Collaborative Response
5618 Troost Ave
Kansas City MO 64110
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 982-9060
Mission Statement
Our mission is assisting disadvantaged children reach economic and educational heights by providing a comprehensive set of programs that helps children embrace their potential and successfully contribute to their families, community, and society at large.
CEO/Executive Director Samara Jones
Board Chair Justin Horton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Our mission is assisting disadvantaged children reach economic and educational heights by providing a comprehensive set of programs that helps children embrace their potential and successfully contribute to their families, community, and society at large.
Background Statement Collaborative Response was founded in August of 2011 and created specifically to help schools and school districts close the achievement gap throughout the entire Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The 2012/2013 school year was the first active year for Collaborative Response, which was conducted as the Opportunity Knocks pilot program. The pilot program consisted of servicing 30 students within the Kansas City Public School system at Wendell Phillips Elementary School. During this time Collaborative Response offered tutoring services by way of intervention. Collaborative Response partnered with outside corporations in order to provide a curriculum and school supplies for its students. With these reading materials and school supplies, we were able to work with level reading books to work on decoding words and high-frequency words, to focus on accuracy and fluency. Collaborative Response soon realized that the work to combat high school dropouts and academic failure needs to begin much earlier than third grade. Therefore, Samara Jones (founder) set out to design a strategic plan aimed at providing a structured early education program with the end goal of following student's through their academic career.
Impact Statement

All we have is 2% of a child’s life to teach them reading skills that will impact the remaining 98% of their lives. By strengthening the academic performance levels of our at-risk students, our students are able to move confidently throughout school, as well as flourish in their communities.

Focused on using our strategic plan as a working document, Collaborative was able to open its first early childhood classroom in November 2015. In 2016, Collaborative Response was able to move into its own location and expand its programming to include preschool and school age enrichment programs.

Collaborative Response found its current location on Troost Ave on August 22, 2016 and had it licensed and started school with full capacity on September 7, 2016.
Collaborative Response is known for high quality programming and meeting positive outcomes within our students and community at large. Our standards are maintained by our degreed/certified staff, using a research based curriculum(Project Construct), and providing student assessments accompanied by parent/teacher conferences.
Needs Statement
  • Security System ($3,200)
  • Classroom Equipment ($7,600)
  • Funding for program materials- school age  
  • Playground Equipment ($10,500)
  • Funds for building purchase
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
From the Desk of Samara Jones:
The biggest challenge that Collaborative Response currently faces is being such a new organization. It takes time to build a strong standing within the community to show a definite need for our programming. It is very important for us to show parents and the community, just how much the right early childhood program can create a positive and successful academic career for our youth. As an organization we feel that this is the best way to address this challenge because eventually our organization will be able to reach hundreds of students and show increased academic results of our students that will prove the idea of our programming. –Samara Jones
Description The Opportunity Knocks Program provides additional academic support for at-risk students in the urban core areas of Greater Kansas City in the form of tutorial assistance. The Program Coordinator for Collaborative Response will work closely with teachers to determine the individualized academic needs of each student. Each student will then be matched with a tutor, who is responsible for assisting the student with his/her homework. The tutors, in addition to providing academic assistance, also serve as mentors to these youth many of whom have limited opportunities to experience positive role models.
Category Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years), ,
Short-Term Success Opportunity Knocks short-term successes are every week that the students finish a new book. In addition to their enthusiasm to learn and the bright smiles they have when they realized that they understand new concepts. Another short-term success that we see every week is the progress and improvement of each student. Our tutors and mentors love the fact that their students love to be in their company and they are all eager to work and learn from each other.
Long-Term Success The measurement of long-term success for the Opportunity Knocks program is to fill in the education gaps within each of our students. Therefore, by the end of the school years we have a created a strong foundation for the students so they can continue their academic career.
Program Success Monitored By
Collaborative Response uses the Kansas City, Missouri Public Schools Systems measurements such as the DRA2 and Acuity Assessments for academics.
To measure the success of behavior, we chart the attitudes of our students and note their resistance or satisfactions to our volunteers and the program.
Examples of Program Success It is rewarding to work with the students because they truly demonstrate a desire to learn and I can feel the excitement as they are able to decipher the words by sounding out letters, blends, and vowels. When they actually unlock the key to reading the sounds, then words, lists, and most importantly, sentences, they are truly thrilled to read the stories and can't wait to check out books to take home. I'm truly fulfilled with their contagious enthusiasm. -Linda, volunteer.
Description Education Station is a early childhood program servicing students ages 2-5 years old. The program will be open throughout the 9 month academic year and a thematic based summer program. The program uses a researched based curriculum: Creative Curriculum to support a high quality learning standards. CR’s preschool programming also ensures degreed teaching staff, developmental screenings, progress assessments, support services, and nutritional meals.
Program Budget $140,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success The program short term success includes academic progress. Collaborative Response uses the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) Assessment to ensure kindergarten readiness among our students. DRDP is a developmental continuum from Infancy up to Kindergarten. The assessment instruments are designed for teachers to observe, document, and reflect on the learning, development, and progress of children. The assessment results are intended to be used by the teacher to plan curriculum for individual children and groups of children and to guide continuous program improvement. Every teacher at Education Station is properly trained to use the assessment tool. Education Station uses the assessment tool electronically in order to quickly assess our students by creating reports and developing individualized lesson plans. These electronic reports are also shared with administration and parents on a regular basis.
Long-Term Success The long-term success for our program is to ensure all students leave our program being Kindergarten ready.
Program Success Monitored By Collaborative Response uses the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) to monitor and measure our student's academic progress. In addition to, DRDP Collaborative Response uses staff and program evaluations and assessments to ensure program success. 
Examples of Program Success 70% of students assessed will increase in social and cognitive performance showing growth towards kindergarten readiness.
CEO Comments Our organization does not just treat the symptoms of failing students in our communities; we solve the problem of failing students in our communities. Collaborative Response has realized that it takes several components to help a student catch up academically to the rest of their peers. Our selected educational materials and structured sessions, leads to solving the problem of academic failure. Collaborative Response measures its goals by testing students bi-weekly to ensure consistent progress. During each measurement, goals are assessed and adjusted when necessary.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Samara Jones
Term Start Aug 2011
Compensation $0 - $50,000

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Paid Full-Time Staff 4
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 3
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 65%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 5
Caucasian 3
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Under Development
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Justin Horton
Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2019
Board Members
Linda Fielder-Bey Retired Teacher, Community Volunteer
Justin Horton Cornerstones of Care
Marcus Jones Argosy Casino and Spa
Kaleigh Montgomery American Outdoor Brands
Ian Munroe Retired Educator
Lindsay Santee Populous
Mark Synder PRYSM Sustainable Solutions
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $150,835
Projected Expenses $150,835
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990-EZ.
  • FYE 6/30/2015: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$117,500$4,286--
Administration Expense$18,380$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.22--
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0--
Current Assets$0$0--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$0$0--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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Top Funding Sources
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Collaborative Response
Address 5618 Troost Ave
Kansas City, MO 64110
Primary Phone (816) 982-9060
CEO/Executive Director Samara Jones
Board Chair Justin Horton
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cornerstones of Care
Year of Incorporation 2011