Impact NW Early Childhood Programs help 1,200 children and parents become stronger, safer and more stable.
- Children are born ready to learn
- Children learn most from the people they love
- Parents and families are children’s first and most important teachers
- There is nothing more important to a child’s development than the parent-child relationship
85% of a child’s brain development occurs by the time they reach 5 years old.
Impact NW’s Early Childhood & Family Services programs reach children who are most at risk of abuse, neglect, malnutrition and delayed development. We support parents caught in an inter-generational cycle of poverty, promoting consistent nurturing, healthy development and school readiness for their children while building supportive connections between these families and their communities.
We work closely with struggling families through regular home visits where we connect them with the services that best meet their needs and provide early childhood education and support. Our staff also facilitate parent-child activity groups, host a “Community Dad’s Forum” where fathers support each other in discovering the challenges and rewards of fatherhood, and provide developmental screenings and immunization checks.
For more information about Impact NW’s Early Childhood and Family Services please contact Julie Houston at 503-988-5961 or JHouston@ImpactNW.org.
“I just wanted to let you know how much it meant to me that you were so caring. You advised me with complete respect and understanding and you weren’t judgmental or criticizing. I had a very positive experience and was able to learn many valuable parenting techniques.”
–Samantha – a single mother of three suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression – relied on welfare to support her family. Thanks to Impact NW’s Early Childhood & Family Services programs Samantha was able to go back to school, find employment, and provide a loving home for her children.