Saving KidSight
10560 N. Ambassador Dr.
Suite 210
Kansas City MO 64153
Jayce is able to read now that he has glasses- Thanks to KidSight!
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (855) 454-3744
Mission Statement
“To prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children.”
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto
Board Chair Mr. Wayne Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
To volunteer: contact us at volunteer@kid-sight.org or call our main number 855- 454-3744.  Volunteer forms can also be found on our website kid-sight.org/volunteer/
 
To donate: You can give directly to us through our website at kid-sight.org/give/ or mail a check to our main office (10560 N. Ambassador Dr. Suite 210, Kansas City, MO 64153) 
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement
“To prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children.”
Background Statement
KidSight began in 1995 as a partnership of passionate local volunteers and the regional eye bank for Missouri, Kansas and Illinois, Saving Sight. Since then it has grown into a statewide mobile program. We screen almost 70,000 Missouri children ages 6 months to 6 years of age annually for vision disorders; which includes the most common causes of childhood vision loss, amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). KidSight obtained its 501(c)3 status in 2016, establishing its own mission and goals to prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children.
 
KidSight technicians and volunteers provide free, non-invasive vision screenings at Head Start, preschools, childcare programs, elementary schools and public events throughout Missouri. When KidSight technicians identify children at risk for vision loss, they provide families accurate and timely results, easy to understand information about their child's possible vision disorder, and resources to connect families with child-friendly eye doctors near them who meet their specific needs. All children screened are provided education about preventative eye health. Through individualized follow-up of referral families, KidSight ensures children receive the vision care they need to prevent future education delays and/or a lifetime of vision loss.
Impact Statement
At KidSight, our goal is simple: to provide free vision screenings for every child under 6-years-old in Missouri. Since our founding in 1995, we’ve screened over 650,000 children and we total nearly 70,000 screenings annually. Our KidSight Mobile Vision Screening program goes out to preschools, daycare centers, Head Start sites, and community events across the state. We use a non-invasive, handheld photo screening device to scan a child’s eyes which produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. Children do not need to read a chart and in fact, the photo screening device is a more sensitive method of detecting the most common childhood eye diseases - Amblyopia and Strabismus - than a traditional chart exam.
After detection, KidSight provides intervention and referrals through the KidSight Vision Care Network. This includes a list of doctors who perform pediatric optometric services, a packet of information about eye care and eye health, and a series of follow-up phone calls, emails, and text messages to the family to ensure a child has accessed vision care. Most of the parents who’ve reported taking their child in for an exam have found an eye doctor using the list we provide. We also know through qualitative and anecdotal evidence that our follow-up calls, texts, and emails act as effective reminders and encouragement for parents to follow through on finding vision care for their children.
In Fiscal Year 2017-2018, KidSight screened 69,661 children at a total of 1,248 sites statewide. Of those screened, we referred 3,870 children for potential vision disorders. This included screening 15,879 children in the Kansas City territory.
Needs Statement
To meet the needs of these vulnerable children, as well as to continue providing free screenings across the state, financial capital and support is imperative. Our funding priorities include recruiting and training the best employees and volunteers to support our programs, providing as many free screenings as possible across the state, disseminating healthy vision educational materials in preschools, daycares, and at community events, and expanding the KidSight Vision Care network to help vulnerable families. To do this, we provide easy funding opportunities through which supporters realize the tangible impact their money has on our programming. The following is a sample of funding levels to provide prospective foundations and donors:
KidSight Levels of Support
  • $2,000 Family Assistance Funding for 1 Year (helps several families with the cost of eye glasses, exams, and corrective procedures).
  • $1,500 Language Line Services (KidSight can call parents whose primary language is not English with a translator on the line).
  • $10,000 Printed Education Materials for Screening Sites and Parents for 1 year (statewide).
  • $35,000 Funding for the Volunteer Program.
  • $65,000 Fund the Hard Costs to Screen a Whole Territory (1/5th of the state).
Service Categories
Health Care NEC
Public Health
Areas of Service
MO
Geographic Area Served Narrative In FY 2018-2019, KidSight screened in 108 of Missouri's 114 counties, as well as St. Louis City.  Our goal is to serve every county in the state.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
KidSight began with passionate community members who wanted to make sure that all children grew up with the eyesight they needed to thrive at school and beyond. Since then, we have grown into the premier vision screening program in the state. KidSight’s screening method, educational materials, and follow-up process are the gold standard for vision screening programs. No other organization in Missouri screens as many children in as professional a manner as KidSight does. Our screening partners request us year after year, because of how easy it is to work with us and how efficiently we can screen children. We estimate that it takes us less than 2 minutes per child to conduct a screening. This includes set up, completing referral packets, and wrap up.
 
