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Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program at Childhaven Established with Gift from Cornell Foundation

Published in Rolling Stone Magazine July 20, 2017

The Seattle-based nonprofit Childhaven announced the establishment of the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program Thursday in honor of what would have been the late musician’s 53rd birthday. Cornell’s widow, Vicky Cornell, committed $100,000 to Childhaven to bolster the organization’s efforts to help children and their families overcome the effects of trauma.

“The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need,” Vicky Cornell said. “Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”

Childhaven uses various therapeutic methods and early learning programs to help young children develop healthily after facing experiences such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence and chemical dependency. Music therapy specifically gives kids a creative outlet through which they can express and grapple with their feelings.

Read the full article here and look out for further updates on our music therapy program!

Tour Week

Our donors are kind of a big deal around here.

No, really. Your support allows Childhaven to give new hope to hundreds of children and families!

We’d like to invite all of our supporters to come in for a thank-you tour this spring. You’ll be hard-pressed not to smile when you see the grinning faces of the little boys and girls you’ve helped.

RSVP for one of the time slots below!


“Thank You” tours will be held at our 316 Broadway branch at the following days/times:

Wed, March 28

Thurs, March 29

Fri, April 6


RSVP to or call us at 206-957-4805!

Childhaven Receives Handcrafted Play Structure from GMC

creekmoreship2Childhaven is excited to receive a brand new handcrafted play structure at its Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch, courtesy of GMC. The structure was built over nine days by a talented team of builders from MoCa Handcrafted, and will benefit the children of Childhaven for years to come.

The structure was built using locally-sourced materials and is already a well-loved part of the Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch playground. The ship includes slides, swings, a sandbox, a toddler-sized climbing wall, and many more special touches to make outside time fun and enriching for children. Continue reading

Childhaven Wins Prestigious International Mind, Brain, and Education Society Award


Nell Robinson, Childhaven’s parenting skills program manager, accepting the award at the 2016 IMBES Conference in Toronto.

Childhaven has been named the recipient of the Exemplifying the Mission Award from the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society (IMBES). Nell Robinson, Childhaven’s parenting skills program manager, accepted the award on the organization’s behalf at the 2016 IMBES Conference in Toronto.

The award recognizes pre-K-12 educators, institutions, or programs demonstrating success in establishing, building, and supporting infrastructure that enhances collaboration between themselves and mind, brain, education researchers for the purpose of improving educational knowledge and practice.

IMBES selected Childhaven because of the strategic partnerships we have built in an effort to validate and replicate our model so that it can be shared with preschools, childcare providers, and home visitation groups. Continue reading

Childhaven President and CEO Resigns

Childhaven President and CEO Maria Chavez Wilcox announced her resignation on Friday, July 22, 2016. She has accepted a position as the CEO of YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish.

The Board of Trustees have appointed Beth Larsen, Childhaven’s current chief program officer, and Melissa Williams, chief financial officer, as interim co-presidents as it conducts a national search to name a successor. Continue reading

KING 5 News Features Childhaven

KING 5, Seattle’s NBC television affiliate, featured Childhaven as a part of its inaugural Giving Day on Monday, July 11, 2016.

Childhaven was selected by KING 5’s parent company, TEGNA Inc. and the TEGNA Foundation, as one of 16 Western Washington nonprofits that will be receiving grants to celebrate and further the work we are doing to offer hope and resources to our neighbors in need.

To read the full article that accompanies the video, visit

Childhaven Doughnuts are a Sweet Way to Raise Awareness

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Childhaven is encouraging everyone in our community to take time to think about how they can help prevent child abuse and neglect. Better yet, we’ve come up with a sweet way to help you get the conversation going. Childhaven is partnering with Top Pot Doughnuts this month to raise awareness with a special doughnut capturing our new brand colors in icing and sprinkles.
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