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The Childs-pace Foundation, Inc.

 1720 Adams Avenue
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (714) 557-7777
[F] (714) 557-7774
[email protected]
John LeVere
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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 95-3317376 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Childs-pace provides high quality child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational, recreational program. In partnership with parents and families this developmentally appropriate environment for preschool and school age children supports children's desires to be life-long learners. Children are given real life tools, opportunities and the ability to crate their own learning experiences so they become a protagonist in their own learning process. Each "aha" moment children encounter empowers them and their learning process. 

Mission Statement

Childs-pace provides high quality child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational, recreational program. In partnership with parents and families this developmentally appropriate environment for preschool and school age children supports children's desires to be life-long learners. Children are given real life tools, opportunities and the ability to crate their own learning experiences so they become a protagonist in their own learning process. Each "aha" moment children encounter empowers them and their learning process. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $780,000.00
Projected Revenue $765,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • After-School Child Care
  • Childs-pace Pre-School

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Mission Statement

Childs-pace provides high quality child care that meets the needs of each child and family in a safe, educational, recreational program. In partnership with parents and families this developmentally appropriate environment for preschool and school age children supports children's desires to be life-long learners. Children are given real life tools, opportunities and the ability to crate their own learning experiences so they become a protagonist in their own learning process. Each "aha" moment children encounter empowers them and their learning process. 

Background Statement

Childs-pace was founded in Costa Mesa in 1978 with an initial enrollment of 13 children in one community-based, school age child development center. In 2000 Childs-pace added centers at two elementary schools in Anaheim and Buena Park, 2005 a pre-school founded at the Anaheim school and in 2015 a half-day preschool at Buena Park Center. Enrollment averages 125 children. School-age centers are open before and after school and during the summer school holidays to provide child care while parents work. The pre-school, which began as a partial day program, is now open full-day year-round. Childs-pace provides comprehensive services, including credentialed and accredited teachers, research-based curriculum, science, art, music and movement activities, discovery-based play, field trips, parent meetings, academic support, healthy, nutritious food, collaboration with schools and fair parent fees. Throughout its history, Childs-pace’s primary funding has been its annual contract with the California State Department of Education/Child Development Division. The contract provides subsidies for qualifying working families. Childs-pace also depends on charitable contributions from many individual and organizational supporters. Childs-pace staff is committed to building relationships with parents, families and the community to ensure that the child's experience builds confidence, curiosity, confidence and social skills. A majority of our children begin at Childs-pace in their first two or three years of school. If a child is enrolled from kindergarten through 6th grade, he or she will spend close to 10,000 hours at Childs-pace. Our goal is to make those 10,000 hours meaningful and productive for the child, the family and the community. 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments 2016:


Pre-kindergarten (Anaheim) graduated 20 children to kindergarten class and held a graduation ceremony attended by families and friends.

Our half day pre-school, founded at Holder Elementary School in 2015, graduated 12 children to Kindergarten. Our ceremony was attended by families and friends. 

Management and Finances:

Childs-pace served more children than required to earn its contract and was granted reimbursement from the State Dept. of Education.

Childs-pace fundraising efforts continued to improve our fiscal condition and we expanded our donor base.

Added new certified staff at all sites.
Established pre-school director position to supervise both pre-school programs. 

Goals: 2017


Enhance program director position to develop and implement curriculum, materials and staff training for all four sites.

Expand employee access to professional training programs. 
Produce agency-wide event for children and parents, featuring live musical performances by each program, with guests including friends of Childs-pace.

Financial and Management:

Raise $40,000 by producing successful fundraising events in each community served and our annual major fundraising dinner.

Develop consistent and effect outreach and marketing programs to support long-term sustainability.

Redesign website. 

Submit grant applications for operational funding, staff training and classroom materials.


Needs Statement


Childs-pace experienced a reduction in funding starting in 2008-2009 fiscal year when the California State budget reduced funding to community based child development centers with contracts with the State Dept. of Education. Despite improvements in state revenue, general child care funding has not been adequately restored. Childs-pace has successfully maintained and increased enrollment at all five programs- three school age-afterschool and two pre-schools. Childs-pace’s fundraising goal is to raise $20,000 to $30,000 in 2017 to ensure that we maintain services for our current enrollment of approximately 125 children.

