290 Alumni Dr.
Lexington KY 40503
Contact Information
Address 290 Alumni Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone (859) 218-2322
Fax 859 323-1922
Contact Name Erica Tipton
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1959
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Attention: Development Office
290 Alumni Dr. 
Lexington, KY 40503   
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement Child Development Center of the Bluegrass at the University of Kentucky (CDCB) is dedicated to ensuring that all children reach their full potential by providing child care and preschool programs, as well as high-quality therapy services that benefit children with and without special needs.
Background Statement Child Development Center of the Bluegrass (CDCB) has served over 10,000 children and families in and around Fayette County since 1958. The agency was originally known as the United Cerebral Palsy of the Bluegrass but became CDCB in 1983 when it expanded its services from children with only cerebral palsy to those with Downs Syndrome, mental retardation, learning disabilities, autism, and visual and hearing impairments. However, within two years of opening its doors, the now CDCB was regarded as a model program and has an extensive history of transforming how families and society work with children with special needs.

 CDCB is one of 22 four-star programs in Kentucky's STARS FOR KIDS NOW program and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). With this, CDCB is committed to continuing its programs with well-defined guidelines to ensure integrity and effectiveness.

Impact Statement
In August of 2012, CDCB completed construction of a new 22,000 sq ft facility in cooperation with the University of Kentucky. Our capacity tripled when we moved into the new building. We are now able to provide quality preschool and early intervention services for up to 165 children in our center, 30% of whom may have special needs.  Another 200 children are provided out-patient therapy services by CDCB therapists.
For the first time since moving into our new building on 2012, we will begin the 2015-2016 school year with all enrollment spots filled. This year we will continue to identify ways to collaborate with appropriate community and university partners to serve the needs of our children and families.
Needs Statement
Our most pressing needs are
--replenishing the money we have spent on the facility so that we can have a strong endowment for scholarships and other programs 
--donations for preschool scholarships for children with special needs
--funds to offset family cost of therapy services
--operating funds to provide the extra staffing needed to serve children with special needs in an integrated setting.
--volunteers for special events and long-term commitments
--special programs for enrichment for our children's education
CEO/Executive Director Statement CDCB has been part of Lexington's community for more than 55 years.  Our new partnership with the University of Kentucky has not only allowed us to move into an amazing facility, but it now allows us to serve even more children in the Lexington area through our early child care and education program or through outpatient therapy services.  CDCB is privileged to have seasoned therapists on staff to assist our children in the preschool with diagnosed delays, as well as children in the community that come to us for outpatient therapy.  We follow  the low adult-to-student ratios recommended by the  National Association of Education for Young Children and have a lead teacher in each classroom with a degree in the field.   CDCB uses high quality curriculum in each classroom and conducts regular assessments on each child to track their developmental progress.  CDCB's rich and successful history has set the bar for providing the highest quality of early intervention and education services.  We continue to strive to be a leader in the field of early childhood education in Kentucky.  
Board Chair Statement Having been on the CDCB Board for over three years now, I was eager to take on the role of President in 2014, during a time of exciting growth, which comes with its own set of challenges as well.  I have a true heart for CDCB because I have witnessed first-hand the magic that happens when educated professionals mold and shape the life of a child with special needs.  And to see that children of typical abilities can come alongside their friends with special needs and support them, care for them, and even learn from them - well, it's truly awe-inspiring. 
Geographic Areas Served
CDCB's services are available to children and families in Lexington and throughout central Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Thomas Kessinger III
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Ann Bakhaus"Community Volunteer"Voting
Roger BeanAmerican Board of Family MedicineVoting
Alan BloomfieldRetiredNonVoting
Shannon CarrollUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Anne Noffsinger CreechRetiredNonVoting
Luther DeatonCentral Bank and Trust CompanyVoting
Ann Rosenstein GilesAJR Marketing PartnersVoting
Jason GreshamKy BankVoting
Barbara GrovesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Twanjua JonesFayette County SchoolsVoting
Steven LoyStoll Keenon OgdenVoting
Michael MillerRetired, KDEVoting
Ashley Montgomery-YatesCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Jackie NoonanUK HealthCareVoting
Kelli RomondCommunity VolunteerVoting
Warren RosenthalPatchen Wilkes FarmNonVoting
Carol RosenthalCommunity VolunteerVoting
Justin SautterCommunity VolunteerVoting
Bonnie SenftKeenelandVoting
Trudy TibbsCommunity VolunteerVoting
John TobeRetiredVoting
George ZhangAshland Inc.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 52%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 96%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 84%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Erica Tipton
Term Start Jan 2015
Experience Erica Tipton has been working in the field of early care and education for the past fifteen years.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky in Family Studies, Individual and Family Development.  Erica has a Kentucky Director’s Credential through the Division of Child Care.  Erica's work experience includes directing and coordinating after school programs for the YMCA of Central KY and Metropolitan Dallas, serving as an Early Childhood Quality Coordinator for the STARS for Kids Now voluntary accreditation program, and working at the Division of Child Care in Frankfort, reviewing child care training throughout the state of Kentucky, and working on a task force to revise child care licensing regulations.                          
Full Time Staff 48
Part Time Staff 47
Volunteers 350
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 67%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 9
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 82
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 89
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Stella CrutcherOct 2008 - Dec
Sarah VanoverDec 2012 - Oct 2014
Senior Staff
Title Enrollment Director
Title Finance Director
Title Lead Therapist
Title Development Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description CDCB’s mission is to serve children with special needs in an inclusive setting.  CDCB's preschool program is known for it's excellent adult/child ratio and small class sizes. CDCB believes smaller group sizes enables all children to receive the individual attention they need. CDCB offers full-day preschool for children ages 6 weeks to five years of age for children with and without special needs. Speech, occupational, and physical therapies for children with special needs are provided within the natural environment of the classroom. Therapists schedule time in the classroom based on each child’s needs. The preschool program is accredited by NAEYC and is 4-Star Rated.. CDCB also provides early intervention services for young children who do not attend the preschool.  Families can seek therapy services through the outpatient setting or community based services. Children may come to CDCB to participate in physical, occupational and speech therapy. 
Budget 2587199
Category Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short Term Success
95% of children in CDCB's preschool will demonstrate progress in all developmental areas on bi-annual assessments.
90% of parents attend and participate in at least two conferences annually with teachers and other professionals.
95% of CDCB parents will report successful transition of their child to kindergarten on an anonymous survey.
Program Long term Success The intent of CDCB’s programs is to enable young children to reach their full potential, be fully integrated into their communities, and become productive members of those communities. To accomplish this goal, the objectives of its programs are:

