Wellspring’s Early Learning Center Expansion: Providing More Opportunities for Children in Crisis to Triumph over Trauma

Last Thursday, more than 100 dedicated early learning supporters, advocates, and community influencers enthusiastically entered Wellspring’s Rotary Support Center for Families to celebrate the expansion of our Early Learning Center (ELC). Joined by Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, and Kim Cleworth, President of the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Foundation, Wellspring CEO/President Ruthann Howell was all smiles as we celebrated the strength of our community and the opportunity to provide additional opportunities for children in crisis to triumph over trauma.

“Seattle is already a pretty good place, but when we do things like the magic that happens here at Wellspring, we’re making it an even better city,” Councilmember President Tim Burgess noted, expressing his enthusiasm for the opening of our fifth ELC classroom.

“This is another moment that will change Seattle,” Mayor Murray concurred, adding:
The difference that Wellspring is making is an incredible contribution…the results will show up 17 years from now, but it will be a different city, and we will have different outcomes because of it.”

Throughout the event, guests toured our Early Learning Center to discover a typical day in the life of an ELC preschooler, mingled with fellow supporters, and experienced our new ELC video, which features inspirational client stories from previous speakers like Velma and LaDamion, as well as additional insight into how our ELC creates positive change for vulnerable children each year. Attendees also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages from FareStart, and an opportunity to “leave their mark” on the giant ELC canvas, which will hang in the hallway entering the classrooms upon its completion.

With the expansion of our ELC, Wellspring now hosts five early learning classrooms, and will expand its impact to serve more than 100 vulnerable children each year. As we continue to celebrate the success and growth of this incredible program, we look forward to helping even more children triumph over traumas such as homelessness, domestic violence, and poverty to prepare for lifelong learning.

As Wellspring CEO/President Ruthann Howell emphasized: We can make a difference, and we can do this together. Thank you!”


Special thanks to Weber Shandwick’s Seattle staff for all of their support and expertise throughout this special ELC event—thank you for investing in early learning and our community at-large! 

Photos courtesy of Equality Images Photography.