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185 Cold Spring StreetNew Haven, CT 06511
Early Learning Program at IRIS
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 our Early Learning Program teacher to engage 5-6 refugee children (ages two to four years old) in activities, serving snack, setting up and cleaning up the room, etc. Volunteers should enjoy spending time with young children ages 2-4 whose first language is not English. Previous volunteer or work experience with children and knowledge of child development is a must. Patience, strong cross-cultural communication and cultural sensitivity skills rand desire to learn required. Volunteer must commit to coming in at minimum two days each week from 9:30am to 12:30pm.


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 months

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