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Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network Inc.

 P.O. Box 380821
 Cambridge, MA 02238
[P] (617) 5493918
[F] --
www.wonderoflearningboston.org
[email protected]
Kelly Pellagrini
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INCORPORATED: 2014
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EIN 47-1996745

LAST UPDATED: 09/20/2017
Organization DBA The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018
BARIN
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

BARIN supports the professional development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education and improving outcomes for their young learners. We design and offer rich and varied learning experiences to enhance participants' understanding of the fundamentals of best practice in birth to age five education, and we build collaborative relationships between teachers across settings.

In 2018, BARIN will host The Wonder of Learning Boston, the most ambitious early education event
 in our region’s history and an unprecedented opportunity for educators, policymakers, and families to experience best practices in birth to age five education to set all our children on the path to satisfying, productive lives.

Mission Statement

BARIN supports the professional development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education and improving outcomes for their young learners. We design and offer rich and varied learning experiences to enhance participants' understanding of the fundamentals of best practice in birth to age five education, and we build collaborative relationships between teachers across settings.

In 2018, BARIN will host The Wonder of Learning Boston, the most ambitious early education event
 in our region’s history and an unprecedented opportunity for educators, policymakers, and families to experience best practices in birth to age five education to set all our children on the path to satisfying, productive lives.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $35,900.00
Projected Expense $28,290.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Study Groups for Reggio Inspired Educators
  • The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

BARIN supports the professional development of educators interested in expanding their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education and improving outcomes for their young learners. We design and offer rich and varied learning experiences to enhance participants' understanding of the fundamentals of best practice in birth to age five education, and we build collaborative relationships between teachers across settings.

In 2018, BARIN will host The Wonder of Learning Boston, the most ambitious early education event
 in our region’s history and an unprecedented opportunity for educators, policymakers, and families to experience best practices in birth to age five education to set all our children on the path to satisfying, productive lives.


Background Statement

The Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network is a grassroots community of teachers dedicated to nurturing and educating our youngest learners and those who work with them. Ensuring all children have the best possible opportunities to grow and learn requires that we also dedicate ourselves to the growth and learning of our fellow educators.
 
We began informally in 2008 when an initial straw poll was taken at a Reggio inspired event at Lesley University to gauge interest in establishing a Reggio Emilia Approach study group.
 
In 2009, a volunteer steering committee met to choose dates and readings for the first study group and classroom visits. Fifty educators attended the series, and word of the group spread quickly. By 2010-2011, the group expanded to 100 educators representing 13 programs, including two family daycare centers. Because of the growing size of the gatherings, subgroups based on geography were established.
 
The Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC) awarded BARIN the ability to offer teachers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for its events, and our work grew to include an annual workshop series.
 
Established as an independent 501(c)(3) in 2014, BARIN continues as a volunteer-led organization, guided by and for early childhood educators who are passionate about sharing best practices in birth to age five education with colleagues in the field.

Impact Statement

Recent accomplishments:
  • The Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network has established a network of over 500 early childhood educators in both public and private settings in eastern Massachusetts who are eager to expand their knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach and best practices in birth to age five education.

  • BARIN presents six regular professional development events annually, serving 150 educators at each event. In this year’s series, we explored how children form and express ideas about diversity, justice, and rights. 

  • The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance and Reggio Children have awarded BARIN the opportunity to host their exhibition, "The Wonder of Learning—The Hundred Languages of Children" from June-November 2018. With accompanying professional development programs and other events, this will be the most ambitious, transformative
 early education event
 in our region’s history.
Coming in 2018:
  • Through The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018, BARIN has a bold plan to educate 15,000 educators from the heart of Boston and beyond in six months (June-November 2018) so that they are empowered to provide the highest quality programs for children. We anticipate that the resulting improvements across educational settings will positively impact 700,000 children over the next two decades.

  • The Wonder of Learning will be anchored by a 7000 sq. ft. interactive, multimedia exhibition that presents the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education, with ideas educators can immediately apply to their practice.

