Northland Early Education Center
8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City MO 64155
Making lasting friendships
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 420-9005
Fax 816- 420-9010
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. Brea Connett
Board Chair Ms. Jill Ashby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Deloitte
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
Lighthouse Preschool
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Monetary Donations:  NEEC is able to achieve our mission thanks to the support of generous individual donors. We welcome all levels of donations, whether it's a one-time gift, a monthly contribution or the establishment of a matching gifts program through your employer. All gifts are tax deductible.

Sponsorships:  Corporate sponsors are essential in helping NEEC accomplish its mission. Through the generosity of local businesses we are able to ensure all children in the Northland have access to high quality early education and therapy services regardless of their developmental level or socioeconomic status. NEEC offers several sponsorship opportunities throughout out the year, including The Northland Mouse Derby, The Northland Cornhole Tournament and other events. Updates regarding NEEC events may be found on NEEC’s website.

In-Kind Donations:  Each classroom has a wish list of items that would assist them in their daily activities and/or teaching the curriculum, such as board books, puzzles, puppets, stickers, markers, water color paint, play kitchens, plastic storage tubs, and bibs, etc. To learn how to Adopt-a-Classroom and to help make that classroom “wish” list come true, please contact Sean Cunniff at sean@neec.us or call 816-420-9005. The items donated are tax deductible and help cover the costs associated with any unanticipated expenses that may have occur during the year.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteering is a great way to help and is just as important as a monetary donation. We invite you to join NEEC in making a difference in the lives of the very precious children we serve whether you can give a few hours each month or a few days each year. NEEC offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including Program and Non-Program opportunities. To become a volunteer or to learn more about the volunteer opportunities please contact us at 816-420-9005.

Donations may be mailed, made online via website or dropped off at our location.

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

2018 Accomplishments:

  • Completed a $3.7 million renovation and expansion that will increase capacity at NEEC by 55%.
  • NEEC provided a total of 1,732 hours of physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and special instruction.
  • 96% of children with special needs receiving services from NEEC made progress on at least 75% of their Individual Education Program.
  • NEEC provided early education and/or therapy services for 236 children.
 
2019 Goals
  • Increase number of children served to more than 300. 
  • Increase community outreach and awareness and strengthen relationships with area hospitals and advocacy groups in order to grow a constituency of community members.
  • Secure funding opportunities for the scholarship program so children with special needs can find financial financial support.
Needs Statement
  1. Raise the necessary funds to fully fund the $3.7 million expansion and renovation. An additional $500,000 is needed.
  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
MO - Jackson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Northland Early Education Center is a place for every child to learn and grow. We work to make sure all children, regardless of developmental level, receives high quality, fully inclusive early education and therapy services. It is our top goal to make sure every child that walks through our doors is ready to enter kindergarten. Our fully inclusive programs play a crucial role in achieving this goal. Children with special need 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.
We are just one of four locations within a 400-mile radius of Kansas City that offers these services. As the number of children with developmental disorders continues to grow, our services are more important than ever. That means your donation is equally important to helping the children in our community grow and reach their full potential.
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 evaluates success within this program through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) and an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

An IFSP guides the therapy process for children with special needs based on the goals and needs specified in meetings with parents. The IEP is for children three and older and consists of a written plan developed by a team to help an individual child with education goals. 96% of children with special needs made progress on at least 75% of their IFSP/IEP goals. 
 
NEEC provided early education and/or therapy services to more than 220 children in 2017. 
Long-Term Success

As we grow and expand, NEEC plans to ensure the classrooms stay inclusive. NEEC will strive to ensure an enrollment ratio of 50% children with special needs and 50% children with typical needs when the expansion completes. NEEC will also ensure the student-teacher ratio continues to match (if not exceed) exceed state requirements.

NEEC will also work to ensure that every child who attends 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 nearly 40 years, NEEC has offered a crucial service to children in the Kansas City area. Children are offered place to learn and grow, despite their developmental disorders. Therapists provided 6,065 units of physical and occupation therapy, speech and language pathology and special instruction. 100% of families surveyed reported being "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with the services provided for their child by NEEC. 93% of parents surveyed said their child's abilities "greatly increased" or "somewhat increased" since he/she began at NEEC.

Additionally, 100% of the children who graduated from NEEC transitioned into their least restrictive environment.
CEO Comments

More children are being diagnosed with a disability and it is our goal to help them in their earliest years, so they can achieve their highest quality of life. The best way to help a child with special needs is to get them involved early. Waiting to develop their mind and body only makes things more difficult when they become an adult. It's not just a social issue. According to a study, for every $1 spent on education/preschool programs like those at NEEC, the economy reaps a $8.60 benefit. That money comes from savings in elementary and secondary education, employment and earnings later in life.

