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Child Creativity Lab, Inc.

 1815 E. Wilshire Avenue, Suite 906
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 313-2277
[F] --
www.childcreativitylab.org
[email protected]
Cherylee Shaar
FOUNDED: 2012
INCORPORATED: 2012
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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 36-4746228 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.


Mission Statement

The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $332,417.00
Projected Revenue $341,474.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Museum-on-Wheels Program
  • Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse Center

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The Child Creativity Lab's mission is to foster the next generation of critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and leaders through hands-on creativity-enhancing exploration. Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.



Background Statement

The organization was founded in 2012 by Peter Chang, an executive at Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, who recognized the need to re-introduce creativity back into Orange County's classrooms.

Today, the Child Creativity Lab offers educational programs that focus on creativity-enhancing stimulation and inspiration in alignment and in support of overarching California State Department of Education initiatives for pre-Kindergarten through 8th graders. These STEM-based programs are facilitated at the Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse and directly on-site at schools, after-school programs, libraries, community events, faith-based organizations, and more via the Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels initiative. 

Impact Statement

Since its inception, the Child Creativity Lab has established four major programs including, 1) the “Museum-on-Wheels”, a mobile educational service which travels to partner locations, focused on STEAM-based creativity-enhancing stimulation and inspiration, 2) the Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse Center, which includes reclaimed and resizable materials repurposed for educational projects, 3) the Child Creativity Lab Community Makerspace Experiences providing opportunities for teachers, parents, children and community groups to participate in creativity learning experiences, and 4) the Innovation Institute for Creativity, a professional development program for teachers and other youth leaders.

Our impact has grown substantially since our inception. In 2014, we offered 23 programs to 1,815 youth. In 2015, that number grew to 86 programs serving 2,950 youth. We had a milestone year in 2016, with over 13,000 youth served, over 11,000 pounds of waste diverted from our precious landfills for STEAM-based programs, and provided 1,368 volunteer hours for the community. Fifty-seven percent of youth served were at-risk children from low-income families.

We are expanding exponentially the number of and the outreach for program activities we undertake in the Orange County Community. We are a unique agency in Orange County, totally focused on creativity, utilizing STEM/STEAM education programs and kits of reclaimed, reusable materials to stimulate and challenge children. We are presenting to you in this proposal a two-year tested project that has resulted in 12 different highly creative problem solving STEM/STEAM kits and a stellar delivery system to stimulate and challenge children.

 

 


Needs Statement

At this time, the Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels program is able to offer a limited range of programs due to restrictions on resources and capacity. The fully-conceptionalized Museum-on-Wheels that offers a full menu of varied creativity-stimulating education will be available with your help. 

Our fundraising goal of $145,000 to cover the costs of program elements, curriculum, and other operational resources needed will provide the following benefits to the community in 2015:
  • 50 educational enrichment programs focused on enhancing problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation in low-income and other underserved communities
  • 20 additional outreach programs that provide awareness on why we need creativity and how creativity is critical to workforce development, productivity, innovation, and leadership
  • Serving 5,200 total low-income and other underserved children in Orange County
  • 750 volunteer hours created for the community
  • 4-6 academic student internships

CEO Statement

The negative impacts of this loss of creativity-stimulating activities have been well documented. According to the Newsweek cover article, “The Creativity Crisis” (2010) by Bronson and Merryman, a long-term academic study in approximately 300,000 K-12 students in the U.S. (Kim, 2011) revealed that creativity scores have significantly decreased since 1990. This study reports “children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle” (Kim, 2011). Moreover, creativity scores for K-3 students decreased the most, and those from grades 4-6 suffered the second greatest decline (Kim, 2011). Creativity lasts through a lifetime and can impact a child’s career. In an IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs, creativity was identified as the No. 1 “leadership competency” of the future. Our program enhances existing educational opportunities that will advance creativity skills needed to become future leaders. Today’s children become tomorrow’s visionaries.

