Child and Family Specialist
Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Exempt
Locations: South King County/Auburn
$53,960 – $90,050 annually
Dependent on licensure, education, and years of experience

Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We are upholding this by recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and all other historically marginalized and excluded communities other protected status as provided by law.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!

We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. The following are the values guide our work:

  • TEAMWORK:   Relationships come first.
  • EQUITY:           There’s infinite value in every human.
  • EXCELLENCE:   Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • DEDICATION:   Do more. Do better.
  • RESPECT:         Meet people where they are.
  • REFLECTION:   Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.

Childhaven is a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. We are building a continuum of care model that is growing to respond to the changing needs of families by combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of community partners. Going forward, we are embarking on a new and ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation.

You are a passionate and dedicated individual who shares our vision: To help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community.  You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo. You are equal parts learner, leader and mentor and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if…” with a reply of “Why not…” If this sounds like you, then we want to meet, get to know you, and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.

The Child and Family Specialist (CFS) is responsible for providing additional therapeutic services early learning providers, children, and families through an infant early childhood mental health (IECMH) lens. They will support ECEAP/Head Start and Early ECEAP/Early HS providers, children, and their families to build relational health. This role will support all important caregivers in a child’s life by building the skills to create and sustain safe and supportive environments that foster the development of healthy and secure relationships, and overall child well-being.  

The CFS will provide a broad range of services, including levels of IECMH consultation in classrooms and through home visits; training and coaching staff; reflective practice for early learning providers; screening, assessment, and referral services for children and families; and providing family/caregiver trainings (all of which may be provided in-person and/or virtually). The CFS will also collect data, maintain records, and support compliance in all facets of ECEAP and Early ECEAP Performance Standards and state regulations.  

Located in South King County/Auburn, this role reports to the TELCAP Program Manager and works collaboratively with the Mentor Teacher.

Individualized Child, Family, and Provider Centered Services

  • Partner with all child caregivers in the screening, assessment, and referral process, including the determination of strengths, needs, dosing of services, and level(s) of consultation required.
  • Maintain a full caseload of children and ensure quality, positive relationships with families and early learning providers.
  • Conduct observations and assessments of individual children and family needs.
  • Provide written and oral observations and strengths-based feedback to classrooms on a regular basis, as determined by each provider partnership.
  • Meet with families (at childcare; home; community; virtually) to assess child and family needs while co-creating or assessing progress of Individual Care Plan (ICP) to support these needs.
  • Meet with classroom team and child’s family to review observations, develop and implement the ICP.
  • In partnership with the child’s multi-disciplinary team: create and carry out an ICP.
  • Provide reflective practice and therapeutic services both in classroom during home visits.
  • Through reflection and home visits, build capacity in caregiver to meet the child’s social-emotional needs.
  • Provide child development information related to social-emotional wellness and infant early childhood mental health (IECMH).
  • Provide guidance and model developmentally appropriate activities for children, individualized interventions, and effective ways to work with and support children both in classroom and home environment.
  • Conduct standardized developmental, behavioral, and/or social-emotional screenings and assessments for children as assigned for referred for services.
  • Conduct home visits to support the behavioral health needs of families and children.
  • Collaborate with Relationship Based Professional Development Specialist and Mentor Teachers to ensure all family, provider, and program needs are being addressed and met.

Other duties as assigned.

  • Participate in professional development opportunities regarding antiracism, 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, including those regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse.
  • Participate in regular administrative, clinical, and reflective supervision with designated supervisor.
  • Participate in schedule team and administrative meetings.
  • Contribute to federal, state, and local reporting requirements and reporting of child abuse.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience with young children and families.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in home visiting.
  • Endorsement by the Washington Association of Infant Mental Health (WA-AIMH) or willing to complete the process at onset of employment.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Experience working and communicating with immigrant and marginalized communities and families.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication with diverse groups, including programmatic documentation.
  • Knowledge of Washington State Childcare Licensing requirements.
  • Outstanding organizational and prioritization skills. An ability to prioritize work effectively to appropriately manage all job requirements.
  • Cleared portable background check through the Washington DCYF.
  • Must have reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and auto liability insurance OR alternative acceptable and reliable transportation.

We are dedicated to recruiting candidates who reflect the diversity and lived experiences of the communities we serve. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are encouraged to apply! In addition to position specific qualifications, preferable skills include:

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish highly desired.
  • Bilingual/Bicultural strongly preferred.
  • Specialized clinical training in infant early childhood mental health, including provision of reflective supervision/consultation for individuals and groups.

Childhaven has committed to equitable compensation practices, including pre-determining what roles require and the qualities needed from the individual that will fill the role. To achieve this, Childhaven uses a grade and step approach to determine the compensation of each team member.

Pay ranges for the Child and Family Specialist depend on experience, education, and licensure:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree: $53,960 – $67,100 annually
  2. Associate License: $58,500 – $75,400 annually
  3. Fully Licensed: $68,950 – $90,050 annually

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

  • We believe in a fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive Benefits Package including Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account (FSA), healthcare reimbursement account, and 403(b) savings program. A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and educational 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. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our antiracism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.

Childhaven values organizational culture and professional development. Team members at Childhaven have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge through the following:

  • Trainings
  • Project work groups
  • Clinical and/or reflective supervision
  • Community advocacy and engagement
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Council (DIREC)


Please apply through our website. If you require an accommodation to participate in the application or selection process, please let us know.

This position will be open until filled; applicants are encouraged to apply. In addition to completing the application online, please attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.

Childhaven would like to get an accurate understanding of each applicant’s experience and interest.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.