Rainier Beach

Kids Co. at South Shore

Sammi Manalo

Sammi Manalo
Program Manager

I grew up in this exact neighborhood (Rainier Beach) as a child and am excited to be serving in this community. ... More

I grew up in this exact neighborhood (Rainier Beach) as a child and am excited to be serving in this community. As a child, I always spent time with children younger than myself, and as I got older, I continued to volunteer in classrooms and the children’s ministry at my church. It was in high school that I realized that I not only liked helping children, but I truly enjoyed working and spending time with them. My passion for children led me to pursue a BA in Integrated Studies from Seattle Pacific University. After graduating, I actually became a School-Age Counselor for this very same Kids Co. location. Then, I left to pursue one of my dreams, which was to teach abroad. For a year, I taught English in South Korea, and in January 2011, I returned to work at Kids Co. where I have diligently continued my career in child care. I am ecstatic that I get to continue to work for this community and look forward to making a positive influence in the lives of the children and their families in this area.Less


Narrative

Your children are very important to us, and we want them to feel welcome whenever they come to our program.  

When your child enters Kids Co., they will be greeted by a caring staff member. They will experience warmth, a home-like atmosphere, and a place full of fun. There are tons of wonder, laughter, and creativity when you walk through these doors. They create friendships here that run not only through the school-year and summer, but for years to come. They play classic games (e.g. tag, Monopoly, Chess, etc.) and they learn new ones as well (e.g. Sleeping Queens, Monopoly Deal, Magic, etc.). We have great food that invites our kids and teachers to sit together and enjoy a delicious snack. We encourage our kids to help one another with different activities. We want your children to grow socially and intellectually so we can make sure to provide a space for them with our activities.

We keep it real here, and it's a reality full of heart.