Joya Skate Night!

Skate for a Cause Night at Riverfront Park’s Ice Ribbon Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase reduced admission and skate rentals and enjoy an evening in Spokane’s beautiful Riverfront Park! Join us on February 9, 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Discounted admission tickets can be purchased for $10 – including skate rental! Purchase our tickets…

Topping Off Ceremony

Joya recently reached a major milestone in the construction of our new home when we held a “Topping Off” Ceremony at our new property. Topping off (or out) is a builders’ rite traditionally held when the last beam (or its equivalent) is placed atop the structure during construction. We were honored to join our building partners,…

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.  

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…