Kids First Foundation
P.O. Box 1266
White Stone VA 22578-1266
Mission Statement
Eliminate generational poverty in our four-county area of Virginia (Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland) by breaking the cycle that the National Institute of Early Preschool Research at Rutgers University has proved works.  That being high quality early preschool for at-risk 3-year-old children focused upon socialization, academics and emotional control with the critical components of Bachelors / Masters Early Childhood Education certified teachers and maximum time spent with each child (full days, small classes of 12).  And provide a parallel nutrition-focused program for the 3-year-olds, their younger siblings, as well as prenatal care.  KFF seed money initiates the program within the public school system which is sustained 100% by the public school budget at the end of a three-year transition period.
 
 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair G. Thomas Kinney
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 1266
White Stone, VA 225781266
Telephone 804 462-6168
Fax 804 462-6168
E-mail info@kidsfirstfoundation.us
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
 
 
Projected Revenue $108,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Statements
Mission
Eliminate generational poverty in our four-county area of Virginia (Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex and Northumberland) by breaking the cycle that the National Institute of Early Preschool Research at Rutgers University has proved works.  That being high quality early preschool for at-risk 3-year-old children focused upon socialization, academics and emotional control with the critical components of Bachelors / Masters Early Childhood Education certified teachers and maximum time spent with each child (full days, small classes of 12).  And provide a parallel nutrition-focused program for the 3-year-olds, their younger siblings, as well as prenatal care.  KFF seed money initiates the program within the public school system which is sustained 100% by the public school budget at the end of a three-year transition period.
 
 
Impact
Program generational poverty 3-year-olds are selected from applicants as those furthest behind in their age-standard and with the least amount of home support based upon parent / guardian interviews.  Historically, these children have performed at the bottom of their school classes contributing to their discouragement in striving to succeed.  Children from the quality early preschool are tracked as they proceed through the upper grades.
 
The Lancaster County children are now in first grade.  That group outperformed their more fortunate peers in 4preK by 30% on the PALS test and outperformed their more fortunate peers at the Kindergarten level by 15%.  Thus the program works as NIEER determned.  NIEER research on longitudinal studies following such children reported fewer teen pregnancies, and as adults, significantly improved economics, more secure families, notably less substance abuse, less interaction with law enforcement and incarceration, and overall improvement in general satisfaction and happiness.
 
Tracking the KFF children is now a part of a PhD thesis program at George Mason University and will hopefully continue as a longitudinal study demonstrating this approach is as successful in the Virginia Tidewater area as elsewhere in the U.S.  KFF near-term goals are to expand the KFF program into Middlesex County beginning in September 2016 and achieve a commitment from either Mathews or Northumberland Counties to begin a KFF program in September 2017.  Further, to solidify a long term commitment at GMU to extend the current Ph.D. work to a longitudinal study tracking these children into adulthood vs. a reference cohort further confirming success to encourage other school systems nationwide to adopt high quality early preschool for 3-year-olds from generational poverty.
 
Needs
Each class requires $225,000 in seed money distributed through the public schools at $100,000 in year one to equip the classroom and cover lead teacher and instructional assistants salary and benefits.  In year two, $75,000 is required to partially cover salaries and benefits.  In year three, $50,000 is required to partially cover salaries and benefits prior to 100% being absorbed in the public school budget in year four.
 
The KFF Nutrition portion requires $1,200 per year per class ongoing for supplies and expenses.  The Nutrition program is an all volunteer effort rotated among churches and service clubs to avoid volunteer burnout.  More groups are always needed to spread the Nutrition program workload.  Finding all of the 3-year-olds of generational poverty and getting the parent/guardian to apply is another need.  KFF is instituting efforts to raise the confidence that no child has been missed using "Baby Maps", neighborhood contacts, and other tools to achieve this end.  Governmental support agencies are limited in what information they can share.  The challenge is great since some generational poverty families would prefer not to be found.
 
Background
A group of 24 individuals set a goal in 2002 to find an opportunity within our four-county area where they could change society for the better adn truly make a lasting difference.  A relatively high percentage of the group were Ph.D.'s and most of the participants were highly educated with long, successful careers with a technical bent.  The effort began to come together in 2010-2012 as eliminating generational poverty became the agreed target.
 
This initiated more intensive research with support from the work of nationally recognized individuals such as Dr. Ruby Payne in understanding the culture of generational poverty, the work of Eric Jensen in teaching to those from poverty, and others.  Also, we assessed the research available examining what works and what doesn't work as most poverty-targeted programs have tried and failed to break the cycle of poverty.
 
