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 full-time learning centers and afterschool program are both built upon three cornerstones of care aimed at addressing the unique needs of the children in our care. These cornerstones of care include academic assistance, enrichment activities, and social-emotional learning. 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 with 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.
Full-Time Learning Centers
In light of COVID-19 and the shift to virtual learning in our local community, COV expanded from an afterschool program to two full-time learning centers to accommodated the needs of COV families. At the beginning of the 2020-21 school year, COV served 50 children across the two learning center sites. Thanks to generous donations from the community, COV welcomed an additional 40 students in January 2021. The program now provides full-time care and academic assistance to 100 children-in-need.
Bethany Covenant Church Site
Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon is the birthplace of COV and where we traditionally run our afterschool program. For the 2020-2021 school year, we shifted classrooms, staffing, and procedures to provide the safest environment possible for our full-time learning center students, staff, and volunteers.
Following local CDC and local health department protocols, we keep a distance of 6 feet between students and limit the number of children per class. All classrooms follow safety protocols, which include daily health screenings, mask-wearing, and sanitization of equipment, technology, and furniture multiple times throughout the day.
The Bethany site provides care for 70 K-5 students from 11am-5pm.
Centennial Elementary School Site
While the era of COVID brought many challenges, it provided opportunities as well. In the fall of 2020, COV expanded to a second site. In partnership with the Mount Vernon School District, we opened a full-time learning center on the campus of Centennial Elementary School.
This site is staffed by Mount Vernon School District paraprofessionals under the oversight of COV staff. We’re excited and about this partnership and grateful for a community that allows us to continue caring for our community’s most vulnerable children.
The Centennial Elementary School site serves 24 K-8 students from 6:30am–5:30pm.
2021 Art Auction
Join us as we kick off our 2021 Annual Art Auction during a live Facebook event Friday, May 7th at 7pm! This will be the official start time for our online art auction as well – so mark your calendar now!
During our multi-day online auction you’ll have the opportunity to bid on beautiful works of art from beloved local artists such as Ben Mann, Jennifer Bowman, and Maria Wickwire as well as art from our very own COV students. You don’t want to miss your opportunity to collect one each year!
In addition to the beautiful donations from our local community of artists, it’s always with great honor that we present the heartfelt and intentional art from our students. At the beginning of every school year, we challenge our students to dream big – to envision their futures and how they want their lives to be no matter how challenging their current circumstances may be. Over the next nine months, we guide the children as they develop their ideas into a plan for success. An essential component of this framework is acknowledging and honoring where each child comes from – their roots, family, culture, and personal identity. This is the inspiration behind each child’s art tile.
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.