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AmeriCorps Early Learning
Location: Orange, CA
(Full-time, 1700 hours of Service)
AmeriCorps is a community service
program that is funded by the government and participating community
partners, which is designed to help communities meet the specified
needs in their area by recruiting and training individuals who are
willing to devote one to two years serving in selected community
projects. Service programs strengthen communities, encourage
responsibility, expand opportunities for education, provide service
experience, and increase life skills. For more information on
AmeriCorps, please visit www.americorps.gov
AmeriCorps Early Learning Instructors will promote school readiness by
serving in preschools, kindergartens, family resource centers and other
early learning environments delivering lesson plans; working with
children through large group, small group and/or one-on-one activities.
Members will introduce early literacy, numeracy, and/or
social-emotional development to children ages 0-5.
1. School Readiness Services (80%)
- Directly interact with children and deliver skill building
activities that focus on Literacy Math and/or Social Emotional
- Provide education strategies, such as Playgroups, Circle Time,
Individualized Coaching Sessions, and/or Special Events. Includes
designing, planning, promoting, conducting and evaluating programs.
- Assist with activities to for families by modeling appropriate
parent/child interaction and providing information and/or assistance to
promote family involvement in the child's growth and development.
- Follow a curriculum plan and schedule that meets the needs of the
- Link parents to community resources based on family need as
- Deliver parenting education, information, and assessments as
- Provide outreach strategies in the community to educate the
community about services delivered and/or early childhood development.
- Participate in community events on behalf of First 5.
- Complete documentation of Service Activities as required
and Training (15%)
- Attend weekly individual supervision meetings with Supervisor
- Attend monthly team meetings/team building activities
- Attend required trainings provided by Prevent Child Abuse
California, County Lead Agency and Host Sites specified trainings
- Attend additional trainings as assigned
- Recruit, train and support community volunteers to support school
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English
- Ability to work with diverse workgroups and serve families with
diverse economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds.
- Knowledgeable about local community resources.
- Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic
boundaries while providing supportive services.
- Basic computer skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to
individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value
systems and behavior norms.
- Experience in working with culturally diverse communities and
families, with the ability to be culturally sensitive and appropriate.
- Demonstrate good writing and organizational skill.
- Skill to maintain a professional, confidential work environment.
- Ability to manage multiple tasks in an efficient manner.
- Knowledge of child abuse issues, substance abuse and family
- Knowledge of child development and behavior.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends, as required.
- Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
- Experience in social services in community settings with families
- Must be at least 18 years of age.
- Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
- Clearance of fingerprint background check.
- Must possess a high school diploma or GED.
- Must possess a valid California Driver's license, reliable
transportation and auto insurance.
- Must report to service site as scheduled and agreed upon with
Host Site Supervisor.