PROGRAM DIRECTOR - EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND PARENTING PROGRAM

 

OVERVIEW

Inspirica is one of the largest providers of services to the homeless in Connecticut. Each night we house approximately 350 people (850 per year, including 250 children) in 11 facilities.  We are one of only a handful of organizations in the nation that is able to address the physical aspect of homelessness (residential services) and its underlying causes (support services) on a single, comprehensive, end-to-end platform -- a powerful, integrated “one-stop-shop.”  Our residential services cover the spectrum of housing: emergency shelters, transitional housing, deeply affordable housing, permanent supportive housing; and, rapid rehousing.  Our support services are similarly comprehensive and include: vocational training (home health aide certification); workforce education; job placement; housing placement; job & housing retention support; early childhood & parenting services; children's services (including an after-school program); health care, counseling, case management, and much more. We further provide direct access to mental health care, psychiatric care, dental care, substance abuse treatment, etc. through a network of strategic partnerships.

Our mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by helping people achieve – and maintain – permanent housing and stability in their lives. Our principles are to be a results oriented, cost-effective organization with a caring professional staff and dedicated volunteers who believe in individual human potential, personal accountability and mutual respect.
 

bACKGROUND/PROGRAM

The statistics surrounding homeless children are sobering. They are sick four times more often than their peers who are not homeless, have four times the rate of delayed development, three times the rate of emotional/behavioral problems, and twice the rate of learning disabilities. Math and reading proficiency for homeless children in high school is just 11% and 14%, respectively. In elementary school the numbers are not much better.  Less than 25% of homeless children in high school graduate. In short, homeless children are almost destined to grow up to be homeless adults unless we proactively intervene to stop this from happening.

Inspirica is unique for its focus on homeless children, whom we consider the most effective way to break the cycle of homelessness.  Inspirica has created an Early Childhood and Parenting Program for the 30-40 children ages 0-5 who typically reside with us at any one time.  These children are the most vulnerable of the people we serve. The deficits they develop in the earliest stages of their lives will affect them forever. Statistics show that homeless children begin to demonstrate significant developmental delays after just 18 months of age – delays which later develop into behavioral/emotional problems and regressed speech.  It is essential that we prevent these deficits as part of our effort to ensure the homeless children we serve do not grow up to be homeless adults.

The Early Childhood and Parenting Program works alongside our Children’s Services Program and has two distinct parts: an early childhood education (ECE) component and a parenting component.  

Early Childhood Education: Using an experientially based Infant/Toddler Center and Pre-K Center, we provide our children ages 0-5 essential support in the areas of sensory skills, physical movement, language/vocabulary, emotional connectedness, fine/gross motor skills, and brain development during a critical stage of their development. We are pleased to partner with Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County – a leader in the field of teaching early childhood education (ECE) – to assist us with respect to the ECE component, including providing a staff person to teach its state-of-the-art curriculum onsite.  The staff person will be part of the ECPP team and report to the Director of the Early Childhood and Parenting Program.  In addition to providing the above, within the ECE component of Early Childhood & Parenting we further offer one-on-one counseling/support for children whose assessments indicate they are not within the developmental range expected of their age.  We do this in an effort to address and remedy any development deficiencies or delays at their earliest stages.  Additionally, we offer two-three “Baby & Me” classes each week for infants/toddlers ages 0-3.

Parenting: The parenting component of the program – which is taught simultaneously in our Parent Center/Classroom – teaches our parents the various stages of child development, nutrition, hygiene, communications, bonding, behavior/discipline etc. We are pleased to partner with St. Joseph Parenting Center – a leader in the field of teaching the art of parenting – to assist us with respect to the parenting component, including providing a staff person to teach its state-of-the-art curriculum onsite.  The staff person will be part of the ECPP team and report to the Director of the Early Childhood and Parenting Program. 

 

pOSITION

The Program Director of the Early Childhood and Parenting Program manages and teaches the program.  He/she oversees three part-time associates and is responsible for the daily operations of the program. 

Reporting to the Chief Program Officer – Support Services, duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementing and managing daily operations of the program
  • Overseeing three part-time associates
  • Leading/Teaching infant/toddler classes 3 x week
  • Leading/Teaching Baby & Me classes 3 x week
  • Overseeing parenting workshops
  • Overseeing pre-K classes
  • Documenting participant participation and progress in all work groups and workshops
  • Sharing of all pertinent client information with residential program staff to ensure optimal integration of Inspirica services.
  • Working closely with the Children’s Services Team to exchange information, identify child strengths and issues, and coordinate services. 
  • Adhering to Inspirica policies and procedures.
  • Preparing and timely submission of all program reports.
  • Participating in collaborative Inspirica meetings.
  • Coordinating services with other Inspirica programs, including the residential, employment, housing coordination and retention programs.  

Hours:

Monday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday-Thursday (while the class in session) 11:00am-7:30pm

Friday: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Candidates should have: a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, at least five years of experience working in the field of early childhood education, at least three years of supervisory experience, excellent communications skills, excellent organizational/statistical skills, and strong computer skills.  Candidates must further be well-spoken, self-starters, with a positive attitude who are capable of building programs, leading teams, and meeting specific targets/goals. Experience working with low-income or homeless children is a plus. 

Candidates should submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample, in WORD FORMAT, by e-mail to: 

search@inspiricact.org

 
Inspirica is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, veteran status, the presence of a non-job related handicap, or any other legally protected status.