Special Care Inc.
12201 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City OK 73114
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Special CARE
Mission Statement

To nurture children with special needs through education, therapy, training, and early intervention programs in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Contact Information
Contact Name Pam Newby
Contact email info@specialcareinc.org
Address 12201 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Phone (405) 752-5112
Fax 405-752-8963
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment http://occf.org/sci/
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Thank you for considering a gift to Special Care and caring about the wonderful children we serve! Because of people like you, Special Care is able to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Giving online is safe, fast, and convenient. Special Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, making your gift tax-deductible. Please go to www.specialcareinc.org/new_special_care/DONATE.html to support Special Care.
If you have any questions about your gift or would like to donate by phone please call (405) 752-5112. You may also send your gift to  Special Care at 12201 North Western Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73114.  
We also would like you to consider volunteering at Special Care. Volunteering is another way you can make a very important contribution. More than 1,500 high school students, college, students, and community members volunteer at Special Care each year. 
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $2,740,882.00
Projected Expenses $2,740,882.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1985
IRS Ruling Year 1984
State Registration Expiration Feb 2014

To nurture children with special needs through education, therapy, training, and early intervention programs in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Special CARE opened its doors in 1985 to provide direct care, education programs, and on-site physical, occupational, and speech therapy to children with and without special needs. At the time, there was not a program in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and the needs of their parents.
Special CARE continues to be at the forefront of inclusive programs in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Two-thirds of the children participating in our program have special needs and receive on-site specialized therapy. The other one-third follows typical development patterns. Our integrative program provides optimal opportunities for both children with special needs and typical children. Both populations have experiences they otherwise would not and develop more fully cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally.
Special CARE provides the following services to children with and without special needs and their families: Nurturing Childcare; Early Childhood Education; Afterschool and Summer Programs; Occupational, Speech, Physical, and Behavioral Therapy Services; Outreach and Student Training Programs. Special CARE provides these services to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 21 years within completely inclusive environments. The majority of the children in our program require specialized supervision and care due to conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Down syndrome, and a wide variety of sensory integration and multi-disabling disorders. 
With an average 4:1 student-teacher ratio and 11 therapists working with children, many children who attend Special CARE surpass the development predicted for them. Therapists, teachers, children, and parents work together to create activities, environments, and communication habits that best suit each child’s development.
Our education curriculum helps children develop literacy in reading, writing, math, art, music, cultural, and social literacy. Early intervention combined with inclusive, mediated peer interactions within inclusive learning environments improves their communication abilities, critical thinking skills, and self-esteem.
Our direct care program, which ensures appropriate care and therapeutic intervention in the earliest years of life, prepares children for optimal development. Self-esteem develops as children of all abilities and their families learn, communicate, relate, and grow with another.
  1. Children thrive and develop to their full potential.
  2. Families remain strong and continue to thrive.
  3. Volunteers have regular and ample opportunities to participate in meaningful activities and experience a positive change in attitude toward people with disabilities.
  4. Special CARE offers opportunities to train others in the skills of caring for children with disabilities and provides support for families of children with special needs.
  5. Special CARE has strong leadership who nurtures and participates in quality internal and external partnerships to ensure best practices in child care and therapeutic intervention as well as sound financial and management practices.
  6. Special CARE has a solid financial base and safe, well-maintained facilities.
  7. Special CARE has strong leadership who hires and oversees a qualified staff.
  8. Staff collaborates effectively to make sure Special CARE is at the forefront of caring for children with special needs.
Needs Scholarships:  Families of children with special needs receive sliding scale rates due to job loss, overwhelming medical bills, expenses for medication, hospitalization, specialized equipment, therapy services, dietary needs, and other extenuating circumstances.  Scholarship support ensures that children with disabilities continue to receive direct care, education, and therapeutic intervention despite family financial crisis.

Educational and Therapy Supplies:  A safe place to learn and play is critical for all children, and such a place is more difficult to find for children with special needs because of the specialized equipment and therapy supplies necessary for their safety and development, including support devices, adaptive toys designed for limited mobility, extra thick mats, etc.  Specialized supplies are critical so that children with disabilities receive the intervention and support they need to develop to their fullest potential.

