Mission: ParentChild+ uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. We engage early in life and help toddlers, their parents, and their family child care providers access a path to possibility.

What we provide isn't just early literacy, it is early opportunity. For families living in underserved communities, we are a first step on the ladder to success. Their personal booster club.

It isn't as easy as ABC. It is hard work. It is crucial work. What gets us up each morning is the thought that for every child for whom we help level the playing field, the equity gap closes a bit more and the possibilities and opportunities expand.

Our mission is urgent. Join us in ensuring that all of our children have equal possibilities from the start.

ParentChild+ is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1981, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  http://www.parentchildplus.org

 163B Mineola Boulevard
Mineola NY 11501 

  516-883-7480


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Star Rating System by Charity Navigator


Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.




Exceptional

This charity's score is 95.47, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 

This score is calculated from two sub-scores:

This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

93.1%


The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).


This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Administrative Expenses

6.0%


As reported by charities on their IRS Form 990, this measure reflects what percent of its total budget a charity spends on overhead, administrative staff and associated costs, and organizational meetings. Dividing a charity's average administrative expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Expenses

0.8%


This measure reflects what a charity spends to raise money. Fundraising expenses can include campaign printing, publicity, mailing, and staffing and costs incurred in soliciting donations, memberships, and grants. Dividing a charity's average fundraising expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

18.6%


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).


Part of our goal in rating the financial performance of charities is to help donors assess the financial capacity and sustainability of a charity. As do organizations in other sectors, charities must be mindful of their management of total liabilites in relation to their total assets. This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and or long term sustainability. Dividing a charity's total liabilities by its total assets yields this percentage.


Source: IRS Form 990

Fundraising Efficiency

$0.00


The amount spent to raise $1 in charitable contributions. To calculate a charity's fundraising efficiency, we divide its average fundraising expenses by the average total contributions it receives. We calculate the charity's average expenses and average contributions over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Working Capital Ratio

0.55 years


Determines how long a charity could sustain its level of spending using its net available assets, or working capital, as reported on its most recently filed Form 990. We include in a charity's working capital unrestricted and temporarily restricted net assets, and exclude permanently restricted net assets. Dividing these net available assets in the most recent year by a charity's average total expenses, yields the working capital ratio. We calculate the charity's average total expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.


Source: IRS Form 990

Program Expense Growth

24.12%


We compute the average annual growth of program expenses using the following formula: [(Yn/Y0)(1/n)]-1, where Y0 is a charity's program expenses in the first year of the interval analyzed, Yn is the charity's program expenses in the most recent year, and n is the interval of years passed between Y0 and Yn.


Source: IRS Form 990

Governance


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has these governance practices in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990

Governance:
Independent Voting Board Members  ... (More)
No Material Diversion of Assets ... (More)

A diversion of assets – any unauthorized conversion or use of the organization's assets other than for the organization's authorized purposes, including but not limited to embezzlement or theft – can seriously call into question a charity's financial integrity. We check the charity's last two Forms 990 to see if the charity has reported any diversion of assets. If the charity does report a diversion, then we check to see if it complied with the Form 990 instructions by describing what happened and its corrective action. This metric will be assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Full Credit: There has been no diversion of assets within the last two years.

  • Partial Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity has used Schedule O on the Form 990 to explain: the nature of the diversion, the amount of money or property involved and the corrective action taken to address the matter. In this situation, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: There has been a diversion of assets within the last two years and the charity's explanation on Schedule O is either non-existent or not sufficient. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Audited financial statements provide important information about financial accountability and accuracy. They should be prepared by an independent accountant with oversight from an audit committee. (It is not necessary that the audit committee be a separate committee. Often at smaller charities, it falls within the responsibilities of the finance committee or the executive committee.) The committee provides an important oversight layer between the management of the organization, which is responsible for the financial information reported, and the independent accountant, who reviews the financials and issues an opinion based on its findings. We check the charity's Form 990 reporting to see if it meets this criteria.

  • Full Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant with an audit oversight committee.

