Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Clinical & Academic Services That Empower Children for Success

aka Laughlin Children's Center   |   Sewickley, PA   |
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Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

EIN: 25-1045694


Founded in 1956, Laughlin Children’s Center has a long tradition of offering multi-disciplinary educational support services to children from preschool through high school. Laughlin’s work centers on academic services such as traditional tutoring and Orton-Gillingham services for students with dyslexia; psychology services such as counseling and evaluation; occupational therapy; and speech services such as screenings and therapy. Although they focus on different outcomes, these services work together comprehensively, providing support to the whole child. As a community-based non-profit resource, Laughlin’s goal is to help each child build a bridge to successful learning.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

George Sebolt

Main address

424 Frederick Avenue

Sewickley, PA 15143 USA

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Subject area info

Elementary and secondary education

Education services

Early childhood education

Family counseling

Parent education

Population served info

Children and youth

Infants and toddlers



People with psychosocial disabilities

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NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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

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?

Academic Programs

Evaluations, Individual and Small-Group Instruction, including Dyslexia, and Credit Recovery

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Evaluations, K-1 Skill Builders, Individual Instruction, Multi-Disciplinary Play, Socialization and Sensory Exploration, Small Group Sessions

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Evaluations, Individual and Family Counseling, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Small Group Multi-Disciplinary Sessions for Behavior and Socialization

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Evaluations, Screenings, Therapy, Small Group Multi-Disciplinary & Sensory Exploration with Socialization

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Mixed-Age Classrooms

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Screenings, Evaluations, Therapy, Multi-Disciplinary Small Group Sessions for Handwriting Skills, Sensory Exploration, Behavior and Socialization.

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages achieve independence in their daily life activities of occupations. At Laughlin, occupational therapists use fun, therapeutic activities to improve children's independence. Our goal is to develop the underlying skills children need for success every day, from getting dressed to building with toys, playing with friends, and completing school work. Developmental skills targeted in occupational therapy may include:

· Fine motor coordination and play activities

· Visual perception and visual motor skills

· Gross motor skills and strengthening for big muscle play and sports

· Self care skills including dressing, grooming, and feeding

· Organizational skills and attention

· Sensory processing and regulation

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Psychological Association 1956

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 1956

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1980

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 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 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, 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

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 72.49 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.3 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

Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 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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Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $496,677 -$971,168 $325,614 $2,345,834 -$1,866,631
As % of expenses 28.8% -55.1% 17.3% 124.5% -87.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $390,315 -$1,065,435 $240,802 $2,258,298 -$1,954,513
As % of expenses 21.3% -57.3% 12.3% 114.5% -87.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,556,291 $1,425,624 $1,357,558 $3,740,279 $2,391,128
Total revenue, % change over prior year 75.7% -44.2% -4.8% 175.5% -36.1%
Program services revenue 23.5% 38.0% 36.6% 18.8% 34.4%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 7.4% 13.6% 13.7% 4.2% 8.5%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 31.6% 17.1% 41.3%
All other grants and contributions 18.2% 28.7% 25.9% 15.1% 2.4%
Other revenue 50.9% 19.7% -7.7% 44.8% 13.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,726,426 $1,763,968 $1,879,192 $1,884,090 $2,144,889
Total expenses, % change over prior year 9.6% 2.2% 6.5% 0.3% 13.8%
Personnel 84.1% 83.3% 82.0% 78.7% 75.1%
Professional fees 4.5% 4.9% 4.9% 6.1% 6.0%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.6% 1.6% 1.8% 1.8%
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 9.8% 10.2% 11.5% 13.4% 17.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,832,788 $1,858,235 $1,964,004 $1,971,626 $2,232,771
One month of savings $143,869 $146,997 $156,599 $157,008 $178,741
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,976,657 $2,005,232 $2,120,603 $2,128,634 $2,411,512

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 2.4 3.7 6.2 8.2
Months of cash and investments 75.4 67.9 65.3 76.7 57.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 75.1 66.9 64.8 79.2 59.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $514,790 $351,135 $574,020 $969,337 $1,464,789
Investments $10,337,580 $9,626,718 $9,656,533 $11,079,224 $8,789,525
Receivables $82,973 $57,583 $46,749 $40,687 $41,673
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,286,101 $2,286,101 $2,286,101 $2,346,874 $2,291,028
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.0% 69.1% 72.8% 74.6% 76.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.9% 1.6% 1.8% 1.0% 1.5%
Unrestricted net assets $11,600,303 $10,534,868 $10,775,670 $13,033,968 $11,079,455
Temporarily restricted net assets $74,422 $60,655 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $37,221 $37,716 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $111,643 $98,371 $101,231 $101,044 $214,913
Total net assets $11,711,946 $10,633,239 $10,876,901 $13,135,012 $11,294,368

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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

George Sebolt

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Mary and Alexander Laughlin Children's Center

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Courtney Jones

Board co-chair

John Nicodemo

Courtney Jones

David Laughlin

Alexander Laughlin

Leslie Liebscher

Lauren McLeod

Natalie Mueller

Marilyn Newton

Robert Rossi

Todd Sacco

Curt Schaffner

Kris Westerhoff

Tiffany Ballard

Ashley Birtwell

Thomas James

Mary Laughlin

John Nicodemo

Curt Schaffner

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 ? 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? 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 2/6/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/04/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.


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