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Franklin Square House Day Care Center, Inc.

 1575 Tremont Street
 Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
[P] (617) 732-1234
[F] (617) 849-5521
Jennifer Demetros
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3028399

LAST UPDATED: 01/16/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The Franklin Square House Day Care Center, Inc. offers a developmentally appropriate, child centered and experiential educational program for children between 15 months and 6 years. We provide a safe and nurturing environment filled with interesting, engaging, hands-on activities for discovering, trying, questioning and constructing knowledge.

Mission Statement

The Franklin Square House Day Care Center, Inc. offers a developmentally appropriate, child centered and experiential educational program for children between 15 months and 6 years. We provide a safe and nurturing environment filled with interesting, engaging, hands-on activities for discovering, trying, questioning and constructing knowledge.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $500,000.00
Projected Expense $450,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • General Operating Support
  • Teacher Degree Mentoring

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

The Franklin Square House Day Care Center, Inc. offers a developmentally appropriate, child centered and experiential educational program for children between 15 months and 6 years. We provide a safe and nurturing environment filled with interesting, engaging, hands-on activities for discovering, trying, questioning and constructing knowledge.

Background Statement

The Franklin Square House Day Care Center was opened in the early 1980s as a small child care facility for infants, toddler, and preschool age children housed in the Franklin Square House Apartments located at 1575 Tremont Street, Boston. Throughout it's 30 year history, it has become a premier choice for early childhood education in the Mission Hill community. Welcoming families from Mission Hill, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and the Longwood Medical Area, the classroom boasts an extremely diverse group of children, as well as teaching staff. The Franklin Square House Day Care Center  strives to provide a safe, warm, loving, supportive, non-competitive environment in which children can learn and grow. Our educational philosophy is based on the development model of learning, we believe that children grow and learn at their own pace and in their own unique way as they naturally progress through different developmental levels. Children learn through their play, it is our job to provide interesting, fun, engaging play activities for the. It is through these active, hands-on learning experiences that children are able to construct their own understanding and knowledge about the world around them. They do this by looking, touching, and manipulating new things, as well as wondering, discovering, trying out new ideas, and asking questions. Our goal is to provide a program that meets the individual needs of each child. Teachers watch and listen to the children and encourage them to express their own ideas and feelings. Children need and want clear limits. The limits we set are for the children's physical and emotional safety. Helping them to feel independent, responsible, and positive about themselves facilitates their learning.  

Impact Statement

We have various accomplishments in the recent years that we are especially proud of. The staff worked especially hard and we received national accreditation through NAEYC in 2013. We have also been recognized by the city of Boston and the Boston Pubic Health Commission as the first center based program to receive recognition by the mayor and the Healthy Childcare Initiative. 

Needs Statement

As a small, non-profit childcare center we have seemingly endless needs, however certain needs do take precedence. Our number one need is creating a larger influx of funds in order to better pay teachers who are receiving higher levels of education, as well as hire better qualified teachers with bachelor's or masters degrees. The goal is to create an additional $15,000-20,000 operating funds to devote strictly to our teacher salaries. With also have equipment needs, the most pressing being a new gross motor structure in our toddler classroom which run anywhere from $1500-$3000 depending on it's size and quality. We would also like to start hosting parent workshops for our families and the families in our community, and presenter fees generally run around $100/hour. A long term goal is to also provide childcare spots at our center partially or totally funded by an annual scholarship for families who apply and qualify. A scholarship of this sort would add an annual cost to our budget of anywhere from $7,000-$15,000 depending on the magnitude of the scholarship and age of the child. 

CEO Statement

We are a small organization, and due to our small size we pride ourselves in the sense of family we hold dear both in our teaching staff and with the families and children enrolled in our center. Our staff have been to birthday parties, weddings, funerals, christenings, and probably even more important events in the lives of the teachers and families here at our school. While many schools immediately dismiss a problem child, we embrace them, help that child and their family find a plan of action and solution for that child's behavior. We are a center with a true heart and desire to help each and every child that comes through our doors to leave our program a confident young child ready to conquer the world. We still have alumni that come back to visit us after five, ten, or even fifteen years. Some of the children currently enrolled are second generation attendees of the Franklin Square House Day Care Center. This sense of community and family can be sensed in either of our classrooms as you walk in throughout the day. The children and teachers are happy, boisterous, and always laughing. Early childhood is a under-appreciated but highly important field, and by investing in the growth of our center, you are investing in so much more than a play structure or guest presenter. You are investing in the future leaders of tomorrow from the very beginning. Character building does not start in kindergarten, it starts from birth. Taking first steps, making friendships, learning to share, resolving conflicts, these things all  happen in those first five years of life that we help to form and develop. These are the skills our children will take with them into the future world as the leaders of tomorrow. 

