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Bridges to Resilience | 2017 Video

ChildStrive is committed to building a resilient and restorative community where every family can thrive.

Our work is family centric, community based, and informed by Neuroscience. We embed strength and relationship-based services in our work and cultivate an environment of continuous learning.




Family & Friends for Children with Deafblindness


Jim & Carrie Welsh


New Mom Support Group!

Come join other moms and their babies, 0-6 months old!

Having a baby is a wonderful experience. It can also be an adjustment and often poses several challenges to a new mom. Join our group to connect with other new moms in your community and share your happy and challenging moments. A facilitator will be available to assist with questions related to a variety of different topics including; development, feeding, play and sleep patterns.

April 26 – June 14
11:00am – 12:30pm

ChildStrive Offices
14 E Casino Road
Building C
Everett, WA 98208

Contact: Erica Collings or 425-330-3286

Bridges to Resilience | 2017 Annual Luncheon

Join us, and host Dennis Bounds, to hear inspiring stories, give back and make an impact.

Help us celebrate our Making the Difference award recipients and explore Resiliency and the Brain with Sheri L. Hill, PhD, CCC-SLP.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Noon – 1:15pm
Xfinity Arena Ballroom


Play & Learn Group Open House

In conjunction with NW Play & Learn Week, ChildStrive is happy to welcome community members to come see the power of our Play & Learn Group in action!

Play & Learn groups provide opportunities for young children and the adults who care for them to engage in co-learning that supports healthy development, school-readiness, and strengthens families & communities.

Our regularly scheduled Play & Learn Group on April 25, 2017, 10:00am – 11:30am will host the community. Families, this means that a few extra adults will be in the classroom and hallway during the playgroup, so please consider if this is something you’re comfortable with.

AquaSox Frogstock baseball tickets!

AquaSox pitcherSaturday, August 13th, 2016
Everett Memorial Stadium
3802 Broadway, Everett, 98201
Game starts at 7:05 PM, Gates open at 6pm


Join ChildStrive families at the Everett AquaSox Frogstock event sponsored by K&H Print Solutions! ChildStrive families will receive free tickets to the game as well as wristbands for game booths and concession gift certificates! RSVP by Wednesday, July 27th, to with the number of tickets needed for your family. First 150 guests at the South gate receive a free T-shirt! If you are able, please bring a food donation to support our local food banks!


For more information about AquaSox baseball or Everett Memorial Stadium go to:

Early Literacy Skills

baby-316214_1280-smMost of us think literacy begins in the classroom. But the skills that support literacy begin taking shape the moment we’re born. Below is a collection of strategies for laying a foundation for literacy in your child’s first three years of life.

  • Be responsive. Respond when your child attempts to communicate with you. Whether your child is communicating through body language, eye contact, or verbalized sound, learn your child’s cues and be expressive in return. Make your face and voice the most interesting things in the room. Your child will need to learn to read you long before he or she learns to read a book.
  • Repetition is good. Children learn through repetition. Make reading and singing to your child a daily routine. Play familiar games and use familiar language. Your child is a container, and each time he or she hears a word it is like a drop of water. After enough repetition, the container will be full, and water will start sloshing out as your child’s first words.
  • Model and Motivate. Let your child see you reading and writing. Keep print in your home at your child’s eye-level. Allow them to explore it. Encourage them to participate, even if they’re just babbling or scribbling on paper. Remember, you are building a foundation.
  • Read to your child. It’s never too early to start. Reading is a great way to expose your child to the sounds of your language and to begin the long process of associating sounds with meaning.
  • Oral language. Talk and talk and talk to your child. This is the most important thing we as parents can do. Celebrate your child’s early sounds and first words. Encourage their attempts at communication. Get on the floor and play together. Sing the songs your parents sang to you. Make language fun and interactive.

Literacy takes time. Establishing good habits early can help support the development of your child’s language. In time, this foundation will support the growth of literacy. Be patient. Above all, try to have fun with the process!

ChildStrive Family Newsletter!

ChildStrive Family Newsletter screenshotThank you for allowing ChildStrive to partner with you in this journey of parenthood! We hope this newsletter provides great information to help you plan interesting activities over the summer and learn more about ChildStrive. Our goal is to help connect families to other resources available online and in the community!

Parent Coaching Supports Kids’ Development

When parents get the support they need to create a warm, stable, nurturing environment at home, their children’s stress levels often go down, while their emotional stability and psychological resilience

“Positive influences in children’s early lives can have a profound effect on the development of what are sometimes called non-cognitive skills. In our current education debates, these skills are often talked about in morally freighted terms: as expressions of deep-rooted character, of grit and fortitude. But in practice, non-cognitive capacities are simply a set of emotional and psychological habits and mind-sets that enable children to negotiate life effectively inside and outside of school: the ability to understand and follow directions; to focus on a single activity for an extended period; to interact calmly with other students; to cope with disappointment and persevere through frustration. These capacities may be harder to measure on tests of kindergarten readiness than skills like number and letter recognition, but they are inordinately valuable in school, beginning on the first day of kindergarten. Unlike reading and math skills, though, they aren’t primarily developed through deliberate practice and explicit training. Instead, researchers have found, they are mostly shaped by children’s daily experience of their environment. And they have their roots in the first few years of life. When children spend their early years in communities and homes where life is unstable and chaotic — which is true of a disproportionate number of children growing up in poverty — the intense and chronic stress they often experience as a result can seriously disrupt, on a neurobiological level, their development of these important capacities.” Excerpt from a NY Times article. Read more at


How Childhood Trauma Affects Health Across A Lifetime

Our earliest experiences in childhood affect who we become, our ability to form relationships, and impact our health in ways that researchers are just beginning to understand. Parents, if you have unresolved childhood experiences you are also impacting your children’s lives!

Terry Clark’s Retirement Party

Terry Invitation_060216Please join us to honor Terry’s many years of service to our community!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 4:30 – 6:30 PM

ChildStrive’s Everett Office, 14 E Casino Road, Bldg A Everett, WA  98208

We’d love to receive a story or photo that we can include in her memory book!

Please RSVP by May 27th, 2016