San Diego Center for Children
3002 Armstrong St
San Diego CA 92111
Contact Information
Address 3002 Armstrong St
San Diego, CA 92111
Telephone (858) 277-9550
Fax 858 560-5456
E-mail lwilliams@centerforchildren.org
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1898
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $18,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $17,500,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $18,000,000.00 (2012)
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Our Music Program is a vital component of a child’s healing and happiness at the San Diego Center for Children.
The Music Program is tailored to nurture each child’s individual talents, as well as to promote positive self-image, foster self-confidence, and provide a safe and stimulating environment for social interaction and team building. This unique program complements the array of academic and supportive services we provide at the Center by affording children opportunities to realize their full potential and express themselves through singing, learning musical instruments, drama, and dance.
 

The children who come to the Center have often experienced extreme trauma and abuse which may translate into severe behavior, emotional, and mental health challenges. Clinical research has demonstrated that many therapeutic benefits are experienced when music is used. The goal of our Music Program is to help heal emotional wounds by providing an outlet for children to learn to cope with past trauma by expressing themselves through music and movement.

 

Onsite of our Center we also feature “Blues Thursday”, a one-hour “open mic” jam session that occurs every Thursday afternoon. Blues Thursday allows children at any level an opportunity to share their musical interests within a fun, safe, and supportive environment in front of both children and staff. At Blues Thursday, children are proud to sing solos and duets, play a song on the guitar, or show off their newly perfected dance moves -- and the raucous cheering that comes from the music room after each performance rings across the campus. The sheer joy expressed on a child’s face when he or she takes a bow does not erase the years of trauma that the child may have experienced, but it does remind us that music can be truly transformative.

 

Budget 90000
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Mental Health Treatment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations, Families
Short Term Success  The short-term objectives of the Music Program are:
  • To assist children in gaining the building blocks of resiliency and coping mechanisms through therapeutic musical expression
  • To teach children to use music to express significant emotion in a safe, supportive environment
Long term Success  The long-term objectives of the Music Program are:
  • To empower children to use music as a healthy long-term outlet for emotional expression
  • To provide resources for children exiting our Center to be able to participate in community-based music activities

These intended objectives will be met by providing an estimated 200 children with high-quality music programming each year.

Program Success Monitored By We will measure the success of our program through client engagement by tracking the number of children who raise their hand to participate in Blues Thursday and the number of children who participate and share emotions in Health Rhythms. Children who raise their hand to indicate engagement in class, or share complex emotions during Health Rhythms sessions are more likely to receive the positive benefits of our therapeutic music program. We will also track how many children who graduate from the Center are linked up with community music resources and/or continue pursuing music after exit.
Examples of Program Success The success stories of the program’s demonstrated impact on the lives of children are numerous. One example of our lasting impact is Marcel, a recent teen graduate, who lived in our Residential Program and attended our onsite Academy. Marcel struggled with mental health issues that manifested in anger and rage. Through the Health Rhythms component of our Music Program, Marcel learned to channel his fear and sadness through drumming. On his last day at the Center, in a presentation in front of his therapists, teachers, and peers, Marcel was presented a drum to take with him as he transitioned into a lower level of care – a small foster group home in Riverside. Months after leaving, Marcel contacted our Music Director, Sundiata Kata, and told him he had started a drumming program at his new foster home. He asked if Mr. Kata would help him set up and expand the program. Mr. Kata happily agreed, visited Marcel in Riverside, and provided Marcel’s foster home with additional drums. Marcel was able reunite and live with his mother in Chula Vista. He is in control of his anger, plays on the football team at his local public school, and is still active in drumming.
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San Diego Center for Children helps children whose trauma, abuse or mental health challenges are standing in the way of their success. The San Diego Center for Children’s (“the Center”) Intensive Reading Improvement Program is unlike any other program in San Diego County, and the benefit we serve to the community is tremendous. The children we serve are coming to the Center for therapeutic and academic services, but more than one-third are severely behind grade level in reading. Often, their reading frustration serves to compound their behavioral problems, as well as their ability to fit in and potentially excel.
 

In response to this critical need for high-quality reading intervention programs, in 2009 the San Diego Center for Children launched an Intensive Reading Improvement Program focused on improving reading levels of children with special needs by providing them with tailored reading support that allows children the opportunity to engage in reading without feeling “behind”, to receive positive feedback about reading in a motivating and engaging setting, and to experience reading in a new and positive way.  We adopted an evidence-based intensive reading program to pilot test with our children here.