Line of credit of approximately $50,000 to bridge the funding gap between the end of the fiscal year (June 30) and the delivery of the initial contract payment (usually July 30 or later).


Funding for half-time marketing/development director at $30,000.

Addition of two board members from the communities served by our Holder and Cerritos centers.
Establish positive relationship with City Councils in all three communities served, with social service organizations in those communities and potentially significant financial supporters and sponsors. 
Develop and produce new marketing materials, including new brochure, with a budget of $5,000 to $7,000.  

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement

Almost 20 years ago I was invited to volunteer as a board member of Childs-pace. Since then I have learned that when parents feel secure that their children are safe while they are at work, they are able to maintain their jobs, go to school and establish roots in communities that then become more stable and successful for everyone. I have also learned through Childs-pace and my own education and experience as a teacher the significance of making play and exploration integral to the learning process. Desks and pencils are necessary tools in education, but so are musical instruments, paint brushes, glue, field trips, hikes, stories, poems, songs and so many more tools that creative teachers use to instill excitement and joy in learning. At Childs-pace, the teachers and aides focus on experiences, discoveries and activities that meet the needs of each child, at his or her developmental pace. Our goal is to build interest and imagination, curiosity and determination. One of my favorite examples of this process happened this summer when Miguel, who was about to age out and start his junior high career, decided he just had to build a ferris wheel, specifically the one measuring about three feet in diameter and using 995 pieces of K’nex building pieces. When I saw it, I was sure it had taken him many days to complete, because K’nex building sets are complex. But he told me, it took less than a week of just a few hours a day, primarily because he was totally engaged and determined to see it completed. He also described his Childs-pace years as a time of both play and learning, where teachers made learning fun and exciting. Since that day when he shared his ferris wheel with me, he’s gone on to junior high, joined clubs, earned top grades and still often stops by Childs-pace to check and say “hi” on his way home from school. His experience is just one of hundreds of experiences at Childs-pace that keep me on the volunteer list after all these years. Our current challenge is to sustain our centers financially and to continue providing our families and children the opportunities, experiences and support that have helped them thrive for 39 years.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations by check may be made. Make the check payable to The Childs-pace Foundation Inc. or Childs-pace and mail to Childs-pace, 1720 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa CA 92626. Donations online maybe be made at Donations by phone may be made by calling the administrative office at 714/557-7777 and providing debit or credit card information. In-kind donations of certain equipment are accepted. Please contact the administrative office for approval of any donation and to arrange for delivery or pick-up. Volunteers are also encouraged in the areas of teaching special skills (art, music, dance, movement, health, etc.) and administrative support (event support, fundraising, special committees, grant proposal writing and research). Donations for fundraising events are welcomed and include items for auctions and opportunity drawings, materials and event sponsorship. 

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
North Orange County

In Costa Mesa our families live primarily in the Westside community with zip code 92627. In Anaheim our families are enrolled in Cerritos School and reside primarily in zip code 92804. In Buena Park, our families are enrolled in Holder School and preside primarily in zip code 90620. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Child Day Care
  2. Education - Preschools
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development NEC



After-School Child Care

Childs-pace After-School Program operates three licensed school age (kindergarten through grade 6) before and after-school child development centers to provide child care for working families in Costa Mesa, Anaheim and Buena Park. The centers operate 245 days a year, before school, after school and during school holidays and summer break. Childs-pace participates in the State of California, Department of Education, Child Development Nutrition Program. All staff meet requirements of  California Department of Educaiton. The community-based program provides for individualized learning in an environment featuring varied age-appropriate activities and materials. 
Budget  $450,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Other Economic Level Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  At the end of a school-year, 95% of Childs-pace children will be promoted to the subsequent grade. School administrators cite benefits of Childs-pace enrollment in the areas of consistent attendance, positive behaviors and academic progress. Parents report that their children learn responsibility and social skills while learning in ways that support their academic success. 
Program Long-Term Success 

Although Childs-pace cannot quantify the long-term effect of  K-6 participation, studies show positive long-term results for children, families and communities. A 2009 study by the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College) concluded: “Afterschool programs improve academic performance, social and developmental outcomes, contribute to healthy lifestyle options, and prevent many risky behaviors. Childs-pace alumnae children and parents report a stabilizing effect on families, social and academic progress for children and support for working parents. A current board member and former Childs-pace child reports that Childs-pace meant peace of mind and stable employment for her single mother. At the same time, Childs-pace ensured the child access to a positive, safe and enriching experience that she believes promoted her academic success, culminating in a law degree and successful family law practice. 

