Playgroup Coordinator / Parent Engagement Specialist

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Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
PO Box 172
210 State Street
NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247

Phone:413-663-6593
Website: ccberkshire.org

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.

Playgroup Coordinator / Parent Engagement Specialist
$15 - $17 Per Hour
North Adams, Pittsfield
Part Time
Child Care
High School or Equivalent
Required
Up to One Year
Required

BASIC FUNCTION:

The Playgroup Coordinator/ Parent Engagement Specialist is responsible for coordinating family outreach activities, facilitating early childhood playgroups, and organizing family engagement activities through the Family Center.  This person will work as part of a Family Center team.  The deliverance of high quality family education and support is the primary goal to improve school readiness, strengthen families, and reduce child maltreatment.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate, direct and supervise a variety of family outreach and engagement activities;
  • Manage and facilitate community playgroups using a strength-based approach;
  • Models and emphasizes verbal interaction between parents and children;
  • Collect, organize and maintain a variety of data and statistics relevant to families;
  • Keeps abreast of current trends in early childhood education, including child development techniques to promote literacy and parent education.

SALARY RANGE: $15- $17 per hour, with pro-rated benefits, 25 hours per week, year round.

Send your letter of interest and resume outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position to:  Child Care of the Berkshires, P.O. Box 172, North Adams, MA   01247, or hlabonte@ccberkshire.org

QUALIFICATIONS:      

The Parent Engagement Specialist must have a high school diploma or a GED, B.A. degree highly desired, with experience working with young children and families. Other qualifications 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 literacy; the ability to plan, with supervision, play materials and activities in the play group setting; excellent communication and organizational skills required; and must be able to maintain confidentiality. Must be flexible. Must demonstrate a commitment to value diversity and contribute to an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. Must have transportation.  Evening and weekend hours are required.