Boyer Children's Clinic

Providing Hope * Empowering Families * Changing Lives

Seattle, WA   |


At Boyer Children’s Clinic, we celebrate each child’s unique abilities and embrace their individual needs. Through our high-quality therapy and education programs – strengthened by generous philanthropic donors and community volunteers – we partner with families to ensure they have the support, tools and confidence to help their children thrive, both now and in the future. We ensure all children in need of early intervention services receive equitable access to them, inclusive of cultural/linguistic diversity, and regardless of their family's financial circumstances.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Mr. Michael Stewart

Main address

1850 Boyer Ave. E.

Seattle, WA 98112 USA

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NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Health Treatment Facilities (Primarily Outpatient) (E30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children’s health, learning, and behavior during the earliest years (birth to three) are the basis for increasing the likelihood of school success and their ability to actively participate in society. It is well documented that for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities, access to health, educational, and social-emotional supports will determine a child’s ability to participate fully in society, beginning with their education. Children with special healthcare needs include diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, cleft palate, spinal muscular atrophy, vision impairment, hearing loss, chromosomal anomalies and/or speech/language delays. The barriers to accessing early support for infants and toddlers are significant, including limited mobility and a lack of awareness of available services. As a result, the early identification of developmental delays or disabilities may not have been recognized, and/or the child may not have access to services.

Our programs

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

Early Support Services focused on children age birth to three.

Since 1942, Boyer has been the premier provider of ESIT services in greater Seattle for children birth to teen, serving over 1,500 children and their families annually. Boyer offers physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech-language pathology; feeding therapy; inclusive toddler groups (with parent participation and typically developing peers); social work services; medical evaluations (including autism spectrum diagnosis) by our on-staff medical director; and family resources coordination.
Based on the child’s individual needs, Boyer establishes an interdisciplinary team to maximize identification, consultation and coordination of all services. Our highly-specialized, evidence-based programs are designed to address the unique needs of each family. Our experienced professionals are leaders within their fields and have expertise in serving the most medically-complex cases.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

Boyer improves the quality of life for children with special healthcare needs and developmental delays by providing the best possible solutions for each child and family. Services take advantage of the critical early childhood stage of brain development and help children with special healthcare needs acquire knowledge and skills, and avoid falling behind in their development before kindergarten. Parents gain skills to become the best possible advocates for their child, while equipping them with the resources necessary to support their child.

Boyer delivers Early Support for Infants and Toddlers services (also known as early intervention services) designed to increase functioning at age level for young children under age 5. Services help children to mitigate the challenges of daily living and improve their level of functioning, by providing physical / occupational / speech-language therapy, early childhood special education, medical consultation and nursing services, and family support services. We provide uncompensated care/financial support for families whose insurance benefits have been depleted or coverage for services. Services are provided inclusive of cultural diversity and linguistic differences, and regardless of their family’s geographic limitations.

Boyer also provides specialized programming to support children with special healthcare needs that are further marginalized from educational and health equity. This includes special programs such as the CHERISH Program (for children and families in the foster care system), the CONNECT Program (for children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness), and the BRIDGE Program (for children at risk of developmental delays). Programs and services are designed to help improve early childhood outcomes for young children with special healthcare needs and equally, to improve systems collaboration between early intervention and other social services (such as the foster care system, homelessness system, and early childhood education systems). Boyer also ensures equitable transitions to their next educational environment.

For more than 75 years, Boyer has provided high-quality services for children with special healthcare needs in our community. We are the largest provider of early intervention services in Seattle for infants and toddlers with disabilities and developmental delays, and we are the most uniquely qualified organization to provide services for medically fragile children. Boyer is committed to hiring and retaining highly qualified and dedicated staff. Ninety-three percent of our direct service staff hold a master’s degree or higher in early childhood special education, therapy, social work, or management. Boyer’s staff retention is strong, with 19% of staff working at Boyer for 10-15 years while 50% of Boyer’s leadership team has worked at Boyer for 20 years or more. Our average tenure for staff is 8 years.

Equally, Boyer is committed to improving the system of services available to children with special healthcare needs and their families. Boyer is the administrative home of the Early Childhood Development Association of Washington (ECDAW) and lead the statewide annual Infant and Early Childhood Conference (IECC), an annual conference that welcomes more than 300 early intervention professionals, parents, and leaders to a 3-day annual conference. Boyer’s Executive Director serves as the Chair of the 19 Neurodevelopmental Centers (NDCs) of Washington state, serves on Washington State’s Interagency Coordinating Council Funding Committee for Early Intervention, and is a member of the Directors of Disabilities Organizations in Washington state. We also host nursing students, therapy interns, pediatric residents, and special educators to gain valuable on-the-job training.

Boyer’s recent programmatic results are as follows:

 98% of children receiving services made improvements in their functional daily living skills.
 51% of children exiting Boyer do not require further additional special education or related services; this compares to a 32% statewide average among all similar providers.
 Boyer received the highest performance rating from Seattle Public Schools on our Early Childhood Special Education Program. This indicates our commitment to partnering with school districts, community partners and other entities to successfully serve the children and families in our community.

Additionally, over the past five years, Boyer has provided more than $2.3 million in uncompensated care. Fees are assessed only through private health insurance or Medicaid to cover the cost of the early intervention services, and once those benefits have been exhausted, Boyer covers the cost of providing additional services through uncompensated care coverage.

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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Boyer Children's Clinic

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Boyer Children's Clinic

Board of directors
as of 08/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Whitney Haggerson

Providence Health & Services

Term: 2023 - 2024

Heidi Westling (Vice President)


Alyssa Hochman (Immediate Past President)

Point B

Julie Shin (Secretary)

Community Volunteer

John Stockamp (Treasurer)

West Monroe Partners

Denise Bowen

Providence Health & Services

Lauren Bruck

47th Avenue Foundation

Alex Cutler

Seattle Children's

Charles Di Bona

LabVantage Solutions, Inc.

Lakeisha Jackson


Peter Kealy

J.P. Morgan

Jack Kindred

Kindred Coaching LLC

Ian Kopp

ECG Management Consultants

Peter Li

Marketing Consultant

Ryan Maxwell

HomeStreet Bank

Kraig McCoy

Verus Investments

Shawna Rasmussen

Integrated Systems Group

Jill Tennant


Gloria Wang Shawber

The Center for Asian Pacific American Women

Margaret Webb

CBRE, Inc.

Jacob Burns

J.P. Morgan

Board leadership practices

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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 8/30/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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