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We believe in providing responsive services for communities, families, & children.

Hello friends,

This has been a year of enormous change; to begin with, we literally started and ended 2020 as a “different” organization. 2019-2020 saw us wind down as CDI-CDC and at the tail end of the fiscal year we were thrilled to announce our new name, Catalyst Family Inc.

Earlier this year, we all had to quickly navigate and evolve when the pandemic reached California. COVID-19 hit us hard, as it did the entire world. It was not easy and presented huge challenges, but we pulled together to ensure we delivered for our communities.

Our CFC programs remained open to serve families, clients, and providers - where we were granted county approval. Our Young Set Club staff quickly went to work creating virtual camps and enrichments to keep the spring and summer frivolity alive for our children who suddenly had to be home instead of at school or at camp with their friends.

Our CDC staff dedicated themselves to not just providing safe and sanitized center environments, but also by providing a place of comfort for children and their parents, who were essential workers. For the children and families who could not attend, we provided and continue to provide, virtual experiences and distance learning activities.

Our district and government partners have truly been there for us and have been supporting our efforts both financially and by providing essential resources. We are grateful for the connections we have built and the positive impact provided to our children, families, and communities.

We have begun building our first-ever fund development department and hope to see our fundraising function grow over the coming year. We continue to listen and respond to unmet community needs so we can offer new, innovative programs that will better serve the communities where we reside.

There are lots of exciting challenges ahead and we’re ready to embrace them in our continued support of the communities we so gratefully serve.

Susan Dumars, President

Center Highlights

During the statewide shelter-in- place, we had 115 out of 157 centers open providing childcare to essential workers and supporting children during emergency distance learning.

New Programs

We opened our first center in Monterey, CA, providing services for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. This program is a collaboration between the City of Monterey and the US Army- Presidio base.

We opened a fifth center in the Oak Grove school district at Stipe Elementary- a preschool only program.

115 centers were open that provided childcare to essential workers and children during emergency distance learning
When I am at work I know that my child is in the best care and he is having fun. I would not hesitate to recommend this amazing center.

— Parent at Beswick CDC

2019–2020 Financials

Catalyst Kids participated and earned its revenue through private pay programs and various state and federal awards including state preschool, general childcare, alternative payment, migrant childcare, resource and referral, and child and adult care food program.

Year Ended June 30, 2020

Total Assets $30,564,472

Total Liabilities $25,658,676

Total Ending Net Assets $4,905,796

Total Revenue $90,262,195

Total Expense $92,097,125

Current Year Change in Net Assets $(1,834,930)

Results are audited by the accounting firm of Eide Bailly LLP in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and the US Office of Management and Budget Circular A-133.

Number of Centers by Region

Sacramento Area 40

Bay Area 56

South Region 60

Average Monthly Enrollment

July 2019 - June 2020

At Catalyst Camps, each day is an opportunity for creativity, independence, social skill development, making friends, and developing leadership skills in a fun atmosphere.

Key Highlights of 2019/2020

  • For summer 2019, our programs served 1,097 weekly enrollments, compared to 875 for same period of summer 2018.
  • We piloted Virtual Programs in the spring, running 6 different programs, including:
  • Campy Arts & Crafts
  • Social Emotional Well-Being
  • Online Engineering using Minecraft
  • Role Playing Games (RPGs)
  • Operated in summer 2020 for families in need due to COVID-19
We experienced a lot of excitement and early indications of meaningful growth at our camps when, unfortunately we were hit by COVID-19. That took a toll on our enrollments but we were able to run safe programming for those families that were able to join us.

Alternative Payment Subsidy Program

During 2019–2020, the El Dorado and Alpine County Alternative Payment subsidy program served 441 families and 726 children allowing these families the flexibility to select center-based care, family child care homes, and license-exempt providers. Childcare subsidies continue to be provided for the Emergency Foster Care Bridge Program supporting caregivers and foster parents and helping to maintain stability for youth in foster care. Each month we serve an average of 21 foster children in this program.

Although we had to close our doors as COVID-19 shut downs began to impact our communities, we quickly adapted and continued to provide services. Supporting our providers was fundamental and the state provided guidance to ensure child care for our enrolled children. Additional funding was provided by CDE via the CARES Act for essential workers and at-risk families. The COVID-19 Emergency Child Care program enrolled an additional 27 families with 40 children for short-term childcare stipends in.

Unique to our Tahoe office in 2019–2020 is the Winter of Warmth Grant, funded by the El Dorado Community Foundation. This program supplies warm winter clothes to our community’s youngest and most vulnerable children so that they can fully engage in their outdoor environment.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) Homes

The Catalyst Community CACFP Homes staff allows family child care providers to continue to provide nutritious meals and snacks that contribute to the healthy growth and development of children and support food security during challenging times.

Courthouse Children’s Waiting Room Program

Our Courthouse Children’s Waiting Room Program (CWR) grew this year adding 4 Orange County locations in July 2019. We have also served 8,015 attendance days for children. Prior to programs closing in March due to Covid-19, CWR averaged 967 attendances per month, compared to 716 for same period.

Resource and Referral Program

With funding from The California State Department of Education, we were able to be responsive to childcare provider needs during COVID-19. We supported 85 childcare providers with cleaning supplies and funding to provide clean and sanitized environments. Cleaning supply kits included masks, gloves, disinfectant, cleaning soap, hand sanitizer, and thermometers.

We also received multiple shipments totaling four pallets of Personal Protective Equipment from California Department of Social Services and First Five. We disseminated these supplies to providers through pick-up, drop off and drive through methods. The supplies strengthened our providers with concrete supports in the times of great need. We were proud to take this unique opportunity to reach 112 childcare centers and family childcare providers to honor them for their valuable service to families.

