228 S Limestone
Lexington KY 40508
Contact Information
Address 228 S Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
Phone (859) 233-1654
Fax 859 252-5348
Contact Name Whitney Schlansky
Web and Social Media
Two of our Pre-K students
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1926
Former Names
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
You can mail a check to either the center, Calvary Baptist Church or First United Methodist Church.  Indicate on the check that it is a donation for High Street neighborhood Center.  We offer very flexible volunteer opportunities.  We have individuals that come in weekly and help the teachers with the children, we have groups that come in on the weekend to clean, paint, or do repairs to the building.  We welome students and adult to volunteer at their convenience.  When serving low income and at-risk children, it takes a village to make a difference.
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement We strive to provide quality and affordable childcare to families regardless of their ability to pay. By placing at-risk children in a safe early childhood setting, we are providing them with the fundamental academic and social/emotional skills that prepares them for success in later schooling. 
Background Statement High Street Neighborhood Center is a licensed daycare center located in downtown Lexington, KY. First United Methodist and Calvary Baptist Church partnered together in 1969 to create High Street Neighborhood Center so that Lexington families, who would not otherwise be able to afford childcare, might have the opportunity to enroll their children in a safe learning environment. The center's hours are from 6:30am-5:30pm, Monday through Friday, to allow parents maximum flexibility in their work schedules. Children 12 months or older are enrolled in the center. The staff is trained each year so that the center remains in compliance with the Division of Licensing and Regulation.
Impact Statement High Street has been successful each year in giving tuition scholarships to families as they navigate life out of welfare.  Last year we were able to provide 17 families with scholarships and over half of them have continued to grow their family income to where they can pass the savings onto another family that is just starting.  Our scholarship program includes parents who are students at the university level until they are able to graduate and become employed. Without an affordable childcare center, these parents would not have been able to pursue higher education opportunities. We offer parent education classes two times a year that have been very successful, including a recent "Preparing for Christmas" workshop that helped families budget for the holidays. We have a literacy campaign annually during the entire month of April that encourages families to read to children daily at home. Knowing that many of their homes may not already have age-appropriate children's books, we send home new books for them to keep at home.
Needs Statement The primary need our center has is the ability to offer scholarships to families. The entirety of our parent population is unable to pay what a typical center would charge for tuition, and many of these parents are still not able to pay the the reduced tuition High Street Neighborhood Center charges. When individuals and organizations donate money, much of it is used to set up scholarship funds for the families who desperately need it. The center is always in need of more scholarship money, as the applicant pool is constantly full. Additionally, the center would benefit immensely if it had more money in the budget for equipment. Many of the resources we have are outdated or broken, but we are without the funds to update or replace them. The lunchroom tables, for example, are now wobbly, worn, and surrounded by mismatched chairs. A need we have that is often overlooked in childcare centers, is the need for professional development. Our staff members are hardworking and filled with passion, but without continued professional development it is difficult to maintain classrooms that are consistently using best practices. One solution for this, of course, is raising the money to hire professionals who could lead development workshops. Another welcomed option would be qualified volunteers who might come in and share their knowledge base, specifically those who are qualified to lead first aid/CPR courses or literacy workshops.
CEO/Executive Director Statement High Street Neighborhood Center is unique in several ways. Each staff member, from the cook to the teachers, is committed to the center's mission. Unlike many childcare centers where staff members come and go, the teacher retention at High Street is phenomenal, some teachers having taught here for as long as 27 years. This allows the teachers to develop close relationships with the families and with the other staff members which creates a community of support and trust. The center is also unique in the population it serves. Very rarely will you find a center with such a diverse population, including children that are English language learners. With the support of First United Methodist and Calvary Baptist churches, this diverse group of children has the opportunity to learn in an academic environment that is both loving and safe.
Board Chair Statement Having served on the board of High Street Neighborhood Center, I can say with sincerity that this is a program that is invaluable to the Lexington community. As any childcare program is charged to do, we are providing the children with an enriching environment. High Street Neighborhood Center takes our mission one step further though, and makes it our goal to not only serve these children, but also their parents. We believe that, although daycare makes a difference, the biggest influence in a child's life is their family unit. We offer parent classes and opportunities for the families to learn and grow together so that the work we do in the center flows into the home. Struggles, of course, include parent involvement and resource availability. Oftentimes it is difficult to host parent classes without incentives such as gift cards or raffle items. Although they are involved in their child's life, setting aside additional time after a long work day is tedious for the parents even though it is a factor of the program that we find vitally important. Additionally, we don't always have the resources the classroom's need to create the ideal learning environment. From learning centers with playdough, to adult-sized chairs for the teachers to sit in, we seem to always be scouting out the funds for such necessities. 
