SEYFS Early Childhood Learning

Southeast Youth & Family Services is part of an international network of locally-run ParentChild+ early learning service providers that offer a proven and effective school readiness program to families challenged by poverty, lack of educational opportunities, and language and literacy barriers, wherever they call home.

Home visits with children & families

Each family is matched with a community-based early learning specialist who shares their culture and language and visits with them twice a week. Our early learning specialists know the neighborhoods they are working in, the challenges that may come with living there, and the resources the families can access.

Early learning specialists model reading, conversation, and play activities to stimulate parent-child interaction and promote the development of verbal, cognitive, and social-emotional skills critical for children’s long-term success.

Our goal is to build meaningful relationships with families and support parents in realizing their role as their children’s first and most important teachers. We empower parents to put their children on the path to school and life success, to dream for their children’s futures, and to take pride in their educational accomplishments because they help make them happen.

Age range of children: 16 months to 2.5 years
Home visits: 30 minutes, twice a week over a two-year period (September-June)
Cost: Free

Support and training for
family child care providers

Our early learning specialists also support providers of family child care, or home-based care, which is often the most available, convenient, and cost effective child care option for low-income families.

Family child care providers work very long hours for little pay and often lack the resources, skills, and expertise to support early childhood development and school readiness. We meet with family child care providers while they’re caring for kids, sharing  free books, toys, and curriculum-based activities.

Our goal is to improve provider-child interaction, enrich care environments, and
connect families of the children in care with information and materials to support the development of school readiness and early literacy skills at home.

Age range of kids: infants to 5 years old
Size of child care center: 6 to 8 children
Visits: 45 minutes, twice a week, for one year
Cost: Free

Want to learn more?

Our programs follow the school-year calendar (September to June). If you’d like information about enrolling your child for 2020-21 or know of a family or family child care provider that might be interested, please contact:

Jeanea Proctor-Mills at Jeanea.Proctor-Mills@seyfs.org or 206-293-9616

Serece Ivery at Serece.Ivery@seyfs.org or (206) 380-0932

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