Early Childhood and Family Studies

 

OVERVIEW

Students from the Early Childhood and Family Studies (ECFS) major serve as classroom volunteers during their junior year, then progress to community-based research projects during their senior year.  The Carlson Center works closely with ECFS faculty to coordinate community-based learning experiences for students in both years of the major.

 

JUNIOR YEAR EXPERIENCE

Junior students from the ECFS program will volunteer as a classroom assistant (ideally in one preschool classroom) for approximately 75 hours over the course of two or three academic quarters.  Most students will begin in late October and continue through early June, though others may condense this work into an
October to March or February to June format, with the permission of their partner preschool.  Our priority in the junior year is for students to work in classrooms that serve low-income/high-need populations (mostly Head Start, ECEAP, and Seattle Early Education Collaborative classrooms).  Ideally students can fill gaps in classroom coverage or work intensively on special projects in order to be of service to their host DSC_0045classroom/organization.  In return, students gain exposure to professional staff with training in child development and have the opportunity to assist in the implementation of lesson plans as they build trust with their lead teacher.  Students may also complete assignments in child observation and assessment, but these assignments should be done in addition to the 3-5 hours a week they serve as classroom volunteers.

 

SENIOR YEAR EXPERIENCE

Senior students in the major will complete a Senior Capstone Portfolio; this portfolio includes an additional service-learning commitment—in a P-3 classroom, on a special project identified by an early childhood organization, or working with faculty on community-based research project.  Seniors will spend a minimum of 75 hours working with their partner organization between November and June (in limited cases where students are ready to graduate during Winter Quarter, they will condense their work with the organization DCF 1.0between November and March).  We are asking community partners to propose classroom support roles and special project descriptions in advance of the Autumn Quarter so that we can work with the senior students to identify best matches for their interests during the first weeks of the academic year.
If you would like to post positions students in the Early Childhood and Family Studies program, please contact us at serve@uw.edu for more details.

 

 

 

Example Position Descriptions:

Title: CDSA Volunteer at Beacon Hill Elementary

Organization: Community Day School Association (CDSA)

Context: Are you passionate at providing high quality care to children? If so, we are looking for volunteers and interns at Community Day School Association.

Community Day School Association’s before and after school, preschool, and summer camp programs are located within 9 Seattle Public School locations. Established in 1977, our private non-profit organization serves 800 children ages 3-12, with high quality enrichment learning, and nationally accredited preschools. The families we serve are 70% low income, and speak 14 languages. Our highly skilled and well trained teams of teachers, many of whom are bilingual, help children succeed in school and in life.

Work description:

Responsibilities / Duties:

  • Assist PK teachers during lunch time; engage in enriching conversation with the children
  • Assist PK teachers with various tasks pertaining to nap time like arranging mats, reading to children etc.
  • Assist SA teachers with age appropriate activities
  • Clean up after preschool lunch
  • Assist in school-age clean up duties

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Ability to work and interact with children and parents
  • Strong skills in age appropriate curriculum
  • Time management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast paced environment on cross-functional teams with a wide range of personalities
  • Exceptional problem solving abilities
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills
  • Detail oriented

Impact:

To provide a safe, caring and academically and socially enriching environment for children ensuring the curriculum and activities are developmentally appropriate and meet all identified academic and development domains. Individual must be willing to take initiative and be able to commit to the hours assigned.

Supervisor:

Nicole Derr
beaconhill@communitydayschool.org
(206) 328-7475

Location:

CDSA at Beacon Hill
2025 14th Ave S
Seattle, Washington 98144

Ideal number: 4 students

Requirements:

Must be 18 years old
Background check required
TB test required

Skills needed:

Education, Certifications and Work Experience:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must provide proof of a negative TB test administered within one year previous from hire date
  • Background check clearance with Department of Early Learning
  • Current First Aid and CPR certifications preferred
  • BBP / HIV / Aids certification preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage confidential information appropriately
  • Proven ability to communicate with children and adults in a positive and proactive manner
  • Ability to create versatile and varied age appropriate activities for children of different ages and developmental stages
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Background in music, arts and crafts, foreign language, dance etc. preferred

Times: Weekdays from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Flexible? Yes, students will choose times within the time slots above

Notes: At your orientation, you’ll work with CDSA staff to determine a regular weekly schedule of three to five hours a week.  It is best if you can commit to the same day and time each week.

