Educational Institutions

One City Schools

Preparing Children for School Success, Leadership and Life.

aka One City Schools   |   Madison, WI   |  www.onecityschools.org

Mission

One City Schools' mission is to seed a new model of public education that ensures young children are on track to succeed in a college or career preparatory program from birth through high school graduation.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are proud to received the 2018 Gold Award for Best in Madison in Child Care, which is voted on annually by readers of Madison Magazine and members of the Greater Madison community. We are also proud of earning a 5-star rated center by the Wisconsin Youngster Child Care Rating System managed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and child care accreditation through the City of Madison Child Care Division.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder and CEO

Mr. Kaleem Caire

Main address

2012 Fisher Street

Madison, WI 53713 USA

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Formerly known as

One City Early Learning Centers

EIN

47-1490574

Cause area (NTEE code) info

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 Madison Metropolitan School District reports during the 2016-17 school year that 1,726 of 2,082 Black children (83%) were reading below grade level on the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment in its elementary schools. In the four elementary schools serving children residing in South Madison, fewer than 25% of students of color were reading at grade level in third, fourth and fifth grade combined on the state’s Forward exam. In fact, reports of children's performance on the Wisconsin Forward exam for the 2016-17 school year in grades 3 – 5 at four elementary schools serving South Madison showed that only 9% of Black children, 15% of Latino children and 20% of Asian children were reading at grade level. Also, longitudinal data provided by the Madison Metropolitan School District on the performance of children on the school system’s quarterly MAP assessment, show that Black and Latino children tend to start out one or more years behind their white peers.

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?

One City Preschool (Ages 1 to 3)

One City's Preschool provides an inspiring student-centered, creative and play-based learning experience for young children ages 1 to 3 using elements of project-based learning in our classrooms and outdoors. We use a combination of the highly regarded Anji Play Curricula (created by Ms. Xeuquin Cheng, Superintendent of Kindergartens/Preschools in Anji County, China) as the foundation of our educational program, and supplement these with the SuperKids Reading Program and Eureka Math to ensure our children are developing base-level skills in reading and math literacy. Our daily program for children is centered around experiential and independent learning "by doing”, and play. Our curriculum also involves ongoing teacher training, daily observations, routine assessment of children’s learning and developmental milestones, and forming deep connections and bonds with parents/families. We are also known for our Healthy Meals Program, which features a full-time trained chef who prepares a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack for our children every day, and for our partnerships. We are also proud to participate in the training of practicing early childhood educators, student-teachers and nursing students with Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Population(s) Served
Infants to preschool (under age 5)
Adults
Budget
$754,796

FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building strong relationships at home.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$19,040

One City's Expeditionary Elementary School is a public charter school chartered by the University of Wisconsin System that provides an inspiring student-centered, creative and play-based learning experience for young children in grades 4K through first grade using proven project-based learning strategies in our classrooms and outdoors. The highly regarded Expeditionary Learning program created by EL Education in the United States serves as the core of our school program and curriculum. We also use the highly regarded Anji Play Curricula (created by Ms. Xeuquin Cheng, Superintendent of Kindergartens/Preschools in Anji County, China) as a supplement to our curriculum, along with Eureka Math to ensure our children are developing foundations and advance level skills in reading, language arts and math. Our daily program for children is centered around experiential and independent learning "by doing”, and play. Our curriculum also involves ongoing teacher training, daily observations, routine assessment of children’s learning and developmental milestones, and forming deep connections and bonds with parents/families. We are also known for our Healthy Meals Program, which features a full-time trained chef who prepares a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack for our children every day, and for our partnerships. We are also proud to participate in the training of practicing early childhood educators, student-teachers and nursing students with Edgewood College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$2,524,536

Children's diets affect their learning. We know parents with limited incomes can find it difficult to afford healthy meals for their families. To address this issue, One City provides a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack prepared daily by our trained chef and kitchen staff. We do not use canned goods, boxed frozen goods, or any foods containing high fructose corn syrup or refined sugars. All of our food is delivered fresh to our school. Additionally, our School Nurse coordinates regular wellness, vision and dental screenings with our children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$171,656

One City enhances its curriculum for children by offering 4 to 8-week co-curricular learning experiences that many parents without financial means cannot afford for their children. We offer marital arts to support the development of strong character and positive self-discipline. We offer visual and performing arts, sports and fitness programs, and opportunities for children to engage in free-play with materials that inspire complex problem solving and group learning. Our children will also learn to swim, ice skate and play soccer. They will learn yoga and mindfulness, and take field trips that build on their personal interests and learning in school.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Adults
Budget
$111,000

