Children's Healthy Smile Project

aka C.H.S.P.   |   Pleasanton, CA   |  www.childrenssmileproject.org

Mission

Children's Healthy Smile Project seeks to improve basic oral hygiene and promote a healthy smile by providing oral hygiene supplies such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and educational materials to children in need. These items will be distributed by organizations, schools and individuals working with children who are designated as economically disadvantaged. We primarily support children enrolled in Head Start programs within the USA, elementary schools and organizations dedicated to children's health.

Notes from the nonprofit

It should be noted our programs are scalable, as additional funds are received, additional Head Start organizations can be served.

Ruling year info

2007

CEO, Executive Director

Dr. Rebecca Poling

Main address

6183 Corte Santiago

Pleasanton, CA 94566 USA

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EIN

74-3212225

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Health (General and Financing) (E80)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children's oral health is a major issue, especially among disadvantaged children. Failure to properly brush/floss are major contributors to children's oral health.

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?

Kids Smiles

Low income Kindergarten and elementary school children are the most vulnerable to dental disease. Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood disease – 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever. Over 50 percent of 5- to 9-year-old children have at least one cavity or filling. This affects every aspect of a child's life. Pain and suffering due to untreated diseases can lead to problems in eating, speaking and attending to learning. Early oral hygiene education and supplies such as toothbrush, toothpaste and floss are provided. Volunteers can be available for classroom visits and teacher education. Educational information for parents will also be available in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

As a child grows and teeth are formed, dental disease prevention becomes paramount. Busy moms, childcare workers and teachers need to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine and healthy diet. Proper brushing with toothpaste designed for toddlers is necessary. For the older preschool child a flosser can be introduced. Primary focus is on Head Start programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

This project will provide dental hygiene information to new moms. Emphasis will be on early care, starting before the eruption of the first tooth. Additionally, the effects of "baby bottle syndrome", thumb-sucking, pacifiers and especially diet, will be included.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

This past year we have been providing children's books relating to oral health, positive dentist experience and fun stories to several Head Starts in California. The response has been very enthusiastic and definitely promotes overall dental health. Examples are "Bears Loose Tooth", Curios George goes to the Dentist", "Throw your Tooth on the Roof",....
The books are read during story time and also can be checked out by the parents.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

We provide teacher's aids to support classroom learning. Typical kits include syllabus, posters, certificates, role playing material, large toothbrush, demonstration teeth set...

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

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 dental care products distributed

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

Health, Children and youth

Related Program

Kids Smiles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Number of Smile Kits/Toothbrushes distributed to disadvantaged children. A function of donations received. 100% of donated funds goes to support programs

Number of parents and caregivers who received dental health education

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

Adults

Related Program

Teacher's Aids

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Work with Head Start organizations to distribute ADA guides for children's dental health.

Number of new organizations signing on as collaborators

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Kids Smiles

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Our primary goal is to improve the dental health of under served children by providing oral hygiene supplies, educational materials, teacher training materials, and support to related organizations.

Our strategy is simple; Target children who are most vulnerable and involve their educators in providing appropriate information to make a long term difference and reduce tooth decay, which ultimately will improve their long term health. In addition, we strive to work with related dental health organizations to provide support to our efforts.

We are limited by funding. As a small charity we provide the supplies and educational material to Head Start, elementary schools, and homeless shelters. We rely on the organizations to distribute the supplies and provide the instruction. We do have volunteers to go into schools when requested.

Our progress is generally measured by the number of kits distributed and number of children receiving formal hygiene instructions. Since we are a 100% efficient organization in that every dollar received supports programs. There are no salaries and the minimal overhead expenses are funded separately. We would like to do more and reach out beyond those currently being served. The need exists, but funding is limited. We could readily expand ten fold with the current organization, assuming funding were available.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our primary groups are Head Start, Elementary schools and organizations serving children

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    One on one feedback,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Provided more emphasis on community outreach and ways to serve with COVID restraints in place.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Not Really

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • 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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Children's Healthy Smile Project

Board of directors
as of 10/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Rebecca Poling

Children's Healthy Smile project

Term: 2015 - 2022

Rebecca Poling

NYU

Peter McIntyre

Tax Related Services

Rosario Milelli

Children's Healthy Smile Project

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/1/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability