• Skagit Valley College opens new childcare center

    July 06, 2022
    Immediate Release 
    July 05, 2022 
    Media contact: Laura Daniali, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications 
    206.370.1015 | laura.daniali@skagit.edu 
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    Caption: (from left to right) Brad Tuininga, SVC Foundation executive director; Sue Krienen Early Learning and Childcare Center June 28 at its Mount Vernon campus. The center was the vision of SVC Foundation donor Sue Krienen, an $800,000 grant from Washington’s Department of Commerce in early 2019, and a $1.5 million grant from Head Start. George and Sheila Saul generously established the endowed Peg Moy and Sheila Moy Saul Early Childhood Education scholarship fund to support students pursuing a four-year ECE degree.  

    The center will serve as a Head Start facility with capacity for 30 children in two classrooms and includes an outdoor play area and an observation room for ECE students. Head Start is a comprehensive program for children from low-income and at-risk families.  

    “Those children are the most at risk when they enter the public school system, so it’s our job and privilege to partner with families to provide a quality program for them to participate in and get ready for kindergarten,” said Becky Richter, Head Start program manager. “We have a longstanding partnership and collaboration with SVC, and this is going to make it go even further.” 

    Alma Hernandez, an SVC ECE student and a Head Start parent, attended the opening to express her support and appreciation.  
    “I am a very proud first-generation college student, and I’m fairly new to Skagit and the Head Start community,” Hernandez said. “The Head Start program provides support, resources, and empowers families. It provided me with resources for my son when I was becoming aware of his developmental disabilities, and they also supported me to advocate for my children. As parents, we’re their first line of defense and their voice.” 

    Hernandez completed her ECE certificate in the spring and plans to work toward her Krienen Early Learning and Childcare Center and fundraising campaign, go to skagitfoundation.org. 

    Skagit Valley College is making a difference throughout Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties by providing access to higher education for all who seek a better future. Part of what makes our college special is that we are deeply committed to equity in access, achievement, and community. Whether you are training for a new job, beginning your college experience, finishing the degree you started, adding English language skills, or pursuing a high school credential, Skagit Valley College welcomes you. 
    Laura Daniali, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
    laura.daniali@skagit.edu , 206.370.1015