Embracing children of diverse abilities and their families

aka Kindering Center   |   Bellevue, WA   |


Kindering embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage, and the skills to soar.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Greenwald PhD, CCC-SLP

Main address

16120 NE 8th Street

Bellevue, WA 98008 USA

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NTEE code info

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Kindering is the most comprehensive Early Intervention (EI) center in the Northwest serving nearly 6,000 children and their families annually. Our mission is to embrace children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar. Clinical research tells us 85% of brain development occurs in the first three years of life, making birth to three the crucial window for providing children with early education and developmental therapies, especially for the 13% of young children nationwide who have significant developmental delays due to biological and environmental factors. Kindering has a comprehensive menu of early intervention therapies and special education services for children and support programs for families and caregivers. Our programs for those most at risk of developmental delays target families who are immigrants and refugees, foster and kinship families, and children who are housing insecure.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Intervention

Kindering offers a comprehensive slate of Early Intervention services to meet the needs of infants and children ages 0-3 whose development is affected by biological disabilities or environmental factors that impact an array of skill areas including cognitive, motor, communication, feeding, and behavior. Our programs for those at risk target the special needs of families who are immigrants and refugees (PCHP), foster and kinship families (CHERISH), children in families who are homeless/housing insecure (FIT) or families whose first language is not English. Services are customized to each child and family's individual strengths, goals, and needs and offered in the location (home/community/Kindering) and format (individual/with peers) that best fit those needs.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Combines a high-quality early intervention program, extended instruction time, and technical and social support for families of children with autism.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Supports young children in foster and kinship care and their caregivers, facilitates the development of a healthy, nurturing, and secure home environment, and provides developmental therapies and early education to prepare children to reach their full social, emotional, physical and academic potential.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Provides early learning home visits to children who experience one or multiple educational and/or economic barriers to early school success, with visits in their home language.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Stepping Stones is an integrated, early childhood enrichment program designed to enhance learning and socialization in young children of all abilities.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Individualizes services for children and families who are homeless or in transitional housing.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Homeless people

Offers Spanish language developmental assessments, early intervention therapies, special education, preschool classes, resource coordination, and parent education.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Ethnic and racial groups

Consults to therapists and special educators throughout King County treating children with a visual impairment.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with vision impairments

Includes WA State Fathers Network; free peer support and resources; Parenting Plus: free, multilingual parenting education courses; Sibling Support Project and SibShops: international workshop program for siblings of children with special needs

Population(s) Served

Delivers developmental screenings in the community as well as on-site visits to child care programs to observe children, consult with child care staff and parents, make appropriate referrals, and develop strategies

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Gold Award Non-profit of the Year 2018

Seattle Business Magazine

Washington's Best Workplaces 2018

Puget Sound Business Journal

Washington's Best Workplaces 2017

Puget Sound Business Journal

All in for Autism Leadership Award to CEO Mimi Seigel 2017

Bellevue Breakfast Rotary

Best of Puget Sound, 2008: Unsung Heroes and Uncommon Genius to CEO Mimi Siegel 2008

The Seattle Times

Affiliations & memberships

Northwest Children's Fund's Anniversary Partners 2014

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

By 2022, our strategic target is for Kindering’s gold-standard therapies and education to reach 10,000 infants and children of diverse abilities, and their families, annually.

Focusing on four critical pillars needed to achieve our big goals, Kindering is focused on growing our direct client services, building leadership and talent at Kindering, reinforcing financial/ operational discipline, and amplifying our ability to spread the message about the importance of early intervention and Kindering’s programs and services.

In order to grow our services and impact, Kindering is opening its fourth campus in 2019 at the Together Center in downtown Redmond, Washington. This recent expansion will allow us to provide services to more families in our community and resolve space issues. We are also working to partner with organizations in the community who have goals that align with ours to strengthen one another. Through these partnerships we will be able to share our program models and provide best practice training to broaden Kindering’s impact on the field of early intervention and early learning.

As we grow in capacity and form more community partnerships, we also have a need to build leadership and talent. We are devoted to recruiting, training, and retaining experts in every area of our organization.

Financial and operational discipline is key to our strategic vision. In order to achieve our goal to increase our reach, we are utilizing LEAN-project management methods to improve organizational efficiencies.

The final piece of our growth strategy includes sharing our message and expertise with our community. We are sharing our methods and programs with universities, other early intervention centers, and community stakeholders through trainings and conferences.

We are accomplishing our goals through direct service and strategic partnerships. Our programs and services include early intervention therapies and special education services, such as comprehensive developmental assessments, physical, speech, and mental health therapies, sibling and parent support and education, and programs for those at risk of developmental delay due to environmental factors. In support of our community and partners, we offer consultations and trainings, through which we help inform others of our successful methods and innovative programs.

Kindering was created in 1962 by five mothers of children with special needs. Today, Kindering is the largest and most comprehensive neurodevelopmental center in the Pacific Northwest.
Graduate Success: Of children enrolled at Kindering last year:
• 99% of children made progress in two or more skill areas;
• 75% succeeded in narrowing the knowledge and skill gaps with typically developing peers; and
• 42% of students graduated with age-appropriate skills in every area of development – they no longer needed any developmental therapies or special education.

Annually, the children who graduate with age-appropriate skills from our program will save our local school districts $14 million in aggregate over their educational careers.

Partnership: Kindering’s CHERISH (CHildren Encouraged by Relationships in Secure Homes) program for foster children and parents has grown through the successful training of 7 replication partners. Our CHERISH cohort now treats or influences the care of all children (ages birth to 3) entering foster care in King County. Additionally, we have worked with the County to lead the inclusion of birth parents in Early Invention work (currently 26%), thereby better supporting reunification and long-term success.

Program Expansion: In 2018, Kindering’s FIT (Families in Transition) program received substantial support to directly serve more families and refine its program, with an eye to sharing the program and its effectiveness with other providers so that more of the region’s homeless can be supported, akin to the CHERISH partnership model.

Excellence: Kindering was designated a Washington Health Care Authority ‘Center of Excellence’ for the treatment of autism.

Innovation: In order to respond to rising demand for services in a community often faced with transportation challenges, Kindering’s therapy teams have piloted and seen great success with Tele-Intervention therapies and parent coaching.

Succession: In November 2018, we successfully transitioned the role of Chief Executive Officer to Lisa Greenwald, PhD, CCC-SLP, following Mimi Siegel’s retirement after 40 years of devoted leadership.

Growth: In 2018, Kindering served 5,800 children and their families in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties through direct therapies, special education, and support programs. This was a growth rate of 15% over the previous year.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Consultation with CBO partners. Excellence Committee with external members. Data Analysis,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,



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Board of directors
as of 1/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/21/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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