Early Learning

What We Offer

Every child deserves the opportunity to be successful in school and life.

At Wellspring Family Services, we provide specialized care for young children whose families are experiencing the effects of homelessness. We offer a safe learning environment for children ages one to five who are living in King County in a shelter or transitional housing with case management.

Since 1988, Wellspring’s Early Learning Center has provided thousands of children with loving care, nutritious meals, a chance to learn, and help to prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Our Early Learning Center (ELC) is a licensed child care program accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Early Learning

At the ELC, children thrive in a stable environment that helps them develop social and emotional skills, self-esteem, independence, language, conflict resolution, and to become ready for school.  The staff and teachers in the Early Learning Center are committed to providing a positive and rewarding experience for each student by offering developmentally-appropriate, culturally relevant curriculum and activities, with attention to each child's individual needs.  Activities and materials are child centered and open-ended, promoting creativity, problem-solving, social interaction and a sense of accomplishment.  Activities include movement and music, art projects, story reading, neighborhood walks, and field trips.

Play Therapy

We recognize that all parents want to know that their children receive the best possible attention and care during the school day. While attending the ELC, many children experience growth and success, as well as behavioral and emotional challenges that can occur when a family has experienced homelessness. When needed, our Child Specialist is available to work with children individually through play therapy in or outside of the classroom to support their ability to:

• Develop and express a healthy range of emotions
• Develop relationships with teachers and peers
• Identify individual areas of strength and potential

Health services

Children need to feel healthy, confident, and prepared to reach their full potential in school and in life. Understanding this, we provide necessary services to keep your child healthy and growing:

• On-site health services through Seattle Children's Hospital - Odessa Brown Children's Clinic (including immunizations)
• Dental screenings
• Referrals for developmental concerns
• Nutritionally-balanced meals during the school day (breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack, catered by FareStart)


Limited transportation is available to assist parents with bringing children to and from the Early Learning Center.