Most preschools and day care centers provide year-round enrollment to children below age 4. However, One City provides a year-round school for 4 and 5 years olds as well. Children enrolled in our 4-year old (4K) and five-year old kindergarten (5K) attend school for 219 days compared to 180 days in traditional public schools. As a public charter school, our Senior Preschool offers a tuition-free full-day 4K program unlike our local public schools that offer half-day programs. Our children also attend school from 8:15am to 5:00pm daily. Presently, One City's Senior Preschool is the only public school offering an extended day and year option in Dane County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth (0-19 years)
Budget
$448,332

Where we work

Accreditations

Accreditation by City of Madison Child Care Division 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Education 2014

Madison Chamber of Commerce 2018

Accreditation by City of Madison Child Care Division 2018

Downtown Madison Incorporated 2018

Madison Magazine Best of Madison - Childcare 2018

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 family members participating in school activities

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

Caregivers,Parents,Infants to preschool (under age 5)

Related Program

One City FAST (Families and Schools Together) Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of families who have graduated from the FAST Program. Families are required to complete 5 of 8 weekly sessions in order to graduate.

Number of students who demonstrate the desire to succeed in the academic setting

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Three times per year, our teachers complete "check point" assessments of our children using the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment. This is the number of children on pace socially-emotionally.

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

One City Preschool (Ages 1 to 3)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track this for all of our children but only report on it for children entering kindergarten. In the future, we will look at first grade entrance as well. Our Goal: 80% ready. Our Success: 89%.

Number of children who have knowledge of quantitative concepts, spatial relationships, and sequencing. Children show interest and the ability to apply measuring, categorizing, and sequencing in real-life situations.

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

One City Preschool (Ages 1 to 3)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We track this for all of our children but only report on it for children entering kindergarten. In the future, we will look at first grade entrance as well. Our Goal: 80% ready. Our Success: 100%.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

One City Preschool (Ages 1 to 3)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our goal is that 80% of our children will be ready to succeed in kindergarten. Our current success rate (entering kindergarten in 2017): 89%.

Number of children with undetected developmental delays or chronic health problems at kindergarten entrance

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

Infants to preschool (under age 5),K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

One City Preschool (Ages 1 to 3)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We use the ASQ with our parents, and our children's pediatricians and public school partners, to determine if they might need special education support. We serve the children in our school.

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

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

Adults

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of One City's staff , with the exception of substitutes, experience professional development together at our school.

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

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

Adults

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

100% of One City's staff , with the exception of substitutes, are able to participate in school-wide decision-making. We hold weekly, monthly meetings and an annual staff retreat for this purpose.

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

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

Adults

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Two teachers left our school in 2016 and one left in 2017.

Number of teachers who demonstrate effective teaching practices

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

Adults

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We monitor how well our teachers are doing with the curriculum we use and expectations we set together for them, our children and classrooms. Our new teachers need time to demonstrate effectiveness.

Number of teachers who report feeling prepared to address diverse student needs, including learning disabilities and limited English proficiency

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

Adults

Related Program

Expeditionary Elementary School

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We monitor how teachers are feeling about the ability to teach and connect with our children and their families. Our new teachers need time to demonstrate effectiveness.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We envision a Greater Madison community where all children are prepared to contribute and succeed as adults. Our mission is to prepare young children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life, and ensure they enter grade school reading-ready. We achieve our mission by taking a two-generation community impact approach to cultivating young children. One City provides affordable, accessible, and high quality preschools and an elementary school that prepare young children for school success. One City is accredited by the City of Madison (WI) Child Care Division and a 5-star rated preschool by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Our goals for 2018-19 are to enroll 80 children, raise a minimum of $2.2 million in operating and start-up funds for three purposes: (1) to support our existing Junior Preschool serving children ages 1 to 3, (2) to launch phase 2 of our capital campaign to renovate our lower level and identify space for our new elementary school that we are applying for with the University of Wisconsin System, and (3) to successfully launch our new 4K and 5K public charter school in September 2018.

