Organization History

Little Red School House was founded in 1963 by local community members, parents, and the South Snohomish County Exchange Club to provide education and specialized therapies to children with developmental disabilities, ages birth through 12th grade. When school districts began to serve children with developmental delays, Little Red School House focused its program on the needs of children birth to five years of age. In 1973, school districts began to serve children three to five years of age, and Little Red School House modified its mission to serve only the population that was currently unserved: infants and toddlers, to age three.

In 1984, Little Red School House qualified for certification from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and became the first non-profit organization to contract to provide services for local school districts. In 1988 Little Red School House expanded to Everett, Washington and in 1994, at the invitation of the Tulalip Tribes, services were extended to families and children living on the Tulalip Reservation.

In 2003, Little Red School House expanded its mission to include outreach services to children birth to three "at risk" for developmental delays. In this outreach program, children in local homeless shelters, transitional housing, and childcare settings are screened in an effort to identify those children who are falling behind their peers. The objective of Little Red's outreach program is to increase the likelihood that children in transition will be successful in school by improving their readiness to learn.

In 2007, Little Red began its transition to a Parent Coach model of providing services. This best practice model allows staff to better serve each family, and will maximize the learning opportunities for our students.

In 2011, the Snohomish Health District transitioned its Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) maternal-health program to Little Red School House.  NFP is an evidence-based home visitation program available for first-time mothers, 25 years of age and younger.  Specially trained public health nurses visit families in their home through their pregnancy and continue to visit until the child's second birthday. 

In early 2013, Little Red School House began its Parents As Teachers program in partnership with housing providers to serve homeless families through an intensive program to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Little Red School House celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in September 2013.  Realizing that the mission had evolved over the years, the Board of Trustees announced a name change to "ChildStrive" to better reflect the services currently offered. 

Every year, ChildStrive staff create opportunities for over 2,000 children and their families that enable them to imagine a different, and brighter future.

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"Many tears have been shed as we have seen our son struggle to achieve various goals, but they can't compare to the tears of joy as we see him continue to progress... we will forever be grateful to the staff at Little Red who played a crucial role in his success."

- Little Red Parent