Geographic Areas Served
Fayette County
Woodford County
Clark County
Scott County
Jessamine County
The center is located in downtown Lexington, KY (zipcode 40508) which is extremely beneficial for the families we serve. Since it is located in such a central location, the center attracts families from many surrounding counties. Additionally, parents who are students at the University of Kentucky also enroll their children at High Street Neighborhood Center.
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. High Street strives to prepare our children for public school so that these children may excel to the level of others who have more resources.  We also provide tuition scholarships to working families so that they are able to retain employment and manage their household budget.  Along with these listed goals, we also work with families on parenting, budget management, and outside agency referrals.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? To make our mission successful we understand that we need to be vigilant in our fundraising efforts and grant applications.  Our largest fundraiser is our annual golf scramble.  That committees meets regularly to make sure that each year we are more successful than the following year.  We are also working on creating a focus group that will guide us into our new future without state childcare subsidies.
CapabilitiesHelpWhat are the organization’s capabilities for doing this? What resources, capacities, and connections support its progress towards long-term goals? We are very fortunate to partner with 2 downtown churches and a couple of foundations that support our needs. 
ProgressHelpWhat has and hasn’t been accomplished so far? In the 45 years of operation we have seen three generations come through our doors.  Parents that attended our program now bring their children so that they can attend the university or because they feel that our academic curriculum fits the needs of their child/children.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mary Mowery
Company Affiliation Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2020
Board Members
Bob BakerCalvary Baptist Church PastorVoting
Barbara Bowmancommunity volunteerVoting
Mckayla Cairns1st United Methodist ChurchVoting
Penny Campbellcommunity volunteerVoting
Carol Daviscommunity volunteerVoting
Beverly Freemancommunity volunteerVoting
Oscar GeraldsvolunteerVoting
Whitney Jordancommunity volunteerVoting
Mary MoweryvolunteerVoting
Diona MullinsvolunteerVoting
Todd NelsonFirst United Methodist PastorVoting
Hunt RayCPAVoting
Ashley Jo redford1986NonVoting
Whitney SchlanskyHigh Street Neighborhood Center DirectorNonVoting
robin Thomersoncommunity volunteerVoting
Carrie Beth TonksCalvary Baptist Church Children's MinisterVoting
Elizabeth VanMetercommunity volunteerVoting
Sue WeantvolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 17
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Kay Mangum
Term Jan to Dec
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Staff Development
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Whitney B Schlansky
Term Start Oct 2001
Email whitneyschlansky@gmail.com
Experience Whitney has been the director of High Street Neighborhood Center since 2001. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Family Studies and a minor in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the field of early childhood education for 25 years and has been in administration for 19 years.
Full Time Staff 12
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 5
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 Middle Eastern
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 15
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title 3's Teacher
Experience/Biography Angie has taught at High Street Neighborhood Center for 43 years. She first got involved with High Street as a volunteer when her baby brother was a student here.
Title 4's Teacher
Experience/Biography Vanessa has taught at High Street Neighborhood Center for 24 years. 
Title 2's Teacher
Experience/Biography Terry has been teaching at High Street Neighborhood Center for 32 years. 
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation No
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Description Our 3 year olds attend pre-school at High Street Neighborhood Center with 2 fantastic teachers, maintaining an 8:1 ratio at all times. Our pre-schoolers explore early number and alphabetic principles while also working in centers, doing dramatic play, and receiving outside play to develop gross motor skills time twice a day.
Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short Term Success Much of our short-term success is identified by the relationships that we are building with the families. When parents transition from seeking strictly financial help from us, to requesting educational/networking support that will allow them to later support themselves, we consider this a major program success. Helping parents to become self-sufficient begins by first helping families identify the steps they need to take for better employment, higher education, services for their children, etc., and as they seek us out for that information we recognize this as a success. Additionally, we see short-term success in our students as they develop appropriate school behavior, social skills, and the ability to monitor and control their own emotions. At this age, children are developing new skills very quickly, so we look for short term successes each day as children learn to potty train, identify letters of the alphabet, count to 10, play appropriately with friends, use the proper pencil grip, etc. 