The Pew-sponsored 10-year study of studies at Rutgers' NIEER led by Dr. W. Steven Barnett reported out in 2010 and the internally critical Head Start Impact Study by the U.S Housing and Human Services agency improved the assessment of what works and what does not work in breaking the poverty cycle. Interviews with all available stake-holders in our four-county area led to an assessment of area capabilities and activities in relation to the "what works" research.  The study group found a what works program funded by The Wiley Fund just starting in Lancaster Public Schools but falling short of reaching all the families in need and requiring supplemental assistance.  What became officially organized as KFF added another classroom to accommodate 12 additional wait-listed 3-year-old children and supported the teaching staff as well as providing the needed nutrition program both for the two classes of children directly and for the families as a whole.  KFF next originated an efficacy tracking program to document the program success and provide a feedback loop to contribute to identifying future program improvements, build further support within Lancaster County, and to lay the groundwork for acceptance and expansion into the three adjacent counties targeted by the KFF-originating group.
 
 
CEO Statement
In lieu of an Executive Director, the President / CEO responds as follows: A number of things are important and distinctive about KFF and its programs.  First, the intensity of research to determine what is successful in addressing the cycle of generational poverty is one.  The determination to establish a program within the existing community structures and set up that program such that is sustainable by those structures was a paramount to the success of a program with such a long-range target with the full appreciation that the goal requires tenacity that will bridge future generations.
 
Whereas the goal of elimination of generational poverty is accepted by many other units in these counties and felt as a high priority item by many, there needed to be a rallying point, a "go to" organization for those with funds and volunteers to join a coordinated effort toward that goal.  The depth of the underlying support was evident when KFF learned of the waiting list of generational poverty 3-year-old children that were about to lose their opportunity to improve socialization, academic, and emotional control skills because of the lack of capacity in an existing high quality class in Lancaster Primary Schools.  
 
Lancaster School Board unanimously approved KFF's efforts to add a class.  KFF needed to raise $100,000 in 21 days to meet the commitment dates of teaching contracts and orders for classroom furnishings to start a second class.  That underlying support was evident in that KFF raised $120,000 in those 21 days and the support is widespread as the total of $225,000 needed for the three-year program was achieved within 9 months and included over 70 sources pledging or writing checks.  The KFF Nutrition Program has grown proportionally now with more churches willing to support the Parent-Child-Teacher nutrition focused education dinner programs that KFF currently has time slots for these periodic dinners.   (KFF is currently considering adding dinners to the annual schedule to give more volunteers the opportunity to participate.)
 
 
Board Chair Statement
There are no paid Executive Directors or staff within KFF as a preferred all-volunteer team keeps all funds dedicated toward directly impacting the 3-year-old children whose lives KFF is attempting to change.  KFF target counties have a relatively high percentage of retirees from which KFF has been successful in recruiting to serve in various capacities.  One challenge is to continue to recruit those volunteers to fill all needs of KFF to avoid burn-out and to replace natural attrition.  As with most organizations, a core team leads the charge.  This is one reason KFF current leaders have heavily emphasized sustainability of its high quality early preschool within the public school systems and budgets.  With adequate classes operating in KFF's four-county area and transitioned to the regular school budgets at year four and beyond, KFF activity is reduced to supporting the ongoing and possibly expanding KFF Nutrition Program, oversight of the ongoing efficacy tracking activity, and monitoring the pulse of the program support within the populace and the school board administrations to assure the continuation of the program through lean budget years.
 
Some words of personal history and motivations have been requested by The Community Foundation to be included.  My response to that request is as follows:
 
I am a retired General Motors New Car Line Chief Engineer thus driven by specific goals per a demanding schedule with high impact consequences for failure and with a key recognition that current investment enables a better future.  Although my wife and I have been a "couple" since we were 12 years old, we were never blessed with children.  We believe children are the key to solving the major ills and opportunities of society's future.  I've spend decades in Scouting which is devoted to building future leaders and decades in Rotary whose motto is "Service over Self."  I recently mentored a young man through his Eagle Scout award who is focused upon solving the mystery of aging as the pathway to minimizing age-related chronic diseases of the heart, cancer, diabetes, etc..  
 