Program Success Monitored By  Staff maintains records on each child and uses State Dept. of Education reporting tools to document children's progress in achieving defined developmental goals. Staff collaborates with school teachers and administrators to address specific needs children may have in areas that affect academic progress. 
Examples of Program Success  --

Childs-pace Pre-School

Childs-pace operates two pre-schools. One is a full day program at Cerritos School in Anaheim and the other is a part-day pre-school at Holder School in Buena Park. 
The programs are licensed for 24 children and the goal is to ensure readiness for the children when they move from this program to kindergarten. 
Budget  $150,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Other Economic Level At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Upon graduating from the pre-school, 100% of the children will be placed in kindergarten and will be considered ready to succeed by the school administration. Administrators at the school where our pre-school center operates report that our curriculum provides the children the readiness experiences they need.
Program Long-Term Success  Children will be prepared academically and socially to succeed in kindergarten, laying the groundwork for success through elementary, junior high and high school. Research studies show that effective pre-school programs benefit children from all socioeconomic backgrounds, but they especially benefit children from low income backgrounds.
Program Success Monitored By  Success of the pre-school is monitored by the school administration, teachers and counselors.
Examples of Program Success  --


CEO/Executive Director Mr. John LeVere
CEO Term Start July 1998
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience John LeVere joined Childs-pace in 1980 as a teacher and site director. He became executive director in 1996 and has served in that position to the present.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. John LeVere Executive Director John LeVere joined Childs-pace in 1983 as a teacher. He served as site director of the Costa Mesa center in the mid-1990s and executive director in 1998. 
Miss Patricia Olmedo Administrative Patty is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. She joined Childs-pace in 2000 as Executive Administrative Assistant. 


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 13
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 13
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A --

Government Licenses

Child Care Services

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Susan Kopicki
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term July 2014 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Elizabeth Fondren Elizabeth D Fondren Law Office Voting
Rosalind Freeman Retired Voting
Nancy Geerlings Mrs. Retired Voting
Amy Granados Staples Voting
Susan Kopicki Retired Voting
Dennis McCarter Terrace Resources LLC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Annie Quinn Community Volunteer NonVoting
MaryAnn Ready Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 84
Hispanic/Latino: 16
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 89%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $765,000.00
Projected Expenses $780,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 2015-2016 Financial Statements

2013 Financial Statement

2012 Financial Statement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Total Revenue $775,079 $654,690 $714,604
Total Expenses $787,867 $671,839 $676,394

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$6,573 $18,794 --
Government Contributions $611,063 $462,249 $525,198
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- $462,249 $525,198
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $611,063 $0 --
Individual Contributions -- $6,148 $19,410
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $151,587 $627,505 $141,806
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $4 $2
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $5,856 $8,387 $28,188
Revenue In-Kind $0 $0 --
Other $-5,856 $-8,387 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Program Expense $724,271 $608,888 $632,047
Administration Expense $46,922 $46,277 $36,339
Fundraising Expense $16,674 $16,674 $8,008
Payments to Affiliates $0 $0 --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.97 1.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 91% 93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 3% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Total Assets $45,689 $63,131 $114,022
Current Assets $43,880 $59,446 $104,549
Long-Term Liabilities $33,052 $33,094 $71,083
Current Liabilities $36,215 $40,827 $29,081
Total Net Assets $-23,578 $-10,790 $13,858

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.21 1.46 3.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 72% 52% 62%
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? --

CEO Comments

Our main challenge continues to be maintaining enrollment levels despite reductions in contracts with the State Dept. of Education. We have been able to meet this goal by fundraising and cost-cutting. At this point, cost cutting is not an option. We are expanding fundraising efforts by collaborating with other non-profits, planning local fundraisers with a focus on each site and continuing our main annual fundraiser. We will also resume grant applications because we are able to show significant progress in stabilizing our financial situation. We also see expansion as an opportunity and in early 2015 expanded our contract to add a part-day pre-school, which opened in April, 2015.

Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the form 990s and the financial audits for 2012 and 2013 as well as consultation with the organization. 


Other Documents

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