Kids Can Community Center

EDUCATE - ENGAGE - INSPIRE

aka Kids Can Community Center   |   Omaha, NE   |  www.kidscan.org

Mission

The mission of Kids Can Community Center is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences.

Ruling year info

1943

Principal Officer

Mr. Robert Patterson

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Josh Gillman

Main address

4860 Q St

Omaha, NE 68117 USA

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Formerly known as

Social Settlement Association

EIN

47-0376597

NTEE code info

Neighborhood Center, Settlement House (P28)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The majority of Kids Can families live at or below the poverty line, 85% qualify for free and reduced meals. According to Voices for Children, a Nebraska family of four qualifies for childcare subsidies until their earnings reach over $16 per hour. However, the same family must earn $25 per hour to achieve self-sufficiency and afford expenses including childcare. This gap becomes increasingly difficult as Nebraska is one of the few states without a graduated system for lessening families' reliance on assistance. Even a slight change in income can disqualify families from childcare subsidies. These families fall into a financial gap, known as the "Cliff Effect", where they are still considered low-income but not yet self-sufficient to pay for childcare out of pocket.

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?

Early Childhood Education & Care (ages 18 months to 5 years)

Kids Can's Early Childhood Education program promotes a nurturing atmosphere preparing young children ages 18-months to 5 years to develop to his/her fullest potential according to his/her own ability. Focusing on cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills, socialization and language, and self-help skills, we implement the Creative Curriculum. Program goals are that by kindergarten, children will be on track: 1) academically, 2) socially and emotionally, and 3) physically.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Kids Can's site-based mentoring program matches children ages 7-13 with adult mentors who promote positive relationships, encourage self-esteem and confidence, and engage in goal setting activities. Goals are that youth will maintain or improve their: 1) mentoring relationship of a minimum of 12 months, 2) educational expectations, and 3) social interactions and relationships.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Kids Can's Out-Of-School programs at our main site offers both before and after school programs on regularly scheduled school days and full-day programming (6:00 AM – 6:00 PM) on ~90 days when school is not in session due to summer break, holidays, and teacher in-service trainings etc. Kids Can operates the after-school program at Nelson Mandela Elementary and four OPS Community Learning Center (CLC) sites: Gilder, Miller Park, Wakonda, Minne Lusa, Conestoga, and Benson West Elementary Schools that includes a six-week full-day summer program. Our STEMsmart Academy includes activities to promote personal and academic growth by providing safe, structured physical, social and academic skill-building. Kids Can measures: 1) increased academic competencies, 2) demonstrated curiosity and future focus, and 3) developing positive behaviors.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Kids Can offers a variety of community programs such as: Holiday Assistance; Family Nights, National Night Out, and other collaborative activities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Step Up To Quality - Level 4 2017

Step Up to Quality - Level 5 2019

Mentor Nebraska 2021

Awards

Catalyst Award 2020

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) 2022

United Way Member Agency 2022

Chamber of Commerce 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 who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Early Childhood Education & Care (ages 18 months to 5 years)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kid Can uses the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment modules for our ongoing assessments.

Number of mentors recruited

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

Adults

Related Program

Mentoring (ages 7 to 13 years)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kids Can offers one-on-one site-based mentoring for children attending our program.

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

Out-Of-School Programs (ages 5 to 13 years)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Kids Can Out-Of-School program focuses on STEMsmart (science, technology, engineering, math, strength, music, art, reading and tutoring).

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.

2040 VISION: Our vision is to provide meaningful, high-impact programs and opportunities for children through programs, advocacy, sustainability, work environment, racial equity, and expansion.

Strategies for our CRITICAL PATH are currently in progress in the six impact areas:

PROGRAMS: Innovative; nationally recognized; engaged families; achieve community-altering outcomes.

ADVOCACY: Eliminate the cliff effect; leader in affordable childcare efforts; drive systematic changes; advocate for policies and laws to protect children and people of color.

SUSTAINABILITY: Dynamic funding (foundations, earned revenue, government, corporations, individuals); ensure sustainability for future generations; $5M budget in five years.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Be the best place to work; compensating staff aligned with value of their impact.

RACIAL EQUITY: Prioritize diversity and equity in staff, partnerships, and board; invest and embed racial equity into programs, training, and resources.

EXPANSION: Increase program outreach throughout the city, state, and beyond

CORE CAPABILITIES:

- Providing impactful, enriching educational experiences.

- Removing any socio-economic barriers that may keep families from accessing services.

- Become a more data-driven organization to make informed, meaningful decisions.

- Engage in innovative and intelligent partnerships to solve complex problems.

Kids Can has a solid track record for providing high quality programs for children for many decades in the Omaha area. In the past six years, we have more nearly tripled the amount of children our programs serve and more than doubled the operating budget. We continue to place a priority on improving programs, increasing professional development for staff, and growing our resources and capacities to deliver programs.

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.), Paper surveys,

  • 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,

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Kids Can Community Center

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Lindsay Neemann

UNMC

Term: 2019 - 2024


Board co-chair

Anige Kelso

Wells Fargo

Term: 2022 - 2024

Jessica Hollister

Deloitte

Rebecca Kleine

Pact Studios

Scott Moulton

Gallup

Lindsay Neemann

UNMC

Diana Prauner

Union Pacific

Jane Franklin

Metropolitan Community College

Brad Hove

RELI Group Inc

Angie Kelso

Wells Fargo

Preston Love Jr

Black Votes Matter

Marcos Rodriguez

First National Bank of Omaha

Gina Ponce

Bellevue University

Deborah Bogar

Woodmen Life

Shannon Hite

Mutual of Omaha

Kristin Lund

American National Bank

Sammi Kaiser

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Tom Behrendsen

Lincoln Financial Group

Hannes Zetsche

Baird Holm

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 7/28/2022

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
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/28/2022

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
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.