Operating and Endowment Support:
  Such support is critical so that current and future Special CARE enrollees with disabilities may experience year-round education and therapy programs with degreed, specially trained teachers, and a facility, training programs and community support system designed to nurture the abilities of all children.
Board Chair Statement Special CARE is fortunate to have an executive staff and volunteer board who love and believe in Special CARE, its students, its staff, and its mission. Because everyone has “bought in” and believes in the organization, it is not difficult to achieve the objectives that the entire board agrees will benefit the organization as a whole. Our board strives to not just have an impact by serving on the board, but also by staying aware and getting involved with students and teachers and reminding ourselves of the special individuals that make our work important. I am passionate about Special CARE because it serves a tremendous need in our community and we want to always improve our organization and our facility to serve the students we have and also try to accommodate even more students. The reason I chose to serve on the board of Special CARE is because it has been a very positive influence on our family since the day it was founded and for most of my life, I have seen first-hand the impact Special CARE has on its students, parents, board members, faculty, staff, even visitors and the community-at-large. I recently bumped into one of the current staff members “off site” on a Saturday and when I asked her how things were going at Special CARE, she replied, “every day at Special CARE is a happy day.” What a great statement coming from a staff member – especially when you consider the misfortune, pain and sadness surrounding the lives of some of the special needs students enrolled in Special CARE's program. Because Special CARE is the only organization of its kind in Oklahoma, and one of approximately a dozen similar facilities nationwide, our biggest challenge is doing our best to meet the needs of those we are able to serve, while also trying to live with the fact that we do not have the means to serve everyone with a legitimate need for a place like Special CARE.
-Justin T. King, King Law Firm
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Special CARE is licensed to serve 184 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 21 years in Oklahoma.  We are located at 122nd and N. Western Ave 73114.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Child Day Care
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Special Education
Children six weeks to six years of age are divided into classes according to developmental level. Each class is designed to meet the educational, therapeutic, and emotional needs of each child.  Our early care program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young children.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Initial Outcomes: Children feel comfortable and safe in their environment.
Each child has an individualized outcome-based educational and therapy program designed to address his or her needs. Parents feel comfortable and confident that their children are safe and receiving best practices in education, therapy, and direct care.Volunteers gain increased understanding of children with disabilities.
Intermediate Outcomes:  Children increase their cognitive, emotional, social, communication, and motor skills.Children receive nutritional food and beverages that support their optimal development. Parents feel positive about their child's participation at Special Care, experience less stress and anxiety, and are able to carry on with their own lives. Volunteers meet personal learning goals.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Long-Term Outcomes: Children develop at their full potential. Families remain strong and continue to thrive. Volunteers experience a positive change in attitude toward individuals with special needs.
Description Special Care’s Afterschool and Summer Programs offer a safe place for youth to get help with homework, have a nutritious snack, socialize, exercise, and learn important life skills. This licensed, structured program is designed for our school-age children from 6 years to 21 years. Unlike a typical daycare where the students "age out" at 10-12 years of age, most of our students cannot be unattended, so staying at home alone is not an option.  Also, children with special needs cannot take a three-month summer break from therapy activities without suffering significant, sometimes even life-threatening, skill regression.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Description Therapy is essential for children with disabilities to reach their full potential, and therapy also prevents surgery and makes it possible for children with disabilities to develop in ways otherwise unachievable.  Eleven therapists work with children on Physical, Occupational, Behavioral, and Speech skills. For most of the children at Special Care, therapy is not just an hour-a-week program; it is a way of life. While working with each child, therapists help teachers and parents learn and develop carryover activities for the classroom and home.
Population Served People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Therapy prevents some children from having surgery, increases their ability to interact with others, contributes to the possibility of them participating in self-care, and builds self-esteem
Student Training
Special Care is committed to helping others learn to work with children with disabilities. We allow practicum students and interns from local universities to work in the classroom to gain valuable hands-on experience.
Special Care is blessed with caring people who help us meet the needs of our students. Volunteer programs include: Middle and high school students, and Day of Caring, and numerous corporate and community volunteers. 
Population Served Adults Other Named Groups
Description Evidenced-based analytic services is provided free of charge to the children on the autism spectrum who attend Special Care in an inclusive childcare setting.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities At-Risk Populations
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Early intervention and specialized care replace obstacles with opportunities at Special Care.  In the midst of what can be overwhelming challenges, we help children on the spectrum and their families discover what they can do.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Pam Newby
Start Date Mar 1985
Email pamnewby@specialcareinc.org
Pam Newby is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Special Care.
Senior Staff
Mansur ChoudryAutism Clinic Director
Pamela DeanAssistant Executive Director
Kelli DupuyDirector of Marketing & Development
Tammy LawsonEducation Director
Kristy SchnebergerLead Therapist
Number of Full-time Staff 36
Number of Part-time Staff 9
Number of Contract Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 1500
Staff Retention Rate 88
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 14
Caucasian 25
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 2 Pakistan
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 40
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2011
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes

