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Hands Together A Center for Children

 201 E Civic Center Drive
 Santa Ana, CA 92701
[P] (714) 479-0294
[F] (714) 479-0297
[email protected]
Dave Peters II
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 33-0857087 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Hands Together is to provide the highest quality early education and care to families of the working poor who are striving to gain stability, improve their lives and emerge from poverty.

Mission Statement

The mission of Hands Together is to provide the highest quality early education and care to families of the working poor who are striving to gain stability, improve their lives and emerge from poverty.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Expenses $1,256,000.00
Projected Revenue $1,370,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Hands Together

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Mission Statement

The mission of Hands Together is to provide the highest quality early education and care to families of the working poor who are striving to gain stability, improve their lives and emerge from poverty.

Background Statement

Hands Together was founded in 1999 through the collaborative efforts of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, Episcopal Church of the Messiah, the City of Santa Ana, Santa Ana College, Taller San Jose, and St. Joseph Health System. The founding leaders identified early childhood education as a way to mitigate chronic poverty. Hands Together is a stand alone not for profit organization and maintains the highest level accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for over six years.  Hands Together offers services in preschool/child care, reading readiness curriculum, English learning, health screenings, developmental screenings, financial literacy and parental skills training.

Impact Statement

Hands Together has provided educational services to over 3000 children and their families since it's inception in 1999.  Hands Together is supported by a variety of community partners not only in Orange County, but nationally. A partial support list includes St. Joseph's Heathcare, Pacific Life, Allergan, Ingram Micro, Wells Fargo Foundation, Ueberroth Family Foundation y.  In 2013, Hands Together was awarded a $250,000 capacity building grant from the Children and Families Commission of Orange County for renovation and expansion of the Hands Together Preschool to increase our service capacity to the community by 20%.

Needs Statement

One of Hands Together organizational challenges is the minimal number of staff, specifically Executive Staff. With the Executive Director running the day-to-day operations it is difficult to focus as much attention on financial development, donor cultivation and program expansion. The Hands Together Board of Directors is currently exploring the possibility of creating a new Operations Manager Position in order to allow the Executive Director greater opportunity to explore new funding streams, strengthen organizational structure and focus on strategic planning.  The other organizational challenge is, as it is in many places, the desire to help those in need but having a limited number of resources to pay for those services. Hands Together programs continuously run at capacity with many more children and families waiting and needing assistance. It is our desire to provide the highest quality early education and care to families of the working poor who are striving to gain stability, improve their lives, and emerge from poverty. We are committed to creating a diverse set of funding streams that will enable us to expand our services and help even more children and families.

CEO Statement

Hands Together emphasis on literacy training gives preschool aged students the skills they need to enter the public schol system and succeed.  It's a powerful step forward to a productive life.    Dave Peters, Executive Director

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donate online at, or mail a check payable to Hands Together or deliver in-kind donations to: 201 E. Civic Center Drive, Santa Ana 92701

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County

The target population is located in the 92701 zip code, a 'priority 1' special need zone rated by the State of California.  Most families enrolled in our program are first generation Hispanic immigrants with little or no education.  While the parents attend our English Learning and Vocational Skill and Parenting classes, their preschool aged children attend an advanced early education preschool program.  170 children and 25 parents are currently enrolled.  Education begins at home, and if the parents cannot speak English, they cannot help their children with their reading and kindergarten preparation.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Preschools
  2. Human Services -
  3. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services



Hands Together

School Readiness Program: A preschool program that annually educates more than 84 low-income, English Language Learners, 6 months to 5 years old, preparing  children early education including math and English skills necessary to excel in kindergarten.

• Children's Literacy Center: A high quality early education and English Learning program that promotes literacy and social connection for 76 at-risk children through dialogic reading, songs, and a lending library.  Parents are also offered parenting classes on site during children’s programs.

• Morning Garden: A unique preschool and parent education program for 20 low income families and families in transition with preschool aged children, through vocational training classes for adults and socially interactive learning opportunities for children.

Budget  $1,323,000
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  Families experience an increase in income, a transition from homelessness to stable housing, and the attainment of employment. In pursuit of these objectives, Hands Together has set the following outcome goals for 2014-2015:


·        90% of children demonstrate an increase in social, educational and emotional development as measured by the Ages and Stages questionnaire.

·        50% of adults obtaining employment

·        90% of families obtaining government benefits

·        Interfacing with community partners including the Latino Health Access, CUIDAR. Help Me Grow, Orange County Health Care Agency, SPIN (Serving People in Need).

By 2015, 85% of the children who received Preschool and Literacy instruction will demonstrate an improvement in their physical and cognitive development as measured by the age-appropriate Ages and Stages Questionnaire.

*This outcome is tracked through the Hands Together database, with results from the Self Sufficiency Calculator. The calculator determines eligibility to most government programs.


Program Long-Term Success  The goals of our Hands Together program are to provide quality early childhood educational experience to children experiencing the trauma of homelessness and to strengthen homeless families AND families currently living in transitional housing by assisting them to move towards self-sufficiency. To meet these goals, the objective’s includes:

1.      Improving the social, emotional and educational development of 200 children a year by providing a structured pre-school environment. 

2.      Identifying and enhancing employment and training that enable homeless and working poor parents with pre-school age children to secure living wage jobs.

3.      Increasing coordination of mainstream benefits and services provided by government programs. Improving and supporting communication between service providers.

Additional goals include increasing options for transportation to services, work, and school; expanding the supply of and access to affordable childcare for homeless and at-risk families; and increasing the supply of and access to legal services related to housing and homeless issues.

