Inspiring Kids to Dream Big

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.

Learning Center | Children of the Valley | Mount Vernon, WA

Cornerstones of Care

COV provides a place of nurturing for under-resourced youth through academic assistance, social-emotional learning, and enrichment activities.

Get Involved

With five sites now open, our need for support is greater than ever. Learn how you can get involved, whether it’s by becoming a donor or volunteer!

Learning Center | Children of the Valley | Mount Vernon, WA

Upcoming Events

We love to have fun and be active in our community—which is why there’s always something going on at COV! Join us as we make a difference!

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.

Learning Center | Children of the Valley | Mount Vernon, WA

Academic Assistance

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

Learning Center | Children of the Valley | Mount Vernon, WA

Enrichment Activities

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

Learning Center | Children of the Valley | Mount Vernon, WA

Social-Emotional Learning

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.

Family Support

COV provides support to the families of the students we serve. Our goal is to establish meaningful relationships with families to better understand the challenges they may be experiencing and how we can be of assistance. Whether it’s through direct support or connecting COV families to community resources, we help families through any challenges that may arise in their lives. COV children have the best chance at success in life when their family’s basic needs are met.

• Utility and housing assistance

• Gifts from holiday wish lists

• Food baskets and gift cards

• School-related expenses

Does this light your heart on fire?

We know the feeling.

Upcoming Events

Giving Tree

Each year, we partner with Bethany Covenant Church to put on a Giving Tree for our COV families. Registration for this year’s Giving Tree opens on November 13. Join us as we bless families with essentials and gifts from their holiday wish lists!

Annual Art Auction

Each spring, we host our biggest fundraiser of the year: a Cinco De Mayo-themed celebration featuring live mariachi and Mexican cuisine; a program update from COV leadership and guest speakers; and silent and live auctions where guests can bid on student art, gift baskets, and getaways. Thank you to everyone who attended this year! We’ll see you next year on Friday, April 26, 2024!

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.

Leadership Circle

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!