The Walla Walla Valley Early Learning Coalition is comprised of representatives from nearly 40 public and private organizations, agencies and institutions, acting as a catalyst for improving and expanding early learning opportunities for all children in the Walla Walla Valley. Below is a list of our community partners.
- Catholic Charities of Spokane
Regional offices in 13 counties in Eastern WA, including Walla Walla, offer childbirth and parenting assistance, counseling services, refugee and immigration services, and senior services. All services offered are available to all people of all faiths.
- Children’s Home Society
Since 1896, CHS has helped provide children with strong families and loving, stable homes. A comprehensive network of care is offered to 39,000 children and families annually in WA through early learning, family support, home visits, child and family counseling, adoption and advocacy.
- Children’s Resilience Initiative
The Children’s Resilience Initiative (CRI) of Walla Walla is building the community’s capacity to strengthen families. While ACEs — adverse childhood experiences — are devastating to one’s health, CRI has created a model of our community’s services and roads to follow to build resilience. We are striving to help those affected and to prevent more ACES in our community. Resilience counters the damaging health effects of ACES. This site will show you how to follow the roads and build a thriving community.
- Commitment to Community
A community, grass-roots process that builds healthy neighborhoods through residents taking ownership of their issues. Components of the neighborhood process include relationship-building and the earning of trust among residents, creating a neighborhood vision, determining priorities, engaging in projects, celebrating success, participating in leadership training and the promotion of civic engagement.
- Community Network
Committed to reducing the impact of the risks to which our children in Walla Walla are exposed. Dropping out of school, youth violence and domestic violence and child abuse are identified as top priorities. Through providing “protective factors”, such as the Community Center for Youth (CCY), the network hopes to reduce the impact of these problem behaviors facing youth in Walla Walla.
- Family Medical Center
Serves the underprivileged regardless of their ability to pay for medical, dental, behavioral healthcare, counseling, pharmacy services, substance abuse support, and nutritional services (WIC).
- The Mom’s Network of Walla Walla
A local non-profit that provides an outlet for moms to communicate, receive and exchange information, network and be involved in the community. Over 250 members participate in free parenting classes, playgroups, books clubs and walking groups. Many TMN members serve on local non-profit boards and actively participate in the community at large.
- United Way of Walla Walla County
An effective system for supporting local non-profit health and human services in Walla Walla County. Administration, volunteer direction, program implementation, fund distribution, and a single community-wide fund raising campaign involves over 500 volunteers and ensures that 85 cents of every dollar is passed along to human service agencies.
- Walla Walla Community College Child Care Aware
Community-service organization that works with parents, childcare providers, businesses and community agencies to help promote the availability of high quality childcare services in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.
- Walla Walla Community College, Early Childhood Programs
Prepares students to enter the childcare and early learning field as highly skilled caregivers or early learning professionals who can immediately contribute to the development and growth of a child.
- Walla Walla Community College, Parent Education Programs
Strive to share information with parents that will help them form nurturing and responsive relationships with their children. Parent/toddler classes offer a safe, child-friendly environment where parents and children can learn together. Parents develop supportive relationships with instructors and other parents of same-age children in similar developmental stages.
- Walla Walla County Department of Human Services
Provides quality intervention, support services and financial oversight to the community in the areas of mental health, developmental ability and chemical dependency.
- Walla Walla County Public Health Department
Prevents, promotes and protects infants, children and adults from diseases through information and immunizations and education. The WIC program which provides nutrition and health-education, breastfeeding support and supplemental food and health and social service referrals is a major component of this branch of the county infrastructure.
- Walla Walla Public Library
The community resource for information, knowledge, and reading for all ages. Story time, free public events, computer use, books clubs and more are available weekly for all library card-holders.
- Walla Walla County Rural Library District
The hub for promoting literacy in the rural areas of Walla Walla County such as: Burbank, Prescott, Plaza, Touchet and Vista Hermosa. High-quality programs and library services are available to all rural library card-holders.
- Walla Walla Public Schools
In partnership with the community, is committed to excellence in personalized learning which challenges and supports all students in becoming educated, productive citizens and life-long learners. Six elementary schools, two middle schools and two high schools comprise the Walla Walla school district.
- Walla Walla Public Schools, Head Start/ECEAP
Located at Blue Ridge and Green Park Elementary schools, these programs offer family development programs that provide comprehensive education, health and social services to families. Head Start is a federally funded preschool for ages 4-5 and Early Childhood Education Assistance program is a state funded program for 0-3 year olds, both.
- Walla Walla Public Schools, Lincoln High School
A school with a rich history and a belief that all students are capable of learning and that failure is not an option. The school mascot, the Phoenix, represents the obstacles and difficult journeys that many Lincoln students have overcome. A block schedule, alternative electives, and specialized programs ensure that Lincoln students participate in their education.
- Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
A member-focused organization that fosters a sustainable, healthy, vibrant economic environment through business promotion, advocacy, education and services.
- Washington State Migrant Head Start Council
Exists to improve the quality of life for migrant and seasonal farm workers and rural poor families by promoting human service opportunities.
- Young Lives, Teen Parent Outreach
A faith-based outreach program (associated with Young Life (www.younglife.org), which offers practical support and unconditional love to teen mothers and their children ages 13-21. Monthly meetings provide family-style meals, donated baby supplies, books, etc, and small group support and safe and healthy free-childcare allows for teen moms to connect and build community with one another, and the mentors. Summer camp allows for more healthy bonding with other teen moms, their child, and mentors, as well as an opportunity to learn and grown in their faith.