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- North Dorchester

Organization Categories

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

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



General Operating Support

General operating support would allow the center to be able to function more soundly as a whole.  We are requiring staff to further their degrees, but struggling to compensate them for these achievements.  Extra funding would give these key staff members the compensation to match their education levels.   General operating funding would also play a key role in the overall expenses or running a child care facility.  Everything from food to cleaning costs to educational supplies, would be apart of this budget. 
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success is simple. It would mean our doors would remain open and we would be able to assists families each and every day. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success would mean that were able to change the face of early education and continue to serve a diverse population of young children.  We would be supporting working class families by providing them excellent and affordable childcare.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  In order to show this, we would need to capital funding.

Teacher Degree Mentoring

Encouraging our staff who only hold a high school diploma to go back to school and receive their associate or bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. 
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Families College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  By encouraging our staff to go back to school, it gives them the confidence as educators, as well as students enrolled in a college or university program. After taking the courses, our teachers will have a greater breadth of knowledge in the field of early childhood that they can immediately utilize in the classrooms. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success will be a staff with highly qualified and educated individuals. Also, due to the program support, our staff retention will be much higher. 
Program Success Monitored By  The program success is easily monitored by the number of staff currently enrolled in college or university programs. In additional, Individual Professional Development Plans are reviewed on the biannual basis to determine each teachers individual successes or struggles with the program. 
Examples of Program Success  As of January 2013, we have two teachers activity enrolled in courses at Urban College and Bunker Hill Community College. One teacher, in particular, has worked diligently to take courses since being hired with only a GED. She has managed to pass college level courses receiving outstanding grades. She continues to balance her class course load with working full time and raising two young children at the same time. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Demetros
CEO Term Start Aug 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Debra Gaddis Toddler Lead Teacher Twenty six years working at the Franklin Square House Day Care Center.
Ms. Elizabeth McKillop -- --
Ms. Rosalind Woodberry -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation 2012



CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 9
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 63%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration Exempt

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Demetros
Board Chair Company Affiliation Franklin Square House Day Care Center
Board Chair Term Apr 2013 - Aug 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jennifer Demetros Franklin Square Hose Day Care Center Voting
Ms. Cheryl Forte Forte Investment Fund Voting
Mr. Robert Goldstein Franklin Square House Foundation Voting
Mr. Lorin Washington Franklin Square House Day Care Center Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 10
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $500,000.00
Projected Expense $450,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $463,245 $508,893 $492,124
Total Expenses $476,994 $472,863 $517,047

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $129,702 $137,188 $105,169
    Federal -- -- --
    State $129,702 $137,188 $105,169
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $27,884 $40,215 $17,990
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $304,697 $328,990 $367,865
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $962 $2,500 $1,100

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $377,068 $370,185 $429,124
Administration Expense $97,963 $100,670 $86,019
Fundraising Expense $1,963 $2,008 $1,904
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.97 1.08 0.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 78% 83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 1% 1% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $298,286 $306,079 $287,893
Current Assets $41,199 $43,531 $19,884
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $39,095 $33,139 $50,983
Total Net Assets $259,191 $272,940 $236,910

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.05 1.31 0.39

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Over the past three years, our organization has undergone a change in leadership. With this change, a need was realized for longer range financial planning. For us to grow and strengthen, a priority needs to be placed on grant writing and fund raising in order to provide us with a solid fiscal foundation upon which we can plan and improve. We currently are a small non-profit that rely's entirely on our services delivered (childcare) as a means of income. By expanding our resources, we can make larger investments into our center, our staff, and our families. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's reviewed financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Studies on how important Early Childhood Education is becoming increasingly more of a hot topic.  We have been striving to see this movement for years.  With Boston Public Schools aiming to gain more classrooms for children as early as 3 years of age, independent centers are struggling to keep their doors open.  However, this is an extraordinary need for the community and operating support grants would help to keep our mission alive by providing the excellent and affordable child care for today's working families.   

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We are working with our MA Department of Early Education Licensor to come up with a game plan on how to move "with the times" and trends of early education.  We are looking to possibly restructure the classrooms to make multiple Toddler rooms (as we are getting an increased number of inquiries for child care for children 15months-3 years).  This would take significant capital to make this happen, but would provide the community with the support that they need.  

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The center is very capable of making this happen. The staff and the state is supportive of the change, but the capital investments is what is holding us back.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?