University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Community College, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, and Platt College-- students complete practicum hours in Special Care classrooms toward Special Education, Early Childhood Development, and related degrees. Students also gain Autistic Behavioral Analysts certification training hours in Special Care's Autism Clinic.

OU Health Sciences Center and Platt College send interns/nurses for continuing education, certification, and training hours.

Easter Seals and Special Care mutually refer and advise clients. In addition, Special Care trains Easter Seals teachers to include children with autism in their program activities.

Coffee Creek Equestrian Therapy Program and Sunbeam Family Services are other organizations with whom we mutually refer and advise clients.

Oklahoma Arts Council--Special Populations sends artists to Special Care for storytelling, drama, painting, pottery-making, music, etc. In addition, Special Care students attend Oklahoma Arts Council events as special guests.

Heritage Hall High School and Casady High School student volunteers participate on Special Care's Teen Advisory Board and regularly volunteer at Special Care.

Dell Corporation, Chesapeake Energy, and Devon Energy employees regularly volunteer at Special Care as well. Volunteers provide invaluable support and relationships for Special Care's children, families, and staff.

Oklahoma City Thunder brings a book bus to our facility monthly that provides a free book to every Special Care child. In addition, they periodically volunteer.

United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency1989
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation2008
Pat Potts Visionary AwardOklahoma Center for Non-Profits2012
Youth DevelopmentOklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Awards2008
Byliner AwardAssociation for Women in Communications2007
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Builders Risk
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Computer Equipment and Software
Employee Benefits Liability
Employment Practices Liability
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Other Documents
Board Chair
Name Justin King
Company Affiliation King Law Firm
Term July 2011 to July 2015
Email jtk95@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2017
Board of Directors List
Tracy Brock Parman & EasterdayVoting
Tim Denny Voting
Amanda Green Oklahoma City ThunderVoting
Mr. Jefferson Killgore SandRidge EnergyVoting
Justin King King Law FirmVoting
Judge Richard Kirby Oklahoma County Court JudgeVoting
Jeff McDougall JMA EnergyVoting
Cameron Sampler Grant ThorntonVoting
Heath Satterfield Devon EnergyVoting
Marianne Trigg Oklahoma Outreach FoundationVoting
Ms. Lynne Trigg Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 11
Native American/American Indian 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 30 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Capital Campaign
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2017-June 30, 2018
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,740,882
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,740,882
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
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 Year201620152014
Total Revenue$2,718,325$2,720,309$2,557,639
Total Expenses$2,825,981$2,693,529$245,985
Revenue Less Expenses($107,656)$26,780$2,311,654
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$737$705$572
Unrealized Gain/Loss$325$3,194$13,822
Membership Dues------
Special Events$116,680($87)$23,603
Revenue In-Kind$5,000$233,000--
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$2,420,310$2,285,195$2,087,309
Administration Expense$405,671$408,334$370,676
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.961.0110.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%85%849%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$8,799,283$9,115,852$9,346,384
Current Assets$20,368$85,744$107,107
Long-Term Liabilities$508,496$827,988$1,030,914
Current Liabilities$183,947$73,367$127,754
Total Net Assets$8,106,840$8,214,497$8,187,716
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.111.170.84
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets6%9%11%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $1,353,271Contributions $1,283,426Contributions $1,435,725
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,240,890Earned Revenue $1,198,814Earned Revenue $1,083,668
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $116,680Revenue In-Kind $233,000Special Events $23,603
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To expand our building by 20,000 square feet
Campaign Goal $6,400,000
Campaign Dates Aug 2008 to Nov 2015
Amount Raised To Date $6,000,000 as of Aug 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.

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Address 12201 N Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Primary Phone 405 752-5112
Contact Email info@specialcareinc.org
Give to Endowment http://occf.org/sci/
CEO/Executive Director Pam Newby
Board Chair Justin King
Board Chair Company Affiliation King Law Firm


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