  • Accompanying programs for teachers, families, researchers, and policymakers will include professional development seminars with leaders in early education; civic engagement including policy discussions, parent education, and regional pop­-up satellites; and coordinated partnerships with leading early childhood programs and academic and cultural institutions in Boston and our region to provide free, research­-based programming.
 

Needs Statement

Boston is investing significant resources in universal pre-kindergarten. Research points to a 7-10% return on investment in early childhood development for disadvantaged children annually through better outcomes in education, health, economic productivity,
 and reduced crime. But these benefits can evaporate by the third grade if programs are not high quality. 

To realize the full potential of The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 to prepare every teacher to provide the best possible learning environment, regardless of income or zip code, BARIN seeks support to bring a 7000 sq. ft. multimedia exhibition to Boston presenting best practices in birth to age five education, and to develop accompanying professional development opportunities and programs for teachers and other stakeholders from June-November 2018. 
 
  • $280,750 for no and low cost professional development and events for educators and families

  • $163,000 for program coordination and interpretive staff

  • $  96,800 for The Wonder of Learning exhibition rental and hosting 

  • $  36,750 for marketing and social media to help us spread the word

  • $  24,500 for increased access for educators from under-resourced and under-represented communities
 
 
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network, Inc. is a community of passionate, dedicated, and experienced early childhood educators in the greater Boston area who have committed their time and resources to offering learning experiences for their fellow teachers.  

We want to reach as many educators and caregivers of young children as we can, in as diverse a range of settings as we can, and as cost-effectively and equitably as we can, so they are equipped with the skills and inspiration they need to provide transformative programs for the children they care for and teach.  
 
Research tells us that investments in birth to age five programs have significant and lasting returns for our children, our economy, and our society, but only if those programs are high quality. We are painfully aware of the tremendous variability in the quality of children's experiences across our region, due in great part to a lack of professional development, respect, resources, and support for their teachers.

Since our informal beginnings in 2009, we have worked together to develop a range of professional development opportunities with leading experts, researchers, and practitioners in the field. Our programs resonate with the educators who learn with us because our offerings reflect the authenticity and integrity of the educators who design and facilitate them, who work every day with young children and their teachers, and who themselves face the day-to-day challenges of active practitioners and leaders.
 
The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 exhibition and professional development series is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for us to come together with partners across sectors to dramatically expand the breadth and depth of our reach. Our children are depending on us. They cannot wait. To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now." We work every day to make a lasting difference in the lives of a steadily expanding circle of young children whose time is now. We hope you will join us.

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
BARIN's primary geographic focus is the Greater Boston area. With The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018, we will expand our reach, specifically to underserved communities across the Commonwealth. We appreciate the challenges of early childhood educators throughout our region and are committed to reducing barriers to access.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Education - Preschools
  3. Education - Alliances & Advocacy

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

Under Development

Programs

Study Groups for Reggio Inspired Educators

BARIN’s regular study groups support a one of a kind network of Reggio Emilia inspired educators who collaborate to improve practice through panel discussions, school visits, coaching, and collaboration. We work with leading experts to frame ongoing training that provides teachers, parents, researchers, and policymakers an opportunity to observe evidence-based best practices in birth to age five education that lead to transformative and lasting outcomes for students.
 
Through our study groups, participants share the most effective and skilled approaches to teaching and learning in the world, with ideas they can immediately apply to their own practice. Focus topics have included assessment and documentation, social justice, and building strong learning communities.
 
Additionally, educators and caregivers in settings from home-based daycares to public schools, regardless of zip code or income, develop partnerships and networks that sustain and continue collaboration across settings.
Budget  $10,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success  BARIN has grown from an informal study group to a 501(c)(3) with an expanding catalogue of programs. In the our short history, we have reached 90% of Reggio inspired schools in the area, and over 75% percent of our participants cite BARIN as their most pivotal professional network.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our goal is to create a professional network of teachers engaged in best practice with particular attention to Reggio Emilia inspired practice. We want every young child's teacher to be inspired and equipped to provide transformative, high quality early childhood education that sets students on a path to satisfying, engaged, and productive lives. We also want educators to have the systems and supports to sustain their work.
 
Growing research, particularly out of Saul Zaentz's Early Childhood Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education, demonstrates that “quality starts with creating a thriving village of adults who are prepared, supported and compensated to impact children and one another. If tomorrow’s policies do not support and elevate those adults in the early education field, they will falter in the support they mean to provide for children.” Our professional network prepares the educators and caregivers to be the adults who can deliver long-term results.
Program Success Monitored By 
BARIN conducts regular assessments including individual workshop evaluations and annual surveys of programming with our participants. Additionally, we interview teachers and administrators to measure effectiveness. BARIN's Board uses this information to inform the next series and make modifications to address the needs of the group.
Examples of Program Success  BARIN has celebrated much success over the last several years. The number of our participants, schools, and lecturers has grown. Through showcases, we have been able to see the impact of our programming on the work of our members. Teachers have led school tours, sat on panel discussions, and published their documentation as a result of our programs. The transformation in practice and the impact on children has been tracked by program coordinators and colleagues. Additionally, through web platforms, teachers have been able to share their work with a wider audience.

The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018

This exhibition and accompanying programs in 2018 will provide teachers, parents, researchers, and policymakers an unparalleled opportunity to observe evidence-based best practices in birth to age five education that lead to transformative and lasting outcomes for students.
 
Anchored by 7000 sq. ft. multimedia exhibition that presents the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education, participants will encounter some of the most effective and skilled approaches to teaching and learning in the world, with ideas they can immediately apply to their own practice.
 
Together with local and international experts from leading schools, universities, and cultural institutions, we will bring desperately needed teacher training to the heart of Boston and our region. Educators and caregivers in settings from home-based daycares to public schools, regardless of zip code or income, will have access to a range of no or low cost training opportunities.
Budget  $750,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
Program Short-Term Success  Through The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018, we expect to reach 15,000 early childhood educators, equipping them with ideas and skills that they can immediately apply to their practice. We anticipate that the improvements they will implement across educational settings will positively and measurably impact 700,000 children. In the short-term, we will reach 90% of early childhood administrators, 85% percent of early childhood educators, and 80% percent of policy makers in the greater Boston area through participation and evaluation related to this program.
Program Long-Term Success 
Our goal is nothing less than to ensure that in Boston and our region, every young child's teacher is inspired and equipped to provide transformative, high quality early childhood education that sets students on a path to satisfying, engaged, and productive lives.
 
Research indicates that there is a 7-10% return on investment in high quality birth to age five programs for disadvantaged children annually through better outcomes in education, health, economic productivity, and reduced crime.
Program Success Monitored By 
As required by the developers of The Wonder of Learning exhibition, Reggio Children and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, we will follow detailed reporting standards that will quantify our impact for at least five years beyond the hosting period. We are working with our research partners at UMass Boston, Harvard Project Zero, and the Wheelock Documentation Studio to develop metrics, assessments, and timelines to evaluate distinct components of this effort and to evaluate our efficacy in producing lasting improvements in programs for young children in our region.
 
Assessments will include the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and other classroom measures in best practice. Additionally, showcases will document and display measurable outcomes in parent engagement, student engagement, classroom environment, and documentation to make students’ progress measurable and visible. Participants and school leaders will complete surveys, and research partners will conduct case studies and track longitudinal evaluation of impact.
Examples of Program Success 
This is a new program, planned for 2018. We anticipate that we will demonstrate short-term success through the number of partners we engage, the number of communities served, the number of attendees and return visits, and outcomes we observe in showcases and other reporting from schools and individuals who participate.
 
We will demonstrate improvements in program settings and in our communities as a whole using key indicators including:
  • Impact on Policy to Practice, by developing a shared vision of best practice by all stakeholders, informing policies that result in increased access to high quality programs

  • Increased family engagement

  • Transformed classroom environments

  • Richer materials and learning experiences

  • Personalized observation and assessment aligned to standards

  • Integrated emergent curriculum and interdisciplinary, project based, and hands-on learning

  • Documentation that makes children's learning visible to all stakeholders

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan MacDonald
CEO Term Start Oct 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Susan MacDonald, BARIN's Board President, is the founder of Inspiring New Perspectives, a consultancy focused on empowering educational leaders to create programs that deeply respect and nurture the possibilities that lie within each child, parent, and teacher. Susan has been developing and delivering inspirational courses and workshops for over 25 years.
 
Her background includes directing a Reggio inspired preschool program, serving as adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Wheelock College, and being a Commonwealth of Massachusetts licensing supervisor. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, and professional coaching certifications through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, and the Minds at Work: Immunity to Change program.  
 
Susan is the author of Inspiring Early Childhood Leadership: Eight Strategies to Ignite Passion and Transform Program Quality, published by Gryphon House, 2016.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Awarded hosting of "The Wonder of Learning-The Hundred Languages of Children" Exhibition North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) & Reggio Children 2017

Affiliations

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
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Collaborations

BARIN's partners for The Wonder of Learning (as of 9/20/17):

The Advent School
Apple Orchard School
The Beautiful Stuff Project
Boston Children’s Museum
Boston Head Start
Boston Public Schools
Bridge Charter School
Bunker Hill Community College
Cadwell Collaborative
Cambridge Preschool of the Arts
Cambridge-Ellis School
Charlestown Nursery School
Codman Academy
Combined Jewish Philanthropies
Countdown to Kindergarten
Courage & Renewal Northeast at Wellesley College
Davis Publications
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Early Childhood Professional Development Consortium
Epiphany School
The Family Cooperative School
Framingham Centre Nursery School
Frances and David Hawkins Group
Jewish Creative Preschool
JCC Early Learning Centers
Jumpstart
Kehillath Israel Preschool
Kidz Go Eco Nature Preschool
Learning Brooke Early Childhood Education Center
Learning Seeds
Lemberg Children’s Center
Lesley University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education Division
Lincoln Nursery School at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Maimonides School
MassAudubon Ipswich Preschool
Newtowne School, Inc.
North American Reggio Emilia Alliance 
Nurtury
Peabody Terrace Children’s Center
Portland Area Reggio Collaborative (PARC)
Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Radcliffe Child Care Center
Reggio Children 
Rhode Island College
Smith College Education and Child Study Department
Somerville Public Schools
Strategies for Children
Temple Beth Shalom Needham
Trust Center for Early Education of Temple Ohabei Shalom
University of Massachusetts Boston
UNH Child Study and Development Center
Wellesley College Child Study Center
West Springfield Public Schools
Wheelock College Documentation Studio
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 represents a jump­starting event in our efforts to improve programs in birth to age five education in Boston and our region by supporting the learning of educators.
 
Like most grassroots start-ups, we have had to face the challenge of establishing sustainable systems and supports for our ambitious goals. Given the particular challenges for early childhood educators, including low wages, long hours, and high demands, our volunteers are taxed in both time and resources to dedicate to the management of our organization as it grows.
 
With this understanding, our board has recently added consultants to serve as financial and project coordinators to move our work forward. New funding for the Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 will position us to develop the professional staff that a project of this size requires.  
 
