Wellspring Celebrates Early Learning Center Expansion

Wellspring Celebrates Early Learning Center Expansion

Wellspring Family Services, a Rainier Valley-based not for profit that helps vulnerable children and families triumph over trauma such as homelessness, domestic violence and poverty, is celebrating the expansion of its Early Learning Center (ELC).

The ELC helps children cope with the negative effects of homelessness, domestic violence, and poverty in a trauma-informed preschool environment designed to foster resilience and promote cognitive growth.

Made possible by a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Foundation, the opening of a new preschool classroom will allow Wellspring to comprehensively serve more than 100 children and families each year.

According to United Way of King County, its estimated that 40 percent of children in Washington enter kindergarten underprepared, beginning school as much as two years behind their peers in learning and language skills. Last year, 90 percent of Wellspring’s ELC students gained the social, emotional, and developmental skills needed to be successful in kindergarten.

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