Bridge Program

To schedule an evaluation for the Bridge Program, please contact Aster Berhane, Bridge Service Coordinator, at aster.berhane@boyercc.org or 206-325-8477.

In 2018, the King County Developmental Disabilities & Early Childhood Supports Division (DDECS) partnered with Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) to launch a new offering for children birth through four years of age called the Seattle Developmental Bridge Program.

For a child with special needs, the effectiveness of Early Intervention has been clearly proven: children with developmental delays and disabilities make improvements in their functional daily living skills, parents increase their knowledge and confidence to address their child’s special needs, and school systems save millions of dollars over their educational lifetime.

Ideally, families with concerns about their child’s development would access services early on, but there are circumstances where this is not possible. Some children’s delays could be mild/go undiagnosed until later; there might be a language/cultural barrier; or the family might be facing sociological instability such as homelessness.

This gap in care was identified by providers, particularly for children with late referrals for services (between ages 34 – 47 months) and those whose continuity of care was impacted by the Seattle Public School system’s summer break, which is the next step for children transitioning out of Early Intervention at age three. Thus, the Seattle Developmental Bridge Program was launched to address these service gaps.

Boyer is proud to be the program’s “Host Site,” meaning all families new to services receive their initial evaluation by our team and are connected to the proper support and resources to respond to families’ immediate needs. Thanks to funding through the Seattle Sweetened Beverage Tax, the services are delivered at no cost to families and provide necessary resources to
families to help create a solid foundation that will help ensure success in school and life.

Anticipated Program Impact:

  • By bridging the gap between Early Intervention and a child’s next connection to the Seattle Preschool Program, Seattle Public Schools, or another community provider, they will be better prepared for a strong start to kindergarten.
  • By providing immediate support and connections to resources, families and caregivers will have the tools they need to be their child’s best advocate.

Would you like to make an investment in this critical program? Please contact Ellen Kuo, chief development officer, at (206) 325-8477 or email ellen.kuo@boyercc.org.