Company Description: Child Care of the Berkshires is a large not-for profit, early care and family support agency, operating a variety of programs throughout Berkshire County, including child care centers, a network of family child care homes, home visiting programs, parent child playgroups, parent education and skill building programs.
Its mission is to promote and strengthen families through the provision of high quality child care services to families whose parents are working or in training or, for any number of reasons, cannot adequately care for the children as well as other types of social and educational services which directly affect families and their well being.
Child Care of the Berkshires employs approximately 75 staff persons and its operating budget is approximately $5 million dollars. Child Care of the Berkshires is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer, with a longstanding commitment to increasing the diversity of the employee community.
Early Literacy Specialist, ParentChild+ program
$15 Per Hour
North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, Clarksburg, Florida, Savoy
TITLE: Early Literacy Specialist, ParentChild+ Program
12-18 hours per week; working with 2-3 Family Child Care providers located in northern Berkshire county
The ParentChild+ program is a home-based parenting and early literacy program designed to strengthen verbal interaction and educational play between parents and their preschool children who are challenged by poverty, low levels of education, language barriers, etc.
This model will be used to support the interactions between Family Child Care providers and the children and families they serve throughout Berkshire County. The program provides education to support the FCC provider in nurturing growth and development of children.
The Parent-Child+ Early Literacy Specialist must have a B.A. degree with experience working with young children and families. Other qualifications must include the ability to establish and maintain supportive, non-judgmental rapport with both adults and children; the ability to demonstrate playful interactions with children; positive attitudes toward young children, parenting and books; the ability to plan, with supervision, play materials and activities in the FCC's home; the ability to document visits legibly and accurately; and must be able to maintain confidentiality.
Schedules two visits per family child care provider each week during the school calendar year.
• Must provide own transportation to travel throughout Berkshire County.
• Must be flexible.
• Models and emphasizes verbal interaction using carefully chosen books and toys.
• Maintains record of visits and statistics as directed by the Coordinator.
• Supplies books and toys to the providers and families.
• Assists FCC Providers with improving quality and moving up the QRIS continuum.
• Keeps abreast of current trends in early childhood education, including child
development techniques to promote literacy and parent education.
• Attends weekly two hour staff meetings/supervisions.
The position is part time, 12-18 hours per week, 25 weeks per year following the school calendar. The ParentChild+ Program runs September through June, no summer months. We are seeking an Early Literacy Specialist serving those providers in northern Berkshire county.
STARTING DATE: mid to late September
CONTACT: Send letter of interest and resume that outline how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and why it interests you to: Child Care of the Berkshires, P.O. Box 172
North Adams, MA 01247 or email email@example.com
Child Care of the Berkshires is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer with a longstanding commitment to increasing the diversity of the employee community.