Learning at One City takes place in three ways at One City: (a) through guided project-based learning activities that are structured and led by a professional early childhood educator, (b) through hands on experience with other children, volunteers and One City staff, (c) through free play, and (d) by deeply engaging families in the education of their children. We offer a literacy-rich environment, where children are read to daily. They learn to initiate, discover, experience and analyze ideas, events, people, nature and things through self-guided and self-direct play, play sharing, play storying and other means of self-expression. We prepare our children for success using a number of strategies. Our top three strategies are share below: (1) An Educational Program focused on Complex Problem Solving and Innovation: One City offers the highly regarded AnjiPlay program for our Junior Preschool children and the award winning Expeditionary Learning (EL) program for children enrolled in our Senior Preschool. Both curricula support the learning, growth and development of young children through an emphasis on "deep learning": learning through mastery of knowledge and skills, character development and high quality student work, with a specific focus on critical thinking, design thinking, complex problem solving, collaboration and extended learning expeditions. One City is the first school outside of Mainland China to offer the AnjiPlay curriculum and will become its primary demonstration site in the United States. It's implementing a pilot EL school as well. (2) Year-Round School with Longer School Days: Most preschools and day care centers provide year-round enrollment to children below age 4. However, One City provides a year-round school for 4 and 5 years olds as well. Children enrolled in our 4-year old (4K) and five-year old kindergarten (5K) attend school for 234 days compared to 180 days in traditional public schools. As a public charter school, our Senior Preschool offers a tuition-free full-day 4K program unlike our local public schools that offer half-day programs. Our children also attend school from 8:15am to 5:00pm daily. Presently, One City's Senior Preschool is the only public school offering an extended day and year option in Dane County. (3) The One City FAST Program serves all children enrolled in our schools, and their families. FAST® is an internationally acclaimed parent engagement program that helps children thrive by building strong relationships at home, and between home and school. FAST includes an 8-week program where parents meet for 2.5 hours on one evening, every week, for eight weeks. Parents make meals, engage in scientifically proven engagement activities with their children, and with other parents. There is also time for children and parents to connect separately to play and discuss topics that are important to them. Parents and community members also help coordinate the program each week.

One City is supported by an 10-member Board of Directors that includes individuals with a range of knowledge, skills and personal and professional contacts that help the organization implement its mission and achieve its objectives. To date, One City has raised $4.35 million from more than 1,300 donors and 65 institutional supporters. One City's founder and CEO, Kaleem Caire, is a highly respected education leader with 25 years of professional experience in business, nonprofit, public policy an community leadership. He has started, led and retooled three nonprofits into high impact national and regional organizations, and has management and leadership experience in public, private and nonprofit institutions. We have a team and a Board of Directors that can help us produce positive results with children, parents and our school.

Expected Outcomes: 1. A minimum of 142 children will enroll in One City's schools by October 1, 2020. [As of April 10, 2020, we have 122 children enrolled in our schools.] 2. Approximately 50% of children served will come from families who are eligible for the state's W-2 and Child Care Subsidy programs. [As of April 10, 2020, 57% of our children are low-income: their families qualify for free-and-reduced priced lunch]. 3. 50% of families will have at least one responsible adult (parent or caregiver) complete One City's 8-week FAST course. [As of December 12, 2018, 53 of our current families have completed the FAST Program. This represents 43% of our current 122 families.] 4. 75% of One City's children who have been enrolled in One City for at least 48 months will demonstrate readiness for school success using a respected comprehensive assessment of young learners. [As of April 10, 2020, all of our children have completed their first checkpoint (of three) on the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment in our preschool and more than 60% of our elementary school students tested at basic or above levels in reading and math.] 5. 75% of One City's children will demonstrate readiness for kindergarten on the PALS assessment administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction through local school districts. [As of April 10, 2020, all of our children have completed their baseline assessment as part of the PALS early literacy assessment.] We also manage our organization through a detailed work matrix, weekly leadership statuses with staff, weekly team meetings, our student observation system and daily communications across the organization.

One City's Accomplishments: 1. Secured 501c3 status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 2. Opened its first center in a temporary location on September 8, 2016. 3. Raised $4.35 million in charitable funding towards the project so far. 4. Completed a $1.2 million renovation of our current facility and moved into our permanent location on June 6, 2016. Purchased our facility with support from the City of Madison, Rennebohm Foundation and Forward Community Investments. 5. Our preschool achieved accreditation and is a 5-star (out of 5) preschool on Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Rating System administered by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. 10. Secured approval of our public charter elementary school which now enrolls 95 children in grades 4k to 1st Grade. We will continue to add one grade per year.

Financials

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One City Schools

Board of directors
as of 4/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Noble Wray

Retired Madison Chief of Police

Term: 2019 - 2021

Carola Gaines

Unity Health Insurance

Kaleem Caire

One City Schools, Inc.

Joseph Krupp

Prime Urban Properties

Lynn McDonald

Founder, Families and Schools Together

Noble Wray

Retired, City of Madison Police Chief

Gordon Derzon

Retired, UW Health/UW Hospitals and Clinics

Robert Beckman

Wicab, Inc.

Bethe Bonk

One City Parent and Pathway to Wellness Community Clinic

Jordan Pope-Williams

One City Parent and Madison College

Theresa Balsiger

Director, Carex Consulting Group

Gloria Ladson-Billings

Professor Emerita, UW-Madison

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 04/12/2020

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/12/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.

Keywords

Early Learning, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School, One City, Charter School