Whatcom Center for Early Learning's mission is to partner with families to provide high-quality, equitable, and comprehensive therapy and support services to children experiencing developmental delays and disabilities.
We envision an equitable society where children with disabilities and their families thrive, experience
meaningful connections, and have a deep understanding of their strengths and needs.
We define an ‘equitable society’ as a society in which we can no longer predict someone’s outcomes (in terms of health, educational attainment, the likelihood of incarceration, access to wealth, etc), based on their race, gender, disability status, or other social identities that experience marginalization
Our mission statement is asserting that through the actions of WCEL, we will move closer to a world in which the needs of children and families are met so that there are fewer disparities in those long-term outcomes.
WCEL takes an equity approach in our work by serving children and families based on needs. We provide services for children with delays and/or disabilities so they can grow and thrive, instead of offering equal services for every child.
Using the phrase ‘equitable society’ in the mission puts this existing framework front and center and invites us to consider how WCEL can work to ensure that the children and families, within the group we exist to serve, who are most vulnerable to harm are centered in our work.