Our August Nonprofit of the Month is Children's Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD).
CHILD is a therapeutic day school that serves children with emotional, social, and learning challenges. They work with children from all over western Washington who suffer from sensory processing disorders, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, emotional-behavioral disabilities, autism, and extreme anxiety.
With a 2:1 student-teacher ratio, CHILD uses a unique curriculum that includes arts, videography, and outdoor education. Their goal is to help students grow beyond the struggles that block their readiness to learn. After one to three years at CHILD, many can transition back to their home school districts.
Our employee J nominated and championed CHILD as a 2018 Nonprofit of the Month organization.
Here's why the organization is important to J, in his own words:
My wife, who is the director of arts and humanities at CHILD, comes home every day with uplifting and sometimes heartbreaking stories about her students' triumphs and struggles. CHILD offers highly individualized education programs with the arts and humanities fully integrated into the curriculum.
In the last year, her students benefitted from a visiting artist program. They learned taiko drumming and made their own taiko drums. They worked with visiting musicians from the Seattle Symphony. They partnered with a local high school's robotics club and learned to make programmable robots. They planted a garden, which for many students was the first time they saw how fruits and vegetables grow.
CHILD helps their students become self-sufficient, self-regulating, productive members of society, which for some of the most troubled cases is nothing short of a miracle.
CHILD gratefully welcomes community support through volunteering and donations. Here's how you can help.
Questions? Email Community@pemco.com