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.

COVID-19 Update

As you probably know, we closed on Tuesday, March 17th, along with the Mount Vernon School District due to COVID-19. At the time we had to come up with ways to stay connected to our students and volunteers. Here are the ways we are able to continue to serve our students:

  • Our teachers are doing family check-in phone calls at least once a week, calling each of our families to see how they are doing and if we can help.

 

  • Online Read Aloud throughout the week at 7:30pm LIVE on our Facebook Page. Our teachers read in English and Spanish  for 20 minutes aloud to our students.

 

  • Pen Pal Program between volunteers and students. The volunteers have the opportunity to send special letters to our students so they feel loved and remembered.

 

  • Child Care site in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County in order to offer childcare for children of essential workers in the community. We opened our doors, Monday, April 20th thru June 26th. More than half of the students we are serving come from our COV families. This collaboration formed after both of our organizations heard about child care needs from family members as they were still required to work.

 

  • Bethany Covenant Church gifted all of our COV families with Easter gift cards from Grocery Outlet so every family could get what they needed during this time. Our COV teachers made porch deliveries to each of our families before Easter.

 

  • Providing basic needs assistance through food deliveries to families sick with COVID-19 or unemployed by the governor stat at home order.

 

  • Providing financial assistance for families who need support with rent, utilities and other needs.

 

  • We had to quickly change our annual Spring fundraiser to an online platform. We partnered with three of the businesses that we would have used if we had an in person event. We were so blessed by the many donations and we will continue raising funds in this way due to the great success we had.

 

As we follow Governor Inslee’s guidelines we will continue to serve our students the best way we can until the time comes that we can see them all again for regular COV After School Program.

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.

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

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.

COVID-19 Update

As you probably know, we closed on Tuesday, March 17th, along with the Mount Vernon School District due to COVID-19. At the time we had to come up with ways to stay connected to our students and volunteers. Here are the ways we are able to continue to serve our students:

  • Our teachers are doing family check-in phone calls at least once a week, calling each of our families to see how they are doing and if we can help.

 

  • Online Read Aloud throughout the week at 7:30pm LIVE on our Facebook Page. Our teachers read in English and Spanish  for 20 minutes aloud to our students.

 

  • Pen Pal Program between volunteers and students. The volunteers have the opportunity to send special letters to our students so they feel loved and remembered.

 

  • Child Care site in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County in order to offer childcare for children of essential workers in the community. We opened our doors, Monday, April 20th thru June 26th. More than half of the students we are serving come from our COV families. This collaboration formed after both of our organizations heard about child care needs from family members as they were still required to work.

 

  • Bethany Covenant Church gifted all of our COV families with Easter gift cards from Grocery Outlet so every family could get what they needed during this time. Our COV teachers made porch deliveries to each of our families before Easter.

 

  • Providing basic needs assistance through food deliveries to families sick with COVID-19 or unemployed by the governor stat at home order.

 

  • Providing financial assistance for families who need support with rent, utilities and other needs.

 

  • We had to quickly change our annual Spring fundraiser to an online platform. We partnered with three of the businesses that we would have used if we had an in person event. We were so blessed by the many donations and we will continue raising funds in this way due to the great success we had.

 

As we follow Governor Inslee’s guidelines we will continue to serve our students the best way we can until the time comes that we can see them all again for regular COV After School Program.

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

Children who participate in the COV program get daily reading and homework support leading to significant gains in language and math skills.

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

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

Children who participate in the COV program have increased attendance, higher engagement, and improved classroom participation at school.

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 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.

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 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.

Children who participate in the COV program require less discipline at school and show increased confidence and compassion for self and others.

A Community
in Need

Children of the Valley is sustained purely through the generous donations and sponsorships received from individuals much like yourself. Every penny we raise goes directly back into the program and affords us the opportunity to continue providing these incredible services for our children at no cost to them.

We can only serve as many children as your generosity allows. Children of the Valley currently has one location, serving approximately 60 children each year. Our goal over the next five years is to expand by three locations. We know we can do this, but we can’t do it alone! 

There are a number of ways you can help. Choose the way that works best for you.

A Community
in Need

Children of the Valley is sustained purely through the generous donations and sponsorships received from individuals much like yourself. Every penny we raise goes directly back into the program and affords us the opportunity to continue providing these incredible services for our children at no cost to them.

We can only serve as many children as your generosity allows. Children of the Valley currently has one location, serving approximately 60 children each year. Our goal over the next five years is to expand by three locations. We know we can do this, but we can’t do it alone! 

There are a number of ways you can help. Choose the way that works best for you.

Does this light your heart on fire?

We know the feeling.

Does this light your heart on fire?

We know the feeling.

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.

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.