Turn the Page KC
4049 Pennsylvania
Suite 301
Kansas City MO 64111
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 718-8926
Mission Statement
The mission of Turn the Page KC is to instigate Kansas City's most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency. 
CEO/Executive Director Mike English
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Online Donation

  • Your tax-deductible donation will help support our efforts to get 3rd graders reading on grade level. A link to our online donation page can be found at http://turnthepagekc.org/donate.

Offline Donation

  • Please make checks payable to Turn the Page KC, and mail to: Turn the Page KC, 4049 Pennsylvania, Suite 301; Kansas City, MO 64111. 
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The mission of Turn the Page KC is to instigate Kansas City's most positive future through 3rd grade reading proficiency. 
Background Statement
Not long after his election in 2011, Mayor Sly James launched a citywide initiative to focus on 3rd grade reading, identifying it as the most important economic development initiative for the city. This initiative has evolved into the 501C3 organization Turn the Page KC. Our organization’s vision is that all third graders in Kansas City, MO will read at grade level or above. Through our role as convener, conductor, and cheerleader, Turn the Page KC adds unique value to the Kansas City community by mobilizing the community to solve this urgent problem.
Turn the Page KC is governed by an independent Board of Directors with a full-time Executive Director, a Director of Community Engagement, and a Director of School Readiness. We serve a critical role in Kansas City by focusing the community on the urgent need to achieve reading proficiency for third graders and harnessing community resources toward that objective.
Impact Statement
  1. Helped to increase the percentage of children reading at grade level by 3rd grade in Kansas City, MO from 33% in 2014 to 55% in 2017.
  2. Distributed 22,000 books to to Kansas City, MO low-income children in 2018.
  3. Recruited, trained, and managed 12 full-time tutors that helped 200 K-3 students learn to read during the summer months.
  4. Launched the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI), a leadership program for parents.
  5. Helped to reduce the percentage of students that are chronically absent from 14% to 10%
  1. Our ultimate goal is to achieve 70% 3rd grade reading proficiency scores.
  2. Help to expand the number of Kansas City parents served by home visiting programs from 1,400 to 3,000.
  3. Reduce chronic absenteeism from 10% to 5% by instigating viable solutions to the obstacles highly mobile families face relative to chronic school absenteeism.
  4. Elevate the awareness of the importance of reading at grade level by 3rd grade.
Needs Statement
  1. Raise $25,000 to purchase high-quality and diverse books in order to build classroom libraries in 15 Kansas City, MO elementary schools.
  2. Recruit ten Kansas City, MO professionals to serve as volunteer instructors/content matter experts for the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI).
  3. Recruit 50 volunteers to serve as volunteers for a new story-time project at KCMO day care centers.
Service Categories
Primary & Elementary Schools
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Geographic Area Served Narrative Turn the Page KC serves families and children that live within the limits of Kansas City, MO.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Executive Director Statement:
Turn the Page KC is now an established nonprofit organization. Although the Sly James will conclude his term as Mayor of Kansas City on July 31, 2019, Turn the Page KC will live on a a 501C3 nonprofit organization. We are stable financially, with a strong staff and Board of Directors.
Board Chair (Mayor Sly James) Statement:
In the United States today, literacy is a vital individual and national need. If children aren’t reading and writing by third grade, their future academic and economic success may be jeopardized and even diminished. Our goal is strong literacy for all children by the end of third grade, a goal that demands an intensive instructional effort in kindergarten, first, and second grades. 
I grew up in a two bedroom bungalow at 44th and Montgall, one block east of Prospect Ave, on the east side of town. I lived in that house, sharing a small bedroom, initially with two younger brothers but then three by the time I had completed my Jr. Year at Bishop Hogan High School. Our parents drilled education into our heads. Homework rules were enforced and school misconduct was punished and sometimes severely. 
It was difficult in our small house to ever find a time to be alone. I believe my current late night habits began in this time frame of grade school youth when I waited impatiently for the time that my brothers and parents would FINALLY go to sleep so that I could be alone.
I did not want to be alone for the sake of meditation, after all, I was an adolescent boy with energy and imagination. I waited for the chorus of snores and nighttime noises to begin and would then open the closet door in our bedroom and climb the steps towards the attic door with a book and a flashlight. I was now in escape mode! Sitting on the wooden steps, behind clothes hanging on hangers on a wooden bar in front of me and a closed trap door to the attic lying flat above my head, I was “away.”
As I grew older, I continued to travel the world, fight the good fight and imagine myself greater because of and through the magical power of books and reading. It is why, through USMC Bootcamp, college, Law School and now as Mayor, I ALWAYS have a novel going. Usually it is fiction and often it juxtaposes a hero of extraordinary skill or ability against some dirty rotten scoundrel or villain. THAT is why I LOVE to read and why I believe in the magical powers of reading.
Description Turn the Page KC convenes organizations around Kansas City to shine a light on issues that prevent children from reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade.
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short-Term Success In a short period of time, we have raised the awareness in Kansas City for this issue. We have also seen more and more organizations incorporate literacy into their existing programs.
Long-Term Success
By 2017, our goal is to increase the percentage of Kansas City MO students that can read at grade level to 70% (from a baseline of 33%).
Program Success Monitored By We measure the success of this program by tracking the reading levels of students that are matched with volunteers. We will know if this program is successful based on two key data points: (1) school attendance data and (2) 3rd grade reading data.
Examples of Program Success As a collective impact initiative, the success of Turn the Page KC is measured by the impact our collective community has on reading proficiency of Kansas City, MO 3rd graders. Over the past three years, the percentage of children reading proficiently by the end of 3rd grade has increased from 33% to 53%. Since our goal is for all Kansas City, MO 3rd graders to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade, we still have a long way to go.
Description Research has shown that access to books correlates to a child's development of literacy skills. Because children in low-income families have, on average, less than one book per home, Turn the Page KC prioritizes access to books for low-income families. We collect and distribute both new and gently used books through a variety of community partners. 

