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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the parent-tot playgroup, several trainings, and individual parent-coaching. Prior to attending Simplicity Educational Services, I did a lot of reading about parenting. I still had feelings of uncertainty about how to parent my then 2 year old. What I appreciate about Simplicity is that I was able to witness teachers modeling responses as well as receive practical steps tailored to my child. Simplicity provides the theoretical and practical framework that allows you to solve almost any issue. This is accomplished through trainings, specific guidance, and practice. Parenting only happens once with each child and I could have learned from my mistakes the hard way, some perhaps many years later. However, the collective wisdom I received at Simplicity helped me be the best parent I can be at the present moment.

Philosophically, Simplicity is an oasis in an arena that expects children to behave like adults and pushes them to stretch their cognitive abilities at younger ages, often beyond what they can handle developmentally. I have also thought deeply about their motto of "preserving childhood" and despite initial skepticism, I am more on board with it now than ever. At Simplicity, I learned to see things from a child development point of view and it has really reduced conflict between me and my now 4 year old. I find myself returning to Simplicity for guidance because once I mastered one developmental stage, it's not long before a new one arrives! I encourage anyone working with children or making policy regarding children to give Simplicity a try. It has really touched my life and I wouldn't be the same parent without it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Simplicity Learning is hands down the most helpful parent tot program I have attended and I would know because I've been to a lot over the past 9 years. Many programs attempt to focus on both the child and the caregiver but, this is the first and only program I have been a part of that accomplishes that. I love being able to have all of my parenting concerns addressed in a supportive and nurturing environment over a cup of warm tea. While at the same time my child plays with beautifully natural toys, learns social skills and is cared for by teachers who are thoughtful and attentive. And the best part is we all sit and eat a healthy homemade meal together that I didn't have to cook. And did I mention that my 2 year old now eats raw celery, carrots and spinach because of it? I don't know what I'd do without Simplicity Learning...probably be stuck in my house a lot more looking for answers in a book. Thanks for building me this community that is truly the answer to learning how to raise children (because it's not always that simple ;)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the past year I have been attending the Simplicity Learning parent-tot groups with my now 4 year old son and 9 month old baby. I came to Simplicity Learning looking for a place to connect with other parents and also get some advice on dealing with the difficult toddler years. My experience at Simplicity Learning has definitely exceeded my expectations, and I would even say that it has been life-changing. The weekly parent-tot groups are a calming reprieve from the busyness of daily life with kids. The teachers and volunteers not only share their wisdom and expertise about parenting, but they demonstrate it each week with the children so you can see good parenting in action. Before coming to Simplicity Learning, good parenting was a mystery to me. I had read about it in books, but I didn't think it was possible in practice. Our family life has been changed for the better as a result of our time at Simplicity. I now know how to be matter-of-fact and firm in setting limits with my son while still being kind and happy. I have learned that it is ok to for my son to have a tantrum, and I can be there by his side as he goes through various feelings. Simplicity Learning has been a wonderful place to learn and also a place to feel a sense of community and extended family. Each time we go feels as warm and inviting as a visit to grandma's house, and my kids feel as comfortable and loved there as they would at grandma's house too. I cannot recommend Simplicity Learning enough for young parents.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with simplicity learning has been very rewarding. I have attending parent tot classes several times, along with one on one parent coaching. I find the modeling from the instructors very professional and helpful. There is no judgement or dogma here, the intention is to create harmonious relationships between parents and children. Parents and children are accepted at their level of understanding or awareness. Through activities and direct conversations, parents are lovingly suggested to take a closer look at their parenting style as it pertains to the child's needs. The methods and compassion show at Simplicity is unmatched. I would suggest this organization to anyone looking for meaningful and considerate parenting support.