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Children's Center

Providence Children’s Center is one of the largest neurodevelopmental centers in the state of Washington, serving more than 350 children and families every week.

Providence Children's Center services include:

Camp Prov Special Day Camp

For Children with Special Needs and their Siblings

Facilities at Forest Park include:

  • Swimming
  • Classrooms
  • Outdoor playfield
  • Nature trails
  • Playground
  • Petting zoo


Our staff consists of an educator, activities specialist, speech language pathologist, occupational and physical therapist, and family resource coordinator. Each camper is assigned to a group of 5 other campers his/her age and 2 unit leaders. We use volunteers to assist with each group to provide that special “buddy” experience. 


  • Swimming
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Sensory play
  • Music and Singing
  • Story Telling and puppets
  • Nature activities
  • Dance/movement
  • Support for motor and communication development
  • Anything else that is fun

High Risk Infant Assessment Program

Premature birth warrants regular periodic neurodevelopment review in addition to the well child care given by the baby’s primary health care provider. Conditions include less than 33 weeks gestation, immature breathing and response patterns, and/or prenatal infection or illness requiring hospitalization and treatment for greater than 2 weeks.

Professional review of growth, neurodevelopment and nutritional status at 4, 8, and 18 months corrected age is recommended and provided by the Providence Children’s Center. Impressions and recommendations include information regarding available community resources appropriate to individual family needs. Regular assessment and early intervention when concerns are found, make a difference in assuring each child receives the best care.

Pediatric Interim Care (PIC)

The importance of the early years’ influence on child development is well known. Current research states that a child’s experiences during the first three years of life actually shape brain growth. The goal of the Providence Pediatric Interim Care (PIC) program is to enhance the development of young children in our community.

PIC serves clients of Children’s Protective Services who have been exposed to drugs and/or alcohol before birth, or who are considered medically fragile. Our approach is to assure these children receive appropriate health care and developmental support, while educating families and other providers to care for these special children in the home. By doing so we are helping to break the cycle of substance abuse and addiction in families and providing a healthier future for these children and our community.

VitalStim Therapy

VitalStim is an FDA-approved procedure that treats people suffering with dysphagia (inability to swallow). VitalStim can restore enough swallowing function to reduce or eliminate the need for tube feedings. With VitalStim therapy, electrodes are attached to the skin over the throat’s pharyngeal muscles. Then, a painless electrical current delivers neuromuscular stimulation to re-educate the throat’s muscles. Administered by a specially trained therapist, VitalStim activates key swallowing muscles helping patients create or re-learn functional muscle use patterns necessary to swallow.

Each VitalStim therapy session lasts approximately 60 minutes. The length of therapy can depend upon the length of time one has experienced swallowing problems.

Snohomish County Resources for Kids with Special Needs

Here you'll find a helpful resource list of phone numbers for local agencies and organizations and links to several websites. The Resource List was made possibly by a grant from the Infant Toddler Program of Snohomish County and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.