KinderSmile Foundation provides free dental care to underprivileged children in New Jersey and abroad, and advocates for the increase in oral care access and oral care education for low-income children. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Mission: To advocate for an increase in oral care access and oral care education for low-income children in underserved communities.
Goal: The goal of KSF is to help eradicate tooth decay which is the #1 silent epidemic that afflicts economically disadvantaged children in our communities. Our goal is supported by providing age appropriate oral health education and help with access to dental homes to receive preventive, on-going and comprehensive care.
President & CEO: Nicole McGrath, DDS
Dr. Nicole McGrath has had an active dental practice in Montclair, NJ for over two decades. She’s a tireless advocate in reaching out to at-risk children in her community lacking access to affordable dental care. KinderSmile Foundation (KSF) was established in 2007 by Dr. McGrath with a vision to advocate for an increase in optimal oral care access and oral health education for children in underserved communities. The goal of KinderSmile Foundation is to implement a comprehensive dental program in programs providing Early Childhood Services throughout the state of New Jersey.Dr. Nicole McGrath received her Dental Degree from the University of Maryland, and completed her residency program in UMDNJ, Newark, NJ. She also successfully completed the Leadership Program in 2010 offered by American Dental Association, Institute for Diversity in Leadership, in partnership with Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management. Dr. McGrath has been a member of the Communication, and the Oral Health Coalition Committees of the NJ Dental Association since 2008. She has been recognized for her commitment and spirit of volunteering by multiple organizations over the past two decades. Dr. McGrath is a board member of Advocate for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ). She also serves as President-elect and Treasurer of New Jersey’s Essex County Dental Society.
Awards and Recognitions
|2012||New Jersey Woman of Achievement Award Recipient, New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs|
|2011||Volunteer Recognition Award by Red Cross, Montclair, NJ|
|2007-2010||Montclair Child Development Center, Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of extraordinary collaborative support for their Head Start Program|
|2010||The BD Governor’s Jefferson Award for Health Care in recognition of her extraordinary service in her community.|
|2010||Hometown Hero Award, a Community Service Award presented by The Intrepid Sea, Air & Museum in recognition of her outstanding community service as a volunteer.|
|2010||Upper Montclair Women’s Club, nomination for Woman of Achievement Award|
|2006||Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA), Certificate of Appreciation for her outstanding leadership, unlimited patience and love to all Children, Youth of Trinity Presbyterian Church School|
|1987||Outstanding Young Woman of America , Certificate awarded in recognition of her outstanding ability, accomplishments, and service to the community|
Program Director/ Secretary of Board: Sara Kalambur, DDS
Dr. Sara Kalambur , practicing General Dentistry for 37 years. Known as Dr. Sara to her patients and colleagues, has been serving Hoboken and the Hudson County Community since 1975. She came on board to KinderSmile in 2007 as a Volunteer, serving as Program Director since 2010. Currently a Board Member of Hopes, Inc., a Community Action Agency in Hoboken, NJ with Early Childhood programs for Head Start and NJ State Universal Pre-K. She is an Independent Child Care Health Consultant for Head Start programs nationwide. Dr. Kalambur is involved in Statewide Oral Health Community Outreach Programs and a member of NJDA Oral Health Coalition and Pediatric Oral Health Subcommittee, CMS / Medicaid & Medicare Advocacy committee facilitated by Legal Services of New Jersey in Edison, NJ.
Dr. Kalambur also serves as a consultant for nationwide federally funded Head Start programs for their on-site monitoring of health services. She also provides pre-service and in-service training for staff and parents of Head Start programs to meet compliance with Head Start Performance Standards. Dr. Sara also serves on the Board of Indian Dental Association of North America (IDANA) in New Jersey. IDANA-NJ’s mission is to serve as a leading dental association for dental professionals in North America – New Jersey. IDANA, as an organization for referral and advocacy in the community, aims to serve for the betterment of oral health for children of all ages and adults.
Dr. Kalambur has received recognition and multiple awards for her community outreach activities over three decades from the Head Start Community, HOPES CAP Inc; Hoboken Board of Education, and ‘Colgate Bright Smile Bright Future’ Mobile Dental Van Outreach.
Awards and Recognitions
- Volunteer and Community out reach activities recognition and citations awarded by State of NJ, City of Hoboken, Colgate-Palmolive and Hopes Head Start Hoboken, NJ.
- Martin Luther King Day – SHERO award from Hoboken Charter School.
- Volunteer of the year 2004, awarded by NJ Community Action Agencies.
- Special recognition for Oral Health Advocacy for children by Region 2 Head Start Association in 2002
Administrative Assistant: Ellen Rothman, BA
Program Coordinator: Dr. Ayanna Bradshaw
Newsletter Editor: Harriet Kushins
Program Assistant: Irene Spates
Network Administrator: Hector Torres
Staff Volunteer: Donelle Doran-Vassell
Office Assistant: Megan Ginter
Project Coordinator Assistant: Antonio Palmer