Early Literacy Promotion Worker- Americorps
Organization/Agency Mission and/or Goals:
The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) is driven by a steadfast mission to improve the life outcomes of children and youth in New York City’s highest poverty neighborhoods by providing comprehensive services at each developmental stage, from birth through young adulthood.
Program Mission and/or Goals:
Through our health centers in Manhattan and the Bronx, the Children's Aid Society Health Services division provides comprehensive medical, mental health and dental services to children living in poverty. Our health services are tailored to meet the special needs of children, adolescents and families in these communities to ensure full health care access and preventive care to our patients. Believing that early literacy leads to success in life, all Children’s Aid health centers participate in the Reach Out and Read program. Reach Out and Read prepares America's youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other medical professionals incorporate Reach Out and Read's evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children. The program begins at the 6-month checkup and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.
Young children in poverty often grow up with insufficient exposure to language, arriving at school without basic literacy skills and often struggle with reading in the early grades. Schools in Central Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx have some of the city’s lowest daily attendance rates, and less than half of children in these neighborhoods meet math and reading standards .Language barriers contribute to these disappointing statistics. In these same neighborhoods, children also have some of the highest rates of obesity, asthma, teen pregnancy and many other health indicators compared with children in other areas of NYC. Studies show that attaining higher levels of education contribute greatly to not only increased income levels, but also to better health and the likelihood that higher education will be attained for the next generation.
Member Position Summary:
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Medical Director, and in accordance with the established policies and procedures, the Early Literacy Promotion Worker is responsible for managing the CAS Reach Out and Read Program (an early literacy promotion program in which medical providers distribute books to children ages 6 months through 5 years old).
Necessary Training or Training Plan to be implemented prior to Member Placement:
Member will be provided training after s/he is hired by Program Coordinator. Members will have numerous opportunities for development through agency-wide trainings in the areas of Child Abuse and Neglect Identification and Reporting, CPR and First Aid, School-Age and Adolescent Programming, Cultural Competence and Diversity, and Dynamics of Supervision.
Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.
Essential Functions of Position:
Reach Out and Read:
• Manage book inventory: track book inventory, stock provider rooms, arrange deliveries of books.
• Track well child visits in the electronic medical record system (ECW)
• Assist in preparing ROR progress reports
• Read books aloud to families in waiting rooms
• Research, plan and promote activities and resources for families on library programs, adult literacy, literacy events, etc
• Attend Reach Out and Read meetings
• Other literacy-promoting activities as appropriate
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
• Able to engage families and children in group settings
• Creative and enthusiastic around literacy promotion
• Self-directed and able to work independently and responsibly
• Computer literacy
Required Academic and Experience Qualifications:
• High School Graduate with at least 2 years of higher education
• Experience working in an organizational setting
• Bilingual (English / Spanish) preferred
Please upload a cover letter and resume below:
Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted
Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer