HAPPY HANDS EDUCATION CENTER INC

A Christian school for children with hearing loss or communication disorders

aka Happy Hands Education Center   |   Broken Arrow, OK   |  www.happyhands.org

Mission

Empower children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders to flourish!

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Mrs. Janine Pride

Main address

8801 South Garnett Rd.

Broken Arrow, OK 74012 USA

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EIN

73-1425473

NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The goal of our program is to reduce the functional ILLITERACY in the deaf community by serving deaf and hard of hearing children during their most critical language development years, enabling them to be successful in school, in their families and communities and to fulfill their dreams. We serve children as young as 6 weeks when they fail their hearing screening at the hospital. We continue to serve these children full-time until they enter the first grade. We also have expanding informational and educational services for the families and the public. Our target audience is children, age 0-6 years, who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with communication disorders, living in northeast Oklahoma.

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?

Infant and Toddler program

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with communication disorders receive services to gain language and social skills and prepare for the first grade.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments
Infants and toddlers

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders receive services to gain language and social skills and prepare for the first grade.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders receive services to gain language and social skills and prepare for the first grade.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders receive services to gain language and social skills and prepare for the first grade.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders receive services to gain language and social skills and prepare for the first grade.

Population(s) Served
People with hearing impairments

Where we work

Awards

Accreditation as a Christian School 2006

Association of Christian Schools international (ACSI)

Exemplary School 2009

Association of Christian Schools international (ACSI)

Accreditation as a School 2003

Oklahoma Department of Education

Licensed as a Day Care, 3-star highest level 2003

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

ONE Award winner 2008

Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits

Accreditation as a Christian School 2017

Association of Christian Schools international (ACSI)

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2016

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 teachers retained after 12 months

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

Infants and toddlers, People with hearing impairments

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Happy Hands employs 7 Lead Teachers and 2 Speech and Language Pathologists

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of free participants of guided tours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) developed

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

Infants and toddlers, People with hearing impairments, People with physical disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The goal of our program is to reduce the functional ILLITERACY in the deaf community, enabling these children to become contributing members of society, free from government support, who can fulfill their dreams. We serve children as young as 6 weeks when they fail their hearing screening at the hospital. We continue to serve these children full-time until they enter the first grade. We also have informational services for the families. Our target audience is children, age 0-6 years, who are deaf, have hearing loss, or communication disorders, living in the greater Tulsa area. Studies indicate there are 1,400 children in need in this area.

We are doing something that does not have an established guidebook since we are one of the only full-time, year round, early education centers for children as young as 6 weeks old who are deaf, hard of hearing, or with communication disorders in the nation. Our services require a committed teaching staff with specialized and advanced degrees in deaf education, special education, early childhood education, and speech pathology.

We partner closely with institutions of higher learning and their programs for development of educators and therapists for children with hearing loss or communication disorders. This is critical to support the children across Oklahoma. Our partners include University of Tulsa, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Technology Center, Northeastern State University, and Langston University.

We collaborate with the Gallaudet University VL2 Center and participated in a research project to better understand the acquisition of language and knowledge. Being one of the select institutions to participate puts Happy Hands and Oklahoma at the forefront of deaf education and research.

We use a comprehensive teaching method called the ASL-English BiModal BiLingual Approach, which utilizes all modalities possible to achieve successful communication -- sign language, voice/oral, auditory awareness, finger spelling, lip-reading, amplification, writing, gestures &/or visual images. This philosophy is individualized to the child's strengths. Our outcomes are excellent with the manner in which we have implemented this teaching method.

We collaborate with and are a resource to SoonerStart in Oklahoma. SoonerStart provides therapy services for several of our students. We work closely together on preparing and implementing individual education plans for the children and their families so there is coordination of services to the children, mutual support for the families and no duplication of services.

Jan Pride, our Executive Director, has been with us since 1997, and before that spent 15 years in the public school systems teaching deaf and hard of hearing students from preschool through high school. Jan is a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a Bachelor's degree in Deaf Education and also has a Master's degree in Early Education Administration from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Jan has served as a national accreditation commissioner for early childhood programs; has been published in national early childhood journals such as Christian Early Education; and has traveled to deaf schools in Honduras, Russia and China to encourage and train teachers there.

Our lead teachers and speech pathologist have specialized and advanced degrees in deaf education, special education, early childhood education, and speech pathology to meet the needs of this disabled population.

We have wonderful partners in higher education and service organizations with whom we collaborate to provide world class care to these precious children. Please see our answer on our strategies for a complete list of our collaboration partners.

As we review our history since 1994, we know that we have been successful in changing the direction and outlook for and entire generation of children who are deaf, hard of hearing or with communication disorders that we have served. Studies show that our children gain language skills 20% faster than typical children! Many past clients are now pursuing college educations and exciting careers, which fulfills our mission of empowering them to flourish!

Our faculty and staff are doing incredible work but every day we realize there's more that needs to be done to support these children and their families.

I see Happy Hands growing and developing into a regional one-stop shop for children with hearing loss and communication disorders. Children will be able to receive all the necessary therapies, education, and audiology services here in the building. In addition, we will have expanded family resources and support groups to strengthen families. Our dream is that families will be able to find all their services in one location with faculty and therapists who can provide a coordinated and seamless program that addresses the whole child and their family. Additional services will supplement what is already being done so well and will help us achieve even better outcomes for these children.

Financials

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HAPPY HANDS EDUCATION CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Chad Roberson

BPFNA

Mishelle Embry

Chad Roberson

Aimee Cooper

Oseco Company

Clark Todd Gollotte

GH2 Architects

Brent Barnhart

Barnhart Excavating

Jasmine Wallace

Tulsa Public Schools

James Maddux

BancFirst

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