Head Start committed to High-Quality Standards

First A.M.E child development center prides itself on offering the highest quality in early start development programs.

First A.M.E in Seattle WA offers early head start, head start, and home based programs.  We believe these programs are the starting point of a strong foundation for children and parents in helping children live successful lives.

Here is an article from Politico that goes over the standards that each of the Head Start programs must meet.  We are honored to be able to provide the type of high-quality program that is expected by the administration.

POLITICORenewing our commitment to kidshead start programs in seattle waIn 46 years, Head Start has changed the lives of more than 28 million children and families. It sets the stage for everything that follows in life by helping children build a strong foundation for success in school and providing parents with the tools needed to become strong advocates for their children.President Barack Obama announced new performance standards for the program last year. He visited Pennsylvania’s Yeadon Regional Head Start program in November, where he shared the important news for parents: The administration is evaluating Head Start programs against a set of clear, high expectations and will hold programs accountable if they aren’t making the grade.

Many Head Start grantees deliver high-quality services to children. For those meeting the highest standards, the federal government will renew the Head Start program grant. If a program doesn’t meet the education, health, safety and financial management standards, however, it will have to compete with others in the community for funding to provide Head Start services.

The organization that can provide the highest quality services will be awarded the funding. Whoever is awarded funding will then be held accountable, like all other grantees, to the highest standards.

Competition is key to Head Start reform and necessary for improving the quality of the services provided directly to children and families. A current grantee who is required to compete has the opportunity and incentive to step back, assess the program and develop ambitious plans for improvement. It means when there is another organization that can demonstrate it is more capable than the current grantee of delivering the high-quality early education that can help children onto a path of school success and opportunity, that organization will get the federal funding.

That’s what this approach is about: making sure more children benefit from first-rate early education programs. Head Start represents our commitment to America’s low-income infants, toddlers and preschoolers. It helps them become healthy kindergartners, with the academic and social skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

……to see full article please visit the Politico site below

See http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75360.html

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is director of the Office of Head Start at the Department of Health and Human Services

Go to Head Start Programs in Seattle

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New Job Opening for EHS Lead Teacher – Seattle Washington Jobs

Job Posting

Job Opening Seattle WA

LEAD TEACHER (1 EHS Lead Teacher opening at SVI)

First A.M.E. Child Development Center is currently searching for an experienced Early Head Start Lead Teacher who is passionate about working with infants and toddlers, and committed to empowering children and their families.

Through its Head Start and Early Head Start programs, FAME CDC has provided comprehensive, high-quality developmental services to the low-income children and families of central and south Seattle since 1980. These services include disability and
mental health services, health and nutrition, transportation, and social services as well as early childhood education.

The Lead Teacher position will begin September 4, 2012. It is located at our center at the Seattle Vocational Institute, in Seattle’s Central District. This position is full-time and qualifies for employer-paid benefits including excellent medical, dental, and vision benefits for employees; life and long-term disability insurance; and paid leave for winter and spring breaks.

The Lead Teacher is responsible for all aspects of day-to-day classroom operations, including: organizing age-appropriate activities for the children; weekly lesson planning; directing the arrangement of the classroom environment according to the
Reggio Emilia philosophy; recruiting, training, and supervising classroom volunteers; developing and implementing goals for the children based on classroom observation; planning and conducting home visits, conferences, and meetings with parents; setting
standards for classroom discipline; making appropriate referrals upon recognition of any family’s or child’s special needs or mental health concerns; recruiting parents for active participation in Head Start Policy Council and Parent Committee meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:
A Child Development Associate credential (CDA) with Infant/Toddler endorsement, or equivalent, and training in early childhood development, with a Head Start Act mandate to obtain additional training in early childhood development with a focus
on infants and toddlers no later than September 30, 2012.

Proof of completion of 20 hours STARS Basic Training or exemption from that training.

Must have a Washington State Driver’s License, current car insurance, and reliable transportation to perform assigned responsibilities.

Notes:
Successful candidate must undergo Washington State Patrol and Department of Early Learning background checks.

Employment Practice:
First A.M.E. Child Development Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Applications are considered without
regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital or family status, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law. FAME CDC encourages, and gives priority consideration to, applications from current and
former Head Start/Early Head Start parents. We encourage people of color, and residents of the communities we serve, to apply.

Application Procedure:
To request an application, please submit a targeted cover letter, resume, and proof of educational credentials (such as a copy of a transcript or diploma) via email to MarisaW@seafame.com, via fax to (206) 322-9800, attention: HR, or via regular mail to First A.M.E. Child Development Center, Attn: HR, 3201 E. Republican St., Seattle, WA 98112. Only applicants considered for interviews will be contacted.

