Over the past couple months, I, along with several colleagues, have had the privilege of working with Wellspring Family Services, a local organization that provides a comprehensive range of social services to children and families. One of the organization’s primary focus areas is their Early Learning Center (ELC), which provides specialized care and education for young children who have experienced traumas such as homelessness, domestic violence and poverty. Because these children are extremely vulnerable due to the circumstances they’ve endured at such a young age, they require a unique approach to early education.
The latest in our work with Wellspring was a community event last Thursday to celebrate the addition of a fifth classroom in their Early Learning Center. More than 100 early learning supporters, advocates and community influencers were in attendance at Wellspring’s Rotary Support Center for Families, including Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, and Kim Cleworth, President of the Ginger & Barry Ackerley Foundation. Each voiced their support for the organization’s important work with the community’s youth, as Wellspring CEO and President Ruthann Howell spoke to the importance of providing positive intervention at a young age to change the trajectory of these children’s lives and ensure a brighter future.
Guests were invited to tour the ELC, mingle with other community supporters and contribute to a collaborative piece of art, which will hang in the ELC’s hallway providing daily inspiration to children and staff. Another exciting milestone of the evening was the debut of the new ELC video, which our Weber Shandwick Seattle team proudly created with the team at Wellspring to highlight the ELC’s unique approach and share their inspirational stories.