Alliance for Childhood Education
22052 West 66th Street
Suite 200
Shawnee KS 66226
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 4844202
Mission Statement

Engage business leaders in education efforts that promote workforce readiness in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Torree Pederson
Board Chair Mrs. Kate Banks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ferrell Capitol
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Alliance for Childhood Education
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Engage business leaders in education efforts that promote workforce readiness in an increasingly competitive and globalized world.

Background Statement

In response to the education crises in Kansas and Missouri, Tyler Nottberg, Chairman & CEO of U.S. Engineering Company Holdings, along with David Oliver of Berkowitz Oliver, Jonathan Freiden, CEO of U.S. Toy & Constructive Play Things, and President Torree Pederson, founded the Business Alliance for Education in October 2011. Since 2011, Aligned has assembled a coalition of business and civic leaders who are committed to focusing strategically on ways that communities can work better together to foster student achievement and economic development. Aligned is the only state-wide business group in Kansas or Missouri focused exclusively on education issues.

Impact Statement
  • Programming – Promotion of EDConference, CAPS, Innovation Conference, Family Friendly Practices
  • Reporting – Independent arbitrator of what works – i.e. grade card report
  • Friend Raising – Measurable increase in business leader membership and engagement
  • Fundraising- Sustainable member funding
  • Policy – Collaborate and partner to drive policy level improvement in the education ecosystem
Legislative Priorities for 2018 - Missouri
  • Pre-K
  • Protect Pre-K Funding
  • Quality Assurance Report (funding and program renewal)
  • Contracting for Private Providers
  • Kansas City Enabling Legislation
  • Greene County Pre-K Sales Tax
  • K-12 - Full-funding of foundation formula
  • Workforce Education Alignment
  • Visiting Scholars Legislation
  • Flexibility for Higher Education
  • Business Centric Curriculum
Kansas Legislative Priorities
  • Maintain funding and structure of Children's Initiative Fund
  • Support the inclusion of more at-risk pre-k in the K-12 funding formula
Needs Statement
  1. Program funding for the commission of reports that are easily understood by business leaders and parents.
  2. Program funding to continue the road show across Kansas and Missouri to engage business leaders from rural, suburban and urban parts of the state.
  3. Professional website development and maintenance.
  4. Engaged and active supporters & board members.
Service Categories
Alliances & Advocacy
Alliances & Advocacy
Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Aligned is a relatively new organization, created in 2011. As a result of a focused and carefully articulated message, we have been able to triple in size since 2011. Our board members list education as their number one civic priority. Their dedication, time, talent and treasure have given Aligned a seat at the table for most, if not all, educational discussions.  As we continue to grow across Kansas and Missouri with regional business leader boards, we will remain focused on systemic educational reform across the P-20 spectrum. 
Despite our growth, the challenges this new organization has faced include brand awareness, operational support and political legitimacy.  Utilizing a lean operational model, we have harnessed the influence of our board members and a two person operational staff. We have taken the time to sit down with business leaders across Kansas and Missouri to discuss the educational challenges affecting businesses and the need for business involvement to provide solutions. Reaching out to other non-profit organizations, we have partnered on educational issues to harness the power in numbers and to educate ourselves on the history of educational issues in both states. Finally, we have sat down with lawmakers in Jefferson City and Topeka to discuss our views about education as an economic development issue vs. a social issue. As a non-profit, non-partisan member funded organization, we are able to have candid conversations without political strings. 
The Alliance for Childhood Education (The Alliance) is executing a “Today for Tomorrow” campaign across Missouri and Kansas.
The Alliance has been partnering with business leaders committed to high-quality education, with an emphasis on early learning education efforts, to relay the need for more focused attention on education reform in Missouri and Kansas. By highlighting local success stories and setbacks with the P-20 educational spectrum, The Alliance can open the door for local communities and businesses to become true advocates for education as an economic development issue.

