About Us

Our purpose is to provide an affordable, safe, and loving environment for our most valuable assets, our children, with specific emphasis on providing early childhood education and quality care to low – moderate income households.

Child care is extended to the homeless, to the working poor, to parents who are continuing their education, and to custodial grandparents as well.

The League of Women for Community Action, Non-profit, in Spokane, Washington State, dba, Southeast Day Care Center was incorporated in 1969. It was organized by sixteen, neighborhood, African American women; many of whom were non – professional women but saw a strong need in their community to provide a safe, and loving environment for children of low – moderate income families. The secondary goal was to assist the children’s emotional and social development by encouraging self-confidence, self-expression, self-discipline and curiosity. The children are given a solid educational foundation and preparation for entering elementary school.

The SEDC was originally located in the old Edison School building, and the old St. Ann’s School buildings. A new facility was built in 1980 after securing substantial donations from many friends who understood the vision, such as the Comstock Foundation, Pacific Northwest Bell, several other businesses and individual donations, along with matching Community Development Funds. A licensed was obtained to provide care for 95 children.

Southeast Day Care Center, located in a diverse part of Spokane, has had the privilege of serving children from every walk of life. Many Employees have come from all over the world – Japan, New Zealand, Mexico and Russia to name a few. Parents often commented on the diversity and are overwhelmed that their children are growing up experiencing the positive ethnicity found at the center.

About the Director
Photo by: Dan Pelle danp@spokesman.com

Getting some fresh air: One and two year-olds from the Southeast Day Care Center stroll around the block for a late-morning walk in Spokane. It’s a chance for the children to investigate the neighborhood, take in fresh air and help them with their sleeping after lunch, said the center’s director, Sug Villella. Photo by: Dan Pelle danp@spokesman.com

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