Please bring your calendar to orientation and have three possible time blocks where you might be able to volunteer.  (This allows for some flexibility based on organization needs.)

Orientation Details:

Date: No date specified

Time: No time specified

Contact:

Rhonda Withrow
rhonda@communitydayschool.org
(206) 726-0059

Location: No location specified

Orientation notes:

Contact Rhonda directly once your service-learning registration is complete; she will work with you to arrange an orientation.

Please be prepared to bring TB test results and photo ID to orientation.

Orientation will be held at main office:  5333 15th Avenue S, Ste. L-1, Seattle, WA 98108

 

Title: Afternoon Classroom Assistant, Martin Luther King Jr Elementary

Organization: Seattle Public Schools Head Start Program

Context:

Seattle Public School Head Start has 15 sites that provide services to multicultural families, English Language Learners, and childen with special needs throughout the city of Seattle.  Our primary focus is to promote language & literacy, social emotional, and math science skills to children, and provide a seamless transition to Kindergarten. Our teachers are taking part in PreK-3 language and literacy professional development; and therefore, are trying the latest techniques in reading to children.

We work closely with all of our families, ensuring that their home lives are stable and ensuring that their children  have the best learning environment.

Work description:

We individualize learning activities for children, so you can expect to work with individual or small groups of children.  Our classroom centers are set up to promote social skills in children. Actitivites may include reading to children, assisting with nutrition experiences, neighborhood walks, circle time or small group (math & science) activities, music and dance activities, yoga, and art activities.

Impact:

Your assistance to children is valuable.  It allows for more of the one-on-one interaction that teachers have a hard time balancing.  Teachers can benefit from classroom assistance, since it will give them time to conduct observations of children. It’s also great for students to have a role model, and allows them to bond with someone outside their age group. You can also participate in lesson planning and share your thoughts and ideas.

Supervisor:

Kim Camara
kmcamara@seattleschools.org
(206) 252-0977

Location:
6725 45th Ave S
Seattle, Washington 98118

Ideal number: 5 students

Requirements:

Must be 18 years old
Must commit for Full Academic Year
Background check required
TB test required
Other paperwork: Food handlers permit, if serving food to children

Skills needed:

Experience working with young children, enjoy working with children, having a desire to learn, being a team player and having a positive attitude.

Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Flexible? Yes, students will choose times within the time slots above

Notes:

Afternoon sessions are scheduled from 1:00-4:30PM Monday through Thursday; please plan to start at 12:45PM; this allows 15 minutes with teacher for instructions, communication, etc.

Service-learners will choose a minimum of one day per week and attend that session consistently throughout the quarter. When you sign up for this position, please have at least two days available to allow for scheduling flexibility.

Also, there is no school for children on Fridays (this day is set aside for a teacher work day); you may occasionally be asked to attend some planning meetings on Fridays.

Orientation Details:

Date: January 14, 2014

Time: 3:00 PM

Contact:

Kim Camara
kmcamara@seattleschools.org
(206) 252-0977

Location:

John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence
2445 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98134orientation notes

There is one orientation for this position, and alternative times are not available.  If you can not make the orientation time listed above, please consider other service-learning positions.

Immediately upon completion of your service-learning registration, you should email Kim to obtain a volunteer application packet and background check authorization.  You will need to complete these forms and take them with you to orientation.  (Please note that you will not be able to start in the classroom until your background check has been processed.  This takes approximately one week after you submit your form to Seattle Public Schools Head Start staff–this is why it is important that you complete the form and bring it with you to orientation!  If you want to be particularly proactive, you can submit your background check materials before orientation; please coordinate this with Kim.)

The orientation will take approximately one hour, and will be held at the Seattle Public Schools administration building.

