SMITH COUNTY CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN INC

Because Children Matter

Tyler, TX   |  www.championsforchildren.org

Mission

Champions for Children provides education, mentoring, tools, and support to caregivers, teachers, and parents to help children achieve their full potential.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Mrs. Jackie Cannon

Main address

4883 Hightech Dr.

Tyler, TX 75703 USA

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EIN

75-2669405

NTEE code info

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Champions for Children seeks to provide an opportunity for all children in our community to reach their full potential. We do this by equipping daycare centers to provide high quality care and access resources and materials to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment. In addition, Champions serves children with challenging behaviors at school or at home through specialized services, mental health counseling, and an Autism Education and Resources program.

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?

Teacher Training Program

The purposes of the childcare training program are 1) to make expert and research-based training geared towards best teaching practices and classroom management available; 2) to send master teachers into childcare classrooms to mentor and to advise on setting up classrooms that address children's physical, social-emotional and intellectual development; 3) to demonstrate techniques that address behavior and learning challenges; and 4) to make toys, equipment, and educational products affordable and available to those teachers who do not have access to them in their childcare center.

Population(s) Served

Our specialized services include individual child observations and assessments, Brain Gym®, Nurturing Pathways®, and Irlen® Screening. Our counseling program includes mental health services and an Autism Education and Resources prorgram.

Population(s) Served

Our Resource Room and Lending Library are open to daycare centers and the public. We stock the Resource Room with curriculum and teaching aids to help children learn and grow. Our Lending Library

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

BBB Award for Excellence 2019

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 individuals attending community events or trainings

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Teacher Training Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the total number of participants to attend trainings through Champions for Children.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of unduplicated clients to receive mental health services through Champions. 2019 was the first year to have a mental health program.

Number of clients who report general satisfaction with their services

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of families who report satisfaction with our Autism Network.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Champions for Children aims to help ALL children in our community reach their full potential. We do this through training daycare teachers, providing a public resource room and lending library, and providing specialized services and counseling for children.

Champions for Children has been in existence since 1996. It was started to provide training for daycare teachers in order to provide high quality childcare in our community. From there, Champions began mentoring and coaching new daycare teachers to ensure that they had someone to help them work through classroom management strategies. From there, Champions began offering observations and Child Success Plans specialized services like BrainGym® to help children who needed additional strategies for being being successful. In 2019, Champions hired a Licensed Professional Counselor to continue serving children with even greater needs. In 2020, Champions brought on a 2nd LPC-Intern alongside a Billing Specialist to continue serving the Mental Health Needs of children in our community.

Champions for Children has 3 Child Behavior Specialists on Staff. They have many years of experience in the daycare setting and studying Child Development and are approved trainers by the state of Texas. Two are adjunct faculty at Tyler Junior College. The 3 Child Behavior Specialists provide high-quality training, perform individualized observations and Child Success Plans and provide our specialized services.

In addition, Champions has 1 Licensed Professional Counselor and 1 Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern. These two professionals significantly add to our capacity for helping ALL children in our community reach their full potential. Our counseling team is able to test for anxiety, depression and ADD/ADHD as well as screen for Autism.

In 2019, Champions hosted 180 trainings with 4400 participants from daycare centers around Texas.
In 2019, Champions completed over 900 appointments through our Specialized Services and Counseling Program.
In 2019, 533 individuals utilized our Lending Library and Resource Room.

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, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2019, Champions for Children hired our first Licensed Professional Counselor. As she tracked the number of clients and needs of the children who utilized our services we recognized two needs: 1) the need for an additional counselor to provide high quality services to the children in our programs 2) the need for Medicaid Credentialing in order to serve children in poverty or foster care that might otherwise not be able to receive needed services. In 2020, Champions for Children received funding for an additional counselor and a billing specialist who will be able to apply for Medicaid on Champions behalf. We believe this change will be able to double our capacity for serving children in our community.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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SMITH COUNTY CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN INC

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Karen Crawford

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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 03/24/2020

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data