Parenting Resolutions!

“Each year at this time, many of us make a pledge to eat healthier, exercise more, stop bad habits and improve upon countless other behaviors. What if one of the resolutions were about parenting? And not just “I promise to be a better parent,” but actually making changes in specific actions. Here are my ideas for resolutions this year.” — Read this article from Kerry Beymer, the parenting education and support manager at Encompass —


PRESS RELEASE: Encompass Invites Early Learning Professionals to Participate in Executive Function Early Learning Communities in January

Encompass Invites Early Learning Professionals to Participate in Executive Function Early Learning Communities in January

North Bend, WA Encompass is a leader in ELC PDFsupporting the development of executive function skills across its programs in education and pediatric therapy. As the only organization in King County (and 1 of only 6 in Washington) to be selected by the Washington State Department of Early Learning to participate in a pilot program known as “Executive Function Learning Communities” (in partnership with Frontiers of Innovation, an initiative of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University), Encompass will offer a free 9-week workshop to help teachers develop executive function skills in children under their care. This is a free opportunity to earn 20 STARS credits and begins January 21. This will not be offered the Valley for at least another two years.

“I’m recruiting all local early learning professionals to participate in this year’s Early Learning Communities,” says Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass. “Preparing the adults who care for and work with young children is critical to helping children develop the skills they need to make good decisions, participate in school, and adapt flexibly to new situations.”

Executive functioning is a group of skills that help people to focus on multiple streams of information at the same time and revise plans as necessary. Developing these skills before the age of 5 can impact a child’s ability to hold a job, develop healthy relationships and deal with stress—factors that contribute to the health of a community. Children don’t naturally develop executive function skill—they must be nurtured by parents, teachers and caregivers.

For more information and to register for the workshop, early learning professionals can contact Kerry Beymer (425.888.2777 or

— ABOUT ENCOMPASS ENCOMPASS is an independent, non-profit organization established in 1966 with a mission to nurture children, enrich families and inspire community. Our expert staff is committed to applying best practices and innovative strategies to early childhood education and therapy programs. We serve the Snoqualmie Valley, Issaquah, Sammamish and greater Eastside. Follow Encompass on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and our blog.


PRESS RELEASE: Encompass Announces New Executive Director


Nela Cumming has been chosen to lead Encompass as Executive Director. For the past five months, Cumming has been the Interim Executive Director and served in Encompass staff leadership roles for six years, most recently as the Director of Pediatric Therapy. She has been deeply involved in the pediatric therapy services provided by Encompass and has more than 25 years of experience in social services in addition to being an involved parent in the community. Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: Encompass Already Answering the President’s Call to Build a Stronger Nation through Early Childhood Opportunities


National attention turned to early learning programs like the one at Encompass last Wednesday during the White House Summit on Early Education. President Barack Obama called on business leaders, philanthropists, advocates, elected officials and members of the public to invest in the expansion of early childhood opportunities for children across the country through Invest in US. Continue reading

Promote Brain Development This Holiday Season!

“It’s holiday time again, a season ripe with opportunities to promote brain development and build independent skills in kids. What? I know, it seems a little extreme, but it’s true! The opportunities are endless. You could help build your child’s frontal lobe development by practicing skills like planning meals, deciding the order of food service, keeping calm and sharing, and deciding what to work on first. Just think how much of these skills are used at holiday time. There’s meal preparation, waiting to open a gift, and not telling Aunt Lucy that her stuffing was dry! When it comes to promoting brain development, ‘tis the season!” Read more —
Sarah Levin Allen, Ph.D., CBIS Assistant Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

An Encompass Family Thriving through Love, Compassion, Support & Dedication

therayfamStaci and Sean Ray were brave enough to share their Encompass journey at our annual Autumn Gala and now we would like to share it with you. Please keep in mind that the Rays are just one of many families that need the critical support provided by Encompass.

Feeling defeated by the loss of a baby girl born at 20 weeks and another at full term, Staci and Sean began researching adoption in 2011. Soon after becoming foster care certified, they brought Abigail, two years old, and Liam, seven weeks old, into their home. Both children had been neglected, abused, malnourished and infected with scabies and MRSA from head to toe. They were both also struggling with developmental delays.

Because Staci and Sean were deeply rooted in the Snoqualmie Valley, they knew exactly where to turn and made their first of many calls to Encompass. Within less than a year, Abigail and Liam were thriving with the feeding, speech, motor and mental therapy support they received from Encompass. Having developed an unbreakable bond, Staci and Sean officially adopted Abigail and Liam!

On October 2, 2013 Abigail and Liam’s biological mother gave birth to another baby boy. After careful consideration, the Rays were thrilled to bring him into their home and unite the siblings. But, there was one more surprise around the corner… a few weeks later, Staci found out she was pregnant with a perfectly healthy baby girl!

In just two years, the Ray family grew from a family of two to a healthy family of six. Dedication and support from eleven Encompass services combined with powerful love and compassion from Staci and Sean has led to an inspiring success story in our community.

As we approach the season of giving, will you join us as we continue to make it possible for children and families to thrive? Please select “Annual Campaign” in the “Apply my gift to” menu when making your donation.