Turn the Page KC takes book donations and monetary donations that we use to purchase new books from First Book. We then work through over fifty community partners to ensure that books get to children living in low-income households. Over the past year, we have distributed over 22,000 books in the Kansas City community.

Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success Distribute 50,000 books per year.
Long-Term Success All children are raised him book rich homes.
Program Success Monitored By Eliminate book deserts by ensuring that all homes have at least 10 books.
Examples of Program Success There are currently about 21,000 children under the age of 3 in Kansas City, MO. One example of program success would be to provide each of these children with a board book.
Description The Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is a 20-week leadership program for parents of school-aged children in Kansas City, MO. The PLTI program is a two-generation strategy to bolster parental involvement while promoting the lifelong health, safety and learning of children. The program integrates child development leadership and democracy skills into a parent curriculum. Parents attend a 20-week program. The application process is competitive. Family supports such as child care, meals and transportation are provided. The classes are evaluated by parents for both short and long-term outcomes.
Program Budget $25,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short-Term Success In the short-term, we strive to successfully complete our first cohort of 20 parents by March, 2019.
Long-Term Success
The Parent Leadership Training Institute strives to:
  • Help parent become the leaders they would like to be for children;
  • Expand the capacity of parents as change agents for children;
  • Teach parents the tenets of democracy and their rights and responsibilities to utilize the civic process optimally;
  • Develop communities of parents that will support one another in both their skills development and successful parent action for children;
  • Develop communities of parents within child-focused institutions such as early care and education, schools, and Title V programs;
  • Facilitate parents' capacity to offer input into community efforts on the school, neighborhood, regional and state level;
  • Facilitate systems change for parental involvement with increased utilization of parents in policy and process decisions.
Program Success Monitored By Participant evaluations. 
Examples of Program Success If we are successful, parents will learn leadership and advocacy skills that allow them to make a difference in their communities. 
LENA Start is a free 13-week program that will help close the 30 million word gap for caregivers who elect to participate in the program. Studies show that young low-income children hear about 30 million fewer words from adults than higher-income children. This Word Gap affects their developing language skills. They are put at an immediate disadvantage and are more likely to struggle in school. Turn the Page KC recruits community members through partners in the Kansas City area. Participating families receive “talk-pedometers,” (DLPs), which capture an entire day’s worth of conversation in the child’s environment.
During weekly cohort meetings, families visit a location with their children to discuss data collected by the DLPs. Families receive feedback reports during the visit through a process of data co-discovery and goal setting. Each week features a specific topic recommended by the LENA Research Foundation, including Shared Reading, Songs and Rhymes, and Building Brains by Asking Questions.
Program Budget $30,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success In the short-term, we seek to increase the number of meaningful interactions between parents and their children each day.
Long-Term Success In the long-term, we seek to close the 30 million word gap.
Program Success Monitored By DLPs.
Examples of Program Success In our first cohort, one of our homeless parents increased her daily number of interactions with her toddler by 361.
CEO Comments During the summer of 2015, Turn the Page KC ran a summer tutoring program. We hired 40 college students (pre-service teachers) and trained them to tutor students in grades K-3. These tutors then worked in summer programs run by the Upper Room, the Local Investment Commission (LINC), Freedom Schools, and the Boys and Girls Club. This program was an extremely effective way to help students catch up to their peers during the summer months. The challenge we face is a funding challenge. Much of the funding for the 2015 program was provided by a federal agency called the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS faces the prospect of severe budget cuts which would threaten this program and many other AmeriCorps programs. Organizations like Turn the Page KC may need to think of creative ways to replace the great value we get from the federal AmeriCorps program. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mike English
