Historical Highlights

2017 Kindering opens its third campus in Renton, expanding access and deepening critical services for South King County families, with the goal of serving 200 additional infants and young children each year with inclusive preschool, special education, physical/occupational therapy, and more.

2014 Kindering opens its second campus in Bothell in order to replicate and expand its award-winning programs in Snohomish County, with the goal of serving an additional 800 infants and children with an array of crucial services.

2014  Kindering updates its mission statement to reflect its expanded programs, diverse families and changing community: We embrace children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar.

2013 Kindering launched a year of bold expansion-broadening programming for homeless children, replicating CHERISH throughout King County and establishing a satellite in north King County to allow hundreds of additional families to receive Kindering services annually.

2012 Kindering celebrated its 50th anniversary. In 2012, more than 3,500 families received services.

2011 Kindering began the Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) to reach out to Spanish-speaking families to develop early literacy and school readiness.

2006 Kindering welcomed Don Meyer and the Sibling Support Project to our family of programs.

2004 CHERISH (Children Encouraged by Relationships in Secure Homes) is established to support children living in foster and kinship care.

2002 The “Opening New Doors from Crisis to Courage” Capital Campaign raised more than $6 million dollars leading to new state-of-the art 22,500 ft2 facility.

2001 Lake Washington School District contracted with Kindering Center to provide special education for children in that region. Issaquah, Northshore, and Mercer Island followed in subsequent years.

1998 An explosion of demand for services meant that many children were being turned away from Kindering Center. The Board of Directors conducted a community needs assessment, and unanimously voted to embark on an ambitious Capital Campaign to expand the existing building and eradicate the wait list.

1996 Bellevue School District contracted with Kindering Center to provide special education for local children.

1994 Formation of the Eastside Nutrition and Feeding Team.

1993 Formally changed the name to “Kindering Center”.

1990 Added parent education and counseling programs.

1986 Merrywood began a support group for father of special needs children, which eventually became the nationally prominent Fathers Network.

1984 Over the next 6 years, four separate building expansions increased the size of the building to 9,000 ft2 to meet the growing demand for services.

1983 Moved to Merrywood’s own facility, a 2,500 ft2 building.

1981 Merrywood School became an approved United Way Agency.

1978 Relocated to the Ashood Center, a closed Bellevue school building. Hired Mimi Siegel as Executive Director.

1972 As Public Schools started to admit special needs children older than 3, Merrywood began to focus on the birth to three age group.

1970 Relocated to Bellevue Presbyterian Church.

1963 Moved into a Bellevue School district classroom to meet growing demands, and became know as the Merrywood School. Over the next 4 years, transitioned from volunteer to paid professional staff.

1962 Founded by five parents of special needs children. Operated on a strictly volunteer basis utilizing private homes.

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