Program Long term Success To our center, long-term success can be defined by our families becoming self-sufficient and moving off of welfare support and our students becoming academically and socially successful in their formal schooling.
Program Success Monitored By Program success is monitored at a grand level by the program director. In regards to parent growth and family stability, the conversations our director has with the families keeps the center informed. The teachers monitor the progress of the children through informal observations and assessment.
Examples of Program Success Many of our students enter the pre-school program unable to self-regulate their own emotions. This creates a group of 3 year olds who cry, fight, or yell because they have not been equipped with the strategies necessary to express their emotions appropriately. The pre-school program helps scaffold the children through this developmental stage while also introducing fundamental academic skills. Children who enter kicking and screaming gradually develop the abilities to identify how they are feeling, which empowers them to decide how to respond to a situation without immediately acting impulsively.
Description Our 4 year old children are in a pre-kindergarten classroom which sets them up for success the following year when they enter a kindergarten classroom. The pre-kindergarten teachers focus more intentionally on the basic skills kindergarten teachers look for when grouping the students academically including shape recognition, patterns, numeral and alphabetic principles, and name writing. The goal of the pre-k class is to make sure these students exit the program with the skills that kindergarten teachers look for upon entry. 
Budget $75,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), At-Risk Populations, Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short Term Success Short-term success of the Pre-kindergarten program is measured by the successful enrollment of children into kindergarten by the beginning of the appropriate school year. In addition to enrollment, we look for our students to be academically prepared for the content that will be taught in kindergarten, socially prepared to work with other children in kindergarten, and behaviorally prepared for the structure of a kindergarten classroom.
Program Long term Success Long-term success of the Pre-kindergarten program is measured by the successful transition of our children into the formal K-12 schooling system. Our goal is for our children to progress through the grade levels without being retained for academic reasons or causing behavior problems. Additionally, like our pre-school program, our long term goal is for the parents of our students to become financially stable and independent. 
Program Success Monitored By Unfortunately, we are unable to track our students after they leave the program, so we are unable to know whether or not they are performing at grade level academically. However, oftentimes we will continue to serve younger siblings of our Pre-k graduates so we maintain relationships with their families. This allows us to hear about how they are doing in kindergarten and have insight into the family's financial situation.
Examples of Program Success The majority of the program successes we see occur in families where a single mom reaches out to High Street Neighborhood Center for financial help, academic help for the children, and personal help. We are able to support these women as they try to take care of themselves, while also providing their children with every possible opportunity. Right now, a young mother has enrolled her one year old child so that she can begin her law school career while the baby's father is overseas. The center's influence is instrumental to her, as it provides her with a few worry-free hours to study and focus on herself, because she knows her child is being cared for in a safe environment.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our programs work so well because they feed into each other. The skills developed in the pre-school classroom transition the children into the pre-kindergarten classroom. The teachers have worked together for years and communicate constantly which allows for a "team-teach" approach. Knowing what the Pre-schoolers had covered the year before, the Pre-Kindergarten teachers can reference the activities and units previously done to help make connections to the children's prior knowledge. Additionally, children who are anxious about being away from their parents for so long find comfort in the fact that their previous teachers are still involved in their lives.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? Yes
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $455,918.66
Projected Expenses $455,585.42
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$117,266$113,923$109,481
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$21$21
Membership Dues$0$0--
Special Events$21,085$19,865$17,704
Revenue In-Kind$0$0--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$357,445$328,421$342,587
Administration Expense$53,239$50,311$51,349
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.120.991.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$83,827$33,335$38,310
Current Assets$83,827$33,335$38,310
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$4,697$4,717$4,161
Total Net Assets$79,130$28,618$34,149
Form 990s
2015 2015 990
2014 2014990
2013 990
2012 990 2012
2011 2011 990
2010 990 2010
2009 9990EZ 2009
2008 Form 990
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Registration Yes
CEO Comments One of our biggest challenges is the ability to support our scholarship funds when our tuition rates are already so low, operating costs continue to increase, and one time donations have already been spent on necessary classroom materials. 
Address 228 S Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508
Primary Phone 859 233-1654
CEO/Executive Director Whitney B Schlansky
Board Chair Mary Mowery
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer