Northland Early Education Center
8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City MO 64155
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Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 420-9005
Mission Statement
Northland Early Education Center provides early education and therapy services for children who have special needs as well as early education for children who have typical needs, in a fully inclusive classroom environment in order for them to reach their full potential. 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill A. Bartlett
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Marriott
Board Chair Company Affiliation ERISE, IP, P.A.
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
Lighthouse Preschool
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement Northland Early Education Center provides early education and therapy services for children who have special needs as well as early education for children who have typical needs, in a fully inclusive classroom environment in order for them to reach their full potential. 
Background Statement

NEEC was founded in 1981 by a group of concerned parents of children with physical and mental disabilities along with parents of children whose household incomes were low to moderate. These parents envisioned an early education center that would serve all children, regardless of their developmental level or socioeconomic status. Since its inception NEEC has grown from an early education center/preschool serving six children to a nationally accredited agency providing early education and therapy services for over 200 children annually.

NEEC’s program provides early education and therapy services for children with special needs and early education for children with typical needs age’s birth to five. NEEC also provides a before and after school/summer program for children age’s 6 to 14 with special needs. The early education/preschool classrooms are fully-inclusive, grouping children with their like-aged peers regardless of their developmental level. This environment provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn by watching and imitating their peers, as well as teaching children who are typically developing the important life lessons of diversity, compassion and acceptance.

NEEC also provides physical and occupational therapies, speech and language pathology and special instruction through its Early Intervention Services program for children with special needs age’s birth to five. NEEC’s therapists provide children with special needs the therapy services they require directly in the classroom or in the on-site, fully-equipped therapy gym. NEEC’s therapists also provide in-home therapy services throughout the Northland area for those families who choose to educate their children at home. These therapy services are essential in ensuring that all children with special needs are reaching their established goals, preparing them to transition into typical kindergarten classrooms and giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

NEEC is proud to be accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and through the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for its Child and Youth Programs. NEEC is a licensed private agency with the Missouri Department of Health and holds certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These accreditations, licensures, and certifications ensure that NEEC’s program standards are among the highest in the nation.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:

One-hundred percent of the children (7/7) with special needs who graduated from NEEC’s early education program transitioned into their least restrictive environment. 
  1. NEEC provided a total of 6,056 units (1,514 hours) of physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and special instruction in 2016.
  2. In total, NEEC provided early education and/or therapy services for 221 children in 2016, 67% of whom were children with special needs. 
  3. Staff retention exceeding one year in 2016 was 71%.
Goals:
  1. To ensure that each child with special needs seeking placement at NEEC will not only be placed in the program but also will be able to find scholarship opportunities as needed.
  2. To maintain quality, informative, supportive relationships with the Missouri First Steps program service coordinators and other community service providers. 
  3. Increase community awareness about NEEC’s services available for young children by informing the community of the benefits gained by the existence of quality, fully-inclusive, early education programs that can meet the needs of all children. 
  4. Provide families with information and resources in order to help them become a strong advocate for their children. 
  5. Build a strong annual giving base. 
  6. Continue Capital Campaign efforts to expand the current services NEEC provides throughout the Northland community.
Needs Statement
  1. Raise the necessary funds (currently 95% of the funds have been raised/pledged for construction costs) to expand and renovate our existing facility in order to serve more children in Kansas City Northland community.  
  2. Increase the number of children who have special needs enrolled in the NEEC early education program  
  3. Employ and retain quality teachers and staff.
  4. Increase the number of interested and committed individuals on serve the NEEC Board of Directors. 
Service Categories
Preschools
Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Children's and Youth Services
Areas of Service
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
Northland Early Education Center primarily serves Clay and Platte counties.  NEEC's therapists do provide therapy services in-home for children ages birth to 3 and often travel to other counties including Ray, Jackson, Buchanan, and Clinton counties. 
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

Northland Early Education Center (NEEC) is a unique school where young children, birth to 5 from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels, receive high quality, fully inclusive early education and therapy services. NEEC also provides a before and after school and summer program for children age’s 6 to 14 who have special needs. It is NEEC’s primary objective to ensure that all children, whether typically developing or with special needs, are fully prepared to enter kindergarten giving them the opportunity to reach their full potential with a foundation for future learning and success. This fully inclusive environment provides children with special needs the opportunity to learn by watching and imitating their peers, while children without developmental disabilities learn the important life lessons of diversity, compassion and acceptance. Very few preschools provide early education for children with special needs alongside their typically developing peers. Even fewer offer on-site therapy services for children with special needs. Only four other programs in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area (within a 400-mile radius) offer this combination of services for the targeted age group. NEEC is one of two in the Northland community.  For these reasons and more, NEEC is working to secure the necessary funds needed to expand and renovate its facility in order to serve more children in the Kansas City Northland community.