Although this represents a significant increase over the two years of The Wonder of Learning project in financial commitment for Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network, our Board leaders and members have significant experience in managing budgets and projects of this size.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Susan MacDonald
Board Chair Company Affiliation Inspiring New Perspectives
Board Chair Term Oct 2014 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Ronit Ben-Shir Independent Consultant Voting
Ms. Marissa Clark Buckingham, Browne and Nichols Voting
Ms. Betsy Damian Independent Consultant Voting
Ms. Katherine Donovan Harvard Campus Child Care Centers Voting
Ms. Angela Ferrario International Study Tours Voting
Ms. Kerry Gannaway Peabody Terrace Children's Center Voting
Ms. Isabela Garcia Independent Consultant Voting
Ms. Harriett Garstovas Graduate Student Voting
Ms. Mary Gessler Bunker Hill Community College Voting
Ms. Amber Lowe Advent School Voting
Ms. Susan MacDonald Inspiring New Perspectives Voting
Ms. Kelly G. Pellagrini Charlestown Nursery School Voting
Dr. Joanne Szamreta Lesley University Voting
Ms. Susan Twombly World in Watertown Voting
Ms. Cris West Buckingham, Browne and Nichols Voting
Ms. Lise White Lesley University and Charlestown Nursery School Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Barbara Acton Radcliffe Childcare Center --
Ms. Cady Audette Charlestown Nursery School and Follow Our Lead Boston --
Ms. Julie Bernson deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum --
Ms. Marina Boni Boston Public Schools --
Ms. Cleta Booth Retired --
Ms. Ashley Cadwell Cadwell Collaborative --
Ms. Louise Cadwell Cadwell Collaborative --
Ms. Ayesha Cammaerts Boston Children's Hospital --
Ms. Catherine Carter The Beautiful Stuff Project --
Dr. Stephanie Cox-Suarez Wheelock College --
Dr. Anne Douglass University of Massachusetts Boston --
Ms. Angela Elkins Lesley Ellis School --
Ms. Marie Enochty Boston Public Schools --
Ms. Nancy Fincke Lincoln Nursery School at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum --
Ms. Laura Freidman Portland Area Reggio Inspired Educators and the Hawkins Group --
Dr. Leila Gandini Reggio Children --
Ms. Valerie Giltinan Somerville Public Schools --
Ms. Kate Isler Belmont Day School --
Ms. Jodi Jarvis Combined Jewish Philanthropies --
Ms. Lisa Kuh Somerville Public Schools --
Mr. Tucker Levy Social Venture Partners --
Ms. Yvonne Liu-Constant Lesley University --
Ms. Stacy Minicucci The Beautiful Stuff Project --
Ms. Hilary Odoy Newtowne School --
Ms. Lisa Ranfos University of New Hampshire --
Ms. Jennipher Ray Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Charlestown Nursery School --
Dr. Rachel Raz Hebrew College --
Ms. Michelle Sanchez Epiphany School and Epiphany Learning Center --
Ms. Marina Seevak The Beautiful Stuff Project --
Mr. Will Twombly World in Watertown --
Ms. Gina Tzizik Soule Learning Center --
Ms. Kristin Valdmanis Co-Founder & Senior Advisor, Charlestown Nursery School --
Ms. Jessica Van Sack Yellow House Consulting --
Dr. Eleonora Villegas-Reimers Wheelock College --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 16
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 91%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Each member of the Board represents our constituency of early childhood and teacher educators. Many lead or teach in nursery schools and higher education, and have direct experience teaching children, managing operations and budgets, collaborating with families, and pursuing ongoing professional development and continual improvement for themselves and their staff. They are both leaders of our work and members themselves of the target audience for BARIN and The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $35,900.00
Projected Expense $28,290.00
Form 990s

2016 990-EZ

2015 990-EZ

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Revenue $10,060 $11,206 --
Total Expenses $8,932 $5,214 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 --
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Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $10,060 $11,206 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Program Expense $8,932 $5,214 --
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 2.15 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Assets $7,120 $5,992 --
Current Assets $7,120 $5,992 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $0 $0 --
Total Net Assets $7,120 $5,992 --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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 2016 2015 --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network, Inc. (BARIN) is a 501(c)(3) public charity exempted under 509(a)(2) which received its tax-exempt status effective October 6, 2014. As BARIN has completed two fiscal years, we are attaching its 2014 and 2015 990-EZ forms.
 
As Guidestar still includes BARIN's 2014 990-PF on its site but also shows that we are a public charity needing to file a 990-N, we are including an explanation of our status history.
 
BARIN was incorrectly classified as a private foundation due to a misunderstanding when the 1023-EZ was filed as part of its initial organization registration. As BARIN actually operates as a public charity exempted under 509(a)(2), the appropriate forms were filed requesting retroactive reclassification as public charity, which was officially granted by the IRS on December 12, 2016. The 990-N/990-EZ is the correct financial filing and BARIN's 2014 and 2015 990-EZ were filed with the State of Massachusetts. BARIN filed the 2014 990-PF with the IRS to meet the filing deadline before its public charity status could be corrected, however, the 990-EZ was sent to the IRS as part of the documentation requesting reclassification. In 2017, the 2015 990-EZ was filed with both the state and the IRS for the fiscal year ended 8/31/16.

