Job Openings At The Storefront Academy In Harlem

By Reeshemah Brightley, Storefront Academy

I am the early childhood consultant at Storefront Academy in Harlem, we are creating an infant toddler playspace (birth – 3 years old). This would be one of if not the first stand alone in Harlem. It will be a free program for the community, an opportunity to help develop school readiness skills so when the children start formal school they will have the foundation. In the event they are already in a formal setting we could reinforce and/or have a space families/caregivers could come with their infant/toddler.

We are seeking a Director/lead facilitator and assistant facilitator for the play space. It would be wonderful if you have a few recommendations or could share the job descriptions with your network.

Storefront Playspace facilitator 

Description

The Storefront Playspace and Learning Center a pilot project of a proposed early childhood learning center in East Harlem. Housed in a street level room of a brownstone on East 129th street, it is designed to be a free/low-cost, appealing, safe, developmentally appropriate, facilitated play space for children 0-3, where very young children can explore their environment and parents/caregivers can learn how to be the first teachers of their young children.

We are seeking individuals who love young children and want to make a difference in their lives. Our organization is dedicated to providing a safe, quality, and enriching environment for children and families.

1. Playspace Director/ Facilitator

Job description

The playspace is an initial pilot project of a proposed Early Childhood Center. It is expected that the director will be intimately involved in the planning and execution of the playspace as well as the development of the ECC

  • Facilitate and model the use of developmentally appropriate activities and materials
  • Facilitate and support caregiver engagement
  • Promote children’s sense of security and attachment
  • Develop a daily plan for activities and materials
  • Identify, review and adapt the effective layout of the room and use of particular materials
  • Develop programming by building relationships with community organizations and individuals who can provide age-appropriate enrichment
  • Support families by providing take-home activities that will extend their learning
  • Identify children who may need referrals for services
  • Facilitate transition to Early Head Start and other preschool programs
  • Provide reports as necessary to support individual families and the overall program
  • Work in collaboration with Assistant facilitator, volunteers, head administrator and program committee members to assure smooth and effective program
  • Resetting of space after every session

Identify the most effective tools for assessment of the program and work to organize ongoing administration of the tool

Required

A minimum of 10 years experience as an early childhood director or assistant director

  • An early childhood college Masters degree with infant/toddler coursework
  • Direct experience with children 0-3 years from Early Head Start, daycare or preschool
  • Background check

Contract position (April – August)
Contact Reeshemah Brightley with questions.
Send resume and cover letter to RBrightley@StorefrontAcademy.org

2. Storefront Playspace Assistant facilitator job description

The Playspace is a pilot project of a proposed early childhood learning center in East Harlem. Housed in a street level room of a brownstone on East 129th street, it is designed to be a free/low-cost, appealing, safe, developmentally appropriate, facilitated play space for children 0-3, where very young children can explore their environment, and parents/caregivers can learn how to be the first teachers of their young children.

We are seeking individuals who love working with young children and want to make a difference in their lives. Our organization is dedicated to providing a safe, quality, and enriching environment for children and families.

Job description

  • Facilitate and model the use of developmentally appropriate activities and materials
  • Assist with facilitating and supporting caregiver engagement with their children
  • Assist with promoting children’s sense of security and attachment
  • Assist with developing a daily plan for activities and materials
  • Assist with Identifying, reviewing and adapting the effective layout of the room and use of particular materials
  • Assist in supporting families by providing take-home activities that will extend their learning

Required

  • An early childhood college degree or extensive coursework in the field
  • A minimum of 1-year experience with Early Head Start, daycare or preschool
  • Background check

Part-time position- approximately 11 hours/week (April – August)
Salary commensurate with experience

Contact Reeshemah Brightley with questions.
Send resume and cover letter to RBrightley@StorefrontAcademy.org

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