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Our Mission

ChildStrive partners with families and the community to support young children’s success.

Our vision is that all children will be ready to succeed in school and in life. Some children have difficulties when they begin school, and often these difficulties result in school failure or the need for special education. These include children who have delays due to disabilities and children who are at risk of developing delays due to environmental factors and trauma such as poverty, homelessness, abuse, and neglect.

Why ChildStrive

At ChildStrive, we know that very young children learn best in their natural environments
and through their primary relationships. This is why our staff work with families in their
home and community settings to provide services that support the primary caregiver
relationship and build on family strengths. All of our programs adhere to evidence-based
practices and focus on incorporating opportunities for learning into everyday life, maximizing
how infants and toddlers learn. Babies and toddlers are always learning! This time of early
brain development can be maximized to set a strong foundation for learning.

Equity

ChildStrive is working to build a diverse and welcoming community by focusing on equity in all aspects of our work.

We are dedicated to creating an anti-racist culture of belonging, where people can show up being their true selves, we are working to model anti-racist practices in our institutional and personal behavior. We do this with respect for the whole person and whole family, curiosity, self-awareness, honest engagement with individuals and communities of color, and a willingness to listen and learn from one another and our communities.

While we are working to incorporate equity in all parts of our organization, we have grouped resources and initiatives in one place on our website to make them easier for people to find and access.

Our Founding Story

ChildStrive was founded in 1963 as Little Red School House by a group of parents with support from the South Snohomish County Exchange Club, to provide education and specialized therapies to children with developmental disabilities, ages birth through 12th grade. When school districts began to serve children with developmental delays, Little Red School House focused its program on the needs of children birth to five years of age. In 1973, school districts began to serve children three to five years of age, and Little Red School House modified its mission to serve only the population that was currently unserved: infants and toddlers, to age three.

Our Founding Story
ChildStrive was founded in 1963 as Little Red School House local community members, parents, and the South Snohomish County Exchange Club to provide education and specialized therapies to children with developmental disabilities, ages birth through 12th grade. When school districts began to serve children with developmental delays, Little Red School House focused its program on the needs of children birth to five years of age. In 1973, school districts began to serve children three to five years of age, and Little Red School House modified its mission to serve only the population that was currently unserved: infants and toddlers, to age three.

In 1984, Little Red School House qualified for certification from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and became the first non-profit organization to contract to provide services for local school districts. In 1988 Little Red School House expanded to Everett, Washington and in 1994, at the invitation of the Tulalip Tribes, services were extended to families and children living on the Tulalip Reservation.

In 2003, Little Red School House expanded its mission to include outreach services to children birth to three “at risk” for developmental delays. In this outreach program, children in local homeless shelters, transitional housing, and childcare settings are screened in an effort to identify those children who are falling behind their peers. The objective of the outreach program is to increase the likelihood that children in transition will be successful in school by improving their readiness to learn.

In 2007, Little Red began its transition to a Parent Coach model of providing services. This best practice model allows staff to better serve each family, and maximizes family learning opportunities.

In 2011, the Snohomish Health District transitioned its Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) maternal-health program to Little Red School House.  NFP is an evidence-based home-visiting program available for first-time mothers, 25 years of age and younger.  Specially trained public health nurses visit families in their home through their pregnancy and continue to visit until the child’s second birthday. 

In early 2013, Little Red School House began its Parents As Teachers (PAT) program in partnership with housing providers to serve homeless and other vulnerable families through an intensive home-visiting program focused on offering parenting support and breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Little Red School House celebrated its 50th Anniversary in September 2013.  Realizing that the mission had evolved over the years, the Board of Directors announced a name change to “ChildStrive” to better reflect the commitment to the mission.

Every year, ChildStrive staff create opportunities for over 2,000 children and their families that enable them to imagine a different, and brighter future.

Financials

We know that contributions from our community are meant to support the families and children we serve.

ChildStrive works to implement our programs in the most effective manner possible.

Federal Tax ID Number: 91-6053563
ChildStrive is a 501(c)(3) organization.

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