Saving KidSight
10100 N. Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City MO 64153
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (855) 454-3744
Mission Statement
“To prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children.”
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto
Board Chair Mr. Al Blumenberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation NEI Global
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2016
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
“To prevent vision conditions and promote healthy eyesight in children.”
Background Statement
KidSight is a signature program developed by Saving Sight, a nonprofit organization that provides eye banking and charitable vision services. Since KidSight began in 1995, it has grown into a statewide mobile program. We screen more than 67,000 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 recently obtained its 501(c)3 status, 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
KidSight’s major milestones during the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
  1. Attained its 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Hired the current Executive Director, Katherine Patterson-Paronto.
  3. Participated in a strategic planning process.
  4. Screened 67,913 children in Missouri and referred 3,649 on for treatment.
  5. In Fiscal Year 2015-2016, 74% of referred children went on to see an eye doctor.
These events have further defined KidSight as its own non-profit organization, separate in service delivery from its parent company and current fiscal agent, Saving Sight.
FY 2018 Goals:
  1. Increase vision screenings held at Head Start programs and preschool/childcare centers in low-income communities to capture more medically under-served children.
  2. Develop a vision treatment program to provide eye exams and glasses for families who fall in the gaps of healthcare coverage between Medicaid, Affordable Care Act plans, and private insurance plans.
  3. Expand KidSight’s Healthy Vision Day program from the St. Louis, Missouri area to a statewide program, providing Head Start, preschools, and child care centers with free vision screening education and information to reduce the stigma about wearing glasses and promote healthy behaviors around eye health.
  4. Expand partnerships throughout the state that will support KidSight’s goal to become financially independent from Saving Sight.
  5. Develop a training and screening equipment rental model to serve home-based Early Head Start programs who have no centralized location at which to screen groups of children at one time.
Needs Statement
  • KidSight needs financial donations to support the salaries for staff and program costs of expanding KidSight’s free, mobile vision screening services throughout the State of Missouri.
  • Funding is needed to begin KidSight’s vision treatment program that will provide financial assistance to families of children who fall through the gaps of currently available vision care coverage to help them pay for eye exams, glasses, and eye disease treatment.
  • Financial support is needed to assist KidSight in supporting the program costs and staff salaries associated with the expansion of Healthy Vision Day to sites across the entire state of Missouri.
  • KidSight needs to build partnerships with funders who have similar goals and interests in supporting and expanding the availability of free vision screening services for medically underserved children so KidSight can begin to move toward financial independence from Saving Sight.
  • Volunteers from around the state who will assist KidSight in providing screening in classrooms and child care centers within their communities. KidSight screened over 67,000 children in FY16-17, but we estimate there are over 525,000 children in the state that KidSight could be screening.
Service Categories
Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research
Areas of Service
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
KidSight began with passionate community members who wanted to make sure that children grew up with the eyesight they need to thrive at school and beyond. Since then, we have grown into the premier vision screening program in the state. KidSight’s screening process, educational materials, and follow-up process are the gold standard for vision screening programs. No other organization 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 23% 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.
Description KidSight’s Mobile Vision Screening program provides free, non-invasive vision screenings to prevent childhood vision loss. During vision screening events at Head Start, preschools, childcare programs, and public events technicians and/or volunteers quickly take a picture of each child’s eyes using a photo screening device. Children do not need to read a chart or even be touched. The device produces an immediate “pass” or “refer” result. Children who are referred are given a packet of information to take home to their parents the day of the screening. The packet includes a printout of their screening results, instructions on what to do next, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of child-friendly eye doctors in their area, and contact information for KidSight. Follow up contact is made with parents to ensure their child has received the care they need. Parents whose children “pass” the screening also receive a postcard with the result of the screening and eye health information.
Category Medical Research, General/Other Eye Diseases, Blindness & Vision Impairments Research
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
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 74% 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
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
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Co-CEO 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.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Development
Title Program Manager
Paid Full-Time Staff 9
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 75
Paid Contractors 0
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Al Blumenberg
Company Affiliation NEI Global
Term June 2016 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Al Blumenberg NEI Global
Mr. John Reese Community Volunteer
Ms. Roxana Shaffe MPAJunior Achievement
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $516,000
Projected Expenses $516,000
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's internal financials.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$623,115$549,678--
Administration Expense$0$0--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.480.62--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
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 Year201720162015
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Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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Top Funding Sources
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Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Saving KidSight
Address 10100 N. Ambassador Dr.
Kansas City, MO 64153
Primary Phone (855) 454-3744
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Katherine Patterson-Paronto
Board Chair Mr. Al Blumenberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation NEI Global
Year of Incorporation 2016