Mentor Teacher
Full-time, Regular Status, Non-Exempt
$50,000 - $63,000
Open until filled (Qualified candidates encouraged to apply by January 29, 2021)


Since 1909 Childhaven has been a leader in serving children and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. In the past few years, we have been adding services and locations, becoming more family and community-focused, and forming high impact partnerships to increase our impact. In June 2020, Childhaven consolidated with Renton Area Youth and Family Services and Art with Heart, which further expanded our capacity to better serve more children and families. By combining our 110+ year legacy of early childhood trauma care with the power and expertise of our new partners, Childhaven is building a continuum of care model that is unlike any other in the Puget Sound Region.

Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic plan to strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation. In the next five years our goals are to double the number of locations and quadruple the number of children and families we are serving - all while developing and strengthening strategic partnerships with other community-based organizations, referral sources, government agencies, and universities. In doing so, we are opening doors to new roles and opportunities within the organization. And that is where you come in.


The Mentor Teacher implements Childhaven’s Early Childhood Intervention Prevention Services (ECLIPSE) which provide therapeutic and developmental early learning support to children, families, and early learning providers. These services are provided through a community partnership model, where partners of Childhaven provide a high-quality classroom experience and Childhaven provides a therapeutic team with intensive mental health consultation, family support, and robust technical assistance to community-based early learning classrooms. We employ a racial equity lens to ensure that education, health and resilience outcomes are met and sustained for children and families of color.

The Mentor Teacher provides a range of services including modeling appropriate teaching practices in the classroom, assisting teachers with individualizing curriculum, and supporting the classroom implementation determined by the Individualized Care Plan (ICP). This role works collaboratively and in partnership with the Relationship Based Professional Development Specialist (RBPDS), Child and Family Specialists (CFS) and other Childhaven team members in related areas.


Individualized Child, Family & Provider Centered Services

Maintain awareness of current research and curricula.

  • Establish trusting relationship with early learning providers.
  • Work collaboratively with early learning providers to meet child and family goals.
  • Coach EL providers to improve quality of care in classroom using a reflective lens.
  • Use research-based frameworks to guide EL providers in reflecting on practice.
  • Support varying needs of the classroom, teacher and children’s individual care plans.
  • Assist Child and Family Specialist with coordination and provision of training for early learning partners related to IECMH concepts.
  • Develop guides and other support materials necessary for teaching staff.
  • In partnership with the Child and Family Specialists, conduct home visits to support the mental health needs of families and children.
  • In partnership with the Child and Family Specialists, engage families with parent/caregiver trainings.

Other Duties as Assigned

  • Participate in professional development opportunities regarding anti-racism, oppression, and cultural humility/curiosity and regularly assess own performance and program for related improvements.
  • Participate in ongoing job-related professional development, in-service trainings and continuing education.
  • Assist with internal Childhaven staff training opportunities as available.
  • Comply with all Childhaven policies and procedures.
  • Participate in regular administrative, clinical and reflective supervision with designated supervisor.
  • Participate in scheduled team and related meetings
  • Collaborate with Relationship Based Professional Development Specialist and Child and Family Specialists to ensure all family, provider and program needs and goals are being addressed and met.
  • Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements and reporting of child abuse.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in early learning/child development, psychology, special education, social work, case management, or related field.
  2. Minimum five (5) years of experience working directly with children (birth to six) in early learning and social services settings. Knowledge and Experience with Creative Curriculum, ECEAP, TS Gold, and Early Achievers.
  3. Endorsement by the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health (WA-AIMH) or willing to complete the process at onset of employment.
  4. Experience working and communicating with immigrant and marginalized communities and families. Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse groups, including programmatic documentation.
  5. Knowledge of Washington State Childcare Licensing requirements.
  6. Outstanding organizational and prioritization skills. An ability to prioritize work effectively to appropriately manage all job requirements.
  7. Cleared portable background check through the Washington DCYF.
  8. Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, safe driving record and auto liability insurance or must have acceptable alternative and reliable transportation.
  9. Bilingual/bicultural background strongly preferred.


Open until filled; qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by January 29, 2021. In addition to completing the application online, attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.

Those who fail to attach resume and cover letter may not be considered.

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, and Respect. Here’s a little bit about what we offer our staff:

  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, healthcare reimbursement account, a 403(b) savings program with employer contributions. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy and more.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them and their values. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and to serve on our Racial Equity Team, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.