Welcome Jon Botten, our New CEO

Please join us in welcoming Jon Botten as Childhaven’s new CEO. For the past four months, Jon has served as the Interim CEO, taking the reins from Maria Chavez Wilcox. Maria led Childhaven for five years before departing to become the CEO of our local YWCA.

Following the announcement, Jon said: “I feel extraordinarily grateful and excited to officially be joining the Childhaven family. I look forward to working with the staff, board, community, and partners to help make Childhaven one of the largest, most comprehensive, and most effective trauma prevention and early intervention treatment programs in the nation.” Continue reading

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.

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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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