UWTC VISTA - Communications & Development Associate
CCAC strives to “enhance the ability of all families in our region to access quality child care and early learning opportunities.” Kaleidoscope Play & Learn (KP&L) are playgroups for children birth to five and their parent(s) or other family caregivers. We seek referrals for participants that are Spanish speaking and referrals from community partners of parents that have been identified as having potential for high risk pregnancy including teen parents, parents involved in a drug treatment program, and families where low income or mental health issues are present. Through building a trusting relationship with the parent the facilitator is able to increase the caregivers’ knowledge of child development and enable bonding and attachment. The group setting provides peer support for caregivers who are often isolated and disconnected from typical early learning services. The goal of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program is to provide parents with child development knowledge and parenting support, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness. CCAC works with Spanish speaking families in Mason County. Raising A Reader (RAR) fosters healthy brain development, parent-child bonding, and early literacy skills. RAR engages children, parents, and teachers in early literacy strategies that help young children prepare for kindergarten, and success in reading. Block Fest provides young children and families with a rich, hands-on math & science learning opportunity while creating a festival event that engages community support and increases parent knowledge of early development in the areas of math and science literacy while parents interact with their children.
Member Duties: The VISTA volunteer will build capacity mainly for the Family Services Kaleidoscope Play & Learn, Parents as Teachers, and Raising A Reader programs. The VISTA member role will include: forming new and strengthening existing partnerships with social service agencies, other non-profits and community coalitions; designing and using outreach materials to create community awareness; and leveraging in-kind resources and financial support to help the Child Care Action Council provide resources to families. The VISTA member will use partnerships in the community to help build capacity for CCAC to serve more families. The VISTA project will also target under served populations to make these services available to them. At the end of the project, the VISTA member will also compile a report using the parent satisfaction surveys and attendance logs to illustrate the need of the services in our communities and illustrate effectiveness of the these services to help solve problems.
Program Benefits: Health Coverage*, Child Care Assistance if Eleigible, Training, & Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit https://www.vistacampus.gov/in-service/benefits-service#healthcare_benefit
Service Areas: Child/Youth & Youth
Skills: Communications, Writing/Editing, Computers/Technology, & Team Work
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