Foundation Comments

This organization is newer, as such two years of financial data, per the IRS Form 990-EZs, are posted above in the charts and graphs.

Documents


Other Documents

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our goal is nothing less than to ensure that in Boston and our region, every young child's teacher is inspired and equipped to provide transformative early childhood education that sets students on a path to satisfying, engaged, and productive lives. 
 
Boston and other communities throughout New England are making significant investments in universal pre-kindergarten and other birth to age five programs. Research indicates that there is a 7-10% return on investment in these programs for disadvantaged children annually through better outcomes in education, health, economic productivity, and reduced crime. But we also know that these benefits can evaporate by third grade if programs are not high quality.  The most effective way to secure our investment and ensure that all children experience high quality instruction and sustainable outcomes is to focus on teacher education.
 
BARIN shares best practices in early childhood education with fellow educators so that they can provide learning experiences that forge the best possible and most enduring outcomes for all our children. We also spark and contribute to essential conversations about Boston’s collective vision for equitable, high quality birth to age five education.
 
In addition to our yearly program of professional development focusing on the Reggio Emilia Approach, one of the most respected examples of best practice in early childhood education in the world, we are planning The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 exhibition and professional development series to jumpstart accessible learning opportunities for educators in Boston and beyond from June to November 2018.  We are paying particular attention to reaching, serving, and celebrating educators and providers in under-resourced communities who have little or no access to professional development and have been left unsupported for too long.
 
Through The Wonder of Learning, we expect to reach 15,000 early childhood educators, equipping them with ideas and skills that they can immediately apply to their practice. We anticipate that the improvements they will implement across educational settings will positively and measurably impact 700,000 children over the next two decades.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

We focus on teacher preparation and support as key to providing high quality early childhood programs that result in transformative and lasting outcomes for our youngest learners.
 
The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 will build upon BARIN's successful professional development series to provide unparalleled and desperately needed teacher training in the heart of our city. Educators and caregivers in settings from home based daycares to public schools, regardless of zip code or income, will have access to no or low cost professional development and opportunities to improve their professional practice and outcomes for their students.

The Wonder of Learning will be anchored by a 7000 sq. ft. multimedia exhibition that visually presents the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education. The videos, images, and ideas of this installation focus on creating a beautiful and healthy environment, rigorous documentation, and inquiry-rich emergent study for young learners.
 
Through the exhibition, educators, families, policymakers, and other stakeholders will encounter some of the most effective, joyful, and skilled approaches to teaching and learning, with ideas they can immediately apply to their own practice.
 
Over the six-month run of the exhibition, we will collaborate with our partners in schools and school systems, colleges and universities, and cultural institutions to offer a wide range of programs at venues in Boston and throughout the region, including:
 
  • Conference days on a variety of topics
  • Visits from and programs with Reggio Emilia educators and other leading local and international scholars and practitioners
  • Seminars and graduate classes
  • Book talks
  • Interactive workshops
  • Performances for families
  • Hands on experiences and ateliers for all ages
  • Visits to public and private Reggio inspired schools
  • Showcases of student work
  • Keynotes and panel discussions
  • Pop-ups at partner sites
  • Film screenings and discussions
The relationships we develop with our partners in this effort will continue as, together, we provide equitable access to neighborhood pop­-ups, monthly showcases for teachers, webinars, study groups, and semi­annual gatherings that will put early learning at the center of civic life for years to come.

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

BARIN is a grassroots community of teachers dedicated to nurturing and educating our youngest learners and those who work with them. Ensuring all children have the best possible opportunities to grow and learn requires that we also dedicate ourselves to the growth and learning of our fellow educators. We are passionate about sharing this work with more teachers, particularly in underrepresented, underfunded communities, in order to help them forge best outcomes for all our children. Most educators can’t go to Reggio Emilia, so we will bring Reggio Emilia to them in 2018 through The Wonder of Learning exhibition and catalog of professional development opportunities.
 
The Boston Area Reggio Inspired Network has been awarded the opportunity to host The Wonder of Learning in Boston in 2018 by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance and Reggio Children because of the depth of our knowledge of best practices in birth to age five education, the strength of our own practice as educators of young learners, and our experience providing inspiring and practical professional development for fellow teachers.  