 

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New Job Opening for EHS Assistant Teacher – Seattle Washington

Job Posting

New Job Openings Seattle WA

ASSISTANT TEACHER (1 EHS opening at SVI)

First A.M.E. Child Development Center is currently searching for an experienced Early Head Start Assistant Teacher who is passionate about working with preschool children, and committed to empowering children and their families.

Through its Head Start and Early Head Start programs, FAME CDC has provided comprehensive, high-quality developmental services to the low-income children and families of central and south Seattle since 1980. These services include disability and mental health services, health and nutrition, transportation, and social services as well as early childhood education.

This position is full-time and qualifies for employer-paid benefits including excellent medical and dental benefits, life and long-term disability insurance for employees.

The Assistant Teacher: Serves as a member of a Direct Service Team that includes a Lead Teacher, Child and Family Advocate, and others assigned by the Center Manager. Assists the Lead Teacher in organizing and implementing activities for children, including assisting in the development of lesson plans, Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s), classroom management procedures, and the establishment of individual goals for children through observation and documentation of children’s behavior. Assists the Center Manager with Parent Meetings and trainings, and is responsible for informing parents and community volunteers of parent activities in a timely manner. Participates in and
contributes to staff meetings, in-service training sessions, and team meetings. Assists in the assessment of children, and in the maintenance of children’s progress and other reports. Assists in keeping records reflecting observation, accident reports, health service referrals, conferences, attendance and volunteer time sheets. Attends and participates in
local and out-of-town staff meetings and workshops as required, including some evening meetings and parent meetings. Assumes responsibility of the classroom in the absence of the Lead Teacher. Participates in continuing education, earning a minimum of three Early Childhood Education credits and ten STARS credits per year.

Minimum Qualifications:
An associate degree in Early Childhood Education, with training or equivalent coursework in infant and toddler development; or

A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential with Infant/Toddler emphasis.

An associate or baccalaureate degree in any area, and coursework equivalent to a major (30-45 credits) in ECE with training or equivalent coursework in infant and toddler development.

Hours:
40 hours per week, 9 months per year

Notes:
Successful candidate must undergo Washington State Patrol and Department of Early Learning background checks.

Employment Practice:
First A.M.E. Child Development Center is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital or family status, sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by law. FAME CDC encourages, and gives priority consideration to,applications from current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents. We encourage people of color, and residents of the communities we serve, to apply.

Application Procedure:
To request an application, please submit a targeted cover letter, resume, and proof of educational credentials (such as a copy of a transcript or diploma) via email to MarisaW@seafame.com, via fax to (206) 322-9800, attention: HR,or via regular mail to First A.M.E. Child Development Center, Attn: HR, 3201 E. Republican St., Seattle, WA 98112.

Only applicants considered for interviews will be contacted.

 

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New Job Opening for Parent and Child Educator with First A.M.E CDC – Seattle, WA

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PARENT AND CHILD EDUCATOR – HS (1 opening)

First A.M.E. Child Development Center is currently searching for an experienced Head Start Parent and Child Educator who is passionate about working with preschool children, and committed to empowering children and their
families.

Through its Head Start and Early Head Start programs, FAME CDC has provided comprehensive, high-quality developmental services to the low-income children and families of central and south Seattle since 1980. These services include disability and mental health services, health and nutrition, transportation, and social services as well
as early childhood education.

This position is full-time and qualifies for employer-paid benefits including excellent medical and dental benefits, life and long-term disability insurance for employees.

This full-time, 9.5-month position, which starts September 4, 2012, works with assigned families in their homes, helping to identify family needs and community resources to meet those needs.

The Head Start PCE: integrates and incorporates all Head Start services, including education, health and nutrition, disabilities and mental health, and social services; completes the enrollment process and assures all documentation is completed and birth and income are verified; arranges for weekly home visits and obtains substitutes as needed; actively recruits families to be enrolled in the program, and maintains an active waiting list; recruits and supports parents and volunteers for active participation in the Policy Council, parent meetings and socializations; works with families to reduce barriers that prevent family participation (language, transportation, child care).Recruits children with special needs, establishes ongoing collaborations with agencies serving and identifying children with special needs, works with families to complete referrals, provides follow-up on referrals, and participates in IEP/IFSP meetings as needed. Works with parents to develop weekly activity plans based upon each child’s assessment and interest, and identifies family needs and goals. Makes referrals as needed, and tracks the referrals. Mentors parents in being the primary educators of their families. Inputs and maintains information in the agency database system. Conducts health and nutrition assessment screenings and obtains a health and development history for each child. Assures that every child in the program has a physical examination and oral health screening within 90 days of enrollment and provides ongoing monitoring of health, mental health and dental information to children and families. Maintains accurate and well-documented records of all parent contacts, program activities and confidential records of children. Ensures the highest level of confidentiality in record-keeping. Respects and responds competently to the culture, traditions, lifestyle, language and values of each family and community. Is responsible for supporting elected Policy Council representatives, including, but not limited to: notifying parents of Policy Council activities, at times attending Policy Council meetings with the parent(s), sending notices, and informing parents about the importance of Policy Council participation. Attends and participates in Family Support breakout groups and other assigned meetings on a regular basis. Works with and supports prenatal parents with health and social services needs.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education, or social, human, or family services, and two years of experience as a classroom instructor or in a social services setting working with children from birth to five and their families; or

Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, or social, human, or family services, and four years of experience working with children from birth to five.