Nutrition Health Education Team

Centers also participated in the CACFP Program. Our menus are designed by our Nutritionists and follow guidelines set by the USDA Meal Pattern. The Nutrition Health Education Team also offers required Community Care Licensing Health and Safety trainings to all center staff, including CPR/First Aid, Preventive Health and Safety, and Medication Administration.

CDI becomes Catalyst Family

One of the highlights for 2019-20 was our rebranding campaign. After serving our communities across California for 50 years, most recently as Continuing Development Inc., we consulted extensively with our key audiences, re-evaluated what we contribute to our communities, and leaned into our role as a catalyst for change, growth, and care for the kids in our care.

We embraced that role as a catalyst and became Catalyst Family Inc., with our businesses all becoming an extension of that new brand – Catalyst Kids (formally Child Development Centers), Catalyst Community (formerly Choices for Children) and Catalyst Camps (formerly Young Set Club).

Board Member Reflections

Chris Strale

Chris Strale is one of the longest-serving members of our Board of Directors. He has served through challenging times, and peak times, through economic downturns and recoveries, through mergers and rebranding.

He came to the Board as a CDC parent of two boys who attended Plaza Vista CDC in the early 2000’s. “I was frustrated with the way tuition was calculated and communicated to the parents,” he says. “I drafted a tuition plan on an Excel spreadsheet and submitted it to our Site Supervisor for review. The next thing I knew, I was told that the organization was looking for interested parents like me and I was asked if I was interested in joining the Board! I was initially reluctant to serve because I had never held a Board position before. I agreed to join, and the first few meetings were a whirlwind, but I soon found my footing.”

He celebrates the many Board members he’s served with over the years but notes the current membership is as good as it gets. “I think the current Board is by far the strongest roster we’ve ever had,” he notes. “A great mix of expertise, experience, and personality.”

During his time on the Board he has been party to many key moments in the organization’s history. One of the highlights for 2019-20 was our rebranding campaign. After serving our communities across California for 50 years, most recently as Continuing Development Inc., we consulted extensively with our key audiences, reevaluated what we contribute to our communities, and leaned into our role as a catalyst for change, growth, and care for the kids in our care. We embraced that role One of the highlights for 2019-20 was our rebranding campaign. After serving our communities across California for 50 years, most recently as Continuing Development Inc., we consulted extensively with our key audiences, re-evaluated what we contribute to our communities, and leaned into our role as a catalyst for change, growth, and care for the kids in our care. We embraced that role as a catalyst and became Catalyst Family Inc., with our businesses all becoming an extension of that new brand – Catalyst Kids (formally Child Development Centers), Catalyst Community (formerly Choices for Children) and Catalyst Camps (formerly Young Set Club). as a catalyst and became Catalyst Family Inc., with our businesses all becoming an extension of that new brand – Catalyst Kids (formally Child Development Centers), Catalyst Community (formerly Choices for Children) and Catalyst Camps (formerly Young Set Club).

Mr. Strale sees a bright future for the organization that became known as Catalyst during his current term. Coming out of the merger and then the rebranding campaign, he is looking forward to a continued professional approach to how Catalyst is run.

“Now that we’re one, cohesive group, we’re finding ways to be more efficient, effective, creative, diverse, and successful. It’s a circle, the better the organization is run (as a business), the better we can fulfill our mission of providing services to the communities.“

Our Next Chapter:

Embracing Fundraising

As CDI becomes Catalyst Family Inc., our mission, “We believe in providing responsive services for communities, families & children,” remains our North Star. It lies at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment to developing every childcare center, every camp, every resource provided to our partners, with the uniqueness of its local community in mind, has helped us maintain a spirit of creativity and innovation. Our large agency affords us the stability, resources, and scale needed to develop high quality programs and great places to work.

In 2019, we completed the evolution of the organization to become one, unified nonprofit, allowing us to streamline our operations, maximize the expertise of our staff, and ultimately improve the services we provide. With this new structure also comes the opportunity to create and implement a fundraising program. With the support of donors, we will explore opportunities to expand our services to fill gaps in existing community services, while increasing our presence in traditionally lower socio-economic communities and providing services to families in most need.

The success of our organization will be dependent on the generosity of our supporters. Every donation made and grant secured allows us to continue providing child development services at the highest level of quality.

We are thrilled to think of the possibilities as we expand our services and scope of influence in partnership with our donor community. Thank you in advance for your generous support and for all you do to support our organization.

Celebrating Generosity

During this time of uncertainty, we’ve been comforted and encouraged by the outpouring of support from our community. In the spring, we had a surge of generous donations from our parent community that made a big difference in the way were able to care for our teachers and programs during a difficult time. We’re thankful to our donors for helping us meet the challenges of this moment, so that we can continue to support your families and communities with the highest order of care.

Your contribution to Catalyst provides funding of initiatives that can make an immediate impact. These funds allow Catalyst to:

  • Hire and retain great teachers
  • Enhance our facilities
  • Provide nutritious meals and snacks every day
  • Provide professional growth and development for our employees
  • Assist parents and childcare providers in choosing quality healthcare. And more!

Gifts that keep on giving

Recurring gifts are a convenient and effective way to make a lasting impact. Set up an automated monthly or annual donation by visiting catalystkids.org/donate or by calling 669.287.8396.

catalystkids.org/donate

To make a gift or get involved, contact Allie Ladio, Fund Development Manager at 669.287.8396.