Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) AmeriCorps members commit to direct Service, intentional Community, and Spirituality/reflection in Appalachian Kentucky. Early Childhood Educators serve preschoolers ages 3-4 in one of two Child and Family Development centers operated by CAP. Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical, and emotional development as well as creative expression.
• 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 working cooperatively with all team members; attends staff meetings and training, as required, that may be outside of normal service hours.
• Assists, guides, and supports parents who are working 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 assigned 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 transportation.
• Serves in other CAP and AmeriCorps programs when doing so does not interfere with the above duties.
• Participates in additional training and enrichment opportunities as assigned.
Community Need Addressed
Children are entering Kindergarten academically and socially unprepared, impacting future school success.
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, Relocation allowance (if applicable), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
All food and housing is provided for members who choose to live in community. The stipend ("living allowance") is $115 bi-weekly for members who live in community and $235 bi-weekly for members who live independently.
CPR, First Aid
Skills you will gain
CPR, First Aid, 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