Sunbeam Family Services Inc.

aka Sunbeam Family Services   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  http://sunbeamfamilyservices.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide people of all ages with help, hope, and the opportunity to succeed through Early Childhood, Foster Care, Counseling, and Senior Services.

Ruling year info

1960

Chief External Relations Officer

Sarah Rahhal

Main address

1100 NW 14th St.

Oklahoma City, OK 73106 USA

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EIN

73-0590119

NTEE code info

Family Services (P40)

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

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learning begins long before a child starts kindergarten. Research shows relationships with adult caregivers build a strong foundation of neural connections in the brain by age 3. Access to high-quality early childhood education is essential to the future success of babies, toddlers, and their families. Children who are not prepared to start school at age 5 are at risk of never catching up, leaving an achievement gap that can persist throughout their entire lives. Foster Care - On average, 7,800 children are in OKDHS custody throughout Oklahoma and are in need of safe, loving homes where they can grow and thrive. Mental Health - Oklahoma has some of the highest rates for Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders. Senior Services - Oklahoma seniors experience higher poverty levels and more depression than the national average. Oklahoma also consistently ranks as one of the top states in the nation for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

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 Services

Learning begins long before a child starts kindergarten. Scientific research shows relationships with adult caregivers build a strong foundation of neural connections in the brain by age 3. Access to high-quality early childhood education is essential to the future success of babies, toddlers, and their families. Children who are not prepared to start school at age 5 are at risk of never catching up, leaving an achievement gap that can persist throughout their entire lives. This gap can be linked to social and economic problems later in life, including illiteracy, teen pregnancy, and high dropout rates.

With support from donors and community partners, Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers prepare young children from prenatal to five to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to be ready for school–and beyond. Thanks to support from donors and community partners, during FY19 our Early Education Centers provided 867 children from under-resourced neighborhoods with high-quality Early Head Start education through Home Visitation services and full-day, full-year, center-based services at 20 locations across Oklahoma City.

Throughout each school year, enrolled children learn school readiness skills which prepare them to enter kindergarten. We utilize evidence-based early education curriculum to plan activities and assess growth in all educational domains outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Teachers discuss each child’s growth during home visits and parent conferences, so that parents can follow their child’s progress in skills such as getting along with others, listening, hand-eye coordination, learning the alphabet, counting, and using words to express feelings or ideas. Classroom transition activities are implemented so children can visit a kindergarten classroom, learn this new environment and its expectations, and express feelings about the transition. For infants and toddlers, school readiness goals include developing capacity to self-regulate, demonstrate curiosity, communicate effectively, and develop secure relationships. Additionally, the program places priority on good health and proper nutrition to support children’s growth and development.

As Sunbeam’s flagship early education center, Educare Oklahoma City is part of the Educare Learning Newtork (ELN). This network of schools is widely respected as one of the nation’s most effective early childhood models and uses an approach that extends beyond the classroom to help children, families, and neighborhoods thrive. As its incubator of best practices from around the country, Sunbeam leverages the expertise at Educare OKC by sharing it with all of its early education centers across Oklahoma City.

Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers and partner sites include: Avery Chapel Child Care, Bob & Jean Harbison Education Center, Childcare Network, Children’s Lighthouse I, Educare Oklahoma City, Emerson’s Little Wonders, Kiddie Village, Hope Early Education Center at ReMerge, Linwood Early Learning Center, Little Hearts Child Development Center, Millwood Early Education Center (opening in 2020), Pierce Early Education Center (opening in 2020), Positive Tomorrows (opening 2020), Santa Fe South Early Childhood Center, South West Child Development Center, Tony Reyes Bilingual Child Development Center, U.S. Grant’s Little Generals, West Oak Head Start and WovenLife. With the addition of Millwood Early Education Center, Millwood Public Schools is working to serve children from birth through college on its campus.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

On average, 7,800 children are in Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKHDS) custody throughout Oklahoma and are in need of safe, loving homes where they can grow and thrive. Since Oklahoma City no longer has overnight shelters, the child welfare system relies on quality foster homes.

Thanks to support from donors and community partners, during FY19 Sunbeam placed 119 children in foster care in 45 safe, loving homes with Sunbeam foster families.

Sunbeam is a traditional foster care agency providing temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children in OKDHS custody in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, and Oklahoma counties. Sunbeam works to improve the safety, well-being, and permanency of children from birth to 18 years of age by inclusively recruiting and training new foster parents.

While OKDHS works with biological parents on a pathway to reunification, Sunbeam provides ongoing support to families through 24/7 case management, training, and connection to resources. Many children who enter the child welfare system have experienced trauma that can lead to ongoing issues with social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral well-being. For this reason, all children in Sunbeam’s foster care program receive priority placement and services from its early childhood services and mental health programs.

