Community Based Programs

Our community based programs provide a variety of supports to children and families in the places where they live, learn, and play. Supports include Healthy Starts, RAYS UP youth mentoring, Kaleidoscope Play and Learn groups, Kinship, and Family Navigation services that are embedded within pediatric primary care.

Family Navigation

Our Family Navigation services bring early learning and healthcare closer together to improve outcomes for families with young children.

Healthy Starts

Our Healthy Start program partners with young first-time parents to ensure a safe environment for their child, learn the milestones of child development and develop independence through educational and career planning.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Groups

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups are free and open to the public, all community members with children age newborn to 5 years old.

Kinship

Our Kinship program offers supports for children and primary caregivers of another relative's children.

RAYS UP

RAYS Up promotes student success in school and in the community by providing one-on-one coaching, group support and skill building opportunities for middle and high school youth.

Family Navigation Program

Catalyzed by Childhaven, this innovative interdisciplinary partnership brings early learning and healthcare closer together to improve outcomes for families with young children. Harborview Pediatrics, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, and Childhaven are the core entities of the Family Navigator Project.

To learn more about the Family Navigation Program, we invite you to watch our presentation at Best Starts for Kids 2021 Summit: Building a “New Normal” in Primary Care for Families with Young Children: How Family Navigators provide Culturally-specific Developmental Screening and Promotion. Watch now >

Healthy Starts

Healthy Start is designed to partner with young first-time parents to ensure a safe environment for their child, learn the milestones of child development and develop independence through educational and career planning. The program utilizes the Parents as Teachers (PAT) curriculum and conducts home visits by a certified Family Support Specialist, provides resource connection and group engagements.

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn

Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups works with children and the adults in their lives. Groups are free and open to the public, all community members with children age newborn to 5 years old are encouraged to attend.  Kaleidoscope Play & Learn groups:

  • Provide caregivers and parents with information, resources, support, and connections to promote optimal development of the children in their care.
  • Build connections, friendships, and a circle of mutual support among people who care for children.
  • Provide children with intentional, developmentally appropriate learning experiences with their peers and caregivers.
  • Foster the love of – and quest for – life-long learning.

Children and caregivers engage in story time, art activity, sing-alongs, show-and-tell, and more. Currently, Kaleidoscope Play and Learn meet virtually for groups. Click here for schedule.

Click here to register for the Renton / Skyway area Kaleidoscope Play and Learn group on Wednesdays at 11am. Contact Joy Cain  for more information.

Kinship Program

Kinship care is a family in which a relative, most commonly a grandmother, is the primary caregiver of another relative’s children. As an alternative to foster placements, kinship care can lead to happier lives for the children in the family. Our Kinship program helps keep families together and provides a more stable living arrangement for children. It helps preserve cultural values, especially for children of color.

Children in kinship homes have fewer behavioral problems, are less likely to reenter foster care after they have returned home or been adopted and are three to four times less likely to be mistreated than children in traditional foster homes. The added stress of a changing family can be really hard for even the most prepared caregiver. There is often financial and legal strain placed on the family, not to mention needing to navigate the new family dynamics. Our Kinship Program links families to services and support so that the caregivers can effectively parent the children in their care.

RAYS Up

RAYS Up promotes student success in school and in the community by providing one-on-one coaching, group support and skill building opportunities for middle and high school youth, with a high quality programming standard. Through weekly one-on-one sessions with a Youth Life Coach, skill-building groups and out-of-school enrichment activities, RAYS Up students build self-awareness, confidence, and motivation to pursue their goals.

RAYS Up Youth Life Coaches (YLCs) help young people in our schools to set individual goals like showing up to school on time, turning in homework and hanging out with positive groups of friends. We meet with our RAYS Up clients once a week at school for 30-45 minutes. Our students participate in groups to talk about self-image, decision making, substance abuse, anxiety, anger management and communication. Youth Life Coaches work to create a group discussions that focus on topics that all young people struggle with such as bullying, racial and ethnic identity, cultural formation, gender specific topics and team building.

Our Youth Executive Council (YEC) provides RAYS Up participants with an opportunity to plan events for the program and offer feedback to program staff. We believe in empowering our young people to have a voice in our community. The YEC plans RAYS Up community service and enrichment activities. RAYS Up provides youth with community service and recreational opportunities to help them develop leadership skills and build positive ties to their local communities and neighborhoods.

Eligibility

Who is eligible for our community-based programs?

Interested in our community-based programs?  Visit our referrals page and fill out a form to let us know.