Teachers at Childhaven are part of a remarkable group of professionals who rise daily for the unique opportunity to support children and families who have experienced challenges including trauma, abuse or neglect. Childhaven’s trailblazing programs are centered in a therapeutic classroom setting and heal the youngest survivors, ranging in age from one month to five years. As a Childhaven teacher, you will grow in ways you never imagined.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The Assistant Therapeutic Classroom Teacher participates with the Lead Therapeutic Classroom Teacher and Program Manager in making weekly activity plans. These plans incorporate group and individual activities to appropriately meet the developmental needs and aid individual children in reaching their goals as outlined in their Individualized Treatment Plan (ITP)
Interacts with children to foster the development of attachment, positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and communication skills
Demonstrates and models consistent classroom and van behaviors promoting the development of positive self-image within their classrooms by setting age appropriate limits regarding children’s Strategies may include redirecting inappropriate behaviors, building positive reinforcements, building on positive choices and encouraging the child’s development of conflict resolution and problem solving skills
Completes daily physical/emotional checklist, Childhaven Client Profiles (CCP), flow notes, van observation forms, and incident / accident reports in a timely manner
Interacts with parents/caregivers in a positive, supportive manner and makes referrals to the Child and Family Therapist (CFT) when appropriate
Models appropriate child development techniques for parents/caregivers
Drives or assist on van routes as scheduled
Participates in staff meetings, case reviews, and other meetings as scheduled
Participates in Childhaven’s in-service trainings, attends related conferences, courses, or seminars, and reads job related journals and periodicals as required for the position and/or requested by your supervisor
Complies with the agency policy and procedure regarding the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse
Complies with all Childhaven policies and procedures
Effective excellent oral and written communication skills
Understanding of various learning styles and instructional modalities
Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations
Fundamental knowledge of early childhood development and trends
Understands the requirements of a Mandated Reporter
AA degree in related field (human services, early childhood, or education) and five years of related experience, including identification, reporting, and prevention of child abuse and/or neglect preferred
Certificates, Licenses, & Registrations
Valid driver’s license
Verifiable safe driving record with no DUI/DWI and proof of liability insurance
Must pass internal Childhaven background check requirement and drug screen
Current certifications including:
HIV and blood borne pathogens
Current cleared portable background check through Washington Department of Early Learning
MERIT identification number
Additional Salary Information: Robust package of benefits for full-time employees
Over 20% of youth in the United States have experienced some form of trauma: abuse, neglect, domestic and community violence, poverty, and more. Childhaven’s goals are to improve the lives of children who have been most affected by these negative experiences, and to stop this epidemic of trauma before it impacts the next generation.
Since opening our doors as a day nursery in 1909, ...we’ve built an impressive legacy of care for the families of King County, and we’ve won the support of hundreds of individual donors, corporations, and foundations. Today, we’re a leading provider of trauma-informed early learning and pediatric mental health services for children from birth to six.
Our science-based, heart-centered programs for kids and their caregivers support healthy development, academic readiness, and emotional well-being. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of what they’ve experienced.
We thrive on partnership. We work with families, our community, and most of all with our staff to deliver best-in-class services to those who need them. We’re looking for collaborators who can help us realize a bold vision: a future where all children grow up safe and healthy, thriving physically, emotionally, and educationally.