 

The special needs children in our program typically have many overlapping challenges: the child may have experienced abuse and neglect, may have also spent time in several foster care placements, and may also struggle with ADHD and a learning disability. Our targeted, effective, ground-breaking reading intervention and improvement program for children with special needs and co-occurring challenges is unique from any other program of its kind in the country. 

 

Budget 144000
Category Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Short Term Success We are very proud of the strides our children take every day, and we are proud to share our accomplishments of our Intensive Reading Improvement Program. We will model our objectives for the coming year after all data is gathered this year.

 Of the 9 children served in our initial Intensive Reading Improvement Pilot Program in the Summer 2009 session:

  • 89% improved at least 1 grade level in word recognition and reading comprehension

Of children who improved:

  • 13% improved 3.9 grade levels in word recognition and reading comprehension
  • 38% improved between 2 and 2.7 grade levels in word recognition and reading comprehension

During our continued operation of this program in 2010 we achieved similar striking results. Of the 9 children served in our Intensive Reading Improvement Program during the measurement period in 2010:

  • 66% improved in word recognition and reading comprehension
  • 44% improved between 1.3 and 2.4 grade levels in word recognition and reading comprehension
  • 11% improved 3.9 grade levels in word recognition and reading comprehension
Long term Success  
Failure of a child to attain reading skills has often been viewed as a side effect of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, trauma, emotional challenges, or mental illness. Through our years of experience with children with special needs, our evidence suggests that lack of reading comprehension is a contributing factor to the behavioral problems a child is exhibiting. Our program utilizes an evidence-based model to work with children with special needs so that they may keep up in the classroom, thusly elimaninting some behavioral challenges the child may experience. Our program strives to:
- Engage kids in reading without giving them the feeling of being “behind”
- Allow kids an opportunity to receive positive feedback about reading in a motivating and engaging setting
- Give kids a new outlook on reading that allows them to experience reading activities in a new and positive way

 

Program Success Monitored By
Pre- and post- testing oversight of every child in the program is conducted by San Diego Center for Children Reading Program staff.  Pre-testing of each student establishes the baseline from which progress is accurately charted. Additionally, the pre-testing gives staff the opportunity to observe a child’s frustration and anxiety levels, and gain other information that will enhance the program's effectiveness in understanding individual student’s needs. Our staff is trained in administering the state-of-the-art assessment tools accurately, ensuring consistency in measurement. The Center uses several standardized tests to pre- and post-test each student including: Gray Oral Reading Test, the Test of Word Reading Efficiency, Lindamood Auditory Conceptualization Test, the Broad Reading and Letter-Word Identification subtests of the Woodcock-Johnson III test. The testing results, and the overall effectiveness of the program, will also be constantly evaluated by the Academy’s Principal. 
Examples of Program Success  Our reading program also achieves significant qualitative results. For example, children in the program are participating more in class and even offering to read aloud in a full classroom with their peers. They are able to concentrate longer, and are using strategies learned in the Intensive Reading Improvement Program to sound out and understand words rather than just disregarding reading activities. Additionally, children are exhibiting more interest in taking “quiet time” outside of the classroom to read on their own.
Statements
Mission Statement

San Diego Center for Children's Logo
Behavioral Care
Education & Wellness
Foster Care Services
Proven Therapy
Family Support

Our Mission

The mission of the San Diego Center for Children is to promote the wellbeing of children, youth, families, and communities by providing an array of proven and effective mental health, educational, and social services.

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Background Statement

Founded in 1887, San Diego Center for Children is the city’s oldest accredited non-profit dedicated to helping children, and has become a leader in providing mental health services to children and families within our community. We offer a variety of programs for children facing behavioral, emotional, social, and mental health challenges.

Most of the children living at the Center's main campus, in one of our residential treatment programs, have experienced abuse, neglect, or trauma. These children demonstrate impairments in multiple life domains, including self care, relationships with peers and family, school failure, oppositional behavior, poor self-esteem, aggressive or physically abusive behavior, lack of motivation, emotional liability and a lack of good judgment. Through no fault of their own, many of these special children are faced with challenges such as autism, disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, impulse control disorders, and developmental disorders. 

