EVERGREEN CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION, dba Kids Co.

aka Kids Co.   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.kidscompany.org

Mission

Evergreen Children's Association dba Kids Co. was founded in 1989 with the vision that all children have access to high quality care and education. Kids Co. began with one child care center in Ballard and over thirty years later we have grown to operate 15 centers onsite at Seattle (11) and Mercer Island (4) public schools. Kids Co. creates safe spaces that inspire wonder, curiosity, and play for kids; programs that deliver high quality youth programs year-round for children, ages 3-12.

Ruling year info

1990

President and CEO

Ms. Susan R. Brown

Main address

2208 NW Market St Ste 510

Seattle, WA 98107 USA

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EIN

91-1450148

NTEE code info

Child Day Care (P33)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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

Before School Care, After School Care, Preschool, After School Clubs and Summer Day Camp

We operate 15 child care centers in the Seattle (11) and Mercer Island (4) area, serving 1,400 - 1,700 kids each year (3 to 12 years old). Each center is located on-site at elementary schools.

Since we opened our very first center in 1989, we have maintained our commitment to turning no child away based on family income or ability to pay tuition fees.

We provide tuition assistance to nearly 200 of the children in our care for each year.

We provide age-appropriate enrichment activities that coordinate with educational goals and standards determined by each school. We also adapt our curriculum and practices to support the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Search Institute that help young people to grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible adults.

Our staff collaborates with classroom teachers to determine how we can build on the school-day curriculum, and reinforce learning after school. Homework time, literacy-rich environments, science and math activities and creative outlets like drama and music are all part of each Kids Co. program.

Currently, every location serves school-age children, while we provide early learning preschool programming at two locations.

Population(s) Served

Kids Co. provides uninterrupted care in the form of tuition assistance for families experiencing financial hardship.

Population(s) Served

At Kid Co., we engage our kids in exciting activities every day! The kids experience field trips (Columbia Tower or Pacific Science Center), guest teachers (from the Pratt Fine Arts Center or the Woodland Park Zoo), learn how to cook, read new and classic children’s books, experiment with microscopes, create handmade rugs like Eddie, and much more.

Play and imagination are far more than just a way to fill a kid’s free time. Play is one of the main ways they learn from the world and the people around them. Kids Co. kids creates curriculums which emphasize exploration and discovery-based learning. This requires providing lots of multi-sensory, hands-on activities and plenty of time scheduled for play. Our dedicated teachers design lesson plans which help stimulate the kids’ learning and form connections in their growing brains.

Population(s) Served

We aspire to build environments where ALL kids can create lasting friendships, safely explore the world of play and imagination, and nurture their many gifts and talents. Parents want the best for their children - so do we! Our commitment to best practices in childcare is uncompromising which is why we seek funding to support the intensive training and coaching program that was designed for Kids Co. by the UW Haring Center to train staff to work with kids who have extreme behavior challenges.

Population(s) Served

Our core clientele are working families, many of whom live on a low-income budget and struggle to put meals on the table and keep their children fed. Kids Co. at Graham Hill’s program manager shared recently that she has students who come to the center with nothing more than soda crackers for lunch. Without a second glance, she supplements these types of meal deficiencies with items that round out a complete meal. We want her, and each of our staff, to have the ability to provide this service for all the kids in our care who don’t have enough to eat. Hunger should never threaten our children’s present or future! In addition, hunger not only creates physical problems, it also has negative effects on academic performance, social skills and relationship building. With the existing problems that food insecurity creates, it can also be challenging for a student to reap the benefits available through before- or after-school care.

Population(s) Served

HELP US BUILD OUR DISASTER KITS!
The mission of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to enhance our disaster preparedness kits in all 15 of our child care centers (1,400 children). We currently have enough for a
3-day supply but Washington State recommends enough for 7-days!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Accreditation (COA) [for Children and Family Services] - Accreditation 2010

Awards

Best in America Seal of Excellence 2013

Independent Charities of American & Local Independent Charities of America

Financials

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EVERGREEN CHILDREN'S ASSOCIATION, dba Kids Co.

Board of directors
as of 1/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Hoverson

Washington Liftruck

Term: 2015 - 2016

Joe Jornadal

Sunwest Bank

Shawn Larsen-Bright

Dorsey & Whitney, LLP

Erin Overbey

City of Seattle

Susan Brown

Kids Co.

John Hoverson

Washington Liftruck

Lauren Offenbecher

Carrix, Inc.

Henry Chou

Amazon

Ray Luiggi

Oracle

Tinamarie Feil

BMC Group

Jonathan Siegel

LabConnect, LLC

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No