COVID-19 Update: EduCare is coordinating with Licensor to be able to provide twelve hours of respite care for children a week to give the mothers some personal time to de-stress. The altered temporary program model will take into account staff shortages, Department of Health guidelines for childcare centers, and childcare for vulnerable children being deemed essential.
Licensed childcare on the TLC campus for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children designed to meet the needs of formerly homeless children. EduCare provides a developmentally supportive environment, robust nutritional program, and trauma informed emotional support for this specific population of children.
We work to increase opportunities for individual achievement and to develop a stronger sense of individual value, empathy, and self awareness for each little boy or girl who walks through our door. In 2019, 26 children received supportive care at EduCare.
Recently, the results from the Spokane 2019 Child Care Survey about child care access and barriers can help raise awareness about child care needs in the Spokane area, and inform programming decisions among child care providers. Click HERE to read the Child Care Survey in full.
As part of the Transitional Living Center Program, EduCare is an onsite licensed daycare for the children that reside or are alumnae of TLC. Childcare consists of a nurturing environment for infants, toddlers, a preschool program, and afterschool/summer program for school-aged children, and a USDA-funded food program for the children in our care. This allows the parents to pursue work, school, or other needed services while living at the Transitional Living Center.
EduCare provides services seen in a typical preschool. You will find children coloring and learning their ABC's during class. You will also find EduCare teachers that are qualified to help children recovering from the trauma of homelessness, or reconnecting with their mom. Teachers also establish a positive partnership with parents to support the development, treatment and education of young children.
Part of that partnership includes weekly parenting groups where moms meet with staff to learn healthy parenting strategies and skills, breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness. This also enables our EduCare kiddos to flourish with stability in the classroom and at home.