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Children's Dental Services

Since 1919, Children’s Dental Services is dedicated to improving the oral health of children from families with low income by providing accessible treatment and education in our diverse Minnesota community.

Mission Statement
636 Broadway ST NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Other Names Used No other names used
EIN 41-0857929
Principal Staff Sarah Wovcha
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 54
Number of Volunteers 300
Number of Clients Served 32,500
Tags / Keywords Oral Health, Minority, People of color, Low income, children, Minnesota
General Information
Board Chair Laura Fitzsimmons
Number of Board Members 7
Board meetings with quorum 5
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 6.6
Major Programs
Provision of comprehensive dental treatment for low-income children and pregnant women$4,200,000
Community-based oral health education services$327,500
Health outreach and community fairs$50,000
Oral health training for professionals$45,500
CDS operated out of over six hundred clinical locations across the Twin Cities metropolitan area and greater Minnesota, and served children, from birth until the age of 26, and pregnant women regardless of the amount of their family income. Outreach education and screenings were provided at schools, health fairs, and community events. Over 16,000 children were screened under this program. Over 31,000 patients were provided approximately 92,000 procedures at CDS clinics over the course of more than 63,000 visits. The patient population to whom these services were targeted is exceedingly diverse, with over 85% representing communities of color.
Current Goals
Children's Dental Services will continue its mission of improving the oral health of children from families with low incomes by providing accessible treatment and education to the diverse community. Children's Dental Services will continue to offer education, outreach, and dental care in diverse communities across Minnesota with plans to expand services in underserved areas.
Community or Constituency Served
CDS' target population is low-income children and pregnant women, with low-income defined as those at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG). Approximately 96% of CDS' current patients are children and 4% are pregnant women. CDS also targets cultural and ethnic minorities and children with special needs. CDS' patient makeup as of year-end 2013 was: African American (22%), East African (23%), Hispanic (25%), Caucasian/East European (15%), Asian/Pacific Islander (9%), and American Indian (6%).
Geographic Area Served
The primary service area of CDS is the state of Minnesota.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $3,853,892 88.9%
Management: $387,705 8.9%
Fundraising: $91,397 2.1%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $7,909,439 $7,891,659 $7,492,012
Beginning of Year $7,891,659 $7,492,012 $7,220,601
Difference $17,780 $399,647 $271,411
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $7,909,439
Based on information provided on 2012 to 2014
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