Use your Spanish and early childhood education skills: Volunteer with Listos para el Kinder


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Are you fluent in Spanish? Would you like to share your skills in early childhood education and help empower the Latino community? Become a volunteer with the library’s Listos para el kinder program. Interested? Please continue reading for more information.

The Basics

Listos para el k?nder (hereafter referred to as Listos) is Multnomah County Library’s successful early literacy program for Spanish-speaking families with children 3 to 5 years old. Listos empowers Latino parents to prepare their children for kindergarten. The program also provides parents the skills to use early learning activities in their children’s daily lives. The library is recruiting 6-8 volunteers to help as program assistants.

Time Commitment, Location & Dates

A weekly commitment of 2 - 3 hours for 14 weeks is required. Volunteers will commit to one of the following sessions:

  • Troutdale Library, Mondays, 1 - 2:30 pm from May 7 to August 6, 2018

  • Fairview Library, Thursdays, 10:30 am - 12 pm from May 24 to August 16, 2018

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Successfully complete Listos training

  • Understand the program’s purpose and be willing to take direction from facilitator

  • Meet with facilitator 10-15 minutes prior to every session to review the children’s activity for the day

  • Assist with room set-up and take-down

  • Organize materials for the session

  • Review children’s homework in an interactive way

  • Help with children's activities during the session

Special Skills and Qualifications
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to speak Spanish fluently
  • Early childhood development knowledge (preferred)
  • Experience working with preschoolers (preferred)
  • Comfort working with children ages 3 to 5
  • Ability to bend, lift, stoop and lift 15 lb boxes
  • Ability to collaborate and work as a team
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow library policies and procedures

Training & Orientation

A 2-hour in-person training is required. Site orientation and ongoing training will also be provided.


  • Gain experience and skills in early childhood education

  • Enhance your bilingual skills and work withthe Latino community

  • Gain experience on the Popular Education method

  • Learn more about library services and the Listos program

  • Work with experienced library staff

  • Help preschoolers be ready for school and lifelong learning


Contact Volunteer Services at or 503.988.5731.


  • Child Development
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Spanish

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Weekly commitment of 2 - 3 hours for 14 weeks
  • Commit to at least one 14 week session. See session dates and locations in the description.

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