Joya Quarterly Newsletter

See what the wonderful children and families of Joya are up to in our latest newsletter. If you don’t receive it, but would like to, you can sign up for it here.  Read about the kiddos we serve and how they are thriving. Learn about upcoming events and how you can support Joya’s mission.  

Meet Faith

Meet one of the amazing kiddos who the Joya team had the privilege to care for the past few years. She became a Joya alumna this spring, but will forever be part of the Joya family! Faith is a beautiful 2-year-old who was referred to Joya after being discharged from Hospice as an infant. Faith’s…

Joya Secures Grant for New Building

Joya Child & Family Development recently received a $500,000 matching grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for a New Home for Joya. The grant will help fund the building costs for Joya’s new children’s center, currently under construction in Spokane’s University District. “We are so humbled by the support of the…

Penny Drive Time!

For the past 25 years, high school students and community volunteers have gathered to support Joya Child & Family Development. It’s a springtime Spokane tradition that has hundreds of volunteers waving signs and collecting donations at familiar intersections throughout Spokane County. This year, in addition to our digital Penny Drive, we are excited to once…

Groundbreaking Celebration

Joya Child & Family Development held a groundbreaking ceremony on March 31 for our brand-new home in Spokane’s University District. The facility will allow Joya to double annual enrollment, improve the quality of care, increase support for parents and caregivers, and expand professional education and research in the field of early intervention. The new construction…

Enriching Client Engagement

Joya has had great success going digital over the past 12 months and in the process, we have learned a great deal about overcoming finite thinking and challenging barriers. Our adaptive strategies will continue to improve services for Joya families well into the future. Read the recent case study from OhMD, Joya’s new platform for…

Improving Services for Visually Impaired

Clare Sykora was immersed in the world of education growing up in a small town in Washington state, where both her parents taught in local schools. From an early age, she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from Gonzaga University, Clare got that opportunity, and quickly developed a love for working with, and learning…

Alum Leads Effort for New Home

Ann Pirttima recalls watching the local news a few years back and marveling at the reporter on her screen. She recognized the name for sure. And the big bright smile. But could that really be the boy she provided speech therapy to over three decades ago?   Turns out the grown-up reporter speaking so eloquently, was…