Children and Youth

~ YWCA Services During COVID-19 ~

In addition to our safe shelter and hotline services for survivors of domestic violence, many of YWCA Spokane’s services are available to the community via phone, email, video, and through in-person services.  

During the phased reopening, we will continue to provide services in every way possible. In accordance with the Spokane Regional Health District’s guidelines, measures have been implemented for the safety of our staff and clients. To learn more about how to access critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our regularly updated list of services available here. Thank you!

Service Updates During COVID-19

We educate, care for, invest in, and advocate for over 2,984 girls and boys each year.

YWCA Spokane has been providing care and educational services to children since 1967. Currently, we offer Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) to help 3 and 4 year-olds be kindergarten-ready. We also provide a free on-site childcare service called Safe Haven for parents and guardians utilizing classes and services offered at YWCA Spokane. In addition, our Child and Youth Advocacy Program provides counseling and services to children and caregivers who have survived domestic violence and are in the process of rebuilding their lives.

The facts

In Spokane County, domestic violence is a Top Community Priority, in part because of the ways that domestic violence affects children. Here are the facts about domestic violence in Spokane County, according to the Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition.

  • 1 in 3 youth experience verbal abuse in their family
  • 1 in 5 youth witnessed abuse between adults more than once
  • 1 in 5 youth have been abused by an adult
  • 1 in 10 youth experience intimate partner violence
  • More than 2,000 children are documented as witnesses to a DV-related crime
  • 1,490 children were identified as victims in DV-related incidents
  • These numbers underestimate true exposure due to inconsistencies in tracking and underreporting.

Children’s Safety

Safe Home Safety Rules for Children

The fact is, every responsible parent is concerned about their children’s safety. At the same time, it is important for kids to socialize at a young age and be able to have a certain level of freedom to grow and develop independence. It’s all about finding a healthy balance, which can be tough. While ideal, constantly keeping your eyes peeled on your kids may not always be plausible. The good news is, you can implement some basic safety rules for your children to abide by. This will help them become more aware of how they can protect themselves when you are not around. Learn how to here.

Children’s safety tips

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