HAP Mission Statement

To help children and their care-providers (teachers, parents, foster parents, other caring adults) learn the skills, and develop the relationships for success in school, at home and in the community.

HAP was founded in 1974 to serve children.
The HAP motto is the HAP commitment.
Kids Come First!


Annual Board Approved Operating Budget:

$2,572,119 for 2020
For Certified Annual Audit
For Current Operating Budget
For Current IRS Form 990

Budget for 2020

81% Program Expenses
(24% Foster Care)
(67% Project CLASS)
15% Management Expenses
3% Fund-raising Expenses

Last Year’s Accomplishments

Foster Care and Adoption
  • Trained 118 Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • Provided services to 151 children
Project CLASS
  • Trained 3,350 teachers, teacher’s assistants and school administrators
  • Provided services to 33,000+ children

What are Project CLASS Results and Demonstrated Outcomes?

  • Increased social skills usage by children (30% to 200%)
    (Follow Instructions, Pay Attention, Ask Permission, Accept No, etc.)
  • Increased social skills teaching abilities by teachers (25% to 100%)
    (Use of social skills language; Use of Praise & Positive Attention; Use of Reminder Prompts, etc.)
  • Increased appropriate behavior by children (30% to 200%)
  • Decreased inappropriate behavior by children (20%+ decrease)
  • Decreased disciplinary referrals for children by teachers (20%-80%)
  • Positive Assessments by 80%-96% of teachers and principals across the dimensions of Project CLASS Usefulness; Helpfulness; Development of Valuable Skills; Positive Impact on School Climate; Improved Student Behavior; Increased Academic Teaching Time; Decreased Disciplinary Time; Increased On-Task Behavior; Improved Academic Performance
  • Increased positive teacher-student interactions in the classroom (30%-50%)
  • Decreased negative teacher-student interactions in the classroom (30%-50%)

Long-Term Longitudinal Impact

(Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Study, Perry Study, Syracuse Study)

  • Significantly higher wages and earnings later in life (>100%)
  • Aggregated returns range from $3 to $200 for every dollar spent
  • Effectively disrupts the chain of poverty
  • Greater educational attainment
  • Greater employment stability
  • Greater pro-social community participation and engagement
  • Reduced school drop-out rates
  • Reduced criminal activities
  • Reduced dependence on welfare


36 full-time staff
80 Foster Care teaching-parents in 40 foster homes

Nationally Recognized Teaching-Family Training Site

Foster Care & Adoption Services

Helps children 2-17 years old victimized by abuse and neglect.

Project CLASS Training Services

  • Children Learning Appropriate Social Skills
  • Benefits children 3-5 & 6-12 years old
  • Benefits parents, teachers, other caring adults

Executive Director

Paul Gilford, LCSW

Program Directors

Denise Larson, LMSW
Kayla Taylor, B.S., LCPAA

Boards of Directors

Voting Board of Directors
Advisory Board of Directors
Board President, Kevin KC Carmody
Vice President, Martha Seng
Treasurer, Susan Cohen
Secretary, Paul Lombardo

Norma Acker, Social Worker*
Madeleine Appel, Experienced Volunteer*
W. Clifford Atherton, Jr., GulfStar Group, Inc.*
John R. Breeding, Uptown Houston*
Kevin KC Carmody, Pathfinder LLC
Susan Cohen, Indigo Minerals
Chad Deaton, Baker Hughes, Inc. (retired)
John Dobelman, Rice University
Katya Dow, University of Houston Law Center
Milby Dunn II, Columbia Lloyds Insurance
Larry Ellis, KeyBanc Capital Markets*
Keith Ellison, U.S. District Judge, Southern District TX
Ron Farmer, US LED
George Ford, Children’s Protective Services (retired), Attorney
John Hartman, Entrepreneur*
Tom Hopwood, Executive Advice
Anissa Jones-Thomas, Educational Consultant
John Kajander, Partners for Community Health*
Carol Lewis, Texas Southern Univ.*
Paul Lombardo, PCSL Inc.
Therese McGovern, TierPoint
Allison Miller, Shepherd Prewett Miller PLLC
Linda L. Murphy, Experienced Volunteer*
A.Y. Noojin III, Shell Oil (retired)*
Bruce Padilla, MCM Worldwide
J. Victor Samuels, Victory Packaging*
Martha Seng, Jackson & Ryan Architects (retired)
Keith Short, Real Estate Attorney*
Cynthia Swaren, Experienced Volunteer
Jason Swaren, Oasis Petroleum
Emily Taylor, Walker and Byington
Karen Tripp, Tripp Law*
Margaret Tucker, Experienced Volunteer
Adrian Villacorta, Villacorta Law Firm
Robert Warren, Energy & Oilfield Services Consultant
Jason Williams, Bissinger, Oshman & Williams LLP
Jeff Zaruba, Equinor, (retired)

