ChildStrive has been providing early learning and child development services in partnership with the Tulalip Tribes, day care centers, and local homeless shelters for 15 years.The Community Engagement program helps promote healthy development of children and supports staff working with at-risk families.
The ChildStrive Community Engagement program works with families who are pregnant or parenting a child up to age 5 and who are at-risk due to economic circumstances or other trauma.
Child Care Centers
ChildStrive is proud of our long partnership with the Tulalip Tribes and Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center. A ChildStrive Family Counselor works with child care staff to support the developmental milestones of children in their care. Through developmental screenings, consultations and referrals to other resources, ChildStrive helps ensure that children are progressing towards school readiness.
Homeless children are much more likely than their housed peers to have developmental delays and are much less likely to be identified, making ChildStrive’s Community Engagement program’s work with shelters an important asset in the community. Parents are focused on meeting their family’s basic needs and don’t recognize that they need support to deal with their own emotions about being homeless and their own trauma. These stressors sometimes get in the way of their ability to support their children through the family’s difficult periods. Shelters are not typically environments that offer the stimulation that very young children need, and unlike school-age children, there is no programming for preschoolers. A ChildStrive Family Counselor meets with families living in shelters to provide parenting support, discuss developmental milestones, screen for developmental delays and help connect families to other resources.