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Our Vision: A community that supports the learning and development of all young children.

Our Mission: To promote a collaborative system that improves the quality, affordability and availability of early childhood programs in Summit County.

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Ready Freddy–helping Summit County kids get ready for Kindergarten!!
Listo Francisco- ayudando a los niños de Summit a estar listos para el Kínder!!

February 2016 

Freddy

  1. Play “silly stacks” with your toddler. Count as you or your toddler stacks blocks. Stack two blocks or objects and then ask your toddler, “Do you want one more?” Keep offering “one more” for your child to add to the stack. This teaches your child the meaning of “one” and “more”—both important math concepts.

Juegue “bloques locos”  con su niño. Cuente mientras usted o su  niño acumulan bloques. Acumule dos bloques o objetos y luego pregunte a su niño, “¿Quieres una más?” Siga ofreciendo “una más” a su hijo para añadir a la pila de bloques. Esto le enseña a su hijo el significado de “uno” y “más” –conceptos matemáticos que son importantes.

  1. Everywhere you go, talk about what you see. A stop sign, traffic light, or a tree might seem boring to you, but it’s a whole new world to your child, so teach them about it!(colors, shape, location)

A donde quiera que vaya, hable de loque ve.Una señal de alto, un semáforo, o un árbolpuede pareceraburrido parausted,pero esun mundonuevo para su hijo, por lo tanto hay que enseñar acerca deél!(Colores, forma, posición)

 

  • Videos about Healthy Teeth:  Sesame Street Videos for kids on brushing & choosing healthy foods for teeth http://www.mouthhealthykids.org/en/watch-videos/sesame-street/
  • Song about Brushing:  Try this song, to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:  Brush, brush, brush your teeth/ Keep them nice and white./ Brush, brush, brush your teeth/Every day and night. Singing or playing will help your infant, toddler or preschooler associate fun with tooth brushing.

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Head Start 0-5 Job Postings: 

Head Start 0-5 is a partnership between Early Childhood Options, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, Summit County Government, Summit School District & Community Child Care Programs.

Part-Time Early Head Start Family Engagement Specialist, 20 hours/week, year round

This position will be an employee of Early Childhood Options.

The Family Engagement Specialist will report to the Head Start Director and will be responsible for enrolling families with children 0-3 years in child care programs, helping families navigate resources and working closely with program partners.

Primary Duties:

Meet with families in their home and in office setting,  Bilingual communication with families in English and Spanish, Complete and maintain records, Assist families in enrollment and adhering to program requirements, Collect and manage data in relation to Early Head Start requirements, Assist parents in establishing and achieving goals, Participate in a dynamic and collaborative team

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Assist in recruiting and enrolling eligible families, Assist in coordinating services for enrolled families, Assess family need and provide developmentally appropriate information, guidance, and support to parents, Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of infant and toddler development, Represent agency and program at various community events or meetings, Coordinate services with other community programs offering services to parents and their children, Attend all required trainings, Engage in on-going learning about issues related to cultural sensitivity and competency

General requirements of the position include:

Education/experience in Social Service, Early Childhood or related fields.  BA/BS preferred, Excellent written and verbal communication and computer skills., Bilingual communication skills in English and Spanish, Philosophy of strength based approach when working with families, Willingness to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationship with families, including families from diverse cultures, Ability to work as part of a team and to be flexible, Ability to take initiative and identify and develop systems, Knowledgeable of community resources in order to make appropriate referrals, Ability to collect and manage data while practicing confidentiality, Use time and resources effectively to meet job requirements

Email letter of interest and resume to Director at elowe@earlychildhoodoptions.org.  References and background check required for hire.

Early Head Start Parent Educator/Home Visitor, 40 hours/ week, year round 

This position will be an employee of the Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC).

The Parent Educator/Home Visitor will report to the Families United Program Manager and is responsible for providing parents with information, support, and encouragement on optimal child development during the crucial early years of life.  This is done by providing education in the form of personal home visits, group meetings, screenings, and linkages to a network of resources for parents and children.  This is a full time position with flexible hours.

Primary Duties:

Offer and deliver home visits to all program families weekly, Coordinate interactive group socializations monthly, Bilingual communication with families in English and Spanish, Organize and assist with program activities and events, Complete and maintain records of family visits and casework notes, Collect and manage data in relation to Early Head Start requirements, Collaborate with partnering agencies to offer comprehensive services for families

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Provide parenting education to families through weekly home visitation, family activities and group meetings, Assess family need and provide developmentally appropriate information, guidance, and support to parents, Complete all required documentation regarding home visits, attendance records, screening summaries, essential records in a timely and comprehensive manner, Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge about what promotes optimal parent-child interaction and apply to create successful group socializations Demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of infant and toddler development, Represent agency and program at various community events or meetings, Coordinate services with other community programs offering services to parents and their children, Attend all required trainings in order to perform home visitation using the Parents as Teachers curriculum, Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment, and various developmental screening tools, Participate in regular, relationships-based supervision with program manager and engage in setting personal goals for professional development, Engage in on-going learning about issues related to cultural sensitivity and competency

General requirements of the position include:

Early Childhood Education background, Bilingual communication skills in English and Spanish, Philosophy of strength based approach when working with families, Ability to encourage consistent and on-going participation from families in all of required Early Head Start home visits and group socializations, Ability to develop trusting relationships with parents as a model for parent-child relationships, Willingness to establish and maintain appropriate professional relationship with families, including families from diverse cultures, Ability to work as part of a team and to be flexible, Ability to take initiative and identify and develop systems within a new program, Knowledgeable of community resources in order to make appropriate referrals, Ability to collect and manage data while practicing confidentiality, Use time and resources effectively to meet job requirements

Email letter of interest and resume to Director at elowe@earlychildhoodoptions.org.  References and background check required for hire.

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Early Childhood Options’ Services & Programs

Child Care Resource and Referral– Child Care Resource and Referral meets a need that no one else does- providing the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers. By offering a unique blend of direct services and planning expertise, CCR&Rs help families and communities with children ages 0-8 to ensure that their children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed.

Right Start Project-In 2005 Summit County voters passed a local tax initiative to help support early care and learning. This program offers, Early Childhood Continuing Education Scholarships, Salary Supplement for Professionals, Quality Improvement Grants for Preschool Centers and Home Providers, and Other Collaborations with Local Agencies, see information page for more information about these partnerships.

Early Learning Ventures Alliance-Early Learning Ventures Alliance at Early Childhood Options will provide services and assistance in critical business functions such as Fiscal Management, Marketing, Human Resources, Administration, Operations & Development, Quality Improvement & Professional Development, and Referral to Supportive Services

Head Start 0-5- The Summit County Head Start 0-5 program is a comprehensive continuum of support and education to families and children zero to five years in age.  Our Early Head Start & Head Start program is a partnership between Summit County Government (grantee), Summit School District, Early Childhood Options and the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.

Early Childhood Council-The Rural Resort Region Northeast Division Early Childhood Council (RRR-NE) is a formal and voluntary partnership between Summit and Grand Counties. The Council promotes a child-centered school readiness system that fosters early learning, facilitates healthy child development and promotes family success in Grand and Summit Counties.