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Northwest Center 

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Northwest Center aims to support people of all abilities so they can participate to the fullest extent possible in all aspects of life. Our award-winning services for children provide early intervention, inclusive early childhood education, parent/caregiver education, teen programs and after-school programs for children age zero to 18. Services for adults include School-to-Work transition, supported employment, job training and community job placement from the time they are ready to enter the workforce to the time they retire. These programs meet the needs of more than 1,000 individuals and families in King County each year and serve as a model for inclusion and human value in our community.
Mission Statement
Since 1965, Northwest Center has been a leader in advancing equal opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Our mission is to promote the growth, development and independence of people with developmental disabilities through programs of education, rehabilitation and work opportunity.  
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Northwest Center
7272 W Marginal Way S 
Seattle 
WA
98108 
(206) 378-6372 

Tom Everill 
President and CEO 

Programs

Northwest Center Programs

Northwest Center's Kids program serves more than 550 infants, children and teens with and without disabilities each year through early intervention therapy, inclusive early learning preschools and a teen program.

Northwest Center provides Birth to Three Early Intervention Services for more than 340 children with developmental delays and/or disabilities each year using a comprehensive approach involving the family and other caregivers—because everyone’s participation influences the child’s success. We provide unique therapy services wherever the child learns, plays and sleeps – including their home, their childcare center, or other community settings. Our Early Intervention Team includes: parents/primary caregivers, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, special educators, and resource coordinators.

Believing that all children should have the opportunity to learn, play, and grow together, Northwest Center Kids operates two inclusive facilities that provide a full day early learning program and childcare for children with and without disabilities from 6 weeks of age until they enter kindergarten. Children of all abilities are recognized as unique individuals who play side by side learning valuable lessons from each other. Through these inclusive environments, more than 200 children each year are given opportunities to reach their highest potential while developing positive attitudes toward people of all abilities. 

Northwest Center Teens serves teenagers/youth of all abilities age 13-21. We provide a safe place for teens to go outside of school to meet others and socialize while learning valuable life skills and trying new things, Youth of all abilities work together on life and social skills within a natural context.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Success
Early Intervention Expansion: In 2012, due in part to the generous support of a giving community, Northwest Center Kids expanded its early intervention program significantly, adding 4 new therapists to the team. This expansion is specifically helping to serve the growing number of families in need of early intervention services in the south of Seattle metro area where there is a lack of services/providers. With the added staff, Northwest Center is able to reach and serve more children and families than ever before, approximately 140 children per month, and more than 340 per year. 

Need
We are seeking funding to support all Northwest Center Kids programs—the need for which is increasing, particularly among low-income families. Our commitment to providing the innovative, customized, high-quality early intervention therapy and inclusive early childhood education we feel is best for each child requires more funding than what is covered by state and private insurance reimbursements, tuition and program fees. We rely on philanthropic support from individual and institutional investors to:
help fund uncompensated but effective early intervention therapy and services such as parent training and autism treatment
hire additional therapists and educators to increase capacity and maintain our exceptional teacher to student ratios
expand the geographic reach of our service area
provide tuition scholarships to low-income families

Evaluation


The Northwest Center provides early intervention programs to children with developmental delays to help offset or eliminate the need for public support in adulthood. NW Center also provides employment support to adults with disabilities by finding employment in the community and hiring others work in NW Center business enterprises. They also offer unique programming for teenagers with to interact and practice social skills with typical teens.

Proven Success
100% of children served by Northwest Center are able to attend public school after participating in early intervention programs. They have adopted an “inclusion” model, serving people of all abilities. A public service campaign was recently launched across the city with billboard messages of inclusion and commonality between people of all abilities.

Collaboration
Northwest Center places 40 individuals into community based jobs each year. They are able to do this by maintaining strong relationships with employers such as Trader Joe’s, JoAnne Fabric, and Dunn Lumber. Members of the Employment Support Team serve as liaisons between the employee and employer, ensuring that both have the training and support they need to be successful. This style of collaboration has helped Northwest Center build relationships with over 50 employers in the region.

Sustainability
The Northwest Center has experienced significant cuts in public funding in the past two years. The Northwest Center Foundation, led by Gary Pollock, former Executive Director of the Moyer Foundation, was established to diversify funding streams and emphasize private fundraising. Since its inception, Foundation staff have successfully increased revenue through the annual luncheon, creation of new events, forming a giving circle program, and establishing a planned giving program.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/10/2010 $15,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2008 $30,000.00support general operating expenses.
9/22/2005 $25,000.00support the renovation of five community swimming pools.

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