Term Start Feb 2014
Experience Mike English is the Executive Director of Turn the Page KC. He has served in that capacity since February 2014, and heads up the organization’s management, fundraising, and program development activities. English previously served as the President and CEO of the Missouri Council on Economic Education. English earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Politics and Economics from the University of Notre Dame. He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, focusing his studies on public finance. While earning his degree he worked as a policy analyst for the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the City of Chicago Office of Budget and Management. English then served as the Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project, where he also served on several community boards and committees while living in Pittsburgh. More recently, English worked as a Senior Analyst at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, working with schools and other education-related nonprofit organizations.
Senior Staff
Title Director, Community Engagement
Experience/Biography Elle has extensive experience as a Communications Professional, including past work with Ogilvy Communications.
Title Director, School Readiness and Parent Success
Experience/Biography Annie has extensive experience as a Home Visitor, Early Childhood Educator, and Community Organizer.
Paid Full-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 25
Retention Rate 66%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 2
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
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Turn the Page KC convenes, on a quarterly basis, four work groups focused on Community Engagement, School Attendance, School Readiness, and Summer Learning.  The organizations that comprise these work groups are our partners, and they include: Lead to Read KC, Center School District, Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City, Hickman Mills School District, Kansas City Public Schools, Park Hill School District, Guadalupe Center, MARC, Operation Breakthrough, Reach Out and Read,  Boys and Girls Club, Caring for Kids, Freedom Schools, Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium, Kansas City Power & Light District, Kansas City Public Libraries, LIFT-Missouri at Webster University, LINC, North Kansas City School District, Upper Room, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Caring for Kids, Elevate KC, Family Conservancy, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Kansas City Public Libraries, Kansas City Public Television (KCPT), Literacy KC, Mattie Rhodes & Latino Civic Engagement Collaborative, Mid-Continent Public Libraries, Urban League, YMCA, ACE, Barkley Worldwide Advertising, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Metropolitan Community College – Francis Institute, and Prep-KC. 
Pacesetter AwardAnnie E. Casey Foundation's Campaign for Grade Level Reading2015
All-America CityNational Civic League2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments Turn the Page KC is looking toward the future and working to make sure that we have a diverse source of funding that includes at least 20% of our annual revenue from individual contributions. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2019
Board Members
Bob BartmanRetired
Bert BerkleyTension Envelope
Linda EdwardsRetired
Carol HallquistHallmark Corporate Foundation
Judy HeeterPathfinder Consulting
Cokethea HillSchoolSmartKC
Sly JamesMayor, Kansas City
Kelly KernsPopulous
Eric MorgensternMorningstar Communications
Adam RossbachKansas City Chiefs
Tom WrightRetired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $579,843
Projected Expenses $593,248
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$316,940$232,628$227,235
Administration Expense$102,190$54,447$51,543
Fundraising Expense$1,866$5,221$5,395
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.570.811.17
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%80%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$522,562$236,285$294,255
Current Assets$384,177$219,007$273,167
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$48,068$0$2,038
Total Net Assets$474,494$236,285$292,217
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.99--134.04
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --George K. Baum Family Foundation $50,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Office of the Mayor $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --Department of Health and Human Services $40,833
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments
Other Documents
Strategic Plan2018View
Strategic Plan2014View
Organization Name Turn the Page KC
Address 4049 Pennsylvania
Suite 301
Kansas City, MO 64111
Primary Phone (816) 718-8926
CEO/Executive Director Mike English
Board Chair Mr. Sly James
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mayor, Kansas City
Year of Incorporation 2014