Saint John Child Development Center
P.O. Box 275
Stony Creek VA 23882
Mission Statement
SJCDC is committed to maintaining a strong nonprofit organization to provide affordable quality early childcare and education in a safe, secure, inspiring and nurturing environment, with focus on developing personal, social, behavioral, academic, spiritual and physical skills to support success in school and in life.  We firmly believe that every child deserves to be prepared for school and life.
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments Please check out our website,, which includes up to date information, pictures, forms etc.   Our future plans are to increase the use of a variety of technology support in our organization.   As we continue to build our capacity and financial resources as a nonprofit, we will increase the use of multi-media and technology supports.  SJCDC officers and Board agree that the most effective marketing for this rural area is direct mailings, flyers and letters sent and/or placed in public places including local churches.  Most of our children come by referral from current or previous families.
CEO/Executive Director Rev. Joan B. Freeman
Board Chair Mr. Elliott Shands
Board Chair Company Affiliation Commonwealth of VA - Retired, DOC
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 275
Stony Creek, VA 23882
Telephone 434 246-9312
Fax 434 246-9312
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $140,000.00
Projected Expenses $133,000.00
SJCDC is committed to maintaining a strong nonprofit organization to provide affordable quality early childcare and education in a safe, secure, inspiring and nurturing environment, with focus on developing personal, social, behavioral, academic, spiritual and physical skills to support success in school and in life.  We firmly believe that every child deserves to be prepared for school and life.

The most significant accomplishments for the past year include:

  1. Successful completion of staff  CDA training to meet Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI) standards and staff enrollment in classes to further their training with support from Smart Beginnings and local Department of Social Services.
  2. Collaborative work with Smart Beginnings, Head Start, Sussex & Dinwiddie public schools to serve all 4 year old children and educate the community of need for preschool for younger children 
  3. Effective use of our Tuition/Scholarship Assistance Program to support needy families.
  4. Progressive partnership with Hopewell-Prince George & Crater Smart Beginnings to form a broader regional Smart Beginnings coalition to broaden the impact of Smart Beginnings and support service providers;
  5. We implemented our fundraising strategies and increased fundraising to offset the impact of low enrollment due to increased public preschool for 4 year old children. 
Our goals for the current year include:
  1. Preparation for our second VSQI Star Quality Rating in 2016 (implementing changes to qualify for a higher rating)
  2. Continued implementing of fundraising strategies & events, including the number of regular donors, endowments etc.
  3. Board development and training events to support new members, replace retiring members and continue building a strong succession plan;
  4. Continued efforts to educate the community related to preschool for younger as needed preparation with expected outcome of increased SJCDC enrollment.  We will research and consider the benefits of providing transportation to increase enrollment.
  5. Increased use of  management technology to support the needs which will come with  pending loss of some volunteers and paid staff due to natural causes.

SJCDC is a certified quality child development program and our needs are driven by the requirements to maintain and improve that status as well as the need to serve as many children as possible.  Enrollment is at the core of both these things.  We will need: 

  • Continue playground upgrade to maintain current standards, $3,000
  • Age appropriate computer resources for children 2-5 years old and software programs to support Science, math, technology learning/skills
  • Purchase &/or lease of a van and driver for transporting children to SJCDC. Estimated cost $35,000.
  • Flooring improvements to support comfort and health of children and staff (currently have indoor/outdoor carpet on cement), estimated cost is $5,000.
  • Purchase classroom supplies to support learning activities and Parent/Guardian Education (including information mailings) & Support Group (Training & family social events related to benefits of quality child development and parents support network). Estimated cost for year, $3,000.

St. John CDC began as a ministry of St. John Baptist Church when the Pastor’s wife, employed as a kindergarten teacher in Sussex County, observed that many children were entering school unprepared to learn. With financial support and labor from the church, a building was purchased and renovated to meet VDSS requirements.

The Center was certified as a “religious, exempt" facility.  It opened January 1997 and has operated year round since that time. Initially, there was much community support and collaboration with local agencies, churches and citizens. We received a number of small local grants and donations.  Many of the children served grew to become volunteers, teen employees and now employed college graduates.  SJCDC always served a few children whose parents could not pay and the fees paid by Dept. of Social Services have always been below our fees.
We are located in a portion of a very large building, Stony Creek Community Center, which is owned by St. John Baptist Church.   We have a capacity for 30 children, 2-5 years old.  We provide before and after school services, as well as a Summer Enrichment Program. Our hours of operation are 6AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday.
We have always maintained diversity related to race, ethnic background, economic and religious status. We have always provided many outside activities and projects, including, field trips to theatre productions, museums, garden centers and special events.
Since 2009, Technical Assistance support from the Cameron Foundation has helped us with capacity building in all areas and in transition from church ownership to 501(c)(3) status.  Our goal is to continue capacity building and program development to meet current early childhood education standards for child development centers.
The ”Smart Beginnings” Star Quality model (“Ready Families, Ready Services, Ready Schools, Ready Community, Ready Children”) has been endorsed in Virginia.  SJCDC has membership on the Crater “Smart Beginnings” Advisory Council serving Sussex and Dinwiddie Counties and we continue to partner with others in this effort to transform education systems in this community.
CEO Statement