1.      Increase participants’ independence through development of motor, coordination, social-emotional, cognitive, and self-help skills.

2.      Increase participants’ progress in pre-literacy skills.

3.      Increase participants’ ability to function in group settings.

4.      Increase participants’ progress in establishing friendships with a diverse group of peers.

Program Success Monitored By
CDCB uses an ongoing assessment model to monitor each child's progress on attaining development milestones and skills.  Assessment methods include observations, skills measurements, formal evaluations, screenings, parent input, portfolios, and work samples.
Examples of Program Success  Jessica was three years old when she enrolled at CDCB. She had difficulty with daily activities such as feeding and eating skills, had low muscle tone, and delayed motor skills. Jessica exhibited sensory integration dysfunction – the brain’s inability to receive process and use information in a functional way– which made these tasks difficult to complete. Soon after she was enrolled in our preschool, shestarted receiving occupational and speech/language therapy in an inclusive classroom setting with her typically developing peers.  With CDCB’s small classroom sizes and great child/teacher ratios, Jessica is able to learn and thrive in a natural environment. She can now ask and answer questions, and use up to five word sentences. She participates in classroom activities and loves to make her teachers and peers smile!
Program Comments
CEO Comments
As stated above, CDCB’s  programs are designed to support families in ensuring their children acquire the developmental skills that are prerequisite to independence in life skills and to academic learning. The trans-disciplinary team approach makes it possible for teachers and therapists to teach one another and the family how to address children's needs continuously throughout all activities whether the individual teacher/therapist is with the child or not. Furthermore, it is much more likely that children will acquire these critical skills when they have the opportunity to practice the skills in the situations in which the skill is needed - the natural environments of the home and preschool classroom.
CDCB is at an exciting crossroads as an organization!  During the past three years, CDCB has been forming and refining a relationship with UK HealthCare and opened a new facility on the campus of the University of Kentucky that will extend the possibilities for serving children with special needs in central Kentucky.  It will open the door for research and education and assist in competitive recruitment and retention of UK physicians, faculty, and staff.  Philanthropic support is an important part of our plan to make this preschool center a reality. 
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Alliance for Children and Families - Member2010
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $2,566,421.00
Projected Expenses $2,722,637.00
Endowment Value $4,847,785.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$2,594,495$2,952,647$3,062,673
Total Expenses$2,592,950$3,258,159$2,968,419
Revenue Less Expenses$1,545($305,512)$94,254
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$94,345
Individual Contributions$400,222$550,193$416,981
Investment Income, Net of Losses$69,999$54,021$80,007
Membership Dues------
Special Events$38,171$26,150$72,757
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$2,308,837$2,735,468$2,768,333
Administration Expense$271,483$294,841$188,907
Fundraising Expense$12,630$22,850$11,179
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.911.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%84%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,766,625$6,325,968$6,515,590
Current Assets$9,256,693$861,320$946,127
Long-Term Liabilities----$50,000
Current Liabilities$164,992----
Total Net Assets$6,601,633$6,217,777$6,354,222
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose CDCB through an agreement with UK HealthCare recently built a 22,000 sq. ft. facility located on UK's campus to expand our early intervention and preschool services to more children and families in the community. Although the construction is complete, the capital campaign continues to offset the money that was taken from our investment to pay for the building.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Registration Yes
Address 290 Alumni Dr.
Lexington, KY 40503
Primary Phone 859 218-2322
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Erica Tipton
Board Chair Mr. Thomas Kessinger III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer