Payne Education Center
10404 Vineyard Blvd Ste A
Oklahoma City OK 73120-3739
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Payne Education Center
Mission Statement

Payne Education Center trains teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center.

No Child Should Struggle to Read,  
Payne Education Center trains teachers to work with students with reading difficulties.
Contact Information
Contact Name Carrie Brown
Contact email
Address 10404 Vineyard Blvd Ste A
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 3739
Phone (405) 755-4205
Fax 405-755-4281
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

How can you play a part in improving literacy in Oklahoma?

  • Learn about the issues surrounding the learning needs of the 20% of Oklahoma's children who have dyslexia.
  • Advocate to prevent, intervene, and remediate reading difficulties in children, especially those with dyslexia.
  • Become educated about the Multisensory Structured Language (MSL), scientifically-based curricula, that is taught to teachers by Payne Education Center Certified Instructors.
  • Use your computer and/or organizational skills and become an in-house voluteer for Payne Education Center.
  • Support special events as an UNDERWRITER, SPONSOR, or PARTICIPANT for Payne Education Center.
  • Support Oklahoma teachers – Provide a SCHOLARSHIP for a dedicated teacher.
  • Support Oklahoma schools – Sponsor a TRAINING for a group of teachers or a school.
  • Educate the community – Encourage school and community AWARENESS PROGRAMS about dyslexia, its effect on 20% of the Oklahoma's children, and possible solutions.
  • Learn more about taking an active role in the organization - Join a COMMITTEE of Payne Education Center.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $874,100.00
Projected Expenses $832,019.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1984
IRS Ruling Year 1986
State Registration Expiration Apr 2014

Payne Education Center trains teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center.

No Child Should Struggle to Read,  

Payne Education Center was founded in 1984 by Ann Henry, a mother intent on identifying methods by which her daugther with dyslexia would be able to learn to read. Dyslexia is a neurological condition characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition, poor spelling and decoding abilities.   Ann Henry's passionate efforts, and those of other concerned parents and advocates, laid the foundation for Payne Education Center, a mature non-profit organization dedicated to success in reading.

To address the learning needs of children at-risk for reading success and with dyslexia, Payne Education Center provides teachers with systematic, sequential, explicit learning in the teaching methods of Multisensory Strucuted Language Alphabetic Phonics embody the rules of the English language and are based on the science of reading success.  Multisensory Strucuted Language Alphabetic Phonics trained teachers teach children to read and empower them to become successful in reading, writing and spelling.

Although Payne Education Center prioirtizes the training of specialist teachers to be skilled as reading therapists, Payne has expanded its classes to include offerings for teachers across teaching environments, including the regular classroom setting. The good news is that Multisensory Structured Language Alphabetic Phonics is not only effective with struggling readers, but also children who are not at-risk for reading challenges.  Payne offers teachers research-based, “hands-on” strategies to meet the needs of every student in their classes—providing essential information for those in the bottom 25th percentile and challenging those at the top.

Over the past 28 years, more than 17,800 teachers have participated in training through Payne Education Center.  These teachers have used what they learned at Payne Education Center to help hundreds of thousands of Oklahoma children learn to read!

  1. Financial support to launch the pilot study of getting structured multisensory language reading instruction in the teacher preparation programs will cost approximately $100,000 a year.
  2. Scholarhships to help pay the cost of training teachers is needed.  $100,000 annually would allow many private pay and home school teachers to participate in the Payne trainings.
  3. A project director to help assist in the managment of all of Payne's projects would be a great asset to Payne.  $65,000 would assist with salary and insurance benefits.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Those associated with Payne Education Center believe:
No child should struggle to read. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Canadian County
Central Oklahoma
Cleveland County
El Reno
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McClain County
Midwest City/Del City
Nichols Hills
Nicoma Park
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - North
Oklahoma City - NE
Oklahoma City - NW
Oklahoma City - South
Oklahoma City - SE
Oklahoma City - SW
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
Pottawatomie County
The Village
Warr Acres/Putnam City
Anyone in the United States is eligible to take Payne Education Center Training, but it's primary outreach is Oklahoma and its border states.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Specifically Named Diseases
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Educational Services

Payne Education Center offers Energizing Readiness, Navigate Readiness, and Crossing the Bridge training which target Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional 1st age children.


Energizing Readiness

Energizing Readiness is a 7-hour, 1-day training appropriate for 4-year-old, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten readiness, and special education teachers, as well as speech-language pathologists. It's pre-reading curriculum focuses on prevention of reading difficulties with a traditional nursery rhyme format with a strong emphasis on oral language use and development. Trainees will learn how to teach phonological awareness activities including oddity, segmenting and splitting.


Navigate Readiness    

Navigate Readiness is a 7-hour, 1-day training appropriate for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, transitional 1st grade and special education teachers, as well as speech-language pathologists. It utilizes pre-reading curriculum in order to focus on prevention of reading difficulties. In each class, participants will learn phonological awareness, letter recognition and alphabet sequencing activities. Trainees will also learn oral language activities including vocabulary, comprehension, listening and verbal expression.


