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IRIS needs volunteers to help in our Early Learning Program! Most refugees coming to Connecticut right now are children, many too young for school. Help out these youngest new Americans by volunteering two mornings a week, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Fill out our volunteer application at irisct.org and be sure to mark your interest in “Childcare (onsite English class).”
The number of refugee parents who can attend English class is largely dependent on our childcare capacity! Volunteers help supervise and monitor safety of young children age 2-4 whose first language is not English while their moms are attending an English class nearby. Help children get accustomed to being away from their mothers and interacting with others. Provide a language-rich environment and engage in age-appropriate activities. Follow the daily schedule of circle hello song, free-play, art exploration, snack w/ read-aloud, free-play, music & movement, free-play, and goodbye song. In the summer, help the children and mothers participate in mother-child interactive literacy activities toward the end of the morning. Previous volunteer or work experience with children and basic understanding of child development, child safety, and activities. An understanding of the benefits of play or willingness to learn. Flexible and open to a program that balances structured and unstructured time. Ability to speak slowly and clearly in short, simple phrases. Cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural skills are a plus, or the desire to learn. A readiness to have fun is necessary. Volunteer must commit to coming in at minimum two days each week, Monday to Thursday 9:30-12