Welcome to Children of the Valley, where children in need are provided a safe and supportive after-school environment that celebrates each child’s unique potential and cultivates connection, learning, and confidence.
Inspiring Kids to Dream Big
Our Cornerstones of Care
Our afterschool program is built upon four cornerstones of care aimed at addressing the unique needs of the children in our care. These cornerstones of care include academic assistance, enrichment activities, social-emotional learning, and family support. By participating in COV, children achieve academic gains, increased attendance and engagement at school, and increased confidence and compassion.
COV instructors provide hands-on tutoring that directly correlates with where each child is in his or her unique learning journey. Through regular correspondence with each child’s school teacher, we are able to tailor our efforts specific to each student’s individual academic needs, helping them develop better study skills, increase knowledge of core classroom curriculum, and boost overall self-confidence while igniting excitement for learning.
• Regular communication with each child’s school teacher
• Tutoring for reading and math as needed
• Daily reading support to meet Mount Vernon School District requirement
• Assistance with student homework assignments to ensure completion and comprehension
COV strives to provide its children with a holistic, whole-circle approach to education which means opening the door to enrichment opportunities that may not be offered to them otherwise. Through an exploration of wide-ranging activities, our children gain real-world experiences and knowledge. This exposure enhances each child’s appreciation for diversity and expression, while also improving fine motor skills and confidence in their decision-making abilities.
• Fun and engaging life skills such as sewing and cooking
• Inter-generational experiences with senior community
• Special activities with local student-athletes
• Various field trips throughout Skagit Valley
A child’s social-emotional well-being is one of the largest factors in his or her ability to learn. Our goal is to provide COV children with the necessary tools to understand and manage their unique, and often confusing, emotions. By using the Zones of Regulation curriculum which associates feelings with colors, COV children are taught strategies for responding appropriately to each related emotion. With these tools, the children are able to set and achieve positive behavioral goals, learn and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
• Staff and volunteers receive ongoing special training to address the emotional needs of the children we serve.
• Instructors use a daily “check-in” system at the beginning of each day to see where each child is emotionally.
• Students have multiple opportunities to express their emotional needs and be cared for in a safe environment with empathy and compassion.
• Utility and housing assistance
• Gifts from holiday wish lists
• Food baskets and gift cards
• School-related expenses
This year, Giving Tuesday will be on November 29. Follow us on Facebook and keep your eyes peeled for our Giving Tuesday Facebook event, which goes through the end of December!
Together, we can make a difference.
Since 2006, Children of the Valley has been at the forefront of local efforts to ensure that children in need are given equal opportunity to learn, feel supported, and thrive in all aspects of their young lives. We believe that every action taken on behalf of these children – positive word-of-mouth, donation, sponsorship, or volunteer hours – starts a ripple of change that reaches far and wide. It is our goal to positively impact the lives of the children and families we serve, creating a better future for us all.
In Skagit Valley, we’re blessed to be part of a community where businesses and organizations step up to support those in need. The organizations in our Leadership Circle have made a commitment to support Children of the Valley and our efforts for a minimum of three years. Thank you, Leadership Circle, for providing access to education, enrichment, and social-emotional support for our most under-resourced children!