While hosting discussions across the states, The Alliance has focused on the immediate need to maintain and grow ECDEC funding and to reverse the outlaw on quality systems in early learning settings. On the Kansas side, we will focus on restoring CIF funding for early learning programs in the state budget. State-wide, systemic transformations must begin with our youngest learners.
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success
In Missouri, ECDEC funding was restored in the 2013 session as requested. 

In Kansas, CIF was fully funded as well. 
Long-Term Success
Maintain and/or grow ECDEC funding in Missouri and CIF funding in Kansas to prior levels through legislative education.

Additionally, we will push Kansas to use any excess Tobacco settlement funds to create an endowment for future years.
Program Success Monitored By Full funding of ECDEC funds in Missouri and fully funded CIF in Kansas.
Examples of Program Success The Alliance made over 150 different engagements to speak, meet face to face or call law makers and other business leaders to discuss education and education only.
Workforce availability and readiness ranks as the most important factor to the success of businesses. A national analysis by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce projects that the proportion of jobs that require postsecondary education is increasing. In his State of American Business address, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Thomas J. Donahue, articulated what is needed to address this problem, stating “...we need to help young people, as well as adults, who need retraining, obtain credentials- degree, certificate, or otherwise- that are valued in the labor market. We need to encourage work-based learning opportunities and develop more partnerships between local business communities and local educators.” States, regions and communities are taking proactive approaches discussed by Donahue to address their future workforce needs, including establishing partnerships of school districts, higher education institutions and employers to collaboratively address workforce supply and demand, channeling their higher education efforts to better prepare students for their careers, making career pathway courses and industry qualification options available to students while they pursue their high school degree, and offering education and career opportunities to adults that lack a high school degree. Organizations are replicating these approaches in Missouri, however, they need legislative action to allow, create or ease the implementation of these ideas. Legislation offered during the 2017 legislative session is geared toward helping Missouri incorporate these approaches into its workforce ecosystem.
Program Budget $5,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
Passage of :
  • Visiting Scholars
  • Business Centric Curriculum 
  • Flexibility for Higher Education Institutions
Long-Term Success
These approaches offer solutions to align the needs of employers with the resources of education institutions and the education, skills and training of the future workforce. The diagram below shows how these approaches align these three workforce segments. This alignment of workforce needs with education opportunities can help Missouri address its workforce gaps. However, government action will be required to ease or remove obstacles that may impede the types of innovative approaches previously discussed.
Program Success Monitored By
Passed legislation.
Communities are now emulating the Blue Valley CAPS program. Its success crossed Missouri’s border into the North Kansas City area, where a partnership of seven school districts (Excelsior Springs School District, Liberty Public Schools, Platte County School District, Kearney School District, Park Hill School District, Smithville School District and North Kansas City School District), two higher education institutions (Metropolitan Community College and Northwest Missouri State University) and more than 200 regional businesses partners formed to align workforce needs with education opportunities. School districts in Southwest Missouri and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce have developed a similar program. 
Examples of Program Success
Blue Valley CAPS 
One of the most creative approaches to address workforce preparation challenges was fostered just across Missouri’s border in Kansas. The Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) is a partnership that connects secondary public schools, higher education institutions and businesses. This unique partnership allows students to earn high school and college credit while gaining hands-on experience at local businesses. The subjects of classes, the content of courses, and the “real world” experiences of students evolve along with the industries that participate. The partnership was created to align workforce needs with education curriculum and opportunities for students.
(Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies) is a collaborative of 13 school districts that work together with the chamber to provide students with opportunities in the fields of Engineering and Manufacturing, Entrepreneurship, Medicine and Health Care and Technology Solutions. Additionally, the Affton School District in St. Louis County launched a similar program in 2015 with designs to expand and partner with neighboring school districts.7
CEO Comments
Aligned is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving Missouri’s education system. Our organization was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase college and workforce readiness for all students. Aligned is the only business organization in Missouri focused exclusively on education policy.
Today, the Show-Me State faces growing labor shortages. As our working population ages and our economy changes, companies must look to the next generation to fill new and existing positions across a range of industry sectors. It is therefore imperative that we think about investing in education as an economic development initiative. And while it is important to promote workforce initiatives to satisfy
short-term needs, we need to address the strategic issue of sustainable workforce development over the long term. This starts with education.
Successful businesses and communities depend on access to reliable, qualified workers in order to generate growth. Those workers must possess a strong set of leadership, communication and analytical skills in order to become employable and create opportunities for upward mobility.
As business leaders, we have an opportunity to support investments in workforce development by promoting policies that remove barriers and promote innovation when it comes to education. For example, programs like CAPS (Center for Advanced Placement) are effective at inspiring students to think about future careers while getting businesses involved in the actual education process.
As a business leader and on behalf of Aligned, I strongly support a legislative platform that embraces alignment between our K-12 institutions and the needs of Missouri businesses. This report outlines concrete steps we can take to generate measurable outcomes towards this effort. It is a starting point for a broader conversation about how to address our workforce challenges creatively. All of us at Aligned stand ready to partner with communities, businesses and policymakers to build a better workforce.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Torree Pederson
Term Start Oct 2011
Compensation $100,001 - $125,000