I am convinced that the right beginning for all children is the single most important way to remedy what ails our communities, our nation and the world.  It is an investment that should not be measured by how much it will cost because we cannot afford to fail to provide it.  The cost of not doing it increases the potential for the senseless acts of violence and total disregard for human life that we witness today in increasing numbers.   It is for this reason that we have provided the best child development program we could for the past 18-plus years.  We have worked and sacrificed to provide quality early childhood development and education for hundreds of children in our 18 years of operation with so many positive reports from families, school staff and grown up former children. We have encouraged and sponsored former employees and volunteers to return to school and all of them have succeeded, including registered nurses, masters degree and no less than gainful employment. We have had numerous teen employees who are now college graduates, gainfully employed, married and now have their kids enrolled at SJCDC. When the statewide program of Smart Beginnings was started in the region, we were positioned to be a vital part of the work efforts to improve our education system through quality early childhood education for children, 0-5 years. We have continued to work with this initiative since 2011, organizing, forming bylaws, strategic plans, implementing services, providing facilities for training, supporting and promoting events and advocating in the community. There have been issues, problems and changes in county leadership including the Board of Supervisors, the School Board/ Superintendent and County Administrator, but we have persisted in our mission. We believe we are an example and inspiration for many in the community.  

Board Chair Statement

I have been involved with SJCDC from the beginning; when the men of St. John's Baptist Church purchased the property from an inactive social/civic club and renovated a portion of the building to accommodate the child development program. For several years the Board was inactive.

In 2004, the Board of Directors became more active in governing the program and this continues to increase with professional consultation and training. I volunteer my time and support because I know firsthand how crucial it is. I am a product of Sussex County Schools and I have resided in Sussex County all my life. I know the history, the people and the lifestyles.
The existing poverty, disparity, limited education and low expectations is a generational problem. My wife has worked many years as a counselor in the elementary schools and I am familiar with the school problems. For years my wife and other school staff have reported that they see the positive difference in the children who have attended SJCDC. I plan to continue working for this cause because I know it is breaking the generational impact on children, improving the quality of life and building a better community of citizens.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Dinwiddie County
Sussex County
Prince George County
SJCDC serves the Stony Creek, Virginia community of Western Sussex County, Southeast Dinwiddie County, Southwestern Prince George, Northern Greensville County.   The majority of children are Sussex County residents as we are actually located in Sussex County.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Elliott Shands
Company Affiliation Commonwealth of VA - Retired, DOC
Term Jan 2009 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Mrs. Juanita Bland Retired Psychiatric Aide
Mr. Calvin Chambliss Retired Military
Mr. Carl R. Clarke Jr.Farmer
Mrs. Mary Davis Sussex County Schools
Rev. Joan B. Freeman Executive Director
Mrs. Jacqueline W. Goode Retired, Community volunteer
Mrs Lucille M. Hall Community Volunteer
Mr. Vandy Jones IIISussex County - Acting County Administrator
Mrs Maxine Jones SJCDC Program Director
Mr. John Mason Retired Security
Ms. M. Jean Palmer Teacher -Dinwiddie Public Schools
Mr. Glover Pegram Retired
Mr. Ralph Shands Retired Business Entrepreneur
Mrs. Gail B. Shands Retired Federal Employee
Ms. Carolyn Shands Retired Human Services Professional
Ms. Latoya Shands Sussex County IT professional
Mrs. Rosemary Shands CDAAA
Mr. Elliott Shands Retired Supervisor, VA. DOC
Ms Elmorice Trimiew retired teacher
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 18
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 12
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 79
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 85
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Automobile Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.

Our Board member selection criteria is not in a distinct document, but is included in our Bylaws.   We (SJCDC) remain committed to the need to have succession plans for assurance of smooth transitions and avoid the problems associated with abrupt changes. We have partners in our key positions who are actively involved and being mentored to assume those roles in future. The Program Director is in partnership with the Executive Director for that purpose.   The two work very closely with outside collaborations, decision making/advising the Board and future planning for SJCDC.   Some of our volunteers on the Board are retired citizens whose availability is time limited and subject to change.                                                                               The Board is in process of updating Bylaws and making changes to Board rules regarding years of service for members. 

