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Infant & Toddler Childcare Assistant (Family Literacy Program)

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ORGANIZATION: Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)

  • 30 people are interested
IRIS Mommy & Me
Photo by Arnold Gold / Hearst Connecticut Media

Volunteers must have an energetic and nurturing disposition. Enjoy spending time with babies and toddlers. Basic understanding of child development, child safety, and activities. Ability to speak slowly and clearly in short, simple phrases. Cultural sensitivity and cross-cultural skills are a plus, or the desire to learn. Volunteers will work together as a team to supervise and monitor safety of babies and toddlers while their moms are attending an English class nearby. Help toddlers get accustomed to being away from their mothers and interacting with others. Provide a language-rich environment and engage in age-appropriate activities. 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)

Location:

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.

Description

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.

CAUSE AREAS

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Immigrants & Refugees
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy, Immigrants & Refugees

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

185 Cold Spring StreetNew Haven, CT 06511

(41.32641,-72.91519)
 

SKILLS

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

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

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

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