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Simplicity Educational Services

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Simplicity Learning provides child development education and community for parents, teachers, and care providers.

Results: Simplicity Learning offers workshops, classes and coaching sessions for child care providers, co-parents, administrators, teachers and childcare owners to support slowing down for intentional child-rearing, increasing time in nature, decreasing electronic screen time, protecting childhood, and co-creating more peaceful home life and classroom environments. Our clients report that they feel more connected and supporter, less anxious and isolated, and more confident in their work with children and families.

Target demographics: parents, teachers, care providers, administrators, childcare owners

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 clients of all ages

Geographic areas served: the greater Seattle area

Programs: child development workshops and classes, STARS trainings, Simplicity Parenting discussion groups, parent-tot playgroups, private parent coaching, care provider mentoring

Community Stories

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Katie W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend taking a Simplicity Learning class with Brianna, what an amazing group discussion we were able to have each week under her thoughtful and calm guidance.

After taking this class I've really built a solid range of small and manageable tools to help guide my young children. The tips from the book, group and discussion group have an impact on the whole family and I've been amazed at how even the simplest tweak can have a huge ripple effect across all our wellbeing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am fortunate to have been included in a Simplicity Learning class this summer. It helped the way in which I parent my two children, ages 3 and 7. Instead of immediately reacting to situations, behaviors and emotions, I learned valuable tools and techniques to calm myself and my children and be able to better see a larger picture. I've learned that picking one or two things to work on at a time in a particular area feels manageable and yields helpful results. Briana was a wonderful leader and we had a very supportive group. I highly recommend Simplicity Learning.

Alison O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I connected with a staff member at Simplicity Learning to facilitate a group of eastside moms during an in-home Simplicity Parenting workshop this past summer. It was such a powerful experience for all involved and it really exceeded my expectations. I found the information regarding parenting types and styles to be very helpful as well as exploring the "soul fever" concept. I have 2 children, ages 8 and 5 and I only wish I had started down this path sooner. I highly recommend this organization to any parent/caregiver!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended several partner tot groups with Simplicity. The experience has been fabulous. Some of the benefits are healthy and collaborative parenting is modeled by the staff, meaningful conversation about parenting between the parents, and a sense of community as we all discover the path of parenthood.I also have received parent coaching from Simplicity. My coach offered tangible recommendations to support my families needs. This organization is a great reroute for families!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simplicity Learning has provided me with the opportunity to engage with community and support a model of education and personal / professional growth that is beneficial to parents, caregivers, teachers, and children. Because the executive director is so experienced and well-organized, it has been easy for me to plug in to a variety of volunteer roles, depending on my schedule and desired level of involvement. Although my contributions may be small, I feel appreciated and valued for my time, and enjoy the positive spirit of the organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member at Simplicity for several years, during which I have experienced only good things from this little organization.  I do not have direct interaction with clients, but the board is kept apprised of programs (on-target with current needs, creative and appealing) and client feedback (consistently excellent).  Our Executive Director runs a well-organized, transparent and efficient operation that makes it very easy to be a board member.  She knows what she's doing in her field of expertise and also in administering the operation.  The board is well supported and well informed, and I am proud to be part of this effort and very confident in its value! 

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simplicity Learning is truly a great resource for parents of young children. I volunteered there for a little over a year (and would have continued had it not been for a change in my schedule!), and over the course of every quarter, I would see how being under the care and expertise of Brianna and Jackie both the parents and their children would develop and learn a lot. A warm and supportive community for parents, their children, and volunteers!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I wish that more parents were clear about their roles in relation to their children. I see a lot of kids suffering and trying to please their grown-ups and a lot of parents who aren't in control of themselves. Simplicity Learning can help!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Simplicity Learning provides a warm and loving atmosphere of learning for children and their families. When you walk into a playgroup or workshop there, you are entering a peaceful land that invites you to participate in an unusually calm and beneficial adventure. The experienced staff and volunteers skillfully provide guidance to promote children’s growth and good health.

Inga T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They offer many educational opportunities and do many interesting and helpful trainings for childcare providers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always enjoy helping out at Simplicity Learning because the parents who go there for help are given good information to raise their children the best way that they can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering here for over three years, but I have known many other members of the volunteer staff for almost fifteen years. Great people. Simplicity Learning is a fulfilling place to work. You feel like you are being beneficial...and appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I always enjoy working with the clients and other volunteers at Simplicity because I always learn something new about caring for children and each other. Parenting and teaching can be too lonely sometimes. It's great to connect and get helpful information and new ways of looking at problems and solutions.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Simplicity Learning since its inception and find my volunteer work very satisfying. Clients are so grateful to have a place to share their experiences with children, ask questions, and get answers about parenting, teaching, and generally bringing up the next generation of humans. It's great to be a part of helping our community in this way and I always learn something new at the parent evenings, STARS trainings, and parent-tot playgroups when I volunteer.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed this training from Simplicity Learning! Briana is extremely knowledgeable and really connects with the individuals in her class. I felt welcomed and the conversation flowed throughout the night. Overall a great experience!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed this training from Simplicity Learning! Briana is extremely knowledgeable and really connects with the participants in her classes. I felt welcomed the minute I walked in, especially since I drove a distance to be there. Any questions that were asked were answered very thoroughly and thoughtfully. The topic of sensory processing disorders is one that is extremely interesting to me, and it was presented in a way that kept myself, as well as, the other participants engaged the entire time. I would have loved it to be longer!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the owner and Director of a preschool in Bellevue and have been workng with young children for the past 18 years. I wholeheartedly endorse the wonderful programs that the Simplicity Learning staff have created! Their parent-tot groups and classes are a valuable resource for families, educators, and childcare professionals alike. I recently recommended one of Simplicity Learning's STARS workshops to two of my Lead Teachers, who came away from the workshop with a wealth of information and new tools for helping to manage transitions in our preschool classrooms. As a result of the information they gained from the workshop and implemented in the classroom, our daily transition times are much calmer and more enjoyable for both our students and teachers. I already recommend Simplicity Learning's teacher training workshops to two other preschool directors and plan to have my teachers attend more of them in the future!

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were great. I liked the personal interaction with their staff. I love them. I wish them all kinds of success.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have attended a few events through Simplicity Learning and remain connected through their e-newsletter. Each experience has been positive and I came away feeling like the interactions and resources was just what I needed in my present life as a busy mom of a preschooler and six month old. Even their recent Valentine's wish struck a cord with me when I read the quote from Mister Rogers. Simplicity Learning has helped me continue on my desired path as a parent and I'm thankful they are providing support and community to families in our area.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently took a STARS class through Simplicity and it was WONDERFUL!! Very well prepared and knowledgeable with topics. THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love Simplicity Learning! I am just delighted that we have this place where people can come together and experience what healthy child development looks like and to meet like-minded people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My three-year old and I have been attending the Simplicity Parenting Playgroup. It is one of the best parent-child activities for us because we have learned so much, and as a result, able to better enjoy each other's presence. During the program, I learned how to interpret and respond to the "language of children" in the seemingly informal but often in-depth conversations with the facilitators and through watching them interact with the children. While my child enjoyed free play time, the program facilitators thoughtfully watched the children play and offered loving support only when necessary. I mostly enjoy the sense of peace and warmth I experience at Simplicity Learning and so glad that I am able to bring it back to my family.