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Saving KidSight

aka KidSight   |   Kansas City, MO   |  www.kid-sight.org

Mission

At KidSight, our goal is simple: to provide free vision screenings for every child under 6 years old in Missouri. Our mission is "to prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children." Vision problems in young children often go unnoticed, especially in families that lack access to healthcare.

Ruling year info

2016

Executive Director

Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto

Main address

10560 N. Ambassador Dr. Suite 210

Kansas City, MO 64153 USA

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EIN

81-3176016

NTEE code info

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Programs and results

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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?

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Our KidSight Mobile Vision Screening program goes out to preschools, daycare centers, Head Start sites, and community events across the state. We use a non-invasive, handheld photo screening device to scan a child’s eyes which produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. Children do not need to read a chart and in fact, the photo screening device is a more sensitive method of detecting the most common childhood eye diseases - Amblyopia and Strabismus - than a traditional chart exam.  KidSight provides individual results to the parents of every child screened.  Children who "pass" the screening receive a postcard with their child's results that includes important eye health information and contact information for us.  Children who are referred are given a packet of information that includes their child's screening results, next steps, frequently asked questions, a list of child-friendly eye doctors in their area, and contact information for KidSight's Vision Care Network.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

After detection, KidSight provides intervention and referrals through the KidSight Vision Care Network. This includes a maintaining a list of doctors who perform pediatric optometric services and a series of follow-up phone calls, emails, and text messages to the family to ensure a child has accessed vision care. Most of the parents who’ve reported taking their child in for an exam have found an eye doctor using the list we provide. We also assist parents with navigating their insurance, advocating for their child and finding assistance paying for care.  It is our primary objective in the coming years, however, to prioritize the most vulnerable children in the communities we serve: those who lack access to basic health care services. For those who cannot access vision care, the most common barriers include lack of insurance and/or financial capital to pay for glasses, exams, or corrective surgeries, as well as doctors who accept Medicaid, do not treat children under the age of 6.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
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 Children who recieve a vision screening

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of children screened by KidSight vision screening technicians (professional and volunteer) with the fiscal year ending in the year listed. (KidSight's fiscal year is June to July.)

Number of children referred for a potential vision problem

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of children that are found by KidSight screeners to have potential vision disorders. (Fiscal year, June to July, ending in the year listed.)

Number of partner sites who hosted a screening event

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of screening sites (preschools, Head Starts, day cares, public events, and schools) that hosted a KidSight screening. Screenings held at one site over two or more days count as one site.

Percentage of referred children whose parent/caregiver were successfully contacted

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

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage of parents of referred children who were successfully contacted by a KidSight representative. This includes parents who DID and did NOT take their child to an eye care professional.

Percentage of referred children who successfully accessed vision care

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the percentage of the total number of referred children who were confirmed to have received vision care. This includes caregivers we were unable to contact.

Percentage of successfully contacted parents/caregivers whose referred child received vision care.

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

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The percentage includes only parents/caregivers that KidSight successfully contacted. Parents that we were unable to contact are not included.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • 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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 10/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Wayne Cunningham

Community Volunteer

Term: 2021 - 2024

Kory Thoma

Leet Eyecare

Steve Wise

Walmart Pharmacy (retired)

Wayne Cunningham

Community Volunteer

Don Beckham

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Leslie Kohlmeyer

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Susan Paden

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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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/4/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/04/2022

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Data
  • 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 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.