Denise Louie Education Center

Success starts here! Educating children, Empowering families, Strengthening communities.

aka DLEC   |   Seattle, WA   |
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Denise Louie Education Center

EIN: 91-1016974


Denise Louie Education Center promotes school and life readiness by providing multi-cultural early learning services to children and families, especially those who need our services the most. We will respect and preserve each child and family's individuality, cultural heritage and home language. We will promote personal and social responsibility with integrity and love in an environment defined by social justice and peace.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Ms. Susan Yang

Main address

5333 15th Ave S Ste. 1K

Seattle, WA 98108 USA

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Subject area info


Child care

Immigrant services

Population served info

Children and youth


Ethnic and racial groups


Low-income people

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NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Child Day Care (P33)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Denise Louie Education Center is aiming to strengthen our capacity to provide access for children and their families so that DLEC is poised to scale into new communities by 2028.

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?

Preschool Programs

DLEC provides educational services to over 300 at-risk, low-income children (prenatal to five years old) and families through the form of prevention, early intervention, early childhood education, and family and community partnerships. We help children prepare for success in school, families gain self-sufficiency and increase knowledge about parenting, and strengthen the parent/child bond while supporting the child's home language and cultural background. Our preschool sites stretch across Seattle, including Lake Washington, International District, Beacon Hill, and Mercy Magnuson. All four sites offer the same high-quality multicultural curriculum that includes literacy, math, and social-emotional skills. During the pandemic, in-person and remote options are available with safety protocols. A fifth site at Yesler Terrace will open its doors in 2023. Preschool and infant/toddler childcare are offered on a sliding scale based on income-eligibility.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Economically disadvantaged people

Weekly, DLEC Home Visitors go into families’ homes to provide prenatal health support for pregnant women and expectant families, child development guidance, and parenting education for 90 minutes. Twice a month, DLEC hosts group socialization sessions and other programs that support caregiver and child bonding. In our home visiting and education center programs, our families are 29% Asian, 28% Black or African-American, 20% Hispanic/Latino, 9% White, 1% American Indian or Alaska Native, 10% Bi/multi-racial and 2% other. More than 63% of our families speak a different language at home, families across our programs speak over 23 different languages.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Low-income people

In partnership with Child Care Resources and Seattle Public Library, DLEC offers Kaleidoscope Play and Learn (P&L), a free, drop-in program that promotes school-readiness with songs, story time and learning through everyday activities. In the 2019-20 program year, DLEC facilitated P&L sessions at three Seattle Public Library branches (Columbia City, Lake City, and Rainier Beach) supporting over 231 children and caregivers in the community. After the pandemic hit, P&L shifted to a weekly virtual format to continue offering the same high-quality content to families as well as an outdoor program at the Mercy Magnuson site.

Population(s) Served
Family relationships
Social and economic status

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 students enrolled

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Caregivers, Families, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

DLEC is facing insufficient staff levels, increasing cost of care with lower ratios and children with higher needs, and are in need of funding to expand our services which are needed more than ever.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We have developed partnerships with community organizations and local colleges/universities in order to bring more volunteers into our organization.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A. People: Growing a skilled, healthy, and committed workforce

B. Partnerships: Growing Capacity through Deep Partnership

C. Resources: Growing Sustainable and Resilient Resource Practices

A. Develop innovative pipelines and partnerships to bring new talent into the profession
Foster an equitable, inclusive work culture that promotes belonging and wellbeing
Achieve wage equity and parity within the sector
Create clear professional development pathways to grow the skills and opportunities for our staff at all levels of the organization
Ensure programs have the necessary staff capacity and supports to achieve quality outcomes

B. Optimize communications mechanisms to deepen partnership and improve engagement
Expand Capacity to Engage Volunteers and Community
Respond and Adapt to the Evolving Needs of Children and their Families
Engage partnerships which extend DLEC impact

C. Diversify our Revenue Model to ensure sustainability
Ensure programs have the necessary staff capacity and supports to achieve quality outcomes
Develop sustainable systems and operations which support growth and scale
Increase investment in fundraising efforts

We currently have 84 full-time staff and 15 part-time staff at three childcare sites, a home base office for our Early Head Start Home-Visiting program and an Admin office in the Seattle area. Approximately 60 volunteers a month assist in our classroom and with administrative functions.

DLEC maintains a well-known reputation in the early learning community for our cultural competency, commitment to economic, racial, and social justice, and experience with communities of color. We are also a participant in the Washington State Department of Early Learning “Early Achievers,” program, which is Washington's quality rating and improvement system.


Denise Louie Education Center
Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.50 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Denise Louie Education Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Denise Louie Education Center’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $78,364 $27,365 $289,120 $77,250 $811,126
As % of expenses 1.7% 0.5% 4.9% 1.1% 10.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$53,033 -$92,812 $166,741 -$80,575 $742,577
As % of expenses -1.1% -1.8% 2.8% -1.2% 9.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $5,445,954 $4,883,702 $6,135,492 $8,278,360 $8,495,463
Total revenue, % change over prior year 21.0% -10.3% 25.6% 34.9% 0.0%
Program services revenue 4.0% 3.7% 3.3% 2.5% 3.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 69.5% 82.1% 73.0% 67.6% 81.9%
All other grants and contributions 26.5% 14.0% 23.6% 29.2% 13.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -0.2% 0.7% 1.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $4,551,958 $5,004,494 $5,915,088 $6,775,939 $8,070,142
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.2% 9.9% 18.2% 14.6% 0.0%
Personnel 73.5% 72.7% 71.9% 74.3% 73.2%
Professional fees 3.3% 2.7% 2.4% 3.9% 6.0%
Occupancy 10.3% 9.3% 9.7% 9.1% 7.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 12.9% 15.3% 16.0% 12.6% 13.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $4,683,355 $5,124,671 $6,037,467 $6,933,764 $8,138,691
One month of savings $379,330 $417,041 $492,924 $564,662 $672,512
Debt principal payment $0 $83,701 $0 $0 $234,774
Fixed asset additions $0 $190,051 $288,875 $0 $1,117,078
Total full costs (estimated) $5,062,685 $5,815,464 $6,819,266 $7,498,426 $10,163,055

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 2.2 2.5 1.0 3.1 3.8
Months of cash and investments 2.2 3.1 1.1 4.0 3.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.9 1.1 0.9 0.7 0.9
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $837,511 $1,051,909 $472,528 $1,762,648 $2,569,197
Investments $1,904 $252,591 $86,016 $481,562 $0
Receivables $1,367,088 $626,578 $8,403,283 $8,604,238 $6,953,928
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,979,287 $2,164,438 $2,450,173 $2,585,004 $4,949,644
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 81.7% 80.0% 75.5% 77.7% 43.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 16.9% 19.2% 4.9% 10.7% 18.7%
Unrestricted net assets $986,253 $893,441 $1,060,182 $979,607 $2,975,380
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,228,686 $1,079,220 $10,030,234 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,228,686 $1,079,220 $10,030,234 $10,993,022 $9,380,133
Total net assets $2,214,939 $1,972,661 $11,090,416 $11,972,629 $12,355,513

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Susan Yang

Ms. Susan Yang, MPP is Denise Louie’s Executive Director. She joined our team in 2015 and oversees daily operations at seven site locations and leads a collaborative planning process with board members, parents, and staff to develop, update, and monitor agency goals. Susan brings over 15 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in early childhood education and human services field. She has led efforts in policy, program, and research in her various roles. She holds a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in social, domestic policy, from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/21/2024
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Board chair

Kai Shih

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender

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