Together the NEEC Board of Directors (BOD) and Executive Director have worked tirelessly to manage the expenses and accounts at NEEC but also to stay focused on the strategic development of the school to increase our effectiveness and operating stability. The teachers, therapists, and administration at NEEC strive to provide services that meet and even exceed the highest national standards. They have developed, in concert with the Board of Directors, an outcomes measurement plan that analyzes the quality of services provided and the effects those services have on the children and families that benefit from NEEC's early education and therapeutic intervention programs. In 2017, it is the goal of NEEC to continue to improve its programs and services through meaningful outcomes measurement, program scrutiny and community needs assessment.

Programs
Description Northland Early Education Center provides early education and therapeutic intervention for children with special needs, as well as early education for children with typical needs, ages birth to 5. Children attending NEEC learn together in fully-inclusive classrooms that are separated by age, not developmental level. This fully-inclusive environment is enhanced by the use of the Project Construct Curriculum model, which states that children learn through their interactions with their physical and social environments. NEEC also provides physical and occupational therapies, speech and language pathology and special instruction for children with special needs. NEEC therapists work directly with the children, providing these essential therapies in NEEC's fully equipped therapy gym and/or directly in the child's classroom.  Additionally, NEEC therapists also provide in-home therapy services for children with special needs throughout the Northland community.
Program Budget $1,551,391.00
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Short-Term Success

NEEC has success measures for individual students that attend the program, as well as organizational measures. In 2016, NEEC  provided onsite early education services for 221 children and 67% were children who have special needs. Additionally, 100% of students who graduate from NEEC transitioned into their least restrictive environment. NEEC's therapists provided over 1,500 combined hours of physical and occupational therapies, speech and language pathology and special instruction. Additionally, NEEC teachers and therapists worked diligently to ensure at least 95% of children with special needs who attended NEEC made progress on at least 75% of their established goals outlined on his or her IFSP or IEP.  By the end of 2017, NEEC will have served 229 children, 68% children who have special needs. 

Long-Term Success

Very few preschools in the area accept children with special needs and those who receive subsidies; even fewer provide on-site therapy services in addition to fully-inclusive early education. There are four organizations in the entire Kansas City metropolitan area that provide this combination of services for this targeted age group and NEEC is one of them.

Due to the lack of fully-inclusive, quality early education opportunities available for children with special needs, NEEC strives every year to increase the enrollment of children with special needs at the center. NEEC’s ultimate goal is to expand its program to increase its current occupancy by 55% and to have an enrollment ratio of 50% children with special needs and 50% children with typical needs. Additionally, NEEC’s program works to ensure that 100% of children who attend NEEC, regardless of their developmental level, transition into their least restrictive environment and have a foundation for future learning and success.
Program Success Monitored By NEEC utilizes the Outcome Measurements format of tracking the achievement of annual goals. The Outcome Measurements are used to track the amount of therapy units administered, the number of children served annually by NEEC, the progress students are making toward their individual educational and/or therapy goals and staff retention as well as parent and stakeholder satisfaction. The administration tracks this data monthly then compiles the information for the annual Outcome Measurements Report using attendance sheets, therapy billing documentation, child portfolios and parent and stakeholder surveys. The data provided by these sources allows NEEC to verify which program goals were or were not achieved. Additionally, each month the Program Director presents the number of students attending the school as well as the number of children receiving in-home therapies to the Board of Directors to ensure the school is on track for attendance and ratio goals.
Examples of Program Success

For over 36 years, NEEC has provided all children in the Northland community with the early education and therapy services they need and deserve to reach their full potential. Each year, NEEC strives to serve more children with special needs throughout the Northland.   In 2016, NEEC provided early education and/or therapeutic intervention services for 221 children, 67% of those students were children who have special needs. In addition, 95 percent of children who have special needs made progress on at least 75 percent of the goals established on their IFSP or IEP.  Additionally, 100 percent of the children who graduated from NEEC transitioned into their least restrictive environment.

CEO Comments

In 2016, NEEC provided early education and/or therapy services for 221 children, 67 percent of whom are children who have special needs. Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on early education/preschool programs such as NEEC’s, there is a benefit to the community of $8.60 through savings in elementary and secondary education, employment and earnings later in life.

