Mission: THE ORGANIZATION'S MISSION IS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS AS A CHILD'S FIRST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER.

Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2003, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information

  www.smartstartcentraloklahoma.org

  PO BOX 21505
Oklahoma City OK 73156-1505



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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 80% Finance & Accountability, 10% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

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



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

81.35%

Higher effect on score

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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.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

10/10 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

4.91%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

Unscored

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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



STACY DYKSTRA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

$100,438


ROBYN BAILEY, DIRECTOR

$0


MACAY BRUMMAL, DIRECTOR

$0


CRYSTAL CRAIG, DIRECTOR

$0


ANNA DAVIS, DIRECTOR

$0


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:

Activity data not reported from the IRS


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.


Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity


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

We applied for and received a PPP loan which allowed us to employ a full-time staff.


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

The cornerstone of Smart Start's programs is Early Birds, a series of parenting support classes designed to equip parents and caregivers to build school-readiness skills in their young children. During the height of the pandemic, Early Birds was shut down due to social distancing requirements. During the summer of 2020, Smart Start revamped its curriculum and updated its technology in order to offer Early Birds virtually. We launched virtual classes in September 2020 and the first classes were filled within 24 hours. We continue to offer a hybrid format that allows participants to choose the type of class they attend (virtual or in-person) based on their family's personal health and safety needs.


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

We created STEAM kits filled with learning materials, games, toys, and books to hand out via curbside service to families waiting in line for food donations to help parents keep their child's educational needs at the forefront of their minds during the lockdown. We revamped our parenting support classes to offer them virtually for the first time. It is so popular that now we offer both virtual and in-person classes to best serve the personal health and safety needs of Oklahoma families.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

We will continue to offer our programs virtually. We will also limit the size of our classes in order to allow for more personalized instruction.


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...   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

Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. 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.

Learn more about Impact & Results.

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Additional Information

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. reported its three largest programs on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:


$337,895

Spent in most recent FY

43%

Percent of program expenses


EARLY BIRDS IS A FREE SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN PRE-BIRTH TO FIVE YEARS, PROVIDED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN CENTRAL OKLAHOMA. PARENTS ATTEND ... (More)


$196,426

Spent in most recent FY

25%

Percent of program expenses


THE MARK TWAIN ELEMENTARY PARENT RESOURCE ROOM (PRR) PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS OF MARK TWAIN STUDENTS. A COORDINATOR HELPS LEAD SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAMMING AND OTHER ACT ... (More)


$71,668

Spent in most recent FY

9%

Percent of program expenses


THE COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IS A POSITION FUNDED BY A CONTRACT WITH THE OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO IMPROVE THE COORDINATION OF HOME VISITING SERVICES IN OKLAHOMA COUNTY. SSCO CONDUCTS REGULAR  ... (More)


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...   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 Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. 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


Smart Start's MISSION IS TO BUILD A COMMUNITY THAT SUPPORTS PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS AS A CHILD'S FIRST AND MOST INFLUENTIAL TEACHER.


Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Vision

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


Central Oklahoma is a supportive and involved community that works to ensure children are healthy, safe, eager to learn, and ready to succeed by the time they enter school.


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: Develop a consistent programmatic growth strategy to effectively serve more children and families.

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


Goal Two: Diversify the revenue base to perpetuate the mission through strategic investments to ensure the long-term financial health of Smart Start Central Oklahoma.

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


Goal Three: Expand outreach efforts to educate parents and caregivers, change-makers, and community decision-makers about the importance of building school-readiness skills in Oklahoma's young children.

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

Smart Start believes that the professional development of its staff positively impacts the services provided to children and families in Central Oklahoma. Smart Start is a member of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and regularly sends employees, volunteers, and board members to training sessions conducted by the Center on a variety of subjects including board development, fundraising best practices, nonprofit accounting strategies, and Executive Director leadership think tanks. Additionally, the staff is encouraged to join civic groups and organizations that benefit and/or focus on their area of specialty (fundraising, women in communications, Rotary Club, for example) to help build connections.

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

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

Smart Start partners with several community organizations and nonprofits with a shared vision to make Central Oklahoma a community that supports the needs of children and families. For instance, we work with organizations supporting incarcerated mothers to prepare them to reunite with their children. We partner with a foster family organization to help with community outreach activities. These partnerships allow Smart Start to impact more families and serve more children. Smart Start utilizes its robust social media presence to raise awareness about the needs of families and children in Central Oklahoma. We provide information about school-readiness skills for young children and tips on how to prepare children for scholastic success.

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.


During the height of the pandemic, families were isolated at home and experienced significant risk factors such as financial, situational, and emotional stress. Smart Start reimagined our Early Birds parenting support program to offer classes virtually to keep families safe and healthy, and distributed kits via curb-side service in coordination with our community partners. We added mental health resource information and self-care tips to help families learn to manage or alleviate stress. Registration for the first virtual classes filled within 24 hours proving how much families need this vital support. Our virtual classes are so popular with families and partners that we now provide a hybrid option of virtual and in-person classes so families may make choices based on their personal health and safety needs.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

95

out of 100

Smart Start Central Oklahoma Inc. has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 93/100 (70% of beacon score)


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Culture & Community Report

95

of 100 points

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

93/100 points

70% of beacon score


This organization's score of 93 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 8 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


View this organization's DEI Strategies


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score


This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. 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.


View this organization's Constituent Feedback Practices




Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

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. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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