Join the ECH Every Child’s Hope family! It’s such a great place to work, you will find many staff who have worked here for 20, 30, even 40 years!

Join us as we continue caring for those who need us most. With competitive benefit plans, friendly work environments, and continuing education opportunities, ECH is a great place to grow your career.


ECH Every Child’s Hope is looking for a qualified Youth Care Specialist – Job Summary:

This person provides behavioral intervention, overall supervision, and assists in carrying out the service plan for children and youth who live in a group setting in a residential treatment program

  • Provide overall supervision and accountability of youth
  • Ensure safety of all children and youth
  • Demonstration of active participant of the treatment team
  • Provide on-going assistance to children and youth
  • Provide life skills instruction to youth
  • Ensure buildings and vehicles are clean and well maintained
  • Ensure communication of information between the unit and the treatment team
  • Demonstration of professionalism

Company Information:
ECH Every Child’s Hope is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service agency, serving troubled adolescents and their families. We provide a broad range of services including residential, day treatment, early education, group homes, transitional and independent living, and outpatient counseling.
Must be at least 21 years of age. Previous relevant experience required.


  • High school diploma or equivalency required.
  • Bachelors degree preferred. Previous experience in residential programs or with troubled adolescents required.

ECH Every Child’s Hope offers one of the highest salaries in the industry.


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Steppingstone, a transitional living program (TLP) for adolescents ages 16 – 21, is actively recruiting for current and future openings at our Kansas City, Missouri campus. As a 24/7 operation, a variety of shift schedules may be available at any given time, including evenings, overnights, and weekends.


Youth Care Specialists supervise adolescents in a highly individualized transitional and independent living program. Responsibilities include providing transportation (agency vehicle provided); administering medication; providing life skill instruction; offering support in non-crisis situations; completion of daily logs, attendance at trainings and/or staff meetings, while utilizing basic computer skills.


Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Must have a strong desire to work with adolescents, a clean driving record, and ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screen, and be at least 21 years of age.


Steppingstone pays a competitive wage, based on education and experience; offers a lucrative benefit package including three weeks’ vacation during the first year of employment; health, dental, and vision insurance with low premiums; company paid life insurance, 401(k) matching, and more.


Do you have a passion for working with at-risk youth? Do you want to make a difference in our community? Do you want to work directly with older youth by teaching them the life skills they need to be self-sufficient? If you answered yes, then Steppingstone might be the place for you. If this challenging, yet rewarding opportunity sounds right for you, please e-mail your resume to for consideration.


For more information, go to Steppingstone is a program of a larger, non-profit organization Every Child’s Hope, based out of St. Louis, Missouri.


Every Child’s Hope is an EEOE, a drug free workplace, and utilizes E-Verify.

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Infant/Toddler Teacher
ECH is seeking an Infant/Toddler Teacher to work in our Early Education Center.

Job Description
The Infant/Toddler Teacher reports to the Early Education Director.  The goal of the teacher is to provide a warm, nurturing, safe and loving environment where self- concepts are enhanced, independence encouraged, and individuality respected.

Job Duties
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain a safe, clean, care-giving environment, practice good personal hygiene and hand washing, and assures the well- being and safety of all the children in that are in the environment.
  • Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family.
  • Maintain a positive, calm attitude and a pleasant, soothing voice.  Model this attitude and voice for parent and others working or volunteering in the program.
  • Encourage each child’s family to be actively involved in the Early Head Start program.
  • Promote feelings of security and trust in infant and toddlers.
  • Promote parent-child bonding and nurturing parent-child relationships.
  • Assure that: each infant and toddler is warmly greeted upon arrival; each infant is held; and each child is assisted to gradually become part of a small group.
  • Respond quickly and consistently in a soothing and tender manner to infants’ cries or calls of distress.
  • Implement individualized feeding plans for children; respect individual preferences and eating styles; sit with toddlers and share family-style meals; model manners and good nutrition.
  • Tend to children’s personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive to them during routines such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, and changing soiled or wet clothes.
  • Respects infants’ curiosity about each other; ensure that children treat each other gently.
  • Organize each day’s activities to provide children with a variety of experiences and opportunities that allow them to develop curiosity, initiative, problem solving skills, and creativity, as well as a sense of self and a feeling of belonging to the group.
  • Complete daily health checks, feeding logs, diaper changing log, daily activity log for parents, and other documentation as may be deemed necessary for providing quality service.
  • Provide for the physical safety of each child from arrival time until departure time.
  • Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and reports these signs immediately to the Center Director or person in charge.
  • Plan activities for children with special needs, with training and technical assistance from disabilities and mental health specialists; implement individual education plans, behavior management plans, and/or individualized services or activities outlined for these children.
  • Attend staff meetings, conferences and the required training programs.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Infant/Toddler CDA
  • Associates Degree (preferred Early Childhood Education)

Additionally, there are professional organizations which work towards the development of children in their early days. Teachers are expected to participate in programs conducted by such organizations.  The Infant/Toddler Teacher must also be or become First Aid/ CPR certified; complete 12 clock hours per year

of training; keep all credentials current; and be aware of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) code of ethics.


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Full-time position working in residential programs for children ages 6-18 with emotional and behavioral challenges.  Responsibilities include working as a member of an interdisciplinary team and providing immediate crisis intervention support for children. This staff member is responsible for fulfilling the role of “Campus Supervisor” for the residential treatment programs, when unit supervisor is not available.

Hours are as follows:

Sunday , Monday, Tuesday  and Saturday : 11:00 pm – 9:00 am

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:  Off  Days

Company Information:
ECH Every Child’s Hope is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service agency, serving troubled adolescents and their families. We provide a broad range of services including residential, day treatment, early education, group homes, transitional and independent living, and outpatient counseling.

4 years experience in residential treatment and be certified at or above the Senior Level Child and Youth Worker through the Missouri Child Care AssociationJob Requirements:
Must be at least 21 years of age and have four year college .  Previous experience in residential programs or with troubled adolescents is a plus.

Must have valid driver’s license, be insurable on agency’s vehicles, able to pass pre-employment background and drug screen.

Full time benefits include:

  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Retirement plan


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Foster Care Case Manager

Provides case management services, with the goal of establishing permanency, to children in the foster and adoptive care system.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide case management services to children and their families in foster and adoptive care system.
  • Formulate permanency goals for assigned children.
  • Formulate concurrent plans for assigned children.
  • Assess risk of child abuse/neglect and on-going safety of children.
  • Assess child and family functioning, family strengths, family needs, stressors and coping mechanisms.
  • Research and refer children and families for needed services.
  • Evaluate the impact of services.
  • Testify on behalf of assigned children in court.
  • Provide parent education.
  • Participate in on-call rotation.
  • Comply with all required contractual documentation standards.
  • Provide face-to-face meetings with assigned children and out-of-home care providers according to prescribed time frames.
  • Schedule, coordinate and facilitate FST meetings within prescribed time frames.
  • Secure appropriate and least restrictive out-of-home placements for assigned children.
  • Arrange for medical and dental exams, medications, treatment testing or routine health services for assigned children in out-of-home placements.
  • Assist families in meeting the cost of care expenses.


Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) in social work, psychology, counseling or a related human service field. A minimum of one year of previous experience providing family and children services

Hours are as follows: Full-Time

TO APPLY FOR THE ABOVE POSITIONS:  Please send an updated copy of your resume and a letter of intent to LaTonya Thedford, Human Resources Specialist, email address:


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For additional questions you can use the following contact information:

Human Resources
8240 St. Charles Rock Road
St. Louis, MO 63114