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Childcare Specialist

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Position Summary:
Childcare Specialists provide a warm, welcoming presence to make clients feel comfortable when they enter our office. They take care of maintaining a clean and sanitary childcare space, and provide supervision for young children while they’re at Canopy Center for a family visit or while their parents/caregivers attend treatment, support groups, or training. They create a safe, fun environment for children (infants through 12-years-old) and offer the positive role modeling and extra one-on-one attention that allows children to thrive.

● Must be at least 18 years old with a high school diploma or G.E.D.
● Complete a volunteer application, clear a background check, and attend a volunteer interview.
● Go through a brief training for the position.
● Ability to work with a diverse population.
● Ability to maintain confidentiality and objectivity.
● Access to reliable transportation.
● Warm, friendly demeanor and positive attitude.

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:
● Basic understanding of education and child development.
● Experience working with children and in high stress situations, including screaming and crying children.
● Bilingual volunteers are strongly encouraged to apply.

● Watch and interact with all children who come for childcare during Oasis appointments.
● Attend to needs of all children (infant through 12-years-old, some may have special/high needs).
● Attend to concerns and requests of parents as needed.
● Wipe down toys in childcare space and from therapy rooms with sanitizing cleaning supplies.
● Maintain childcare supplies, including stocking supplies and ensuring toys and supplies are stored neatly.
● Cover for front desk/reception as needed.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. Ability to play with children on their level - kneeling, sitting on the floor, seated in a chair.

To apply:
Please visit the volunteer page of our website (https://canopycenter.org/how-to-help/volunteer/) and click on the "Apply to Volunteer (Non-CASA)" button.
Or, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteercoordinator@canopycenter.org

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About Canopy Center


2445 Darwin Road, Suite 15, Madison, WI 53704, US

Mission Statement

Canopy Center's mission is to help strengthen families and support children, teens, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity. We are committed to providing culturally competent and diverse professional, volunteer, and peer services.


Canopy Center was established in 1977 in response to parents who were reaching out for help. Today, Canopy Center is a non-profit organization providing three distinct programs:

Parent-to-Child Family Interaction Program (P2C) - an extension of Dane County Human Services, which provides supervised visitation on nights and weekends to families in the foster care system.

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Dane and Columbia Counties - a program that trains and supervises community volunteers to work with children in the child welfare system. CASA provides support, resources, and advocacy for these children.

Oasis Sexual Abuse Treatment - individual and group therapy for children and adults who have been victims of sexual abuse as well as their non-offending caregivers.

Our philosophy and beliefs:

  • Every person has worth, dignity and potential for growth.
  • Every person is unique and deserves to have a voice in identifying and addressing their needs.
  • Every person needs positive social connections to fully develop their sense of self and community.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth


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2445 Darwin RoadSuite 15Madison, WI 53704



  • Child Care
  • Child Development




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 4 month commitment. A minimum of 1 weekly (3-hour) recurring shift.

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