Program Success Monitored By  To measure progress towards these outcomes and our ultimate goals, Hands Together conducts an interview upon intake as well as an exit interview to measure the effectiveness and results attained during attendance at our Hands Together programs. These interviews help us analyze the needs, goals, and ongoing challenges participants face. In addition to interviews, we also use the financial Self-Sufficiency Calculator to track each family’s financial situation to create an initial plan for moving forward, which also helps us evaluate progress made by the time a family completes the program.
Examples of Program Success   “Ella has a daughter, Valeria who is 4 years old. Her husband Juan is a hotel worker in Anaheim and they share a small apartment in Santa Ana with another family to make ends meet. Ella realized how important a preschool education would mean to the future success of little Valeria but never thought she could afford it. Preschool education is expensive but Ella had heard about Hands Together and how they help families in need. So in March, Ella and Valeria came to Hands Together to tour the Literacy Center. And thanks to donor support Hands Together was able to enroll Valeria into our literacy program at no cost. At first, Valeriaisolated herself from the learning activities and other kids. But after parent conferences with Ella and Juan, teachers became familiar with Valeria’s interests and needs. Within three months, Valeria has become a confident, social and cooperative little girl. She has learned to write her name, write numbers, count up to ten and now loves to play with her classmates. She will be ready to start kindergarten next fall.”


CEO/Executive Director Dave Peters II
CEO Term Start July 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
30 years of non-profit leadership including the Executive Director of Kids Konnected Laguna Hills, and VP Corporate Events and Marketing, Olive Crest Children's Foundation in Santa Ana and International Director for The Adam Children's Fund, Palos Verdes.  Mr. Peters has traveled the globe working on humanitarian projects  Feed the Children, acting as liaison with foreign governments, and their orphanages and hospitals. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Cyndee Albertson Jan 2007 --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Amber Moore Finance Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Hands Together maintains the highest level accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) serving over 2,000 children since inception. Hands Together 2012


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Hands Together collaborates with  a variety of local non-profits including but not limited to Moms Helping Moms, Working Wardrobes, Latino Health Access, Taller San Jose, Santa Ana College, OC Children and Families Commission, and the United Way of Orange County.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 21
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 99%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 23
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 24
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses

Child Care Services

CEO Comments

Over 3000 children and their parents have received educational services since 1999.  Hands Together provides Literacy programs for over 170 children Monday through Friday in the heart of Santa Ana, one of the poorest communities in California.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Robert Kuhel
Board Chair Company Affiliation Orange County Superior Court System Retired
Board Chair Term Mar 2009 - Feb 2018
Board Co-Chair Juanita Doby
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Volvo USA, retired
Board Co-Chair Term Mar 2010 - Feb 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Juanita Doby Volvo USA retired Voting
Mary Ellen Glaser Community Volunteer Voting
Glenn Howard PHD Attorney and CPA Voting
Susan Johnson RN Hoag Hospital Foundation --
Robert Kuhel Orange County Judicial System Retired Voting
Ellen Mogasemi Cibola Systems of Orange Voting
Sylvia Navarro Community Volunteer Voting
Paul Schmidt St. Joseph Heathcare --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 5
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

As Executive Director, I have a close relationship with the Board of Director's and lean on their guidance over critical issues including fund-raising and State of California contract negotiations.  This all voluntary Board of Director's has been essential with great management insight and direction.

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Capital Campaign
  • Finance


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,278,840 $1,393,908 $1,436,246
Total Expenses $1,370,284 $1,259,569 $1,342,739

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$868,864 $950,939 $977,409
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 --
Individual Contributions -- $90,601 $48,753
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $45,000
Earned Revenue $409,965 $442,370 $364,797
Investment Income, Net of Losses $11 $599 $287
Membership Dues -- $0 --
Special Events -- $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 --
Other -- $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense -- $1,076,993 $1,189,077
Administration Expense $1,370,284 $182,576 $153,662
Fundraising Expense -- $0 --
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 1.11 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 0% 86% 89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $307,778 $396,562 $262,762
Current Assets -- $119,597 $66,596
Long-Term Liabilities -- $481,063 $241,063
Current Liabilities $630,498 $146,775 $387,314
Total Net Assets $-322,720 $-231,276 $-365,615

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.00 0.81 0.17

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 121% 92%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

From Dave Peters II, Executive Director
Documented in the 2011 audited financial statement, Hands Together sustained an unexpected decrease in net assets due beginning with State contract cuts and the nonpayment of revenues and expense reimbursements from the National Pediatric Support Services (NPSS), which had been contracted to manage the Hands Together preschool. Hands Together has instituted litigation to recover over $170,000 due from NPSS. In 2011, the State of California reduced our contract by nearly $60,000 due to State budget cuts.

With a supportive Board of Director’s we have taken the necessary steps to restructure our operations in order to take over management of the preschool July 9, 2012. In 2012 to date, we have already recovered $92,000 of this unpaid receivable from 2011.

In addition, Hands Together has been awarded a new contract with the State of California (beginning July 2012) for a $221,000 increase over our State contract in 2011, which allows us to add 26 more children to our school readiness program.  Hands Together is dedicated to the sustainability of its programs. We reach out to local private and corporate foundations to provide support, and are expanding fund development efforts in 2012-2013. Our major individual donors understand our challenge and continue to work with us through these tough economic times.

We have already received grants this year from the Sisters of St. Joseph Healthcare Foundation, the Ueberroth Family Foundation, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, the Wells Fargo Bank Foundation, the Independence Bank Foundation and the Boeing Employees Fund.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financial statements and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. 


Other Documents

Balance Sheet (2015)

Balance Sheet (2014)

No Other Documents currently available.