Childhaven Receives Grant From Cambia Health Foundation

The Cambia Health Foundation has granted $50,000 to Childhaven for the project CenteringParenting. The funding will enable Childhaven to create a model for well-child care that brings together parents of same-age infants with health care providers.

Through CenteringParenting, Childhaven will support families and health care providers in creating a partnership of experiential learning, support and fun. Each Centering visit will begin with individual well-child health assessments, immunizations and developmental screenings.  The CenteringParenting model is strengths-based, culturally adaptable, grounded in building social support and social connectedness. It exemplifies a trauma-informed approach that recognizes and responds to the impact of complex trauma and toxic stress on individuals and families.

About Cambia Health Foundation

Cambia Health Foundation is the corporate foundation of Cambia Health Solutions, a total health solutions company dedicated to transforming the way people experience health care. Founded in 2007, the foundation has funded over $60 million in grants to advance patient- and family-centered care for all. We purposefully invest in ideas that make the health care journey more person-focused and economically sustainable from birth to natural completion of life.

Childhaven Featured on The Money Hour

“Relationships are the agents of change and the most powerful therapy is human love.”

~ Dr. Bruce Perry

Childhaven’s Jon Botten (CEO) and Megan Beers (Program Director) join The Money Hour to talk about the epidemic of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the important work that Childhaven is doing to address them. Listen to learn more about the impact of ACEs, the healing power of relationships, and Childhaven’s “all in” approach to making meaningful changes in the lives of children and families in our community.

Childhaven Receives Grant From Cigna Foundation

Cigna Foundation Grant to Childhaven Promotes Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care for Children Ages Zero to Five

The Cigna Foundation has granted $50,000 to Childhaven to promote the integration of primary and behavioral health care for children ages zero to five. The funding will enable Childhaven to implement a screening tool with Bright Steps and Swedish Pediatrics to identify and refer young children who may need mental and behavioral health care due to trauma and other factors. The Cigna Foundation grant also supports a “family navigator” who works with families and their pediatricians to assess progress and determine next steps.

Childhaven CEO Jon Botten, Program Director Megan Beers and Director of Philanthropy Kristi Nelson meet with Ryan Kocher, President of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market and Dr. John Sobeck, Medical Director of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market to discuss the $50,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to Childhaven.

About Cigna:

Cigna Corporation is a global health service company that helps people improve their health, well-being and peace of mind. Through its operating subsidiaries it offers integrated health benefits and services, including medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision and supplemental benefits, as well as group life, accident and disability insurance. Its Pacific Northwest regional office is located in Seattle.

About the Cigna Foundation:

The Cigna Foundation, founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities where Cigna employees live and work.

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!

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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