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Sound Start Foundation A NJ Nonprofit Corporation

A Sound Start for All Children

MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ   |  www.soundstartfdn.org

Mission

Sound Start Foundation supports the Sound Start Babies Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, which provides life-changing early intervention, family-support and nursery programs to children with hearing loss throughout New Jersey. The Sound Start Babies Program has helped thousands of babies with hearing loss learn to listen, speak, communicate and achieve their full potential.

Ruling year info

2021

CEO

Bromme Cole

Main address

PO BOX 155

MOUNTAIN LAKES, NJ 07046 USA

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EIN

85-2098341

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Sound Start is an initiative that specifically addresses the need for supporting families in New Jersey with deaf and hearing-impaired children ages birth to three years old, as there are limited resources presently available. The New Jersey Department of Health estimates that approximately 3.4 per 1000 live births in New Jersey have hearing loss, although we suspect the numbers to be closer to 5 per 1000 live births. This significant gap in access to essential services heightens the demand for specialized care programs like Sound Start.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sound Start Babies Program

Sound Start Foundation supports the Sound Start Babies Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, which provides life-changing early intervention, family-support and nursery programs to children with hearing loss throughout New Jersey. The Sound Start Babies Program has helped thousands of babies with hearing loss learn to listen, speak, communicate and achieve their full potential.

The mission of Sound Start Babies Program is to ensure that infants and toddlers identified with hearing loss and their families receive the highest quality, research validated educational services provided by individuals who are selected for their knowledge and sensitivity to meeting the varied needs of the children and families they serve. The program offers a range of services and communication options respecting family choice and unique child characteristics. The goal of the program is for the child with hearing loss to develop language, speech, and communication skills commensurate with those o

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Sound Start Babies Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children able to exercise appropriate control in independent and group activities

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Sound Start Babies Program

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

cognitive learning and ability to understand

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.

Our Sound Start programs offer comprehensive care and support to children aged birth to three years who experience hearing loss or deafness, with a crucial focus on early intervention and individualized care plans. Our team consists of licensed speech therapists, teachers of the deaf, and early childhood education experts who work closely with families and their children to ensure they receive the necessary support and care. Services such as audiological monitoring, hearing aid maintenance, and speech therapy are also provided.

1. Increased access to auditory information—We work to maximize children's access to auditory information, which is crucial for their overall development. Through our program, we provide the necessary resources and support to enhance children's listening skills and language acquisition.
2. Improved development and progress—We anticipate that children in our program will show significant progress in their overall development, including language skills, social interactions, and academic readiness. Our comprehensive approach and individualized care plans were designed to meet each child's unique needs and goals, ensuring their growth and learning.
3. Enhanced family resources and support—Our program strives to equip families with a comprehensive toolbox of resources, including connections to suitable providers and financial assistance options. The challenges families face in finding appropriate services, especially working with young children are significant and create barriers to equal access. We alleviate these limitations by providing support and guidance to all families who needed such support.
4. Seamless transition for aging-out families—Seventy-four families aged out of our program, and we continued to serve as a resource system. Our rate of matriculation into general education programs rose to 87%.

For 27 years, the Sound Start Babies Program has stood our as a unique and innovative program that offers comprehensive care and an inclusive environment for children aged birth to three years old, including those who are deaf, hearing-impaired, and hearing. In Fiscal Year 2022/23, our program rebounded from attenuated enrollment during COVID. Over the past 12 months, we have refocused our efforts and strengthened essential features that make our program unique compared to others.

1. Regain our Comprehensive Care: Our program offered audiological monitoring, hearing aid maintenance, and speech therapy services as needed, in addition to a curriculum that promoted early learning. This approach helped children with hearing loss and other unique needs receive the necessary support and care to thrive.
2. Continue our Inclusive Environment: We redoubled our efforts to foster an inclusive and nurturing environment that supports all children's growth and development, regardless of their hearing statuses. Our program welcomed children of all abilities and backgrounds and financial resources to provide individualized care plans that met their specific needs and goals.
3. Increased our Experienced Team: Our team grew by two highly trained professionals: a licensed speech therapists and a teachers of the deaf. They worked closely with families to provide personalized care and support.
4. Reinforced our Early Intervention Philosophy: We believe in the power of early intervention and have strengthened our program to emphasize early language acquisition, social skills development, academic readiness and parental involvement. Our focus on early intervention aims to give children a strong foundation for their lifelong learning journeys.

The Sound Start Nursery Program is a comprehensive and innovative initiative that promotes inclusive learning and early intervention for children with different hearing needs, aimed at empowering them to reach their full potential and prepare for academic success in the future.

Financials

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Sound Start Foundation A NJ Nonprofit Corporation

Board of directors
as of 11/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Mitchell

Rick Kalfayan

Stephanie Deyo

Jack Gentul

Dan Borgo

Jonathan Weizman

Jessica Griffin

Yana Garger

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/10/2023

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