Classroom Helper (Preschool)

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Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

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Prepare kids for success as they enter Kindergarten! Assist with providing high quality education for children ages 3-5. Help our Head Start teachers and classroom staff to make learning and attending school a fun and rewarding activity for children. Head Start Center classes are held during weekday daytime hours.

Benefits of Volunteering:

Gain early childhood education experience, understanding of pediatric development, support from a teacher and classroom personnel, and professional networking. Knowledge that you are helping children thrive! Volunteer with a friend.

Essential Functions:

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist classroom teachers to support student activities, which may include reading stories, assisting children with projects, chaperoning field trips, helping with Family Fun events, teaching basic hygiene skills such as tooth brushing and hand washing.
  • Eat family-style with the children if volunteering during meal-time.
  • Other duties as assigned

Safety: Responsible for conducting all duties in a safe manner.

Affirmative Action: Responsible to follow affirmative action plan as set forth and signed by the Board of Directors.


Education & Experience:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Abilities & Skills: In order to be successful in this position, the volunteer will at minimum need to possess the following abilities and skills:

  • Show interest in and enjoy interacting with energetic young children, ages 3, 4 and 5 in an age-blended classroom
  • Assist as a member of a team
  • Must be comfortable interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, education, economic status, and culture
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information in a professional and discreet manner
  • Fluency in English language (written and spoken). Bilingual in Hmong, Karen, Nepali, Somali, Spanish or another language desired
  • Must successfully pass a criminal background check and provide references
  • Ability to turn in timesheet on a monthly basis to the Volunteer Specialist

Physical Requirements:

Able to physically respond to the demands of active 3-5 year old children. Capable of lifting 20 lbs desired

Mental Requirements:

Normal preschool requirements.

Environmental Requirements:

Normal office and preschool environment. Playground temperatures may fluctuate.

Time Commitment:

  • Assist 1-2 hours per week for a minimum of five weeks during the semester.
  • Weeks do not have to be consecutive.
  • Specific hours must be arranged with the supervisor, schedule is flexible (see hours below).
  • Centers are open weekdays Monday-Thursday: 8am-11:30am; and, 1pm-4:30pm.
  • A few Centers offer an 11:30am-1pm option (assist with meal and nap-time)
  • Family Fun events occur one Friday morning per month, assist as your schedule permits
  • Hours will vary according to the Center
  • Centers operate during the regular school-year (September thru May/June).


There are several Head Start Center locations in St Paul; one in New Brighton and one in North St Paul. Most are located on or near public transportation routes. Your assignment will be based upon your availability and the Center’s need.

Advance Registration for College Students:

Yes, you can reserve this internship/practicum position by registering in advance. Example: be accepted for fall term by registering during spring term and meeting with us before you depart for the summer. Available for Spring or Fall Semester only ongoing.


Complete an Ongoing Registration Form at and

email/scan resume & references to

Questions? Email or call 651-603-5979

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About Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties


450 North Syndicate, Saint Paul, MN 55104, US

Mission Statement

The mission of Community Action Partnership is to reduce the causes of poverty and its impact on people's lives on our community.


Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties is part of a national nonprofit network that helps 17 million low-income Americans annually achieve economioc security. Closer to home, we help low-income households in Ramsey and Washington counties achieve success each year.

For over 50 years, Community Action has provided a local, flexible, single point of entry for programs that life people up. Whether it's early childhood education, transportation, saving for a home, getting an education or raising awareness, we strive to help people become independent and have a voice in our community - and to make America a better place to live.

At Community Action, we continously stay in touch with the needs of our community, looking for new ideas and new understandings about the issues that low-income individuals and families face.

Volunteers: We match volunteers with opportunities that are meaningful and meet their scheduling needs. By helping those in need, our volunteers develop new skills, gain practical and rewarding experience, build teams, and promote active community participation. Volunteers at Community Action reach out, help people become more self-sufficient, and change people's lives - one person, one family, one neighbor at a time.

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Several locations in Ramsey CountySt Paul, New Brighton or North St PaulSaint Paul, MN 55119



  • General Education
  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Child Care
  • Reading / Writing
  • Tutoring


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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