Learning Bees

Kathy Nystrom

Board Secretary

Ardra Rigby

Board Chairman

Keya Billue- Brown

Board Treasure

Eric M. Seymour

Board Member

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/16/2022

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
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/16/2022

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.