Being in Boston is also an invaluable advantage because of the depth of commitment, experience, and knowledge amongst our colleagues here, and because of the educational history and values rooted in Boston’s identity.  Like Reggio Emilia, Italy, Boston’s vision of democracy, social justice, and personal fulfillment has always been tied to educational opportunity. Boston has a longstanding appreciation for the Reggio Emilia approach, and our two cities have been in dialogue for over 30 years. Many schools and every teacher preparation program in Boston area colleges and universities have been impacted by this work.
 
Many effective innovations in approaches to birth to age five education and to teacher development already flourish in the greater Boston area. With the arrival of The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018, BARIN is uniquely positioned to bring this work together for maximum positive impact in our community.
 
Thanks to the richness of the early childhood community here, we have gathered a dedicated team of dozens of highly trained volunteers and institutional partners in the fields of early education, academia, marketing, and more to help us plan and realize The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018. This growing list of sponsors and collaborators provides a resounding endorsement that validates our vision.

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

As required by the developers of The Wonder of Learning-The Hundred Languages of Children exhibition, Reggio Children and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, we will follow detailed reporting standards that will quantify our impact for at least five years beyond the hosting period.
 
We are working with our research partners at UMass Boston, Harvard Project Zero, and the Wheelock Documentation Studio to develop metrics and timelines to evaluate distinct components of this effort and to assess our efficacy in producing lasting improvements in programs for young children in our region.
 
Initial measures of success will include the number of partnerships, the number of communities served, the number of attendees and return visits, and impacts and outcomes we observe in showcases and other reporting from schools and individuals who participate.
 
We will demonstrate improvements in program settings and in our communities as a whole with key indicators including:
 
  • Impact on Policy to Practice, by developing a shared vision of best practice by all stakeholders, informing policies that result in increased access to high quality programs

  • Increased family engagement, community partnerships, and pop­-up events that position parents as informed first teachers and advocates

  • Transformed classroom environments that reflect state of the art learning labs with STEAM, 21st century skills, and socially collaborative opportunities

  • Richer materials and learning experiences that demonstrate an appreciation of multiple intelligences and offer greater sophistication in playful study

  • Personalized observation and assessment that allow individualized student portfolios aligned to standards

  • Integrated emergent curriculum and interdisciplinary, project based, and hands­-on learning that elevate rigor and engagement in the classroom

  • Visibility of learning that allows parents, community members, educators, and children to benefit from continued conversations around the learning process and next steps

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

Since being awarded The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018, we have established an unprecedented network of partners who are committed to working with us to realize our vision for the most ambitious early childhood education event in Boston's history.  
 
We have also been successful in bridging an all too common divide between public, private, and charter school early childhood programs, and have representatives of all sectors on our team.  
 
We are soliciting RFPs from universities and other cultural institutions and community based organizations interested in providing learning opportunities and events as part of this program.  
 
We have also developed marketing materials and are working tirelessly to increase awareness and engage foundation, corporate, institutional, and individual support.  
 
And we are in dialog with policymakers on the city and state levels to ensure that our vision serves broad goals for early childhood education in Boston and the Commonwealth.
 
As a grassroots group of volunteers, managing our own centers, we are eager to add professional staff to help us execute this ambitious project. We realize that this structure will be essential to our work.
 
Given the scope of the project and the timeframe, we are also acutely aware of the challenge of securing resources to reach our goals. With this in mind, we have outlined a tiered budget so that we can deliver programming commensurate to the response to our appeal.
 
We have received enthusiastic support from providers who are eager for this level of professional training. We recognize the often opportunity-limiting challenges that low wage early childhood educators face in accessing professional development. In response, it is our goal to make The Wonder of Learning Boston 2018 free and accessible, which means we also need to help coordinate professional days and transportation, as well as continued coaching and mentoring to sustain the impact of the work.
 
Thanks to the commitment of our local institutions and political leaders, Boston is positioned to deliver world class early childhood programs for every child. We have many supports to overcome our challenges.