The Center provides a host of therapeutic activities designed to improve a child’s social functioning and self image, meet individualized treatment needs, develop new skills and interests for each child, and to provide a means for appropriate self-expression. Activities include team sports, non-competitive games, aerobic exercise, bike riding, swimming, and field trips. Additionally, the Center emphasizes a holistic approach to healing that focuses on the arts. Children participate in a robust music program, that includes recreational music making such as instrument play, therapeutic drum circles, singing, dance, drama, and performance opportunities, to name a few.

The Center has taken a lead in San Diego County in focusing on the use of evidence-based practices within our programs. Our trained staff consists of caring and dedicated professionals who focus on positive behavioral support, based on positive reinforcement and praise.We are passionate about building children’s skills so they can cope, grow, better manage, and surmount challenges. 

Impact Statement
The Center's three core programs and accomplishments are:
 
The San Diego Center for Children Academy: We offer an onsite, free accredited school (K - 12) providing a quality education for children and teens whose trauma, abuse, or mental health challenges have interfered with their ability to thrive. School districts across the County send children with the most severe behavioral problems to the Academy. The Academy serves approximately 70 special needs students each year.

One accomplishment of the Academy is our Intensive Reading Improvement Program. The special needs children we serve typically have many overlapping challenges: they may have experienced abuse and neglect, may have also spent time in several foster care placements, and may also struggle with ADHD and a learning disability. Our targeted, effective reading intervention program for children with co-occurring special needs is unique from any other program of its kind in the country and has resulted in dramatic and tangible outcomes. One of the goals of the Center in the coming year is to expand this program to serve every Academy student in need.

Residential Program: Our therapeutic residential program provides structured 24-hour care and effective evidenced-based therapy and treatment for over 100 special needs children and teens each year. Our residential program also includes music and art programs, and recreational therapy. Our array of therapeutic and academic services allows children and teens to discover, learn, and excel in exciting new means of expression, enjoyment, and education experiences, often resulting in dramatic improvements in their overall mental health status. 

Community Based Programs: The Center serves over 400 children throughout San Diego County in our community based programs. These community based programs include: mental health counseling and day treatment programs for children and teens in four locations across San Diego County; an outpatient mental health therapy program dedicated specifically to foster children with special needs and their families; a foster care placement program for those special need children who need foster placement; and, a wraparound post-treatment program for children who leave the Center that supports them as they successfully reintegrate into their family and community school.

 

Needs Statement

Much of our Center’s operating budget is reimbursed by government contracts. However, activities that are vital to positive childhood experiences, including our music and arts programs, sports activities, intensive reading improvement program, holiday and birthday gifts, children’s events, field trips, cultural enrichment activities, and a myriad of other activities, are not covered by government contracts and are only made possible through the generous support of private donations and grants. We are challenged each year to identify funding sources to underwrite these vital services that, along with our therapeutic programs, change the lives of hundreds of children each year. We also hope to expand our classroom spaces, and reinforce our security system to provide additional safety measures for our children and staff.

Service Categories
Residential Mental Health Treatment
Youth Development Programs
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
CA - San Diego County All
The San Diego Center for Children serves children and families across San Diego County.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 1
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government?
Board Chair
Board Chair Sheila Howe
Company Affiliation Sycuan Casino
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Carol Clark Community LeaderVoting
Brian DeWitt QualcommVoting
Ray Gallagher CPALavine, Lofgren, Morris & EngelbergVoting
Ann Garland Ph.D.University of San DiegoVoting
Sheila Howe Sycuan CasinoVoting
Dave McCaslin CEO, San Diego Center for ChildrenVoting
Jean Pohl Community VolunteerVoting
Kathleen Sellick Rady Children's HospitalVoting
Susie Sides Community VolunteerVoting
Keith P. Wilson Ph.D.Takeda CaliforniaVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 63%
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Volunteer
Audit
Executive
Finance
Human Resources / Personnel
Marketing
Management
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. David C. McCaslin
Term Start Apr 2008
Email dmccaslin@centerforchildren.org
Compensation 232794
Experience

Mr. McCaslin has more than 30 years of experience with both small, entrepreneurial companies and large, multinational organizations. Previously, he worked five years each for Merck & Co., Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Senior Director of Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering.

Following nine years helping to build Quidel Corporation into one of the largest rapid diagnostic companies in the world, Mr. McCaslin left to become president & CEO of First Medical Corporation, a venture funded medical device company, where he raised $18 million and led the company into successful clinical trials. The following two years, he served as CEO re-structuring and selling Sierra Biomedical to a large multinational. Most recently, Mr. McCaslin was President and CEO of BidShift, now Concerro, a healthcare IT company.

