St. James's Children's Center
1205 W. Franklin Street
Richmond VA 23220
Mission Statement

St. James's Children's Center prepares young hearts and minds for life!  We love.  We teach.  We nourish.  We explore.

 To accomplish this mission, the Center will:
  • provide a loving environment for all children, including those who are ‘at risk’ and those with special needs;
  • teach to respect the differences, strengths and weaknesses in each other;
  • provide an enriching and academically competitive pre-school and after-school education for all of its children;
  • maintain a challenging program of educational excellence.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debbie Crawford Lickey M.Ed.
Board Chair Mr. D.P. Thayer Montague
Board Chair Company Affiliation Advance Health
Contact Information
Address 1205 W. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Telephone 804 358-9788
Fax 804 353-4837
E-mail dlickey@doers.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $643,100.00
Projected Expenses $642,166.00
Statements
Mission

St. James's Children's Center prepares young hearts and minds for life!  We love.  We teach.  We nourish.  We explore.

 To accomplish this mission, the Center will:
  • provide a loving environment for all children, including those who are ‘at risk’ and those with special needs;
  • teach to respect the differences, strengths and weaknesses in each other;
  • provide an enriching and academically competitive pre-school and after-school education for all of its children;
  • maintain a challenging program of educational excellence.
Impact
Top accomplishments:
 
  1. Operate three programs:  Early Childhood Education, After School at the Children's Center and Summer Enrichment
  2. Early Childhood Education Program is fully enrolled. 
  3. Receipt of NAP Tax Credits to expand and deepen donor support
  4. Increased nonprofit partnerships to enhance academic experience
  5. Increased number of donors and community partners
  6. Fully equipped classrooms to enhance development appropriate activities

Top goals:
 
  1. Continue leadership role by serving as model and resource for other childhood education programs
  2. Increase philanthropic support to ensure sustainable programs
  3. Continue to add and deepen nonprofit partnerships to enhance children's education  
 
Needs
  1. Community volunteers to provide Board and committee leadership as well as work with children during the school day.
  2. Two 14-passenger school buses
  3. Operating support to help prepare children for success in school and life.
Background
The Children's Center was founded in 1986. At that time Kathy and John Conrad, parishioners of St. James's Church, needed a quality, inclusive learning program for their developmentally delayed son. The Conrads teamed up with Geraldine Johnson, a dynamic special education teacher at Richmond’s Preschool Development Center.  St. James’s Church donated classroom space for an initial summer class.

Since this beginning, the Children's Center has been visionary in realizing that quality early education programs are vital for all children. Current research confirms that early childhood is the most critical time to establish the foundation for success in life. Over and over again, studies have shown that early education for at-risk children can truly change the course of their entire lives. Children who have quality early childhood education do better throughout school, graduate from high school and attain college degrees at greater rates, hold better-paid jobs and lead healthier lives.

These studies confirm our decades-long passion for providing the best early childhood education available to any child in metropolitan Richmond – regardless of a family’s ability to pay – and comparable to the private school experience of children living in affluent communities. Over the years we have changed the lives of over 1,500 students – many have gone on to college and have entered successful careers. One-by-one, child-by-child, we prepare young learners for success in school and life.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Metro Richmond
Henrico County
Chesterfield County
Hanover County
Our children come from the City of Richmond and all surrounding counties.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. D.P. Thayer Montague
Company Affiliation Advance Health
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Email thayerm@gmail.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Ms. Jennifer L/ Sisk
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term May 2016 to May 2018
Email jlsiskcomm@aol.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. James C. Ball Dorsey Wright, LLC
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Bredrup Community Volunteer
Mrs. Sally Ellington Connumity Volunteer
Mr. Randy Ellis Johnson & Johnson
Ms. Ida V. Farinholt Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard W. Fowlkes, II Peter Blair, LLC
Mrs. Katherine W. Hetzer Community Volunteer
Mr. Adam Hofheimer Cap Tech
Mr. Thomas M. Horton Monument Restaurants, LLC
Ms. Gretchen Japhet Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings Thompson, Siegel & Walmsley, LLC
Mrs. Nancy C. Jordan Community Volunteer
Mr. D.P. Thayer Montague Verisk
Mrs. Trudy C. Porter Community Volunteer
Mrs. Elizabeth Read Community Volunteer
Mr. M. Pierce Rucker Principal, Sands Anderson
Mrs. Jennifer Sisk Community Volunteer
Mr. Alexander H. Slaughter Retired Partner, McGuireWoods
Ms. Margaret I. Valentine McVey Design Services
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 11
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 93
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Executive
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Debbie Crawford Lickey M.Ed.
Experience

Debbie Crawford Lickey previously worked with the Partnership for People with Disabilities at the VCU School of Education, where she is coordinator of the Virginia Paraprofessional Early Childhood Project, a collaborative initiative with the Virginia Community College System that prepares paraprofessionals to work with young children with disabilities and their families in a variety of early childhood settings.