 

Title: Head Start- New Holly (south Seattle)

Context:

We are looking for people with a heart for young children, an interest in working cross culturally and the energy it takes to be with a classroom of preschool children!  The mission of Neighborhood House is to help diverse communities of people with limited resources attain their goals for self-sufficiency, financial independence, health and community building.

From our earliest beginnings serving Jewish immigrants in the 1900s to our work today with people from numerous countries and cultures, Neighborhood House has helped generations of families fulfill the promise of America — an education for their children, self-sufficiency for their families and a meaningful place in a caring community.

Our Head Start classrooms provide that first step into a school setting and are designed to help children achieve educational success by combining quality programing with cultural sensitivity.  Our goal is to give our children a head start to their education through a solid preschool experience along with support and training for their families as they work to understand how education in the US can best serve their children.

Work description:

We are looking for individuals interested in early childhood education to read with children who are learning English and to support their classroom play and learning.  Classroom Assistants will work with lead teachers to determine the level of their involvement with curriculum support in order to provide our volunteers with experiences meaningful to their individual goals.  We promise lots of playing, singing and joyful interaction with an amazing group of children along with an opportunity to learn a bit about the rich variety of Neighborhood House cultures.

Impact:

Each Head Start classroom enrolls 20 children, most of them are English language learners and a significant number of them have special learning needs/special needs.  Additional caring hands, eyes, ears and hearts in the classroom make an enormous impact on the quality of the Head Start experience for each child.  Our volunteers make a tremendous difference for our 3 and 4 year olds who all benefit from the gift of adults with time to pay close and loving attention to their play, their questions and their concerns.

Supervisor:

Courtney Jacob
courtneyj@nhwa.org
(206) 461-8430 x 255

Location:

New Holly Early Childhood Center
7054 32nd Ave. S.
Suite 107
Seattle, Washington 98118

Driving notes:

Directions to New Holly Neighborhood House from downtown Seattle:
1. Take I-5 SOUTH to exit 161, ALBRO PLACE/SWIFT AVE
2. Turn LEFT on to S ALBRO PLACE
3. Turn RIGHT on to SWIFT AVE S
4. SWIFT AVE S becomes S MYRTLE ST
5. Turn LEFT onto 32ND AVE S
6. Turn right into the second parking lot entrance. Our building is at the farthest end of the parking lot. The classrooms are on the first floor of the eastern-most building.

Bus notes:

Closest buses from Seattle are the 36, the 106 or the LINK, which all drop you off about 5-10 minutes away from the site.

Ideal number: 2 students

Requirements:

Must be 18 years old
Background check required
TB test required

 

Times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Flexible? Yes, students will choose times within the time slots abovenotes

Notes:

This location offers both morning and afternoon classes. Specific times are as follows:

- AM class: 8:15am-12:15pm (8:00am arrival time is preferred to have time to touch base with teachers in advance)

- PM class: 12:45-4:45pm (12:30 arrival time is preferred to have time to touch base with teachers in advance)

Exact timing of your service learning schedule is to be arranged with the Volunteer Coordinator and Lead Teacher. It is strongly preferred that you choose one day per week and consistently attend on that day for either the full class, or that you choose two days during the week and plan to attend for the first two hours of class time. It is found to be disruptive when classroom assistants come into class during the middle of the class.

Orientation Details:

Date: No date specified

Time: No time specified

Contact:

Courtney Jacob
courtneyj@nhwa.org
(206) 461-8430 x 255

Location:

New Holly Early Childhood Center
7054 32nd Ave. S.
Suite 107
Seattle, Washington 98118

Driving notes:

Directions to New Holly Neighborhood House from downtown Seattle:
1. Take I-5 SOUTH to exit 161, ALBRO PLACE/SWIFT AVE
2. Turn LEFT on to S ALBRO PLACE
3. Turn RIGHT on to SWIFT AVE S
4. SWIFT AVE S becomes S MYRTLE ST
5. Turn LEFT onto 32ND AVE S
6. Turn right into the second parking lot entrance. Our building is at the farthest end of the parking lot. The classrooms are on the first floor of the eastern-most building.

Bus notes:

Closest buses from Seattle are the 36, the 106 or the LINK, which all drop you off about 5-10 minutes away from the site.

 

 

 

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