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Volunteering for Douglas-Cherokee Head Start
Transcript of Volunteering for Douglas-Cherokee Head Start
To be a quality-focused organization in order to bring about
a greater degree of social competency in children
and self-sufficiency of families.
Volunteering For Douglas-Cherokee Head Start
Program Curriculum & Philosophy
Your Role in the Classroom
Learn the fire, emergency procedures, and other health and safety rules.
Become familiar with the center/classroom rules.
Turn off your cell phones while in the classroom. If you need to answer a call please step out.
SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT There is to be no smoking in any building, on any grounds, or in any vehicle, used by Head Start or Early Head Start.
Please wear appropriate and modest clothing.
Please keep anything you hear in the classroom confidential.
Speak in a calm and kind voice.
Help the children feel loved, safe, and secure.
Be positive with children. Praise them often for good manners and behavior. Remind children of rules in a positive way. Example: “Please walk, Mary” or “Johnny, the blocks are for building”.
Focus on the children and what they are participating in.
Classroom Do's and Don'ts...
There is a large variety of toys, games, activities, and books for you and the children to enjoy together. It is your job in the classroom to back up the teachers and help them with tasks around the room. Be cheerful and friendly. Talk and laugh with the children. Speak quietly and stoop so that you are on the child’s level when you talk. Use the child’s name often.
Things you can do to help...
read books to children
color, paint, and draw
sit down with the children while they eat
wipe down tables
ask teacher what you can do to help
Do not ever physically hit, pinch, slap, or jerk a child. Physical harm to a child will not be tolerated!
Yell, use sarcasm or make fun of a child.
We do not expect or want you to correct the children except by reminding them of appropriate behavior when it is needed. Staff only are permitted to manage behaviors beyond reminders.
NEVER accompany a child to the bathroom without a staff member.
In order to give our children the best chance for success in school and beyond, communities, schools and families must hold one another accountable to promote....
Children enjoy listening to stories and discussing what happened.
Children understand that rules and routines are part of our daily lives.
Children enjoy running, drawing, pretending, climbing and other play activities.
What is Head Start?
It is a Federal program for preschool children from low-income families. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the United States. Children who attend Head Start participate in a variety of educational activities. They also receive free medical and dental care, have healthy meals and snacks, and enjoy playing outdoors in a safe setting. Head Start helps all children succeed. Services are offered to meet the special needs of children with disabilities. The Douglas-Cherokee Head Start/Early Head Start program serves Pregnant Mothers, Infants, Toddlers, 3 and 4 year old children who meet the Federal income guidelines.
Creating a quality Head Start/Early Head Start Program requires Staff and Volunteers to work together, sharing their talents, knowledge and energy so that the children can receive the greatest benefit. Volunteers should have a desire to work with children and staff to learn about child development.
Ability to maintain confidentiality is required.
"Teaching My Child Through Play"
I tried to teach my child with books.
He gave me only puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words.
They passed him by often unheard.
Despairingly, I turned aside.
"How shall I teach this child?" I cried.
Into my hand he put the key
"Come," he said, "play with me."
Volunteer Job Description
Children ask questions and are curious to find answers and solve problems.
Children relate well to peers and adults.