Mrs. Lickey will be responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Center; providing a safe, healthy, academically and spiritually enriching learning environment; providing leadership for the staff; developing and managing financial resources; and maintaining healthy relationships with the Center’s Board, parents, community leaders and others in the early childhood community.

Before joining the Partnership for People with Disabilities at VCU, Mrs. Crawford worked as an early childhood special education teacher at Powhatan County Public Schools; a lead teacher of children in the 2½to 3-year-old age range in an inclusive environment at the Sabot School; and as an adjunct faculty member at VCU and John Tyler Community College.  She has extensive professional experience in curriculum development, use of evidence-based resources, data collection and measurement, communication strategies for children and families, and social/emotional and behavioral strategies.  Additionally, Debbie has made a series of education-focused presentations to fellow professionals, teachers and support staff, and she is co-author of the book “Starting with Their Strengths: Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Special Education,” published in 2011 by Teacher’s College Press.

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Geraldine Johnson Sept 1986 -
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Ms. Patricia Caine Interim Program Director
Winnie Perilla Canup Development Director
Staff
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 6
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 96
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2010
Management Succession Plan? No
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
Richmond ARC
Children's Museum of Richmond
SCAN
SPARC
Richmond Jazz Society
YMCA
Programs
Description St. James's Children's Center provides three high quality, enriching and affordable programs for an inclusive and diverse population of children. Our students include children from working families, with limited socioeconomic resources and children with developmental delays and disabilities.We provide high quality, enriching and affordable programs for an inclusive and diverse population of children. Our students include children from working families, with limited socioeconomic resources and children with developmental delays and disabilities.We provide high quality, enriching and affordable programs for an inclusive and diverse population of children. Our students include children from working families, with limited socioeconomic resources and children with developmental delays and disabilities.
Description
St. James Children’s Center’s Early Childhood Education Program places an emphasis on discovery and exploration in play. We help children develop their individual strengths. This forms a foundation for school and life success. We use the Creative Curriculum which provides children with experiences to facilitate development in language, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, large and small motor development, and social and emotional skills. Our full-day childcare gives children rich experiences in literacy, art, music, movement, and science.
St. James’s Children’s Center also uses a social-emotional curriculum, based on the CSEFEL (Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning). This curriculum is designed to provide children with tools and strategies to enhance their sense of self and support positive relationships. At St. James’s Children’s Center, we strive to create an environment that encourages a child’s curiosity and gives them opportunities to develop creative thinking and decision making within appropriate limits.
Description
After School at the Children’s Center is a developmentally appropriate program for elementary school children. Each day’s activities include a balanced afternoon of homework assistance, enrichment activities, outside time and nutritious snacks. We currently provide transportation from St. Andrews School and accept children from additional schools who must provide their own transportation. Several days a week the students are offered enrichment activities including yoga, music, and creative movement.
Description
At St. James’s Children’s Center, our summer is filled with field trips for all ages in order to connect children to their community and provide them with a wealth of varied experiences. Children will play and learn through seeing, touching, listening and feeling the world around them.
Children in our Summer Enrichment Program take part in ‘Camp Lit’ in the morning. This program designed by Scholastic provides enrichment and intervention strategies in order to avoid academic loss over the summer months, often referred to as the ‘summer slide’. These engaging activities concentrate on reading fluidity, independent reading, bringing texts to life and authentic and engaging writing activities. After exploring
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $643,100.00
Projected Expenses $642,166.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
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
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Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$514,262$405,783$373,745
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$178,355$142,820$177,170
Investment Income, Net of Losses$7($176)$4
Membership Dues------
Special Events$9,617$18,460$10,806
Revenue In-Kind$12,987$14,142$3,983
Other----$400
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$432,358$482,072$523,049
Administration Expense$161,891$79,476$34,576
Fundraising Expense$6,194$13,582$12,040
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.010.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%84%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%3%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$372,267$186,203$181,179
Current Assets$372,267$186,203$181,179
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$46,338$3,359$4,234
Total Net Assets$325,929$182,844$176,945
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.0355.4342.79
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The campaign is seeking total funding of $150,000 to be used for four purposes: 1) $114,000 will purchase two 15-passenger buses which will ensure our students’ safe transportation; enhance our students’ engagement in the community and double the capacity of our After School Program. 2) $15,500 will renovate hallway into accessible storage and extended learning space. 3) $11,900 will bring our classroom technology and equipment up to date for our teachers and students. 4) $8,600 will install a large in-ground sand box within our urban setting.
Goal $150,000.00
Dates Mar 2016 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date $78,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2014View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990-EZs.
  • Form 990-EZs prepared by the organization.
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" also includes support from individuals and churches.
  • Expense breakdown provided from internal documents prepared by the organization and sent to the Foundation.