Atlantic Street Center 


Atlantic Street Center serves low-income youth and families of color in Seattle's central and southeast neighborhoods. Education is at the heart of all our services. We help children of all ages to flourish academically, emotionally and socially in the present, while helping them to develop the skills and strengths they need to succeed in adulthood. In support of the child, we also serve the family by providing a variety of services. All services are free to participants.

Mission Statement
Atlantic Street Center's mission is to help families and communities raise healthy, successful children and youth.
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Atlantic Street Center
2103 S Atlantic St 
(206) 329-2050 

Ms. Edith C. Elion, MSW 
Executive Director 


Atlantic Street Center Programs

The Parent-Child Home Program
The Parent-Child Home Program is a home-based program for parents and their 2- and 3-year-old children that promotes language development and school readiness through the use of books and toys. Trained home visitors visit families twice a week and lead sessions with the child and parent using books and toys that the home visitor brings and the family keeps. Services are complemented by Play & Learn groups, which reinforce the home-based program and provide the essential experience of learning through play.

Counseling Services
Case managers work one-on-one with children and families to help them identify needs and create action plans for positive changes. Therapists provide mental health counseling for youth and their families who are dealing with difficult issues such as depression, trauma recovery, unstable life situations, domestic violence, loss, and abuse. Counseling services are available to any youth/family participating in our services and to the community.

Youth Development
Our purpose is to increase the personal, academic, and social skills youth need to be successful in life. Services include:

  • Academic support (tutoring, homework help, summer school)
  • Service Learning, including community service projects to encourage youth to give back to the community
  • Social/Leadership Development Skills, which consists of structured activities and support groups to help youth develop their social skills, leadership potential and social responsibility.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Atlantic Street Center is proud to be the recipient of the following awards:

  • Neighborhood Excellence - Neighborhood Builders' Award, Bank of America
  • Social Work Agency of the Year, presented by the National Association of Social Workers, Washington State Chapter and
  • The Families Count Award, National Honors Program, presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

We need funding for our Teens as Parents Program. This program serves at-risk teenage parents, many of whom are homeless. The overarching goal of this program is to ensure that all participants graduate from high school or earn their GED while also gaining the parenting and life skills they need to be stable and responsible parents. In addition to helping participants complete high school or get their GED, the program also helps participants find stable housing, access resources for other basic needs such as food, medical care, and clothing, and secure employment or enroll in higher education—all while helping them gain the skills they need to be loving, responsible and successful parents.

Recent outcomes for active program participants:

  • 100% have either stayed in school or earned their high school diploma/GED.
  • 95% have increased their knowledge of their parental role and responsibilities and age-appropriate child development and behavior

We are seeking to expand this program because demand continues to grow at a fast rate and we are unable to meet participant needs with our current resources. We are in need of donations to assist in the expansion of the program to better meet the needs of our participants.


Atlantic Street Center provides education, mental health and support services to the residents of South Seattle.

Use of Best Practices
Atlantic Street Center is a partner with United Way of King County in their Parent Child Home Program, providing in-home early learning education and training to over 200 children and families annually in SE and Central Seattle. Quantitative data has shown a significant increase in the in the frequency of positive behaviors of care givers and children.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
They have developed successful partnerships with many community organizations to leverage and strengthen their services to African Americans and other communities of color. These strong community partnerships have led to an evolution of services based upon community needs.

During the last quarter of 2011 they eliminated 3 key positions: Communications Coordinator (web and grant manager), Humans Relations Coordinator and the Rainier Beach Family Center Manager. These duties have been temporarily absorbed into roles of existing staff members and they are contracting out some services.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

12/10/2012 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
3/10/2010 $25,000.00support general operating expenses.
10/18/2007 $50,000.00support general operating expenses.


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