Family Connections is committed to nurturing each child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development from early childhood to school-age. The position will be working from our Excelsior location. This is a critical position that manages and be in ratio in our Child-Parent Drop-In Program (CPDI) in the mornings (M-F, 9:45am-12:30pm) and lead our Next Steps (NS) Program in the afterschool (M-F, 1-3:15pm). This position will also supervise and manage our new preschool program that is scheduled to open in 2019. The CPDI program is recognized by the San Francisco Department of Public Health as the model for parent/caregiver and child bonding groups, as well caregivers support and infants/toddlers learning. Children ages 0-3 gain social, emotional, and cognitive skills, while parents/caregivers -- who are required to remain on site with the children -- expand their ability to nurture safe families and raise healthy, successful children. Our NS Program is a family preschool readiness program that work closely with up to 13 children in a comprehensive 13-week program.
* Lead Child-Parent Drop-In and Next Steps Program including facilitate and build a daily or weekly curriculum
* Supervisor two preschool teachers and manage the preschool program
* Engage actively with parents and caregivers in an ongoing, respectful manner including modelling, coaching and facilitating healthy interactions/ relationships in all program
* Supervise children and be responsible for carrying out program duties including setting and cleaning program space and materials, preparing and serving snack, implementing activities per program curriculum (including free play and circle time, project- and theme-based activities in both programs)
* Plan and implement early literacy family events and parent-child activities
* Maintain on-going communication with parents/caregivers of children including communicating children's progress and program expectations/ goals
* Work with other program staff to outreach and retain families
* Ensure the program is consistent with the goals and the philosophy of the center and are incompliant with community care licensing regulations
* Attend weekly staff meetings, biweekly case consultation meetings with the mental health consultant, and program related meetings, trainings and workshops, as needed.
* Follow directives of Portola Family Connections' policies and State of California Community Care Licensing guidelines
* BA in Early Childhood Education or similar field required
* Minimum of 2 years' experience working as a Lead Teacher in an Infant/Toddler or Preschool classroom
* Minimum of 3 years of experience working with young children ages 0-10 and their parents/caregivers in bilingual, multicultural communities
* Must be able to work well in a team, as well as independently
* Strong leadership skills, takes initiative, strong classroom management skills
* Should possess good observational and analytical skills and be able to offer fresh solutions to staff and families
* Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
* Knowledge of curriculum development
* Professional ethics of confidentiality, discretion, and good judgment
* Work well with a diverse staff and excel in a multicultural environment
* LivesScan Clearance and physical health/TB clearance required
* A working knowledge of Community Child Care Licensing requirements is preferred
* Minimum 36 Early Childhood Education (ECE) units and/or possess a Site Supervisor permit
* Bilingual in Cantonese or Spanish preferred
Family Connections is a thriving multicultural Family Resource Center with locations in the Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods of San Francisco. We are here to help develop strong, healthy families and to build our Portola and Excelsior communities. For 25 years, Family Connections has provided opportunities for families of different backgrounds to work together cooperatively, sharing cultures, values, knowledge, and resources. We help families grow. Please visit us on the web at www dot portolafc dot org.
Teaching: * involves walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, reaching and interacting with children
* occasional walking required when leading children from Family Connections Center to trips to community parks and other field trips
* involves setting up a classroom, including moving, pushing, pulling, lifting, manipulating, and dragging objects up to 25 lbs. May rarely be required to pick up child in emergency situation
Compensation and Application Process
* Full-time, exempt position. $50,000-54,000 per year depending on experience.
* To apply, email your cover letter (required) and resume. Please, absolutely no inquiring phone calls!
Family Connections is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
* The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.
* They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
What We Do
Research has shown that starting early and engaging parents in their child s education is positively associated with a child s academic, social and emotional well-being. That is why Family Connections has evolved into a family learning community in which underserved children and parents attend programs together, learn together and grow together, from birth into Kindergarten and beyond.
Our programs and services are free so that all underserved families in our community, regardless of their circumstances, can participate. Our parent participation preschools provide enriching early learning experiences for birth-to-five year olds, resulting in children who arrive at kindergarten academically and socially ready to learn. After preschool, our Young Scholars program sustains positive family dynamics and learning opportunities for kindergarten and beyond so that participating students and their families have the tools and resources to become the drivers of their own success and leaders in their extended communities. Throughout the years, our parent leadership education and holistic family support systems help parents confidently and successfully embrace their role as their child s first teacher, most influential role model and best advocate.
Located in San Mateo County, Family Connections has been supporting Peninsula families since 1993. We currently operate in East Menlo Park and Redwood City, serving approximately 600 individuals per year.