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IRIS seeking PT Early Learning Program Teacher

IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services (www.irisct.org), a dynamic nonprofit organization in New Haven CT, is seeking a part-time teacher for its Early Learning Program. The mission of IRIS is to help refugees and other displaced people establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut's communities. IRIS currently serves clients from countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Congo, and Sudan.

The Early Learning Program is a free, safe, nurturing environment for children ages 1-4 (up to 6 children at a time), weekday mornings from 9:30am-12:00pm, while parents are at English language class on-site at the IRIS office. The Early Learning Program's focus is on early childhood development, positive socialization and school readiness. This is a multicultural classroom with children who often do not hear English spoken in their homes.

With the daily support of an intern or volunteer, duties include providing educational and social programming; arranging for the purchase of snacks and meals; communicating with parents regarding enrollment and program rules; and when appropriate, helping families apply to other licensed, accredited preschool programs.

Awareness of and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues is a must. The ideal candidate will have or be working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field and have experience with young children in a developmental setting. Candidates should also have experience working closely with other adults and, preferably, supervisory experience.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to: Tanya Kimball Genn at education@irisct.org. 

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