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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 workshops, Simplicity Parenting discussion groups, parent-tot playgroups, private parent coaching, care provider mentoring

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a family therapist working with parents; I look forward to the monthly enews from Simplicity Learning as a great resource for well-researched articles and insights into family life. i have known Brianna for more than 8 years, and am deeply impressed by her commitment and achievements in bringing high quality learning experiences to families and carers. Simplicity Learning embraces the messiness and gloriousness of contemporary family life with compassion and practical support. This is an endeavor well worth supporting!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering as a co teacher at Parent Tot Playgroups is a high point of my week. I learn so much from the parents, children, and fellow teachers. I leave feeling like I am a part of a nurturing community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at Simplicity Learning's crafting teas is a a very enjoyable experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about the positive impact Simplicity Learning has had on my life as a parent. The parent-tot groups are a wonderful way to see positive parenting practices in action. Parent coaches are kind, supportive, and always surprise me with the breadth and depth of their wisdom related to parenting. They see through the fog of difficult parenting times and help bring clarity to a way forward. I would absolutely recommend their services to anyone who works with children. This organization is truly special and I have not encountered another one like it, where the staff are not only caring but also truly experts at what they do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love going to Simplicity Learning! It's a beautiful, peaceful oasis where the children are free to play amongst wood blocks and gnomes and their guardians can enjoy meaningful conversation and companionship!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best thing we have done as parents. Our kids have benefited greatly from the perspective and views that are provided. I've recommended them to many of my friends.

Kassie M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A wonderful resource for parents and professionals who wish to increase their skills to be more attuned to child development and intentional about interacting with children. The director and staff are expert in these areas and gentle and humane in sharing their wisdom.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gained so much through one-on-one parent coaching from Briana at Simplicity. She is kind, encouraging and incredibly well-informed about children and their development (not to mention parents and their development!). I highly recommend Simplicity whether you just have some things you want to run by someone or are feeling overwhelmed and underprepared for being the parent you want to be. (P.S. My 4 year old gives two thumbs up as well!)

Board Member

Rating: 5

I love working with Simplicity Educational Services. The work they do, helping parents, educators, and child care professionals to simplify, is so important. Caring for children can be overwhelming, especially now. SES provides a safe, supportive, space, and real world, practical suggestions for ways to cope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is wonderful that Simplicity Learning is there for children and parents. The staff and volunteers provide needed support for families to thrive. I always enjoy the feeling of well being that surrounds the different playgroups and workshops.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board and as board secretary. I do not come into contact with clients. The board experience is very solid -- the executive director is well organized and has a good grasp of what is board business and what is not board business. She also provides excellent clerical support for the board. Organizational performance data, including client feedback, is monitored by the board and is overwhelmingly positive.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a board member since inception. The greatest thing about it is that we have good governance systems in place and our executive director makes our work straightforward by being very thorough, well-organized, transparent, forthcoming and honest with the board. Although I am not on site when client activities are going on, I am fully confident, based on my board experience, that clients are well served!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Simplicity Learning for the last five years and always learn something new from every workshop and playgroup I attend. It's good to be around people who care about child development and who want to support parents and teachers. I find my community here with the other families. Super grateful to be included in this work!

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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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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!