SPRING RECAP NEWSLETTER
Note from Our CEO
ISNW To Reopen & Operate WSUV Children's Center
We are thrilled to announce our partnership to reopen and operate the WSU Vancouver Children’s Center. Following a comprehensive review and evaluation process, ISNW was selected to restore the space and provide high-quality education and researched-based learning for up to 60 children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old at the University-owned facility.
We were selected out of the three organizations that submitted proposals due to our expansive service offerings, flexible part-time enrollment options, and alignment with WSU Vancouver values. Our Early Learning program incorporates each child’s family, language, and culture and does not expel children due to their behavior. This is our foundation for providing inclusive child care and will continue at WSU Vancouver.
Our team will have the ability to utilize the full space, and provide children and families access to additional services such as registered dieticians, speech therapists, support specialists to help families connect with community agencies, and onsite screenings with local dentists.
This partnership will facilitate collaboration with WSU Vancouver’s education and research mission, offering opportunities for staff, students, and potential student internships. To further support the WSU Vancouver community, the
center will reserve slots for students and
employees during the early registration period and discounted tuition rates for these families. The WSU campus will serve preschool to PhD!
We aim to have the Children’s Center open and operational before the Fall 2023 semester, which starts on August 21st, 2023. We are incredibly excited about this opportunity and look forward to expanding possibilities for everyone at WSU Vancouver. Go Cougs!
Meet Blossom | Our Symbol of Unforgettable Impact
As we celebrate our 60th anniversary this year -
We wanted to introduce you to our new
friend, Blossom. Blossom will act as a charming reminder of our unforgettable impact over the past six decades. Elephants are known for their tremendous memory, and Blossom never forgets the importance of making a difference in the lives of those we serve.
A huge thank you to the group of early learners who helped give Blossom her new name. They are as excited as we are to share how you can bring your very own Blossom home, stay tuned
for more information coming soon! Thank you for being a supporter
of Innovative Services NW.
Join the ISNW Board of Directors
Do you currently utilize our services and are you interested in shaping the strategy and direction of ISNW?
We invite you to join the Innovative Services NW Board of Directors, where you can make a lasting impact on our community. We are actively seeking passionate community members who share our mission to provide possibilities for everyone while promoting equity and inclusion.
The ISNW Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who play a critical role in maximizing our ability to serve the community. Watch the video below to discover the rewarding experiences and community impact our Board Members have been a part of.
Team Spotlight | Melody Partridge
Meet Melody ‘Mel’ Partridge, ISNW’s Vice President of Early Education and Employment Programs. Mel has been an exceptional leader and integral part of the Innovative Services NW team since 2008. In 2022, Mel joined the ISNW executive team, where she now oversees a wide range of responsibilities to ensure the growth and success of our Early Learning and Employment Programs.
Mel has over 20 years of experience working with children and adults with disabilities. Her passion for our mission continues to drive the positive impact Innovative Services NW has on our community.
“In my job, I feel like I make a difference. Maybe you don't see it right away but you do make a difference. You see it years later, and you'll come in contact with someone you onced help served and you realize they still remember you and the positive impact you’ve had on their life.”
New Early Learning Rooms | Enrollment is Open!
Construction is complete, and our Early Learning program is ready for new students! With expanded space, we can now accommodate more young learners in a safe and engaging environment to learn, discover, and grow. Our students are already making the most of the two new Early Learning rooms and can’t wait to welcome new friends. Let the learning adventures begin!
Save the Date | Cornhole Tournament!
The ISNW Almost Annual Cornhole tournament is fast approaching. We can’t wait for you to join us for an afternoon of friendly competition and fun to support our ability to serve the community.
When: Sunday, August 13th
Where: Windy Hills Winery
We invite you to gather your friends, family, or colleagues and join us for the event of the summer. You can look forward to delicious refreshments, engaging conversations, and connections with individuals who share our commitment to supporting our community.
Better Hearing and Speech Month: A Guide to Helping 2-3 Year Olds
May is Better Hearing & Speech Month and we would like to raise awareness of the importance of ensuring a child is on the right path to developing vital skills they will use throughout their life. Our team of expert Pediatric Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) have outlined key development milestones for children aged 2-3 years old for parents and caregivers to monitor a child’s development and determine when they may consider referring to an SLP.
Join Our Team
INSW is hiring! And we would like you to consider submitting an application or sharing these opportunities with individuals who are seeking to support our community in meaningful ways.