  • Partial Credit: The charity's audited financials were prepared by an independent accountant, but it did not have an audit oversight committee. In this case, we deduct 7 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
  • No Credit: The charity did not have its audited financials prepared by an independent accountant. In this case, we deduct 15 points from the charity's Accountability and Transparency score.
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Does Not Provide Loan(s) to or Receive Loan(s) From Related Parties ... (More)
Documents Board Meeting Minutes ... (More)
Distributes 990 to Board Before Filing ... (More)
Compensates Board ... (More)

Policies


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization has these policies in place.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Policies:
Conflict of Interest  ... (More)
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Records Retention and Destruction ... (More)
CEO Compensation Process ... (More)
Donor Privacy ... (More)

Donors have expressed extreme concern about the use of their personal information by charities and the desire to have this information kept confidential. The exchanging and sale of lists for telemarketing and the mass distribution of "junk mail," among other things, can be minimized if the charity assures the privacy of its donors. Privacy policies are assigned to one of the following categories:

  • Yes: This charity has a written donor privacy policy published on its website, which states unambiguously that (1) it will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations or (2) it will only share or sell personal information once the donor has given the charity specific permission to do so.

  • Opt-out: The charity has a written privacy policy published on its website which enables donors to tell the charity to remove their names and contact information from lists the charity shares or sells. How a donor can have themselves removed from a list differs from one charity to the next, but any and all opt-out policies require donors to take specific action to protect their privacy.
  • No: This charity either does not have a written donor privacy policy in place to protect their contributors' personal information, or the existing policy does not meet our criteria.

The privacy policy must be specific to donor information. A general website policy which references "visitor" or "user" personal information will not suffice. A policy that refers to donor information collected on the website is also not sufficient as the policy must be comprehensive and applicable to both online and offline donors. The existence of a privacy policy of any type does not prohibit the charity itself from contacting the donor for informational, educational, or solicitation purposes.

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Transparency


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990, or for some metrics on the charity's website, that the organization makes this information easily accessible.


Sources Include: IRS Form 990 and organization's website

Transparency:
CEO Salary Listed on 990 ... (More)
Board of Directors Listed on Website ... (More)
Key Staff Listed on Website ... (More)
Audited Financial Statements on Website ... (More)
Form 990 Available on Website ... (More)

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



SARAH WALZER, CEO

$163,200


HELEN SEREBIN, COO

$121,437


ANITA STEWART, CDO

$116,232


MICHELE MORRISON, TRAIN & PRO DIR.

$104,175


CESAR ZUNIGA, RESEARCH DIRECTOR

$103,000


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2020

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other scientific research activities (BMF activity code: 199)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


ParentChild+ reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Balance Sheet


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

COVID-19 continues to cause funding obstacles. State and local budgets are experiencing challenges, and we are seeing public funding reductions that will at least temporarily reduce our reach. Our annual Gala (major source of general operating funding) was cancelled, and we are working to make up funds. Sites have encountered a variety of extra costs. They must purchase additional books and toys for early learning specialists so they can model activities from home. ParentChild+ families lack devices and internet. We applied and received the PPP loan and were thankfully able to employ our full staff.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

When COVID-19 hit, and home visiting became impossible, ParentChild+ made an essential pivot. All families were immediately engaged in virtual visits, to continue building their school readiness skills that they will need now more than ever. These visits have become a vital connection to resources, critical information, and a trusted outlet. As needs increased, we shifted some priorities to help families access essential goods such as food, diapers, formula, rent assistance, PPE, and technology.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

As a home visiting model, the delivery of our program was immediately impacted. We shifted to a virtual visit model, in many cases needing to purchase technology and internet access for our families and staff. As the pandemic is ongoing, our sites are experimenting with outdoor visits (where possible), and hybrid models. In all cases we are sensitive to the needs and comfort level of our families and staff, always keeping health and safety as our main priority.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We began virtual trainings for site staff. This brings new staff from around the world together and enables us to bring in current staff to lead sections of the training, increasing the richness of the training experience. We will continue virtual communities of practice for site coordinators to support each other and work on best practices. After two successful virtual conferences, we will continue to offer a version of our conference virtually to engage with a larger audience. Finally, we have found virtual home visiting to be a very effective tool. We will continue to provide access to virtual visiting for some families to ensure that we extend our reach. We also found that having virtual visits in our tool kit has made rescheduling visits much easier, and means that families don’t miss visits due to illness or weather. Even for families receiving their visits in-person in the future, we will be able to ensure continuity and fewer missed visits by providing virtual visits.