Mr. McCaslin received his B.S. in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. in Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Senior Staff
Title Director, Operations
Experience/Biography
Title Director, Finance
Experience/Biography

Diana Landis began her career with Deloitte and Touche gaining more than 30 years experience in accounting, mergers/acquisitions, divestitures, risk management, treasury, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance and other business operations. While with Wrather Corporation, a publically traded company, she supervised the accounting departments for Disneyland Hotel and Inn at the Park in Anaheim and the Queen Mary complex in Long Beach managing the acquisition of the Queen Mary operations. She has also supervised avoidable transfer litigation and Proof of Claim administration for the successor-in-interest to a major mortgage company in San Diego.

As a founding member of a privately held fine chemical distributor, Ms. Landis was instrumental in securing appropriate credit facilities and foreign trade instruments to assist the growth of the company to an international presence and supplier to major vitamin manufacturers here in the United States.  

Most recently, she was the Chief Financial Officer for Seaspace Corporation in Poway, CA. Seaspace was divested by its publicly traded parent, The Allied Defense Group, and acquired by Sung Hong of Seoul, Korea. Ms. Landis managed the divestiture and established the Board of Directors as well as ensured the now foreign held corporation complied with the requirements of the Department of Defense.

A graduate of San Diego State University with a B.S. Degree in Accounting, Ms. Landis is also a Certified Public Accountant and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Nonprofit Management at the University of San Diego.

Title CEO
Experience/Biography

Mr. McCaslin has more than 30 years of experience with both small, entrepreneurial companies and large, multinational organizations. Previously, he worked five years each for Merck & Co., Johnson & Johnson and GlaxoSmithKline, where he was Senior Director of Worldwide Manufacturing and Engineering.

Following nine years helping to build Quidel Corporation into one of the largest rapid diagnostic companies in the world, Mr. McCaslin left to become president & CEO of First Medical Corporation, a venture funded medical device company, where he raised $18 million and led the company into successful clinical trials. The following two years, he served as CEO re-structuring and selling Sierra Biomedical to a large multinational. Most recently, Mr. McCaslin was President and CEO of BidShift, now Concerro, a healthcare IT company.

Mr. McCaslin received his B.S. in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and an M.S. in Strategic Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Title Director, Clinical Operations
Experience/Biography
Title Director, Human Resources
Experience/Biography
Title Director, Development and Communications
Experience/Biography
Title School Principal and Director, Education
Experience/Biography
Title Interim Vice President, Development and Marketing
Experience/Biography Carole Fish specializes in nonprofit strengthening, strategic planning, fundraising planning, major and annual giving, feasibility studies, case for support, organizational branding, leadership development and nonprofit coaching. Carole was named 2011 Fundraising Professional of the Year by the San Diego Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Staff
Full Time Staff 198
Part Time Staff 55
Volunteers 300
Contractors 40
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2011
Fiscal Year End June 30 2012
Projected Revenue $18,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $17,500,000.00
Endowment Value $936,355.00
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt Status
501(c)3 Letter
Form 990s
9902010
9902009
9902008
9902007
Detail 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 Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$80,018$0
Government Contributions$0$7,252,380$6,158,701
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$7,252,380$6,158,701
Individual Contributions$1,279,327$603,743$359,400
$0$0$0
$17,455,655$10,008,827$9,296,257
Investment Income, Net of Losses$43,199$33,902$40,599
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$29,244$381,502$259,569
Revenue In-Kind$0$309,163$0
Other$12,323$30,941$175,891
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$14,491,652$15,197,585$12,791,917
Administration Expense$2,266,637$2,147,748$3,472,175
Fundraising Expense$449,161$448,854$304,133
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.091.030.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%85%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue34%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$13,563,538$11,823,103$10,899,049
Current Assets$4,962,300$3,748,648$9,246,250
Long-Term Liabilities$2,731,456$2,880,538$3,022,992
Current Liabilities$1,925,721$1,934,068$1,464,970
Total Net Assets$8,906,361$7,008,497$6,411,087
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.581.946.31
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%24%28%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Nonprofit San Diego Center for Children
Address 3002 Armstrong St
San Diego, CA 92111
Primary Phone 858 277-9550
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David C. McCaslin
Board Chair Sheila Howe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sycuan Casino
Year of Incorporation 1898

 

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