A minimum of 6 courses, or 15 credit hours, in Early Childhood Education for all candidates.

Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, current car insurance, and reliable transportation to perform assigned duties.

Must have demonstrated computer and writing skills that meet agency standards.

Somali-speaking candidates highly desirable and will be given priority consideration.

Compensation:
Depending on qualifications

Closing date:
Open until filled

Contact:

First A.M.E. Child Development Center

Attn.: Human Resources
3201 E. Republican St., Seattle, WA 98112
Phone:(206) 322-9600, ext. 29; Fax: (206) 322-9800

 

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First A.M.E CDC Events – Car and Craft Show Coming this August

First A.M.E CDC has teamed up with Garage Plus Storage for one big fun event.

If you love cars or crafts, then this event is for you!  It’s our first annual Cars and Craft show.

  • Food and Music
  • Drawings and Prizes
  • Face painting and Bouncy House
  • Free Admission

Come show your support.  Register your car in the Car show for only $10 and proceeds go to help the kids!  Also, there are Vendor opportunities, contact Shirley Larrison at shirley.l@seafame.com for further information.

Click HERE to view our flyer on this upcoming event.

Car and Craft Show Event Held by Garage Plus Storage and Sponsoring First A.M.E CDC

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Now Enrolling for Fall 2012 Head Start and Early Head Start programs

We are now accepting enrollment in to our Fall programs for Head Start.  Early enrollment is encouraged to guarantee your child’s spot in one of our programs.  You can call us at the phone number above or email Abby Mayers at abby.mayers@seafame.com.  You can also go to our enrollment page to submit your name, email and/or phone number to have us contact you with the application instructions.

Who is eligible?

We accept application for infants, toddlers, and preschool children in our part-day, full-day, or home based Early head start and Head start programs.  We accept children aged infant to 5 years depending on the program you are enrolling your child.

Children for our Head Start Program Fall 2012 must be 3 years old by August 31 to qualify.

See our Enrollment Page for further details on First A.M.E Head Start Program qualifications.

 

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What is Head Start and How can First A.M.E Child Development Centers Help?

What We Do

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in:

  • language & literacy
  • cognition & general knowledge
  • physical development & health
  • social & emotional development, and
  • approaches to learning.

Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:

  • family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
  • families as learners and lifelong educators
  • family engagement in transitions
  • family connections to peers and community, and
  • families as advocates and leaders.

Head Start Services

Head Start serves preschool-age children and their families. Many Head Start programs also provide Early Head Start, which serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in:

  • Centers or schools that children attend for part-day or full-day services
  • Family child care homes, and/or
  • Children’s own homes, where a staff person visits once a week to provide services to the child and family. Children and families who receive home-based services gather periodically with other enrolled families for a group learning experience facilitated by Head Start staff.

Over a million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities. Since 1965, nearly 30 million low-income children and their families have received these comprehensive services to increase their school readiness.

See First A.M.E. Programs to see what services we offer and how we can help in your child’s early development skills.

 

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May 2012 Events

REMINDERS:

CLOSURERS:
5/4 Staff In service
5/28 Memorial Day

EVENTS:

5/1 SVI & DH Dental Day

5/7 EHS Socialization 5:00
5/7 HS Socialization
5/8 CWB Center Meeting 5:30

5/9 SVI Center Meeting 5:30
5/10 DH Center Meeting 5:30

5/10-11/12 Planning Advance O/N

5/15 Management BOD
5/22 Policy Council Meeting 5:30

5/25 EHS Socialization 11:00

5/731HS Socialization

 

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April 2012 Events

April Calendar of events:first ame head start seattle calendar events

REMINDERS:

CLOSURERS:
4/6 Good Friday

4/16-4/20 Spring Break

DH & CWB

EVENTS:

4/2 EHS Socialization 5:00

4/28 Citywide Inservice

4/10 CWB Center Meeting 5:30
4/11 SVI Center Meeting 5:30

4/12 DH Center Meeting 5:30

4/12 HS Socialization
4/17 Board of Directors Mtg 6:00

Apr 21 4/24 Policy Council Meeting 5:30

4/26 HS Socialization

4/27 EHS Socialization 11:00

Volunteer Apperication Week

April 23-27

HAPPY SPRING BREAK!

CWB & DH

Upcoming May Calendar:  Click Here to see List of events for May

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