In addition to agency-wide reorganization and planning, KidSight continues its pursuit of more efficient and effective methods of providing preventative vision services to children in Missouri. A three-year funding commitment from the Missouri Health Foundation from FY2014-FY2017 has allowed KidSight to reevaluate and improve its screening services to children and their families. In 2014, before these changes were implemented, only 28% of families sought further treatment for their children upon recommendation from a KidSight screening. During the most recent fiscal year, this rate has risen to 73%, which means more children are receiving the vital eye care they need to protect their vision.
 
KidSight’s current challenge is to make sure that we have the funding we need to continue to serve more children. We know that 2-3% of children under 6 have amblyopia, which will lead to vision loss and sometimes blindness in one or both eyes if treatment doesn’t begin before the age of 7. There is a small window of time in which to treat and hopefully reverse this condition. We also know that 48% of parents with children under the age of 12 have never taken their child to an eye care professional. In our experience, parents usually will not take their child to an eye care professional unless something prompts them to do so. The vision screenings that KidSight provides are critical to making the link between children and the eye care they need. KidSight’s largest financial supporter, Saving Sight, is no longer able to provide underwriting for our organization, and so the support of the community is more critical than ever.
Programs
Description
Our KidSight Mobile Vision Screening program goes out to preschools, daycare centers, Head Start sites, and community events across the state. We use a non-invasive, handheld photo screening device to scan a child’s eyes which produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. Children do not need to read a chart and in fact, the photo screening device is a more sensitive method of detecting the most common childhood eye diseases - Amblyopia and Strabismus - than a traditional chart exam.
 
 KidSight provides individual results to the parents of every child screened.  Children who "pass" the screening receive a postcard with their child's results that includes important eye health information and contact information for us.  Children who are referred are given a packet of information that includes their child's screening results, next steps, frequently asked questions, a list of child-friendly eye doctors in their area, and contact information for KidSight's Vision Care Network. 
Program Budget $347,163.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The short-term objectives of KidSight’s Vision Screening program are:
  • Increase vision screening of low-income children year-over-year by increasing screenings at Head Start programs and preschool/child care programs in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Increase treatment follow-up rate for children identified with potential vision problems from 73% to 76%.
  • 100% of families whose child completes a screening will receive vision health education and results of their child’s vision screen.
Long-Term Success
The long-term objectives of KidSight’s Vision Screening program are:
  • Improved vision health of children through early identification of vision problems
  • Improved awareness of preventative vision care and vision health
  • Improved access to preventative vision services for low-income children
  • Decrease in childhood vision loss
Program Success Monitored By Program staff and volunteers record all information about vision screening events, individual child screening results, follow-up treatment results, and distribution of educational materials in KidSight’s client database. Follow-up treatment results are gathered by staff through direct contact with families whose children have been referred for treatment.
Examples of Program Success
Kenshin is a fun loving preschooler whose family attended a Family Fun Fair last spring. His parents didn’t have any concerns but decided to stop at the KidSight booth anyway. Kenshin’s parents were surprised to learn that he was being referred for a possible vision problem. Like many children with vision problems, Kenshin had adapted without any complaints. Kenshin’s parents were emotional because they had no idea that there was an issue – he had passed previous screenings!
The eye doctor prescribed glasses to correct his vision problem. When Kenshin tried on his glasses he said, “Wow, I can see!" When he started wearing his new glasses, he received compliments from his teachers and other people around him. He is now able to concentrate longer while learning and for visual activities. We asked his mom, Rita, what advice she would give, “Have your child treated as soon as possible. Early prevention may correct any problems before they may not be able to fix the problem.”
Description
After detection, KidSight provides intervention and referrals through the KidSight Vision Care Network. This includes a maintaining a list of doctors who perform pediatric optometric services and a series of follow-up phone calls, emails, and text messages to the family to ensure a child has accessed vision care. Most of the parents who’ve reported taking their child in for an exam have found an eye doctor using the list we provide. We also assist parents with navigating their insurance, advocating for their child and finding assistance paying for care.
 
