We serve a diverse population through a variety of low-cost or free outdoor recreational activities, before and after school daycare, sports programs and special events.
Each month, we serve an average of 510 needy children through 12 program hours per day. We are open year round- including some holidays, Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm plus some Saturdays for special events. Ninety-one percent of our participants come from single parent homes where the children qualify for the School District 81’s free school breakfast/lunch program.
Over the last few years, the program has experienced phenomenal growth. Class attendance is up 70%, sports program participation is up 12% and special event attendance has increased. As attendance in these programs increased, staff at the center recognized they needed to provide extra educational support to help children bridge the learning gap between school and home.
WHY IT MATTERS
The NEYC has a safe and fun environment and provides adult role models who show the children positive ways of learning. A testament to the programs success is seen in increased attendance and positive comments from parents and teachers.
In thinking about the children served at the NEYC, the word ‘average’ just doesn’t apply. In reality there is no standard word to describe them. Each child has special needs as well as special gifts! What these children do have in common is their need for things many Spokane children take for granted; extra help finishing their homework; caring and nurturing adult role models; a safe place to feel loved and accepted for who they are, a place that offers a variety of ways to learn and be challenged; a home away from home! The NEYC provides all of this and more.
Spokane NE Youth Center is a nonprofit (71-0886315) state-licensed facility that provides safe, affordable childcare and transportation for children ages 2.5 to 13. We offer recreational activities, arts and crafts, special events, meals, summer camps and programs during spring break and winter break to Spokane children. All children deserve a place where they feel safe and welcome. We offer a home away from home so that children feel cared for and parents can focus on all of life’s other needs.