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AmeriCorps Early Childhood Educator

Christian Appalachian Project
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Early Childhood Educators serve preschoolers ages 3-5 in CAP"s Child and Family Development Center. Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical, and emotional development, as well as creative expression.

Service Activities

--Plans and conducts daily program for 3–5 year-old children.
--Enhances the children’s growth potential through implementation of center-based and home-based activities that meet the children’s
developmental needs. Maintains accurate and organized records and files.
--Supervises children during daily program (including meals, bus runs, outdoor play, etc.) and provides for children’s safety at all times.
--Participates in the classroom teaching team by serving cooperatively with all team members.
--Assists, guides, and supports parents who are serving in the center; participates in the center events which may be outside of normal
service hours; meets with all parents of children in assigned group to discuss child’s progress.
--Participates in the formal and informal developmental assessment of children in order to develop an appropriate educational plan.
--Safely transports parents and children as needed; keeps vehicle in clean and safe condition and follows all center policies regarding
--Assists with the Summer Food Program.
--Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
--Participates in additional training and enrichment activities as assigned.

Community Need Addressed

Kindergarten readiness; education access for low-income families: early childhood academic, social, and emotional development.

Position Outcomes

Corps members will help children achieve Kindergarten-readiness, as demonstrated through a statewide school readiness assessment tool.


Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

In addition to the benefits described above, members also receive access to free mental health counseling. All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in a CAP volunteer community house. Members who choose to live on their own receive an increased living allowance in lieu of room and board.

Education Benefits

CPR, First Aid

Skills you will gain

early childhood education, communication, conflict resolution

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others
Creativity & Problem Solving
Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities
  • Focus Areas Education & Youth
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Individual and Team Placements
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Early Childhood Program, Religious Organization
  • Weekly Training Hours 2

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