It is our primary objective in the coming years, however, to prioritize the most vulnerable children in the communities we serve: those who lack access to basic health care services. For those who cannot access vision care, the most common barriers include lack of insurance and/or financial capital to pay for glasses, exams, or corrective surgeries, as well as doctors who accept Medicaid, do not treat children under the age of 6.
Program Budget $32,181.00
Category Health Care, General/Other Early Intervention & Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

 

The short-term objectives of KidSight’s Vision Care Network are:
  • Increase the number of low-income families that access our follow-up services
  • Increase treatment follow-up rate for children identified with potential vision problems from 73% to 76%.
  • 100% of families whose child completes a screening will receive vision health education and results of their child’s vision screen.
Long-Term Success

The long-term objectives of KidSight’s Vision Care Network are:

  • Improved vision health of children through early identification of vision problems
  • Improved awareness of preventative vision care and vision health
  • Improved access to preventative vision services for low-income children
  • Decrease in childhood vision loss
Program Success Monitored By
Program staff and volunteers record all information about vision screening events, individual child screening results, follow-up treatment results, and distribution of educational materials in KidSight’s client database. Follow-up treatment results are gathered by staff through direct contact with families whose children have been referred for treatment.
 
 
Examples of Program Success

Since 2014, KidSight increased the follow-up treatment rate for children identified with potential eye disorders by 45%.

A child’s vision is saved…

When Jameson (4 yrs.) received a KidSight vision screening at his preschool, his parents found out he had a previously undetected vision problem that could have left Jameson blind in one eye. During a prior vision test, Jameson’s parents learned he didn’t want to get the test wrong, so he ‘cheated’ by looking through his fingers. KidSight’s screening requires no response from the child to sense vision problems, so abnormalities were detected and a referral was provided to Jameson’s parents the same day. Jameson had significant vision loss in one eye, however, with treatment, Jameson’s vision should improve significantly over a period of months. The family is thankful for KidSight, “If we hadn’t had the test or caught it before he was 7 or 8, he could have been completely blind in his right eye,” said Jameson’s mother.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto
Term Start Oct 2016
Experience KidSight’s Executive Director, Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto, has a Master’s in Public Administration/Non-Profit Organizational Management. Ms. Patterson-Paronto has over 20 years’ experience in the youth development, informal education, and early childhood fields. Previous to KidSight, Ms. Patterson-Paronto was the interim Executive Director of a statewide health education and service nonprofit. Ms. Patterson-Paronto began as Executive Director of KidSight in September 2016, just after the organization received its 501(c)(3) status. Since that time, Ms. Patterson-Paronto has called upon her non-profit leadership experience to steer KidSight in a new strategic direction that will enable future growth and sustainability.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO Experience
Senior Staff
Title Program Manager
Title Volunteer Coordinator
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Contractors 1
Volunteers 200
Retention Rate 100%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 6
Male 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
KidSight collaborates with the Lions of Missouri (Multiple District 26), as well as local Lions Clubs throughout the state of Missouri.  KidSight is also a partner of Lions KidSight USA Foundation, a national Lions vision screening oversight and support organization.
KidSight works with the Missouri Optometric Association to provide information on child-friendly eye doctors.
Saving Sight provides services and space to KidSight through an operating agreement.  
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Wayne Cunningham
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2019 to June 2020
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Al BlumenbergNEI Global
Mr. Wayne CunninghamCommunity Volunteer
Ms. Roxana Shaffe MPAJunior Achievement
Ms Suzanne SmithHealth Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri
Mr Craig StephensonKids Win Missouri
Dr Kory ThomaLeet Eyecare
Mr. Steve WiseCommunity Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 96%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $196,575
Projected Expenses $327,101
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • FYE 6/30/2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$362,993$442,050$549,678
Administration Expense$89,952$40,749$0
Fundraising Expense$83,444$143,060$0
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.480.62
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%71%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$360,192$320,868$0
Current Assets$312,880$320,868$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$31,283$23,534$0
Total Net Assets$328,909$297,334$0
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.0013.63--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $720,000 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $24,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Anonymous $10,000 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments KidSight has a financial review done every year by certified public accountants.  KidSight's accounting services are provided by Saving Sight according to the affiliate operating agreement between the two organizations.  Saving Sight has a full audit completed by the same certified public accountants that complete KidSight's review.  
Other Documents
How a Screening Works2018View
KidSight by the Numbers2018View
KidSight By the Numbers2017View
Organization Name Saving KidSight
Address 10560 N. Ambassador Dr.
Suite 210
Kansas City, MO 64153
Primary Phone (855) 454-3744
Contact Email info@kid-sight.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto
Board Chair Mr. Wayne Cunningham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Year of Incorporation 2016