Crossing the Bridge

Crossing the Bridge is a one-day, 7-hour Training for Transitional 1st Teachers, beginning 1st grade, Special Education teachers and speech-language pathologists. In Crossing the Bridge, each trainee will learn how to guide students across the bridge from reading readiness to reading. Included in the training are the advanced (Step 2) predictors for reading success: Lower case alphabet introduction and reinforcement activities, advanced phonological and phonemic awareness activities including blending and unblending, advanced oral language activities leading to early writing and building solid handwriting techniques, and print concepts.

*Pre-requisite: Navigate Readiness

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Families
Structured Language Basics is a five-day, 30-hour training appropriate for teachers of 1st -3rd grade regular education classroom teachers, Reading Specialists, Special Education Teachers and Speech-Pathologists.
It is a comprehensive, balanced approach to the basics of language arts instruction in the elementary classroom. The scripted, phonemic awareness-phonics-reading-spelling-grammar-vocabulary curriculum can be used with any basal reading program. Each lesson includes a decodable story for fluency development and assessment. Periodic assessments occur every fifteen lessons after Lesson 20.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults

Reading and Writing techniques is appropriate for teachers of intermediate, secondary, and adult students, 4th grade and higher who need additional instruction in reading comprehension and vocabulary, and have difficulty with spelling and written language. It is for learners who need additional reading comprehension instruction and increased depth of language knowledge and usage. Participants will learn a balanced, multisensory approach to reading and spelling; learning kinds of syllables, reliable spelling patterns, frequently misspelled words, rules for adding affixes, word origins, structure of grammar, and written composition structures.  RWT is specifically designed for teachers of intermediate, secondary and adult students who read at a minimum 2nd grade level but who have residual difficulties with the written language skills of spelling, vocabulary, grammar, paragraph writing, and reading comprehension.  RWT is comprised of four independent curricula:Spelling Fundamentals,VocabularyBuilding Blocks,Power Grammar & Composition,andReading Comprehension.  RWT instruction can be incorporated into the older students’ standard subject matter.

Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Structured Multisensory Language Foundations utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia. Take Flight is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Take Flight is the result of a 5-year research based implementation lab and classroom study.  It builds on the success of the three previous dyslexia intervention programs developed by the staff of TSRHC: Alphabetic Phonics, the Dyslexia Training Program and TSRH Literacy Program.

Take Flight was designed for use by Certified Academic Language Therapists (CALTs) for children with dyslexia ages 7 and older. The two-year program is designed to be taught to the student four days per week (60 minutes per day) or five days per week (45 minutes per day). It is intended for one-on-one or small group instruction with no more than six students per class.


Take Flightaddresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel’s research and is a comprehensiveTier III interventionfor students with dyslexia.


  • Phonemic Awareness – following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns
  • Phonics – providing a systematic approach for single word decoding
  • Fluency – using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  • Vocabulary – featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in text
  • Reading Comprehension – teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, question generation and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring) 
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Carrie Brown
Start Date Aug 2006
Senior Staff
Liz DavisAlphabetic Phonics Therapist
Sarah EnglandOffice Manager
Ginny LittleAlphabetic Phonics Coordinator
Mari SpencerSpecial Projects Coordinator
Sandy ThompsonDirector of Teacher Training
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 2
Number of Contract Staff 16
Number of Volunteers 43
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 5
Native American/American Indian 1
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 6
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 Dec 2009
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2012
External Assessments and Accreditations
International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) Accreditation2010
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? Yes
Board Chair
Name Mr. Frank Sewell IV
Company Affiliation UMB Bank, NA
Term Sept 2012 to Aug 2015
Board of Directors
List Current as of Aug 31, 2015
Board of Directors List
Jan Birsner Voting
Mrs. Susan Bohl Oklahoma One-Call System Inc.Voting
Mrs. Diane Culbertson Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Susan Donchin Community VolunteerVoting
Angie Doss Voting
Mrs. Peggy Duncan Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Anne Gray Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Debbie Jones Voting
Mr. Jay McKinsey M&M Supply Co.Voting
Mr. Jonathan Merrick Rebuilding TogetherVoting
Mrs. Jeni Merrick Baker Otologic Medical ClinicVoting
Mrs. Jeaneen Pointer Waddell-PointerVoting
Paula Porter Voting
Mrs. Valerie Ravencraft Community VolunteerVoting
Dana Schwarz Voting
Mr. Frank Sewell Voting
Dr. Richard Smith Neuroscience InstituteVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2015-Aug 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $874,100
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $832,019
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
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 Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$140,995$201,800$455,050
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$18,499$24,995$34,880
Unrealized Gain/Loss$214,239$95,971$63,152
Membership Dues------
Special Events$157,525$125,156$121,017
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$541,261$480,729$546,989
Administration Expense$127,211$119,325$120,239
Fundraising Expense$83,587$85,826$76,585
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.250.971.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses72%70%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue19%19%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$2,303,644$2,115,955$2,133,167
Current Assets$515,072$529,528$711,782
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$26,137$24,191$24,063
Total Net Assets$2,277,507$2,091,764$2,109,104
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.7121.8929.58
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $255,069Govt - State $201,800Govt - State $455,050
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains $214,239Special Events $125,156Foundations & Corporations $146,974
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporations $151,475Foundation & Corporations $113,936Special Events $121,017
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? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Address 10404 Vineyard Blvd Ste A
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 3739
Primary Phone 405 755-4205
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Carrie Brown
Board Chair Mr. Frank Sewell
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMB Bank, NA