Each day, on average, one child in Clay and/or Platte County is referred by the Missouri First Step Program to begin receiving early education and therapeutic intervention services. This is approximately 30 children with special needs per month and approximately 360 children with special needs per year in Clay and Platte Counties who are in need of early education and therapy services. Although the number of children with special needs continues to increase, very few preschools in the Kansas City's metropolitan area accept children with special needs and those who receive subsidies; even fewer provide on-site therapy services in addition to fully-inclusive early education. There are only two such schools in the Kansas City Northland area and NEEC is one of them. For this reason, NEEC strives to meet the needs of all children in the Northland regardless of their developmental levels or socioeconomic status.

Families approach NEEC based on the organization’s exceptional reputation and a lack of options for families in need. On average, NEEC receives one or more phone calls each week from families requesting placement for their children who have specials needs. Often, these children have been expelled from preschools and childcare facilities for severely disruptive behaviors and emotional disorders because staff was not properly trained to handle these types of situations and therefore not equipped to provide the appropriate educational environment for the child’s special behavioral needs. An increasing number of families seek NEEC assistance due to financial need. One in every four NEEC families falls below the federal poverty level.  NEEC families represent a diverse array of family structures including foster and foster to adopted parenting. One-third of the foster children served have special needs.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Jill A. Bartlett
Term Start July 2002
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Experience Ms. Bartlett has over 19 years experience working in business and management. Prior to her appointment as the Executive Director of the Northland Early Education Center (NEEC), Ms. Bartlett, a mother of a child with special needs, had her daughter in attendance at the school. Prior to her current position at NEEC, she worked for 6 years as the Accounting/Business Office Supervisor for the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering and Technology and spent 5 years working in accounting for Mid America Mortgage previous to that. Ms. Bartlett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from William Jewell College.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Pat McDonald Oct 2001 - Feb 2002
Ms. Jane VanSant Feb 2002 - June 2002
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Experience/Biography

Andrea McKown graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Communications with
an emphasis in Public Relations.  Before joining the staff at the Northland Early Education Center, she spent the last eight years working in special events management, marketing, and fundraising for the non-profit sector, including the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the Southwest Missouri
Office on Aging.  During her time as Marketing Director for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Andrea planned and managed all marketing and public relations efforts and generated major sponsorships for over 40 children’s charities during the annual PGA Nationwide Tour Price Cutter Charity Championship.  Andrea, born in Trenton, Mo, has spent the last 12 years in Springfield, Mo and recently relocated to the Northland area, where she resides with her husband Nate and beautiful daughter, Gabrielle (aka Gabby), as well as her adorable dog, Barley. 



 



As Development
Director, Andrea is in charge of securing funding for the school through
grants, annual fundraisers and annual giving.  In addition, she’ll be
raising community awareness of the wonderful early education and therapy
services provided by Northland Early Education Center.


Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 38
Paid Part-Time Staff 5
Volunteers 15
Paid Contractors 1
Retention Rate 71%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 44
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 42
Male 2
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 Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
In order to reach both children with special needs and children from low-income families, NEEC collaborates with several organizations and agencies throughout our community. NEEC partners with the Family Conservancy as well as the Division of Family Services to reach families regarding the availability of our services for children in low-income families. In addition, NEEC strives to keep tuition costs low and does not put limitations or restrictions on the number of children receiving government assistance who are enrolled in the program. NEEC also works closely with the Missouri First Steps program, which offers coordinated services and assistance for young children with special needs and their families, ensuring appropriate and adequate services are received. NEEC also works directly with Platte County Board of Services and Clay County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board to provide early education and therapy services onsite, as well as throughout the Northland. NEEC partners with the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) to provide onsite therapy services for children who are blind or visually impaired who are attending our program. NEEC also partners with the North Kansas City School District and Maple Valley State School; both provide transportation for children with special needs to NEEC after their various off-site programs.
 
