Childrens Literacy Center Inc

Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.childrensliteracycenter.org

Mission

"Building a life of success through a foundation of literacy…ONE child at a time"

Children's Literacy Center provides free one-to-one tutoring to children reading below grade level in Colorado.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Ms. Gina Solazzi

Main address

2928 Straus Lane, Suite 100

Colorado Springs, CO 80907 USA

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EIN

84-1209272

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The extent to which a child can read and write proficiently by the end of third grade will set the pace for his/her future academic achievement and success. Low literacy rates directly correlate to poverty, a lower quality of life, and fewer employment opportunities. The 2017 State of Literacy in Colorado Report from Stand for Children Colorado states that low literacy rates cost the country at least $225 billion each year due to non-productivity, crime, and lost revenue. Students of color and those eligible for free-and-reduced cost lunch perform at a lower level than their peers. Although any child who cannot read is at-risk, CLC targets underperforming communities where the need for no cost, after school tutoring is greatest.

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?

After School Tutoring Program

Provide one to one tutoring free to children reading below grade level.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

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 that participated in the Children's Literacy Center tutoring program

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

After School Tutoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteer tutors that participated in the Children's Literacy Center afterschool tutoring program

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

After School Tutoring Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 strategic goals focus on expanding our programs and market, and establishing the appropriate infrastructure to effectively deliver those programs. Specifically, we intend to focus on the following:

Programs – Increase the number of children CLC serves in Colorado while improving the CLC program and curriculum through a structured review, test and update cycle.

Development – Develop the new funding sources necessary to support and sustain program improvement and expansion. Create and implement a CLC marketing strategy that will provide the recognition and reputation necessary to support the program development.

Governance – Maintain a dynamic, diverse and high performing governing board whose members will advocate for CLC and literacy within the community.

Administration – Provide the leadership required to position CLC for continued growth and success. Ensure CLC has the physical infrastructure, technology and other systems needed to effectively support CLC's programs and vision.

Build CLC one relationship at a time based on three essentials:
• Sincerity and Desire to help
• Quality Programs
• Focused Partnership

Since 1993, CLC has focused on developing and improving only one program: reading literacy. CLC's Board of Directors and staff are continually reviewing and updating the strategic plan to include designing a financial sustainability plan, determining and facilitating strategic growth, developing partnerships with schools, superintendents, businesses, and foundations and collaborating with other non-profits. Currently, CLC has developed a plan to expand after school tutoring services in Colorado, which entails recruiting and training volunteers, securing facilities and students, and overall financial stability.

Since CLC inception, there have been numerous accomplishments:

*expanded to a state wide program
* expanded rural programming in La Junta and Manzanola CO
* served over 18,000 children
* 96% of students improved in word lists and 94% improved in word recognition in paragraphs.
*collaborated with local businesses, service groups and various school districts to provide programming
*partnered with more than 17,000 community volunteers to provide mentorship and tutoring

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.),

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Childrens Literacy Center Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Doug Groninger

Groninger Concrete and Landscaping

Joan Selman

Andrea Baldrica

Mike Bell

Peggy Carmack

Patty Deeny

Charlie Dunn

Colt Haugen

Crista Muchmore

Pam Feilmeier

Stephanie Edwards

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 ? 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? 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 06/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data