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Don't Let Seattle Public Schools Displace Program for Children with Special Needs

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Northwest Center Kids operates an early learning and early intervention program serving both children with and without disabilities. 

Seattle Public Schools activated a 6-month eviction clause in Northwest Center Kids lease after 28 years with only a few days of notice.  The 6-month deadline is unrealistic and hurts children and families.  Superintendent Banda and the Seattle School Board need to stop the clock on the 6-month eviction so Northwest Center Kids has time to ensure a safe and orderly transition to a facility that can accommodate their unique program.

The crisis:

- Northwest Center Kids provides essential services for children with disabilities, for many of them there are no other options.

-  Seattle Public Schools has given Northwest Center Kids 6 months to vacate their facility

- It took 3 years of process for Northwest Center Kids to develop, license, and open a similar facility.

-- The 6 month deadline will leaves many children with special needs without support, which will result in significant developmental delays.

-- The 6 month deadline also leaves 89 families scrambling to find childcare in an already tight market.

The Northwest Center Kids Program:

- Serves 110 children from 89 families

-- 38 of the children enrolled have special needs

-- 11 also attend developmental preschool at Seattle Public Schools

-- 15 SPS students are in the School-Age program.  13 have special needs.

-- 15 children receive early intervention services in their classrooms.

- Qualifies for Seattle funding for childcare assistance to low-income families provides.

- Provides $12,768 in scholarships monthly for children in the early learning program.

- Is one of only three full-service early intervention programs in Seattle

- Employs 7 adults with intellectual disabilities and 62 adults in total.

- Has been leasing the North Queen Anne Elementary building for 28 years

-- NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) donated $250,000 in upgrades and thousands of hours of labor on the property to Northwest Center Kids in October 2013.

-- The school district had plans to evict Northwest Center Kids before the improvement project started.

-- The school district did not let Northwest Center Kids know about their long-term plans until after these improvements had already been made.

The Ask:

STOP THE CLOCK ON THE SIX MONTH EVICTION.  Allow Northwest Center Kids to stay at the current location long enough to find, update, license, and open at a new location.

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