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Preschool Readiness Class Assistant (Family Literacy Program)

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ORGANIZATION: Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)

  • 58 people are interested
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 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

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About Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)


235 Nicoll St, New Haven, CT 06511, US

Mission Statement

The mission of IRIS is to enable refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities.


In fiscal year 2016, the U.S. government invited 97,263 refugees from all over the world to come to this country. Over 900 came to Connecticut, where they were placed with one of three refugee agencies, including IRIS, which welcomed 475. Their needs are significant and IRIS is their primary resource as they begin to rebuild their lives after years of persecution and displacement. IRIS helps refugees on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States
IRIS provides a wide array of services to these new Americans including daily English lessons, education and youth programs, access to health care and a thorough multi-day cultural orientation. IRIS also works intensively with each new arrival to begin the important work of finding employment. IRIS attempts to meet all of the needs of its clients by providing extra services including a women’s group and a variety of young people’s groups. And if family members have been left behind, our legal office will work to reunite them.


Children & Youth
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Community, Immigrants & Refugees


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185 Cold Spring StreetNew Haven, CT 06511



  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • People Skills
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • General Education


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 17
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 months

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