Northwest Center Kids - Out of Crisis

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School for special needs children will have a place to go this fall.

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The Greenwood school facility has what we need to continue to serve our children and families in a safe and nurturing environment.

Since they received notice to vacate North Queen Anne Elementary School six months ago, Northwest Center Kids has been relentless in pursuing an alternative and appropriate facility for early intervention and early learning pre-school programs.

Parents and other supporters in the Puget Sound region have been tireless champions on behalf of the school which serves children with special needs in inclusive classrooms.

The Salvation Army in Greenwood has agreed to lease classroom space to Northwest Center Kids for up to three years. The Greenwood facility was previously a licensed childcare facility, and is move-in ready. Northwest Center Kids will start setting up the new space and moving equipment in mid-August, while the classrooms continue to operate as normal at Queen Anne until August 27th. The new school for children with special needs will open, ready to start classes, on Wednesday, September 3rd.

This solution will untangle the difficult situation in which both Northwest Center and Seattle Public Schools have been snarled. "The Greenwood school facility has what we need to continue to serve our children and families in a safe and nurturing environment," said Northwest Center CEO Tom Everill, "and while the Greenwood facility is smaller than our current site, and lacks some of the amenities we currently enjoy there, it will function well as a bridge to owning and operating a permanent space one day."

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