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 un-served: 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 will allow staff to better serve each family, and will maximize the learning opportunities for our students.

Every year, Little Red staff create opportunities for over 600 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