Historical Ratings

Date PublishedForm 990 FYEOverall ScoreOverall Rating
Rating Version: 2.1
8/3/20212020 95.47
7/1/20192018 94.74
8/1/20182017 97.17
10/1/20172016 95.47
7/1/20162015 95.47
6/1/20162014 90.58
Rating Version: 2.0
12/22/20152014 91.75
10/1/20142013 97.41
8/1/20142013 96.65

This organization received multiple star ratings within this fiscal year, due to an update to it's Accountability and Transparency data and/or the receipt of an amended Form 990.

7/1/20132012 97.22
5/1/20122011 93.15
12/23/20112010 94.32
9/20/20112010 90.37
Rating Version: 1.0
6/1/20112010 89.98

...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

ParentChild+ cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



ParentChild+ reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$4,674,561

Spent in most recent FY

100%

Percent of program expenses


The Organization supports early childhood school readiness through two models - a one-on-one home visiting model for families with two and three-year-olds and a home visiting model that works with fam ... (More)


...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by ParentChild+ is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.


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Leadership & Adaptability Report

100

of 100 points

Mission

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission


ParentChild+ uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. We engage early in life and help toddlers, their parents, and their family child care providers access a path to possibility.<br><br>What we provide isn't just early literacy, it is early opportunity. For families living in underserved communities, we are a first step on the ladder to success. Their personal booster club.<br><br>It isn't as easy as ABC. It is hard work. It is crucial work. What gets us up each morning is the thought that for every child for whom we help level the playing field, the equity gap closes a bit more and the possibilities and opportunities expand.<br><br>Our mission is urgent. Join us in ensuring that all of our children have equal possibilities from the start.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.


We engage early in life; working with families and family child care providers furthest from opportunity to build school readiness and start on a path to possibility.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.


Goal One: Deliver, measure, and innovate: Continue to deliver on our proven mod-els with quality and idelity, continually measuring results and innovating on our approaches.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).


Goal Two: Expand our reach: Expand to reach twice the number of families annually by 2025.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.


Goal Three: Deepen our impact: Deepen our impact by strengthening our two-generation approach.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development


Describe an investment in leadership

We enabled two staff to participate in the Promising Ventures Fellowship, a 14 week accelerator program tailored to the unique needs of social entrepreneurs in Early Childhood Development, included personalized coaching, strategic introductions, leadership development, targeted workshops, and trainings. We allowed these staff members the flexibility in their workload and calendar to participate in the fellowship and allocated other staff’s time to support on fellowship projects and final presentation.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.


This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Our leadership is made up of highly regarded and well trusted authorities in the world of home visiting, early childhood education, and school readiness. Our organization partners directly with other non-profits, social agencies, school districts and community based organization to offer a continuum of care in under-resourced communities. Our leadership advocates for families and their needs regularly by engaging in speaking opportunities, virtual events and sitting on boards. We have recently been involved in a number of cause marketing campaigns to help raise dollars and visibility.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.


ParentChild+ families are amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, especially women who either have had to continue to work in essential jobs and manage child care or have lost their jobs. In response to the pandemic, ParentChild+ has made an essential pivot. All families are engaged in virtual visits, to continue building their school readiness skills that they will need now more than ever. Because of their strong relationships, providers/families turn to Early Learning Specialists (twice-weekly home visitors) for support, information, and, most immediately, essential items, such as food, diapers, formula, rent assistance, PPE, and technology. This extension of our program has ensured that our families have the resources they need. Additionally, COVID-19 is causing funding obstacles. State/local budgets are experiencing challenges, and we are seeing public funding reductions that will at least temporarily reduce our reach. Our annual Gala (major source general operating funding) was cancelled, and we are working to make up funds. Sites have encountered a variety of extra costs. They must purchase additional books/toys for ELSs so they can model activities from home. ParentChild+ families lack devices and internet. When COVID-19 hit, further exposing the inequities in our society, the demand for ParentChild+’s existing services increased, and many new needs emerged. In response to the crisis, ParentChild+ has made an essential pivot. All families are engaged in virtual visits, to continue building their school readiness skills that they will need now more than ever. These visits have become a vital connection to resources, critical information, and a trusted outlet.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

ParentChild+ is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.


Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving, and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.


Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.

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