A Letter to our Stakeholders
Dear supporters and community members,
2017 was a milestone year for Childhaven. Our early learning programs served hundreds of children in King County. Our case managers and therapists supported the resilience and well-being of many families. But our accomplishments for the year do not begin and end there.
Over the last 16 months, the Childhaven team has been hard at work laying the foundation for new era of service to our community. We recently began accepting early intervention referrals; we now provide speech therapy, occupational therapy, and special education to children experiencing developmental delays, and their families. We’ve also started to offer outpatient counseling—children from infancy up to their thirteenth birthday can now access mental health services at Childhaven!
These services are a response to the massive and growing need in our region. The rise of homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness in the Greater Seattle Area—as well as across the entire nation—has been well-documented. These factors are creating hardship for families everywhere, and they are driving up the rates of childhood trauma.
One in every ten youth in Washington State has faced three or more kinds of severe trauma. That’s over 60,000 children who are at-risk for negative health outcomes like mental illness, drug addiction, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and more.
How can we solve this problem? The science is clear. Programs that help families will help children. We need more family therapy. We need more services for those in crisis. We need more support for those struggling with substance abuse and homelessness. And we need more access to high quality childcare and preschool for all families, regardless of their background or income level.
But we can’t do it alone. We’re thankful for the critical support we receive from our community. Whether you’ve made a financial contribution to our cause, volunteered in one of our classrooms, or even just told a friend about the great work that Childhaven does, you’re part of our impact.
Feel free to explore our report on the fiscal year 2016-17 below, complete with financial and outcomes data. We couldn’t have done it without you. On behalf of the staff, board, and hundreds of families that Childhaven serves, thank you.
Childhaven President & CEO
Want more information? Read audited financials for 2016-2017.
2016-2017 By the Numbers
We capture data on every child at multiple points during their time with us. Before they are discharged, we conduct a final assessment to determine the full scope of our impact on them. Roughly 100 children were discharged from Childhaven over the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Here’s what we learned about them and their caregivers:
Building Social-Emotional Resilience
- 79% of children were able to regulate their disruptive behaviors.
- 68% of children exhibited emotional stability.
- 63% of children were socially involved and developing age-appropriate social skills
One of the most important things kids take away from Childhaven is an increased ability to regulate their emotions and have positive interactions with peers and adults. Research shows that overcoming trauma and building a successful life requires strong social connections. Children need friendships in order to become their best selves. They need to be able to succeed in school, where they will be in constant contact with adults and other kids. Childhaven helps prepare them for this experience. The data we collect also helps caregivers determine whether their children need ongoing support from mental health professionals.
Informing, Supporting, and Engaging Caregivers
- 93% of caregivers were able to meet the emotional and physical needs of their children.
- 83% of caregivers were providing their children with a safe and stable home environment.
- 73% of caregivers were providing age-appropriate discipline, care, and supervision.
We’re proud to say that through the home visits, therapies, and referrals we offer to parents and guardians, we’re making a measurable difference in their lives. Some caregivers need help with age-appropriate discipline. Some need to be made aware of medical or hygiene needs. Some are struggling with mental illness and chemical dependency issues that impair their ability to parent. Childhaven’s support unlocks the incredible power of love between caregivers and children, enabling stable, nurturing relationships to form.