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Our Mission

Childhelp School of Village West’s mission is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment with emphasis on behavior management, social emotional learning, citizenship, academic excellence and community-based instruction that will prepare students for successful transitioning and/or post-secondary education.

Our Vision

Childhelp School of Village West’s vision is to empower students with self-advocacy skills and a growth mindset that goes beyond students’ varying and different abilities.

Guiding Principles

MOTTO: We STRIVE to make a difference!

Safety

Trust

Respect

Integrity

Virtuous

Equality

Our History

In 1978 Childhelp founders Sara O‘Meara and Yvonne Fedderson created a treatment program for children who experienced child abuse, neglect and abandonment, providing a twenty-four hour therapeutic environment to help them heal. That sanctuary, now called Childhelp Merv Griffin Village continues to support abused, neglected and at-risk children. Originally, the Childhelp School of Village West was created for residents of the Village, but it became clear there were children in local communities who needed the specialized educational support that Childhelp offers. Now, the school is open to students referred by neighboring school districts and SELPAS.

Our Student Population

Childhelp School of Village West is approved by the California Department of Education (CDE) to provide educational and behavioral management programs to the following student population:

  • Emotionally Disturbed
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disability
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Speech and Language Disability

Childhelp School of Village West has contract with 5 SELPAs and 11 school districts within Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Our student population is from diverse cultural backgrounds and we coordinate a “Multi-Cultural Fair” event. During the event, students vote on a country and food of choice. Teacher assists students to research 10 facts about that country and its cultural heritage. Staff and visitors gets a passport to visit that country and an opportunity to learn fun facts about the country. Students also travel to other classrooms to experience other country’s cultural backgrounds.