Birth to 6 Program

Mission Statement

The Puyallup Tribe Birth to Six Program mission is to impact its target population by strengthening the ties we have with various tribal and non-tribal service providers to assure a continuum of early intervention/prevention services for families in the tribal community. By doing so, we are promoting the healthy development of the Tribes’ most valuable resource, its children, who will one day play an important role in structuring the future of the Tribe.

Purpose/Vision

Our purpose/vision is to provide culturally relevant family resource coordination and early intervention/prevention services for families with children age’s birth to five years of age who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe.  Services are family friendly and provided in natural environment settings. The program is primarily a direct services program that screens and identifies children in all areas of development and makes referrals to the appropriate service provider.

Contact Info

Melanie Stafford, Program Manager
Cell: (253) 405-5859
Office: (253) 680-5510
Email: Melanie.Stafford@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Zenia Melendez, Behavior Support Interventionist
Cell: (253) 344-0052
Email: Zenia.Melendez@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Wynonna Toeaina, Behavior Support Interventionist
Cell: (253) 312-9255
Email: Wynonna.Toeaina@PuyallupTribe-nsn.gov

Physical Address:
3850 Grandview Ave.
Tacoma, WA 984

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Services Provided

Assistance is provided for:

  • Developmental screenings to include all areas of development (language, motor, learning, and social-emotional) for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old and all follow-ups
  • Direct services i.e. speech therapy, social-emotional consultation and advocacy
  • Funding for therapeutic adaptive equipment or technology
  • Assisting families to access other early intervention services not available at GELC i.e. evaluation and placement in developmental preschool programs with local school districts. We also may be able to assist with transportation during the school year.

Funding Provided

Funding per child cannot exceed $1000.00 per year. This is a good faith estimate and any other amounts will need to be prior approved.

Eligibility Requirements

Services are available to any child between the ages of 8 weeks to 5 years of age that is enrolled in a federally recognized tribe.

Applications for services

Applications to access services can be obtained at the above address or by contacting Birth to Six.