Smart from the Start (Smart) is family support, community engagement and school readiness initiative that empowers families and communities with the tools, resources and support they need to break cycles of chronic school underachievement and generational poverty.
Smart has as its mission to:
- expand and strengthen early learning opportunities for young children;
- promote parents’ role as their children’s first teacher;
- provide services and supports to underserved families;
- build neighborhood will, understanding and capacity to support school readiness.
Smart from the Start offers a comprehensive, coordinated set of services for parents, caregivers and children to support school readiness, including home visiting, parenting education and support, adult education, information and referrals to vital services, fun and educational programs for parents and caregivers together, and activities to support a community-wide focus on school readiness.
A Smart from the Start Early Childhood Program Educator is responsible for assisting with outreach and facilitation of Smart from the Start site-based programming, at one of the Smart from the Start program sites. They work to provide outreach, programming and support to families, while helping to keep track of paperwork and documentation and to engage and retain families in programming.
Responsibilities and Duties
The Early Childhood Program Educator will work with the team:
- Developing and managing outreach strategies in partnership with staff to increase family participation in services;
- Leading outreach efforts in and around the community;
- Maintaining steady interest and enrollment in programming and increasing family participation;
- Managing program equipment, inventory and supplies for site-specific Smart from the Start related programs;
- Collecting and maintaining necessary information and documentation to support program evaluation in coordination with Smart staff and program evaluators;
- Participating in site-specific and Smart staff meetings and trainings as necessary;
- Representing Smart from the Start at various community meetings and events; and,
Qualifications and Skills
Associates or Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Early childhood development, or Early Education and Care, Teaching, Significant work experience with culturally diverse families and ethnically and economically diverse communities; Ability to develop strong working relationships with others (individuals, families, co-workers, and community agencies); Knowledge of and familiarity with Boston neighborhoods, community organizations, and schools; Solid written and oral communication skills; Ability to lead others, work independently, and work as part of a team. Fluency in Spanish/Haitian Creole, preferred. This position will report to the Smart from the Start Associate Director of Programs.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required