Torree Pederson, President, Aligned – Five years experience running a non-profit organization in the greater Kansas City Area prior to founding Aligned, with a former background in corporate finance and accounting. With a deep understanding of running a business and a passion for working with people, Torree's business background has brought sustainability to the organization.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Vice President
Title KS Policy Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 9
Paid Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Caucasian 3
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 2
Male 1
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Leverage the knowledge and resources of business leaders to generate dialogue and partnerships between and among businesses, as well as other key stakeholders. Aligned has the opportunity and the obligation to encourage thoughtful investments of time, talent and treasure by businesses in education initiatives that will enhance student achievement and contribute to long-term economic development. This includes serving as a non-partisan, unbiased convener of stakeholders that can educate and influence local, state and national policymakers on a regular basis. It also means maintaining a highly effective governance and operating structure that is capable of driving reform efforts and is recognized as a national model of excellence. 

  • Programming – Promotion of EDConference, CAPS, Innovation Conference, Family Friendly Practices
  • Reporting – Independent arbitrator of what works – i.e. grade card report
  • Friend Raising – Measurable increase in business leader membership and engagement
  • Fundraising- Sustainable member funding
  • Policy – Collaborate and partner to drive policy level improvement in the education ecosystem
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Kate Banks
Company Affiliation Ferrell Capitol
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2021
Board Members
Mrs. Erin Brower Hallmark
Mrs. Kate Ferrell Banks Ferrell Capital
Mr Todd Geiman BOK Financial
Mrs Carol Hallquist Hallmark
Mr. Tyler Nottberg U.S. Engineering Company
Mr. David Oliver Berkowitz Oliver Williams Shaw & Eisenbrandt LLP
Mr. Neal Sharma Digital Evolution Group
Mr. J. Michael Stradinger Holland 1916
Dr. John Vandewalle Lumen Touch
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
CEO Comments    
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $400,000
Projected Expenses $395,000
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
2016 ACE 990
2016 ACE 990
2015 ACE 990
2014 ACE 990
2013 ACE 990
2012 ACE 990
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporation revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$354,820$0$89,531
Administration Expense$0$260,225$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.211.121.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%0%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$123,451$50,461$13,919
Current Assets$123,451$50,461$13,919
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$439$0$0
Total Net Assets$123,012$50,461$13,919
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities281.21----
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Francis Family Foundation $91,200Francis Family Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Kauffman Foundation $50,000Hallmark Cards Foundation $15,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --KCP&L $30,000US Engineering $15,000
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments Aligned hired Amber Goering, CPA to handle all book keeping.  BKD has been hired to complete and review all 990 and audit requirements going forward (2017/18).
Organization Name Alliance for Childhood Education
Address 22052 West 66th Street
Suite 200
Shawnee, KS 66226
Primary Phone (913) 4844202
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Torree Pederson
Board Chair Mrs. Kate Banks
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ferrell Capitol
Year of Incorporation 2011
Former Names
Alliance for Childhood Education