Sunbeam provides children in new placement with items from its basic needs pantry such as clothing and hygiene items. Throughout the placement, Sunbeam staff monitors placement stability, attends court hearings, and ensures the overall success of the child in foster care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Sunbeam provides high-quality, sliding-scale mental health services to individuals and families through individual, couples, family, and play therapy. Clients learn ways to identify, cope and build strengths to overcome difficulties. Services are also offered in Spanish. The support received from Sunbeam’s mental health services allows clients to have stability, maintain their health, and live life to the fullest.

Sunbeam also has a highly-trained team of infant and early childhood clinicians, including a trainer of Child Parent Psychotherapy. This expertise allows staff to not only provide expert therapy to all children, but it also allows them to provide support and consultation to teachers and parents in Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers and Sunbeam foster parents.

Thanks to support from donors and community partners, 412 Oklahomans received compassionate mental health services during FY19.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Oklahoma seniors experience higher poverty levels and more depression than the national average. Oklahoma also consistently ranks as one of the top states in the nation for grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Sunbeam’s Senior Services program has been addressing the needs of seniors for over half a century. Thanks to support from donors and community partners, during FY19:
- 1,392 senior adults stayed active, connected to their communities, found permanent housing, and were supported living in their own homes.
- 817 caregivers received support, including 336 grandparents and their grandchildren and 119 respite clients.
- 96 seniors experiencing homelessness received care at the Senior Shelter and found safe, permanent homes.

Caregiver Fundamentals serves Oklahomans 55 and older who provide care to a loved one in Oklahoma,
Cleveland, Canadian, and Logan Counties. This program creates an environment of support for families providing care to others in their families, including grandparents raising their grandchildren. With the goal of encouraging self-care, the program provides support groups, counseling, respite care, training services, resources-referral information, and access to the CareTrak program, which helps loved ones track family members who are prone to wandering.

The Senior Shelter is the only facility in Oklahoma serving seniors experiencing homelessness age 60 and older. Residents immediately receive space in a private room, individualized case management, and a 30-day work plan to secure safe, permanent housing. They are also supported by therapists from Sunbeam’s Counseling program and receive medication dispensing.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Accreditations

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

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2021

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2021

United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency 2021

Oklahoma City Black Chamber of Commerce 2021

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2021

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Early Childhood Services - With support from donors and community partners, Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers prepare young children from prenatal to five to enter kindergarten with the skills necessary to be ready for school–and beyond.

Foster Care- Since Oklahoma City no longer has overnight shelters, the child welfare system relies on quality foster homes. Like SunbeamTo support children in DHS custody and foster parents. A significant number of children who enter the child welfare system have experienced trauma that can lead to ongoing issues with social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral well-being. Sunbeam's Mental Health program provides therapy and support services to foster families, children in care, and other children in the home. Sunbeam's team of mental health and infant mental health practitioners assess and provide support to children needing intensive intervention and support during their placement.


Mental Health Services – Sunbeam provides high-quality, sliding-scale mental health services to individuals and families through individual, couples, family, and play therapy. Clients learn ways to identify, cope and build strengths to overcome difficulties. Services are also offered in Spanish. The support received from Sunbeam’s mental health services allows clients to have stability, maintain their health, and live life to the fullest.

Senior Services – This program provides support, respite and resources to caregivers, as well as support and resources to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. The Emergency Senior Shelter is the only facility in Oklahoma serving seniors experiencing homelessness age 60 and older. The Shelter provides case management and support to help seniors experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing.

Early Childhood Services - Throughout each school year, enrolled children learn school readiness skills, which prepare them to enter kindergarten. We utilize evidence-based early education curriculum to plan activities and assess growth in all educational domains outlined in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework. Teachers discuss each child’s growth during home visits and parent conferences, so that parents can follow their child’s progress in skills such as getting along with others, listening, hand-eye coordination, learning the alphabet, counting, and using words to express feelings or ideas. Classroom transition activities are implemented so children can visit a kindergarten classroom, learn this new environment and its expectations, and express feelings about the transition. For infants and toddlers, school readiness goals include developing capacity to self-regulate, demonstrate curiosity, communicate effectively, and develop secure relationships. Additionally, the program places priority on good health and proper nutrition to support children’s growth and development.

As Sunbeam’s flagship early education center, Educare Oklahoma City is part of the Educare Learning Newtork (ELN). This network of schools is widely respected as one of the nation’s most effective early childhood models and uses an approach that extends beyond the classroom to help children, families, and neighborhoods thrive. As its incubator of best practices from around the country, Sunbeam leverages the expertise at Educare OKC by sharing it with all of its early education centers across Oklahoma City.

Foster Care - Sunbeam is a traditional foster care agency providing temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children in OKDHS custody in Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, and Oklahoma counties. Sunbeam works to improve the safety, well-being, and permanency of children from birth to 18 years of age by inclusively recruiting and training new foster parents.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and Sunbeam’s Foster Care program partner in making every effort to help children remain connected to their biological family, siblings, kin and culture. As we “bridge the gap” between resource parents and birth parents, we “bridge the gap” between children and their families.