Almost every day a child in Platte or Clay county is referred by the Missouri First Step Program to receive early education and therapeutic intervention services. This makes the services and programs provided by NEEC crucial to the individual families and the entire Kansas City region.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Brea Connett
Term Start Dec 2017
Email brea@neec.us
Experience

Brea Connett was named Executive Director in December 2017. Her dedication to Northland Early Education Center’s mission has shown in her 18 years of service to the organization. She began her career at NEEC in 2000 working as an Assistant Teacher in the Blue Room (3-5 year old classroom) for over three years and as Lead Teacher in the Brown Room (2 year olds) for four years after that. Brea was named the school’s Program Director, where she spent 10 years leading a large group of teachers and staff, ensuring that every classroom met accreditation and licensing standards, with quality and inclusion being the main priority. Brea will now lead NEEC in a new role as the Executive Director.

Brea was born and raised in Denison, Iowa and comes from a very large family with three biological brothers, two adopted brothers and two foster sisters. She moved to Kansas City in 2000 and earned her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis in child development and education from Park University. In 2009, she completed a Masters of Education in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In her spare time Brea enjoys spending time with her husband, Jeff, and four sons, Tanner, Jax, Lucian and Cannon.

As the Executive Director, Brea’s role is to oversee all operations of Northland Early Education Center, ensuring fiscal sustainability and organizational growth.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Jill Bartlett2002 - 2017
Ms. Jane VanSantFeb 2002 - June 2002
Senior Staff
Title Development Director
Title Program Director
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 33
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 21
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 on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Child & Youth Services2017
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation2017
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 2018.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jill Ashby
Company Affiliation Deloitte
Term Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Email jashby@deloitte.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Jill AshbyDelloitte
Ms. Tamara ButlerNorth Kansas City School District
Ms. Amie FrancoisPediatric Smiles Dentistry
Mr. Matt LyonsCerner
Ms. Michelle MarriottERISE IP, P.A.
Ms. Sandy WalkerRenzenberger
Ms. Sandy Walker
Ms. Stephanie WileyCommunity 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
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
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 12
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 BywaterCedar Fairs
Mr. Fred EmbryPower Group
Mr. Matt HurdInsco Industries
Ms. Michelle MarriottERISE IP, P.A.
Mr. Craig RoederMorrill and Janes Bank
Ms. Roswitha SchafferCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Steve ThorneNational Marketing Resources
CEO Comments
The Board of Directors, chaired by Ms. Jill Ashby, is a dedicated body that contributes their time and efforts for the benefit of NEEC and its students. They volunteer their time and resources to better the organization, so that more children can receive the early education and therapy services they need to live their best life possible. 
 
Our bylaws state that there may be up to 15 members on the Board of Directors and we would like to continue to increase this number. The goal is to maintain 12 qualified and dedicated members on the NEEC Board of Directors. 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,571,053
Projected Expenses $1,570,168
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$835,041$1,425,950$196,986
Government Contributions$537,950$569,840$568,951
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$537,950$569,840$568,951
Individual Contributions------
$23,333$20,000--
$869,406$765,106$743,209
Investment Income, Net of Losses$10,879$2,916$1,258
Membership Dues--$0--
Special Events$48,610$102,228$70,570
Revenue In-Kind$20,424$20,516$22,304
Other$120$2,336$308
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,329,401$1,322,329$1,287,175
Administration Expense$211,991$220,140$204,650
Fundraising Expense$40,676$41,088$36,190
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.471.841.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$3,492,632$2,500,874$1,230,051
Current Assets$3,036,698$2,009,757$708,251
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$285,025$36,538$91,050
Total Net Assets$3,207,607$2,464,336$1,139,001
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.6555.007.78
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
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%. The project will allowed Northland Early Education Center to increase the number of children served annually to more than 300.
Goal $3,700,000.00
Dates Oct 2013 to
Amount Raised to Date $2,600,000.00 as of July 2018
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.
Other Documents
2016 Annual Report2016View
2015 Annual Report2015View
Capital Campaign Case Statement2014View
Organization Name Northland Early Education Center
Address 8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
Primary Phone (816) 420-9005
Contact Email brea@neec.us
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Brea Connett
Board Chair Ms. Jill Ashby
Board Chair Company Affiliation Deloitte
Year of Incorporation 1980
Former Names
Lighthouse Preschool