As a part of the original 24 mentioned above, what was to be achieved had to be of lasting consequence to the counties involved and realistic in the sense that progress was measurable and could be demonstrated as progressing toward the stated mission.  From the people management point of view, the activity needed to provide hands-on opportunities as a motivator of support and an outlet for those who had the time and motivation in that direction.  And for those whose time and funds availability precluded hands-on opportunities, the motivation had to offer an end result and progress that would encourage their financial participation.  Finally, the program had to provide an opportunity for all segments of the community to participate so those active were a cross-section representing the community economically, ethnicity, religiously, sexual orientation, and all other areas where discrimination is subdued toward a common goal.  I was principal in establishing a church in the area for which a denomination was absent, designed and built the church building so we would have a "Home of Our Own", and then it was time to move on to the next challenge that became Kids First Foundation.  Some people live under the curse of asking themselves, "What did you accomplish that was worthwhile today?"  I am so cursed.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Lancaster County
Mathews County
Middlesex County
Northumberland County
Expanding our very successful Kids First Foundation early preschool in Lancaster Primary School into Middlesex Elementary School in 2016 and Mathews and Northumberland County Public Schools in subsequent years is our objective.
Board Chair
Board Chair G. Thomas Kinney
Company Affiliation Retired
Term July 2014 to July 2017
Email toshkin@rivnet.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mary J. Anderson Regional Director YMCA
Judi Caples Retired
David Dustin Retired
Dr. Carolyn Hines C. W. Hines and Associates
G. Thomas Kinney Retired
Dr. Vicki Kinsel M.D.Bon Secour Hospital, Kilmarnock
Lynn Langley Retired
Myrtle Phillips Retired
Dr. Holly Wargo Northumberland County Public Schools
William warren Partners for Lancaster County Schools Foundation
Dr. Robert Weekley Retired
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 63
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
Expansion of the Kids First Program into the adjacent Middlesex County provides and opportunity for increased Board participation, both financially and in-kind, that some Board members missed when the Lancaster County Kids First Program was initiated.  Further, the excellent electronic communication among our widely geographically separated Board members has enabled all to be much more efficient in utilization of time, provided excellent documentation of information / decisions, and minimized the need for travel just to attend meetings.
Executive Director
Executive Director N/A N/A
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 7
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Beyond establishing the KFF sustainable high quality early preschool for at-risk 3-year-old children in our four county area along with the accompanying KFF Nutrition program, is the challenge of finding the generational poverty 3-year-old children and motivating/helping their parent/guardian to complete an application for enrollment.  KFF is working toward an activity to do just that through creating "Baby Maps" to find children according to publicly available birth records with specific markers, support individuals in specific neighborhoods, and community outreach through churches familiar with families in need.  Coordination with other community support groups is imperative especially those with family advocates who can refer families to the KFF program.  Organizations with older children of generational poverty within the cohort that they serve can possibly learn about younger children in the family from those children in a context where the organization can alert Kids First or the key early preschool lead teachers of that child who may may be in need of the early preschool program.  A loosening of privacy restrictions that inhibit federal and state agencies ability to share the identities of those families in desperate need of KFF's program for their 3-year-old children would be most helpful but is not in the foreseeable future.  Access to families in the agency waiting rooms on WIC days has been helpful but awkward.
 
As second opportunity that is yet to be tapped is the ability to provide assistance "up stream" of the 3-year-olds in the KFF classes.  It is known that some have younger siblings and pregnant mothers at home which could benefit from increased nutritional and parenting support plus adequate prenatal and pediatric care.  Although some of KFF Parent-Child-Teacher nutritional educational dinner speakers are pediatricians, a more intensive support at the family level may be productive in changing futures of the younger siblings of these children. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $108,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$92,023$1,054--
Administration Expense$235----
Fundraising Expense$0----
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.6249.88--
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$16,515$51,523--
Current Assets$16,515$51,523--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$16,515$51,523--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit Application Confirmation 12/2015View
Comments
Organization Comments KFF raises funds in response to a county public school system school board accepting a Kids First high quality early preschool for at-risk 3-year-old children be added to their school system.  KFF then immediately seeks the total of $225,000 in donations / pledges plus $1500 per year for the accompanying Kids First Nutrition program to cover KFF three-year grant to the school system.  All grants are for 3 years with a schedule of disbursement during those three years.  KFF typically requires school board approval 9 months prior to start of  the first class to give KFF time to assure funds will be available as needed during that three-year period.  Thus funding in any county start-up year will exceed expenses that needed in that year.  Funding in intervening years will be less than needed funds for that intervening year as KFF draws on the first year commitments for subsequent years.