Sign up for executive function workshop

April 22, 2014

Join Encompass at a free Executive Function Workshop from 5:30-7 p.m. May 1 at the Virginia Mason Medical Center, 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

Kerry Beymer, manager of the Parenting Education Program at Encompass, has taught families for 15 years and is a certified Parenting Counts educator.

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Meet the Reptile Man at Family Night on May 10

May 7, 2013

Encompass has teamed up with Virginia Mason Medical Center Issaquah for a free Family Night on May 10 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

The Reptile Man is the featured performance for the evening, providing kids with the opportunity to pet alligators, hold snakes and learn amazing things about these fascinating creatures.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for activities, crafts and snacks. The Reptile Man performance begins at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 per family.

Encompass has historically co-sponsored Family Nights with other local organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley. This will be the first Family Night in Issaquah.

Learn more at or call Encompass at 888-2777.


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SipFest tickets on sale now

April 9, 2013

SipFest invites interested epicureans, oenophiles and amateur beer cicerones to explore the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer May 11.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 20 wineries, 10 breweries and 10 local restaurants will bring their best libations to tantalize the palates of discerning aficionados. Wine, beer and food will grace the menu for those wishing to support the benefit for Encompass, a local nonprofit organization that serves the needs of children and families in the Issaquah, Sammamish and Snoqualmie Valley communities.

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Encompass offers ‘Parenting Counts’ workshop

September 11, 2012

Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass, teaches the ‘Parenting Counts’ course at Swedish/Issaquah campus. Contributed

Parenting does count. Starting Oct. 1 for four Monday nights at the Swedish/Issaquah campus, Encompass will present Parenting Counts, a workshop series about child development.

Lead instructor Kerry Beymer, parenting support and education manager at Encompass, is trained to teach the curriculum from the Talaris Institute in Seattle.

“It makes you look at the situation as a parent in a different light,” Beymer said.

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Encompass launches series for young, expectant parents

May 1, 2012

Parents looking for a smarter way to parent their young children can get step-by-step, in-person help during a new workshop series developed by the Talaris Institute and presented by Encompass starting May 7 at Swedish/Issaquah.

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Parenting group gains new space in Issaquah Highlands

September 27, 2011

With an office in Blakely Hall on Park Drive in Issaquah, nonprofit, social service group Encompass opened its first brick-and-mortar presence in the city earlier this month.

The new office will serve as a hub for parenting classes, toddler groups and other Issaquah-based services and will be staffed three days a week.

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Encompass offers parenting class about emotions

September 6, 2011

Encompass’ “Emotion Coaching” parenting class is back by popular demand.

A class scheduled for Sept. 22 in the Issaquah Highlands is already full. A second class has been set for Oct. 5.

“I think the reason the workshop keeps filling up so fast is that it’s a relatively new area for parents to be talking about,” Encompass parent education and support manager Kerry Beymer said. “We all are so accustomed to talking about physical development and academic development, but social and emotional development is just as important, and parents are starting to realize that.”

The first 35 parents or caretakers who register for the free, two-hour workshop will learn how to acknowledge and respect children’s feelings before they begin problem solving with the child about how to best handle the situation.

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Encompass hosts child emotional education class

March 1, 2011

How should parents handle an angry or frustrated child? Kerry Beymer, a certified Parenting Counts instructor and parenting education/family support manager for Encompass, will lead a free workshop in the Issaquah Highlands to teach parents how to help their children regulate their emotions.

The two-hour workshop will teach parents how to tune into their children’s feelings, use emotional moments as opportunities to connect with their children, respect their children’s feelings by listening to them respectfully, help their children identify, and name emotions and explore solutions together.

The evidence-based class is full, but a wait list is forming for a second class. Sign up at

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Learn about education exploration at free expo

February 8, 2011

Joan Sharp, the former executive director of Encompass and a national education consultant, will be among the speakers at Education Exploration, a free event from 3-9 p.m. Feb. 15 at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

This event, sponsored by Issaquah, Sammamish and Beyond magazine, features Encompass and 40 other educational organizations and agencies. Sharp’s presentation, “The Importance of Early Learning in a Student’s Eventual Success,” is from 4:45-5:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker, Scott Oki, will speak at 7 p.m. about “The Benefits of a Business Approach to Public Education.” Oki is a well-known philanthropist, author, founder of Oki Golf Development, and former senior vice president of sales and marketing for Microsoft.

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Encompass offers free child development screening

January 25, 2011

At what age should infants begin picking up objects? When should toddlers start toilet training?

Parents who have questions about the development of their infant, toddler, preschooler or kindergartner can bring their children to a free developmental screening from noon to 3:15 p.m. Jan. 29, at the Issaquah Library, 10 W. Sunset Way.

Encompass, the children and family services organization serving Issaquah, Sammamish, the Snoqualmie Valley and the greater Eastside, will run the screening, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah.

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