In addition, the Program Director (PD) is an active participant in all major groups that meet to collaborate on early intervention in the Greater Kansas City area and, specifically, the Northland community. The PD is also active in the Northland Early Education Council, the local First Steps Coordinating Council and the Directors Support Group. The Executive Director (ED) is an active member on the Priority Care Philanthropy Board of Directors, as well as the Early Childhood Special Education Forum.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Community Housing - 3 year2014
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 3 Year Accreditation2015
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Certificate of AuthorityDepartment of Elementary & Secondary Education2014
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments
The management and governance of the Northland Early Education Center (NEEC) is of very high quality. The current management at NEEC work as a team and compliment the organization and our mission. The NEEC Board of Directors, chaired by Ms. Michelle Marriott, is a dedicated body that contributes their time and efforts for the benefit of the school regularly, taking into account the real needs of NEEC, creating plans to meet those needs and supporting me as the Executive Director as the plan of action is taken. Our bylaws state that there may be up to 15 members on the Board of Directors and, while we have added a new member to the board this year, we would like to continue to increase this number. Ideally, we would like to maintain 12 qualified and dedicated members on the NEEC Board of Directors. We are looking forward to a very successful and prosperous 2017.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Marriott
Company Affiliation ERISE, IP, P.A.
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Email michelle.marriott@ERISEIP.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jill Ashby Delloitte
Ms. Tamara Butler North Kansas City School District
Ms. Lisa Hurley Nigro Law Firm
Mr. Matt Lyons Cerner
Ms. Michelle Marriott ERISE IP, P.A.
Ms. Jaime McSparin
Ms. Jill Monaghan Generator Studio
Mr. Steve Shead Farmer's Insurance
Ms. Sandy Walker Renzenberger
Ms. Stephanie Wiley Community America Credit Union
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. David Bywater Cedar Fairs
Mr. Fred Embry Power Group
Mr. Matt Hurd Insco Industries
Ms. Michelle Marriott ERISE IP, P.A.
Mr. Craig Roeder Morrill and Janes Bank
Ms. Roswitha Schaffer Community Volunteer
Mr. Steve Thorne National Marketing Resources
CEO Comments The management and governance of the Northland Early Education Center (NEEC) is of very high quality. The current management at NEEC work as a team and compliment the organization and our mission. The NEEC Board of Directors, chaired by Ms. Michelle Marriott, is a dedicated body that contributes their time and efforts for the benefit of the school regularly, taking into account the real needs of NEEC, creating plans to meet those needs and supporting me as the Executive Director as the plan of action is taken. Our bylaws state that there may be up to 15 members on the Board of Directors and, while we have added a new member to the board this year, we would like to continue to increase this number. Ideally, we would like to maintain 12 qualified and dedicated members on the NEEC Board of Directors. We are looking forward to continued success in 2017.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,551,752
Projected Expenses $1,551,391
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.  
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$231,636$274,000$13,486
Government Contributions$532,806$582,526$600,785
Federal$0--$0
State$0--$0
Local$0--$435,455
Unspecified$532,806$582,526$165,330
Individual Contributions$0--$31,957
$0$0$0
$723,226$706,782$702,151
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,078$270$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$60,740$68,345$57,822
Revenue In-Kind$20,174$17,662$0
Other$1,759$2,234$56,085
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,278,680$1,253,029$1,216,213
Administration Expense$204,736$218,832$197,366
Fundraising Expense$74,894$104,135$51,106
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.051.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%80%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%11%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,178,605$1,171,497$1,050,734
Current Assets$663,261$622,725$470,824
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$92,871$98,872$53,932
Total Net Assets$1,085,734$1,072,625$996,802
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.146.308.73
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountClay County DDRB $276,331 --Clay County DDRB $373,326
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFirst Steps Northwest Area SPOE $131,211 --First Steps $111,145
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividual Donor $80,000 --Missouri Food Program $33,106
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose A capital project is in progress to remodel the existing 8,872 square foot education center while adding 5,700 square feet of new classroom space and making exterior improvements including new curbing & parking for staff & increase enrollment by 55%.
Goal $3,400,000.00
Amount Raised to Date $2,571,205.05 as of June 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments Financial solvency and responsibility are of the utmost importance in the decision-making and program development at the Northland Early Education Center (NEEC). The school met the requirements of its ECHO fund grant and now owns the building that houses the school, effective January 1, 2008. A fund development plan was implemented in 2012, this plan is modified on an annual basis. The fund development plan acts as a guide for the development team and is reviewed at our monthly Fund Development meetings. We are constantly revising this plan and looking to diversify and broaden our funding sources.
Organization Name Northland Early Education Center
Address 8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
Primary Phone (816) 420-9005
Contact Email jillb@neec.us
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jill A. Bartlett
Board Chair Ms. Michelle Marriott
Board Chair Company Affiliation ERISE, IP, P.A.
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
Lighthouse Preschool