Emeritus Past President*

Conflict of Interest Policy

Any duality of interest or possible conflict of interest on the part of any Board member shall be disclosed to the Board and made a matter of record, especially when the interest becomes a matter of Board action. Any Board member having a duality of interest or possible conflict of interest on any matter shall not vote or use his personal influence on the matter and he shall not be counted in determining the quorum of the meeting to permit the vote on the matter when permitted by law. The minutes of the meeting shall reflect that a disclosure was made, the abstention from the voting and the quorum situation. This policy shall not be construed as preventing the Board member from briefly stating his position on the matter, nor from answering pertinent questions of other Board members since his knowledge may be of assistance. HAP complies with all HIPAA guidelines and requirements.

HAP Performance Assessment

Houston Achievement Place is committed to regular and on-going organizational performance assessment. Performance assessment is reported to the Board of Directors at least at two year intervals. The Executive Committee of the HAP Board of Directors and designated additional members of the Board and Advisory Board comprise the strategic planning committee, chaired by the President of the Board of Directors. The strategic planning committee reviews HAP programs on a regular basis, with frequency no less than every two years. Focused on are: agency performance; operating environment; program strengths and areas needing further development; program priorities; and program opportunities. An important part of the HAP strategic planning process involves funding analysis and resource development. Strategic planning activities and reports are communicated to the Board of Directors as part of the HAP committee structure at the regular meetings of the HAP Board of Directors.

Foundation for Houston Achievement Place

The Foundation for Houston Achievement Place is administered solely for the purpose of carrying out the services of Houston Achievement Place. The Conflict of Interest Policy for the Foundation is the same Conflict of Interest Policy described above for Houston Achievement Place. Governing documents and financial statements for the Foundation for Houston Achievement Place are provided upon request.

Houston Achievement Place Privacy Policy Effective January, 2016

Privacy Notice Table of Contents:

  • Our Commitment to Privacy
  • The Information We Collect
  • How We Use Information
  • Our Commitment to Data Security
  • Our Commitment to Children’s Privacy
  • How to Access or Correct Your Information
  • How to Contact Us

Our Commitment to Privacy:

Your privacy is important to us. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our website.

The Information We Collect:

This notice applies to all information collected or submitted on the HAP website. On some pages, you can order products, make requests, and register to receive materials. The types of personal information collected at these pages are:

Email address
Phone number
Credit/Debit Card Information, etc.

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you will need to submit the recipient’s address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

Phone Number, etc.

The Way We Use Information:

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order only to complete that order. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We offer gift-cards by which you can personalize a product you order for another person. Information you provide to us to create a gift-card is only used for that purpose and it is only disclosed to that person receiving the gift.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

You can register with our website if you would like to receive our information as well as updates on our new products and services. Information you submit on our website will not be used for this purpose unless you fill out the registration form.

We use non-identifying and aggregate information to better design our website and to share with others. For example, we may communicate that X number of individuals visited a certain area on our website, or that Y number of men and Z number of women filled out our registration form, but we would not disclose anything that could be used to identify those individuals.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without also providing you an opportunity to opt-out or otherwise prohibit such unrelated uses.

Our Commitment To Data Security:

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our Commitment To Children’s Privacy:

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 13, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 13.

How You Can Access Or Correct Your Information:

You can access all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain by contacting Katrina Chance, Administrative Manager, at kchance@hapkids.org. We use this procedure to better safeguard your information.

You can correct factual error in our personally identifiable information by sending us a request that credibly shows error.

To protect your privacy and security, we will also take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.

How To Contact Us:

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please call us at 713-868-1943 or send us an email at kchance@hapkids.org.