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…

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…

Donate to Hearts of Joya!

Thank you for joining us for our Hearts of Joya event! If you missed the opportunity to join us, or would like to donate to our family assistance fund please click here. Every dollar raised during this event goes to support the families of Joya to ensure that they can focus on the care their…

Rising to the Challenge

It’s hard to believe how much and how rapidly our world has changed in these past few weeks. As you can imagine, it has been a very stressful time for families who rely on us for vital birth to three services. Many of these families are already isolated by the nature of their children’s needs…

COVID-19 Update for Parents

Effective today, March 19, 100% of our services will be provided through telehealth. Parents, you will be receiving an email update this morning. If you had an in-person appointment scheduled, someone from your team will call you today to arrange a telehealth visit.

Home Programs Now Canceled

PARENTS AND FAMILIES PLEASE TAKE NOTE: This situation is evolving and Joya management has made the decision today (March 15) to cancel all home programs, effective Monday, March 16. This is in addition to the previously announced cancellation of in-center group programs. Please note home programs include pool therapy at the YMCA, as well as…

COVID-19 Impact Update

Dear Joya families, staff, boards, and community: Joya remains vigilant in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington State. We are following the guidance of the CDC, our Spokane Regional Health District, Washington State Department of Health and our Medical Director. We will continue to update our response as new information and guidance becomes available.…

Meet Melody

Melody is a creative 22-month-old with a flair for style and art. Elizabeth, Melody’s mom, says that her very independent daughter loves to dress herself in different patterns, adding, “It can’t be stripes and stripes. It must be stripes and polka dots.” Melody, who was born with hydrocephalus, is walking, talking and becoming a budding…

Meet Franklin

Franklin has a warm fuzzy side that brings joy to everyone around him, including his little brother Howard, who just turned 1. The inner Franklin is emerging after a year of receiving a personal program at Joya Child & Family Development. As it turns out, Franklin is incredibly sweet, has a great sense of humor…