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
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.
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