Encompass opens one-of-a-kind pediatrics facility in Snoqualmie

After five years of planning, fundraising and construction, a dream came true for Executive Director Nela Cumming and her team at Encompass when the nonprofit opened its new Child Development Center to the public.

“For us to finally be in it and to have our work supported in so many wonderful ways, it’s a dream,” Cumming said. “The therapists love it, the kids love it. It’s really exciting.”

The building, located at 9050 384th Ave. SE in Snoqualmie, opened on July 12. It is a unique pediatric clinic specially designed for the therapeutic treatment of children aged 3 to 8 years with developmental delays, disabilities and behavioral problems. challenges.

The center offers a range of therapies, including speech, physical, occupational, nutritional, family and motor therapies. The facility also offers groups for children to discuss emotional management, general health, and social skills.

Cumming said that throughout the year’s construction of the building, building architects spoke regularly with therapists and Encompass staff to make adjustments and optimize the building for treatment.

“What’s special about this facility is that there’s nothing else on the Eastside,” Cumming said. “There are other places for child therapy, but nothing that looks like that, is designed like that, has the natural outdoor space.”

Encompass began work on the development center in 2016. The organization completed a feasibility study to measure community support. Encompass leaders spent the next four years raising money for the $7 million project, officially purchasing the property in June 2019 and breaking ground a year later.

Cumming said the building’s construction had several ups and downs, including an extra year of fundraising and concerns about receiving state funds, but the staff made it through with the support of the families they served.

Rebekah McHugh, a mother whose 6-year-old child with Down syndrome has been treated by Encompass’s staff since he was two weeks old, said the nonprofit has been critical to her family and her development. son.

“[The staff] I’ve just been listening, offering support and giving the occasional hug when the challenges and frustrations of raising a child with special needs become overwhelming,” she said at the center’s grand opening on August 19. “We wouldn’t be where we are without it.”

In addition to the new facility, Encompass will serve all families with children ages 8 and under, regardless of ability. They operate preschools in Carnation and North Bend and provide home and group services to parents.

“Encompass has been part of the community for 55 years,” King County Councilman Kathy Lambert said at the opening. “That says something about its staying power.”

Compared to the old building, the new facility can serve 30% more children and has outdoor space, including playground equipment and a garden, which were previously unavailable.

Cumming particularly emphasized the building’s kitchen, which is designed to treat people with nutritional disorders. She also said that the outdoor garden, which is large enough for two to three therapy sessions, is the favorite part of the new building for children and therapists alike.

“Our vision is a community where all children thrive,” Cumming said. “This place is the physical embodiment of the love, care and support we have for the children in the valley.”

For more information about the center, visit encompassnw.org/child-development-center/.

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Rebekah McHugh and Encompass Executive Director Nela Cumming cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Child Development Center on August 19. Photo by Conor Wilson/Snoqualmie Valley Record

Rebekah McHugh and Encompass Executive Director Nela Cumming cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Child Development Center on August 19. Photo by Conor Wilson/Snoqualmie Valley Record

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