3801 Kern Road,
Yakima, WA 98902 Map this address

(509) 574-3200 Fax: (509) 225-2717

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cleft Palate Program

The Cleft Palate Program at Children's Village provides diagnosis and treatment for children with cleft lip and/or palate. The program supports the child and family through the duration of their care needs, coordinating services and planning necessary treatments through a team approach that includes a pediatric dentist, plastic surgeon, genenetic counselor, speech language pathologist, pediatrician, social worker, otolaryngologist, and oral surgeon. Services are provided for children who live in Central Washington.

Each child enrolled in this program is followed from birth and is reviewed by the team on a regular basis depending on the needs of the child and his or her family.

If you have a concern about your child's development, talk to your primary care physician about a referral or start by taking this simple online developmental screening or call Children's Village at (509) 574-3200 or (800) 745-1077.

Yakima Central Washington Cleft Palate Team

The Maxillofacial team at Children's Village in Yakima has a deep commitment to serve children in Central Washington with the diagnosis of cleft lip and/or palate. The team is comprised of over 15 medical and dental professionals who volunteer to meet six times per year to develop comprehensive plans of care for over 70 children. There are from 150 to 190 children in our program in any given year, with an average of 23 new referrals per year. Plans of care developed by the team provide guidance to primary care providers, medical and dental specialists, ,speech language pathologists, school personnel, and, most importantly-families.

Our team serves the following counties:

  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Douglas
  • Franklin
  • Grant
  • Kittitas
  • Klickitat
  • Okanogan
  • Walla Walla
  • Yakima

The Role of the Team Coordinator

The Team Coordinator (Cathy Buchanan, MSW) works closely with family, team members, and local public health providers to schedule children for team evaluations. The Team Coordinator also facilitates appointments with specialists as necessary prior to team evaluation, collects reports from specialists, collects data, and summarizes current information/recommendations prior to team review. The Team Coordinator provides care coordination that is critical to the development of the comprehensive and timely plans of care. The Team Coordinator works with local hospital staff to ensure that the family of a newborn with a cleft lip and/or palate receives timely and accurate information about the condition and resources available for care.

More About The Yakima Central Washington Cleft Palate Program

An average of $290 per year is spent on care coordination for each child that is in the Yakima Central Washington Cleft Palate Program.

The Central Washington Region's expected prevalence in 2013 was 13.59 cases of CLP. The actual prevalence of CLP in Central Washington was 18 in 2013.

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Dear Children’s Village families,

On 3/18/20 we were informed that a Children’s Village staff member tested positive for COVID-19.  The people who came into close contact with this person have been notified. 

It is important that we all adhere to the precautions of social distancing, good hand hygiene and monitoring for symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath. Should you or anyone in your family experience these symptoms, contact your primary care provider.

We want to assure each of you we are taking appropriate measures as directed by the Department of Health. Most appointments, with the exception or urgent medical appointments, have been cancelled or are now being provided via phone or telemedicine. This includes both home visits and office/clinic visits. We will continue to take careful and appropriate measures to keep our patients, families and staff as safe as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Laura Crooks, CEO, or Cindy Carroll, Clinical Director at the numbers below:

Laura: 574-3200 or 574-3596

Cindy: 574-3200 or 574-3228

For more information about COVID-19, please visit:

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talking with Children about Infectious Diseases

Estimadas familias de Children’s Village,

El 18 de Marzo, 2020 se nos informó que un miembro del personal de Children’s Village dio positivo del COVID-19.   Las personas que entraron en contacto cercano con esta persona han sido notificadas. 

Es importante que todos cumplamos con las precauciones de distanciamiento social, una buena higiene de manos y monitoreo de síntomas de fiebre, tos o falta de aliento.  Si usted o alguien de su familia experimentan estos síntomas, comuníquese con su proveedor de atención primaria.

Queremos asegurarle a cada uno de ustedes que estamos tomado las medidas apropiadas según lo indique el El Departamento de  Salud.  La mayoría de las citas, con la excepción de las citas médicas urgentes, se han cancelado o ahora se brindan por teléfono o telemedicina.  Esto  incluye visitas a domicilio y en la oficina/visitas en la clínica.  Continuaremos tomando medidas  cuidadosas y apropiadas para mantener a nuestros pacientes, familia y personal lo más seguros posible.   

Si tiene preguntas o preocupaciones, por favor comuníquese con Laura Crooks, La Directora Ejecutiva, o con Cindy Carroll, La Directora Clínica en los siguientes números:

Laura: 574-3200 or 574-3596

Cindy: 574-3200 or 574-3228

Para más información sobre el COVID-19, por favor visite:

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talking with Children about Infectious Diseases