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

The Child Creativity Lab welcomes additional opportunities to supportour mission outside of monetary donations. Specifically, one of our educational programs is in need of loosesupplies and materials that organizations and individuals might typically throwaway.  Business overstock, production scraps, outdated products, productdefects, unusable product parts, outdated floor samples, loose board gamepieces, old glasses, misc. photos, arts and crafts supplies, leftover fabric, andmany other items are constantly being sought after. What you and/or yourorganization typically would throw away is what we could probably use!  Wethen take these materials and utilize for either our educational programs ordistribute to the educator community, families, and artists as supplies for art projects and otherhands-on activities for kids.  In addition, volunteers are the lifeblood of our educational programsand community outreach events. The Child Creativity Lab has short-term dayprojects as well as longer-term programs that are flexible and customizable tomeet the schedules and priorities of your members.  Please contact [email protected] more information on how to volunteer.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
The organization's STEM-based educational programs are facilitated at the Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse Center in Santa Ana and directly on-site at schools, after-school programs, libraries, community events, faith-based organizations, and more via the Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels initiative.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Educational Services
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Children's Museums
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education

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Programs


Museum-on-Wheels Program

The CCL Museum-on-Wheels is a mobile educational service which travels to partner locations, focused on creativity-enhancing stimulation and inspiration for pre-kindergarten through 8th graders. The program is designed to support the overarching California State Department of Education STEM initiatives and presents diverse activities providing a distinct variety of stimuli, entertainment and creativity-building tools to the participants. During the educational workshops, children explore STEM concepts with the freedom for uninhibited creative play in a neutral, non-judgmental environment, without pressure to perform.  
 
Specific educational activities include role-playing to bring stories and personalities to life; various art disciplines introducing children to new ways of seeing and thinking; activities supporting increased patience, concentration, and processing and sequencing skills; and providing a rich sensory environment through musical instrument activities.
Budget  $145,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

We have numerous anecdotal evidence from youth participants and parent feedback who demonstrate an expansion of appreciation and knowledge about creativity, the particular STEM topic of the workshops, or the adaptability of the lessons taught into everyday life. Participants have stated:

“Staff and patrons were very impressed with what they learned, saw, and created. There were many hoping to participate in the much-anticipated program. We had to remove the flyer from our promotion wall because people were interested but unfortunately our list was full.” – Lupita Vega, Principal Librarian – Youth Services, Santa Ana Public Library

“The Child Creativity Lab offers an educational experience that schools cannot always deliver in a classroom - experiential, immersive, memorable, high-impact, hands-on learning. The Child Creativity Lab is mapping a successful path for children in Orange County.” – Laura Foster, Executive Director, Association for Children’s Museums

Program Long-Term Success 

Creativity cuts across all areas of life from the arts to the sciences. Due to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, many schools have eliminated courses for subject areas and activities not directly aligned to the accountability standards for Federal funding, resulting in a loss of opportunities for students to engage in free-thinking activities.

According to the Newsweek cover article, “The Creativity Crisis” (2010) by Bronson and Merryman, a long-term academic study in approximately 300,000 K-12 students in the U.S. revealed that creativity scores have significantly decreased since 1990.

“Children have become less emotionally expressive, less energetic, less talkative and verbally expressive, less humorous, less imaginative, less unconventional, less lively and passionate, less perceptive, less apt to connect seemingly irrelevant things, less synthesizing, and less likely to see things from a different angle”.  The ultimate success of our programs is to change this trend.
Program Success Monitored By 

The Child Creativity Lab conducts pre and post-program assessments of each children using the identified quality indicators. 

In addition, qualitative information on each student is collected by conducting post-surveys (in interview format) with our partners to gain insight into the ease of program implementation into their overall offerings, impact of CCL educational programs to ongoing student performance, the level of interest from their constituents, and any participant feedback that can help us to identify program strengths and weaknesses and target areas that need work.  
 

