Run for Joya

Get Moving for a Good Cause!  While COVID restrictions have made it challenging to hold all of our traditional fundraisers over this past year, Joya is still striving to raise the funds needed to make sure every family gets the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay for services. We hope you can…

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…

Joya Lights up the Night!

Joya is thrilled to participate in the Holiday Tree Walk presented by Numerica Credit Union. The event is in Spokane’s Riverfront Park and features up to 40 trees decorated by local non-profits and businesses. Be sure to add a walk through Riverfront Park on to your holiday to-do list! It’s a must see! Joya’s tree…

Young Alum Gives Back!

Joya was honored to be part of a unique fundraiser put together by a Joya alum, Joey, and his family! Joey and his twin sister, Lily, attended Joya due to a premature birth leading to developmental delays. After receiving therapies and special education as part of our early intervention program, they reached their age-appropriate milestones and…