The Children’s Village expansion was many years in the planning. Intending to double the capacity of the Village – in order to serve more children, it is now happening!
The extensive renovation and expansion has been in four phases. Construction is in now the fourth and final phase, with children having therapy in the new therapy gyms, educators meeting in the downstairs rooms, children and families flocking to the new dental clinic area. As we wait for the expanded medical specialty clinic to be completed, we have just $1 million dollars to raise.
The lower level which houses mental and behavioral health and an autism support and training classroom was completed in December and is now serving children and families.
Children have started in the collaborative classroom, an innovative and rigorous opportunity for children with autism to transition into the school system by learning and developing school-ready behaviors. Central Washington University students participate in internships in the classroom, working in tandem with local school districts. Many children are succeeding in this model approach.
The upstairs specialty dental clinic expansion includes three additional dental laboratories, making for a total of six chairs for patients and a special recovery room for children and their parents. In addition, a second pediatric dentist will be joining Children’s Village in July 2010.
Construction of the new community room and Parent to Parent office are near completion. Design development has been completed for the exterior play area and construction will commence soon.
“It seems like every day something new is happening,” Children’s Village Family Resource Coordinator Jackie McPhee said. “It’s so exciting more children and families served.”