Executive Director
Executive Director Rev. Joan B. Freeman
Retired Clinical Social Work Supervisor (31 yrs); 7 years as Director of Child Development Center, BA -VSU;  MSW - VCU; MDiv. VUU and numerous classes and workshops in Early Childhood Education and Nonprofit management.  Extensive experience in Team Work, community organization, planning and collaborating across agencies and organizations.   Active in local and state organizations related to early childhood development including Smart Beginnings, VSQI, VECF, VAECE, NAEYC, etc.  Attended  numerous workshops on Nonprofit Leadership, grant writing, fundraising, strategic planning, technological resources, etc.  Three plus years of working with Professional Consultants (TA Grants) and the Board for capacity building.  Successfully secured 3 years funding for SJCDC Upgrade Project to hire a qualified educator/Program Director which led to a Star Quaality Raating.     Have a passion and mision of advocacy for the benefits of quality early childcare as a right for every child and as a remedy for the the problems of humanity.
Experience The current Program Director/Senior Staff partners with the Executive Director in most executive responsibilities including, decision Making, planning and reporting/advising the Board, collaboration meetings, etc. as part of our succession plans for the Program Director to advance to the Executive Director position as the current Lead Teacher assumes a position of Administrative Assistant.  
Senior Staff
Mrs. Maxine Jones Director
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 5
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Mar 2014
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations with "Crater Smart Beginnings" (Dinwiddie, Sussex, Surry, Greensville School systems and Hopewell-Prince George Smart Beginnings, Head Start, Community Improvement Association, Dept Of Social Services and Sussex "Call For Health" project, GED program, Coalition of Faith Based Leaders,  Southside Community Partners, ConnectVirginia, etc.
Smart Beginnings-Early Child Development Coalition2010
United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg Partnership Agency2012
3 Star RatingVirginia Early Childhood Foundation VSQI2013

SJCDC is a certified “religious exempt” child development center, serving a diverse population related to race, religion and economic status; serving the communities of western Sussex, southeastern Dinwiddie, Greensville and Prince George Counties.

We provide preschool (2-5 years old), before and after school (5-12 years old) and a 10 week Summer Enrichment Program to as many as 40 children, Monday through Friday, 6 AM to 6 PM.  

SJCDC provides quality childcare services in a nurturing and inspiring atmosphere, including early childhood learning and developmental skills, at affordable rates. We believe that every child deserves to be prepared for success in school and life.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Budget $222,000.00
Short Term Success

St. John Child Development Center (SJCDC) has partnered with the local and state Smart Beginnings initiative to provide quality early childcare and education to all children (0-5 years). We have established ourselves as a Star Quality center for the purpose of providing quality services to children 2-5 years old.

Despite outreach and promotional efforts we find that we maintain an average of 10 vacant slots during the year. We are located in a rural area of undisputed poverty and the families who need the services most can least afford it. They don’t apply for children because they know they cannot afford it. Our cost of operating has increased each year as we build quality services and we need financial help to include those families who cannot afford our modest fees.
Long Term Success

There is a growing national and world concern about the need and benefits of providing a healthy beginning for all young children. There is great disparity in the earliest life experiences for children based on location, money, parent’s education and cultural expectations. Many of these factors are intergenerational and not easily changed. We have partnered with the Smart Beginnings initiative to promote quality early childcare and education to all children (0-5 years) to tackle this need.

We are a Star Quality center, providing quality services to children 2-5 years old. We have seen the community rally around our efforts and we are helping grow a new generation of citizens who are prepared to overcome barriers and become productive citizens who work for a better community and a better world for all of us.  Research, (Harvard Center on The Developing Child) revealed that quality childcare has the ability to overcome trauma and neglect in young children and.allow greater success. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments
We applied for Virginia Star Quality Initiative rating with support of "Crater Smart Beginnings" and received a 3-Star rating in June 2013.   We continue collaborative work with Hopewell-Prince George and Crater Smart Beginnings to advocate for and provide increasing quality early child development services to prepare children for success in school and life.  SJCDC hosted a CDA class 2013-2014 in partnership with  Smart Beginnings and VSQI. Three SJCDC staff successfully completed the training to meet Star Quality standards. Three other participants also completed the training. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $140,000.00
Projected Expenses $133,000.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$104,722$122,399$118,775
Administration Expense$10,013$8,694$8,753
Fundraising Expense$1,623$1,683$2,048
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.981.011.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,136$2,619$2,030
Current Assets$2,136$2,619$2,030
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$2,155$653$1,449
Total Net Assets($19)$1,967$581
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.994.011.40
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2016View
Organization Comments
We are continuing implementation and mastery of our professional consulting experience through Technical Assistance grants with the Cameron Foundation.  The primary focus is on building our Annual Funding Plan to include a variety of funding sources such as annual and new fundraising events, increasing personal/corporate and Board donations, soliciting potential resources for creation of an endowment or trust fund and maintaining capacity enrollment.  St. John Baptist Church remains committed to financial backing as needed and SJCDC Board remains committed to reducing church support as much as possible.  The Board has created a Fundraisng Committee which is responsible to plan and coordinate fundraising events to support the effort.  One of our greatest challenges at this time is enrollment related to the inclusion of an increasing number of 4 year old children into a public school preschool program in Sussex County.  The community has not yet embraced the need to begin preschool experience at a younger age of 2 or 3.  SJCDC is in a time of transition as we continue promoting the benefits of preschool for younger children and we continue adjusting our program to age appropriate focus for increased number of younger children.  This is an independent effort as well as collaborative with Smart Beginnings and the local school systems.  We increased fundraising efforts this past year and have an increased number of regular supporters, but it is an ongoing need.  Our plans are reflected in our Annual Funding Strategy document in the documents section of our portrait.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from Form 990, with supplemental information provided from financial statements.
  • Form 990 prepared by The Stone Financial Group.
  • Financial statements prepared by the organization.