Senior Services – At the Emergency Senior Shelter, residents immediately receive space in a private room, individualized case management, and a 30-day work plan to secure safe, permanent housing. They are also supported by therapists from Sunbeam’s Counseling program and receive medication dispensing. With the goal of encouraging self-care, the caregivers and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren receive help through support groups, counseling, respite care, training services, resources-referral information, and access to the CareTrak program, which helps loved ones track family members who are prone to wandering.

Established in 1907, Sunbeam is Oklahoma’s longest-serving social service agency. We have evolved to meet the growing needs of the community, serving children, families, and seniors throughout central Oklahoma.

Early Childhood Services - Sunbeam creates a foundation for continued achievement and readiness for school by building community support among schools, teachers, and families. Families are involved in every aspect of their children’s learning and development, as well as their own personal and professional development.
Family Advocates help families problem-solve, locate resources within the community, and to set and achieve goals. Through the monthly Parent Committee Meetings, families have the opportunity to meet and network with other families to share ideas and engage in discussion about their children’s learning and experiences. Families are invited to volunteer in their child’s classroom, apply for employment opportunities, join in Parent-Child Interaction activities, and participate in monthly Parent Education Workshops. Male/Father Engagement activities are offered monthly to encourage father figures and male family members to be actively involved in their child life, learning, and child rearing.

Foster Care - While OKDHS works with biological parents on a pathway to reunification, Sunbeam provides ongoing support to families through 24/7 case management, training, and connection to resources. Many children who enter the child welfare system have experienced trauma that can lead to ongoing issues with social, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral well-being. For this reason, all children in Sunbeam’s foster care program receive priority placement and services from its early childhood services and mental health programs. Sunbeam provides children in new placement with items from its basic needs pantry such as clothing and hygiene items. Throughout the placement, Sunbeam staff monitors placement stability, attends court hearings, and ensures the overall success of the child in foster care. Our case managers, and mental health practitioners, and help children maintain a placement success rate average of over 96%. This is much higher than the OKDHS rate of 80% for the same service area.

Mental Health Services – Sunbeam also has a highly-trained team of infant and early childhood clinicians, including a trainer of Child Parent Psychotherapy. This expertise allows staff to not only provide expert therapy to all children, but it also allows them to provide support and consultation to teachers and parents in Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers and Sunbeam foster parents.

Senior Services - Sunbeam’s Senior Services program has been addressing the needs of seniors for over half a century.

Early Childhood Services - Thanks to support from donors and community partners, during FY19 our Early Education Centers provided 867 children from under-resourced neighborhoods with high-quality Early Head Start education through Home Visitation services and full-day, full-year, center-based services at 20 locations across Oklahoma City. Sunbeam’s Early Education Centers and partner sites include: Avery Chapel Child Care, Bob & Jean Harbison Education Center, Childcare Network, Children’s Lighthouse I, Educare Oklahoma City, Emerson’s Little Wonders, Kiddie Village, Hope Early Education Center at ReMerge, Linwood Early Learning Center, Little Hearts Child Development Center, Millwood Early Education Center (opening in 2020), Pierce Early Education Center (opening in 2020), Positive Tomorrows (opening 2020), Santa Fe South Early Childhood Center, South West Child Development Center, Tony Reyes Bilingual Child Development Center, U.S. Grant’s Little Generals, West Oak Head Start and WovenLife. With the addition of Millwood Early Education Center, Millwood Public Schools is working to serve children from birth through college on its campus.

We’re investing in the minds of tomorrow’s innovators and looking to the future. Sunbeam’s Early STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Initiative nurtures early learning and closes the achievement gap of children whose families face the greatest number of obstacles for success. STEAM education focuses on a student-centered learning environment where students engage in questioning, problem solving, collaboration, and hands-on activities.

The Early STEAM Initiative is igniting curiosity and learning in young children who are sharing their passion for exploring the world with their families. Parents are crucial to fostering, guiding, and building on their children’s curiosity.

Foster Care - Thanks to support from donors and community partners, during FY19 Sunbeam placed 119 children in foster care in 45 safe, loving homes with Sunbeam foster families.

Mental Health Services – Thanks to support from donors and community partners, 412 Oklahomans received compassionate mental health services during FY19. In March 2020, Sunbeam began offering telehealth mental health services. Through this service, Oklahomans can receive mental health support through video counseling sessions from the comfort of their own homes.

Senior Services - During Fiscal Year 19: 1,392 senior adults stayed active, connected to their communities, found permanent housing, and were supported living in their own homes; 817 caregivers received support, including 336 grandparents and their grandchildren and 119 respite clients; and 96 seniors experiencing homelessness received care at the Emergency Senior Shelter.

Financials

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Sunbeam Family Services Inc.

Board of directors
as of 8/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Todd Sanders

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Term: 2021 - 2022

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Dr. Robert Wood

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Todd Bondy

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Gary Huneryager

Community Volunteer

Mary McCoy, Ph.d

Community Volunteer

Todd Sanders

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Marnie Taylor

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Dr. Jedidiah Perdue, M.D., M.P.H.

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Alex Towler

Esq., CAP

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Community Volunteer

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? 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

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/02/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.