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Child Creativity Lab Depot for Creative Reuse Center

The Depot for Creative Reuse Center provides a much-needed resource to educators for free or extremely affordable reclaimed and reusable materials sourced from businesses all throughout Southern California..
Budget  $85,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Recycling
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success   
Program Long-Term Success   
Program Success Monitored By  In 2016, through its reusable materials resource center, the organization distributed 50 scholarships to schools and instructors serving disadvantaged children, all while diverting over 11,000 pounds of waste from our landfills.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Cherylee Shaar
CEO Term Start May 2019
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Cherylee Shaar is the CEO of Child Creativity Lab.  She is an accomplished attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist dedicated to inspiring others to use their time, talent, and resources in creative and beneficial ways.  She began her legal career 20 years ago, when she practiced law in the areas of dependency and delinquency, advising troubled youth and families in crisis.  Subsequently Cherylee opened her own law office focusing on representing special needs children in their education matters.  She is the proud mom of three kids, and the Founder and Director of the Mariners Church Legal Ministry.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Colorado State University in 1994, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1997.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

The Child Creativity Lab Museum-on-Wheels program heavily relies on our ability to form strong working partnerships with after-school programs and other youth-serving community organizations. 

Partners this past year have included: Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Association for the Education of Young Children, OC STEM, California School-Age Consortium, Orange County Head Start, Santa Ana Public Library, Fullerton School District, Irvine Public School Foundation, THINK Together, Santa Ana College, City of Orange Public Library, Muzeo Museum & Cultural Center, Festival of Children, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, and Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --
Staff Professional Development --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

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 Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency -- --

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair Carol Stone
Board Chair Company Affiliation Stone Nonprofit Consulting
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Jan 2018
Board Co-Chair Christopher Bosley
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Cushman & Wakefield
Board Co-Chair Term 2015 - 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Isabelle Bart American Association of Critical Care Nurses Voting
Jhoanna Craig -- --
David Erickson -- --
Cathy Hwang Legal Services Professional Voting
Aayush Jhalani -- --
Jeremy Kietzke -- --
Sarah Pierce -- --
Carol Pitts -- --
Shaun Radcliffe -- --
Tawney Singh -- --
Carol Stone Stone Nonprofit Consulting Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Helene Blanchette Xerox NonVoting
Marty Dutch First Foundation Bank NonVoting
Err Gozun Hyundai Capital America --
Drew Hatcher Behr Paint NonVoting
Michael Shanklin Kidspace Children's Museum NonVoting
Pamela Wasley CEO, Cerius Consulting NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
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

Child Creativity Lab is passionate about reaching more underserved students in our community!  We are working on new ways to partner with local companies to "adopt" schools without the means to pay for STEM/ STEAM workshops.  We are also super excited to find a new BIGGER location to realize our dream of building an interactive technology lab, where students can create one-of-a-kind toy accessories and learn to code with the help of mini-robots.  

Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $341,474.00
Projected Expenses $332,417.00
Form 990s

2017 990 Tax Form

2016 990 Tax Form

2015 990 Tax Form

2014 CVOC 990

2013 CVOC 990

2012 CVOC 990

2011 CVOC 990

Audit Documents

2014 CVOC Audited Financial Statements

2013 CVOC Audited Financial Statements

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $243,811 $146,632 $53,805
Total Expenses $192,729 $113,081 $39,405

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$148,273 $37,500 $9,400
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- $36,028 $34,140
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $87,498 $55,435 $10,265
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $8,040 $17,669 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $148,324 $88,619 $33,116
Administration Expense -- $15,791 $5,050
Fundraising Expense $44,405 $8,670 $1,239
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.27 1.30 1.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 78% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 28% 10% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $116,133 $62,993 $26,251
Current Assets $110,260 $25,235 $24,744
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $7,658 $5,374 $3,915
Total Net Assets $108,475 $57,620 $22,336

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 14.40 4.70 6.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Phase 3 of our Strategic Launch plan: The Child Creativity Lab Children's Museum of Orange County
Campaign Goal $300,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Sept 2019 - Sept 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Child Creativity Lab, Inc. is fiscally sponsored by Charitable Ventures of Orange County. 990s on profile belong to Charitable Ventures of Orange County. Financials are specific for Child Creativity Lab, Inc (they have had one year of programming). Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions. Summary financial data is per the financials and consultation with the organization.  This organization has been in existance since 2013.