ABLE Early Childhood Program


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ABLE Early Childhood

The AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education (ABLE) Early Childhood program mobilizes individuals in national service to revive and strengthen educational environments, expanding opportunities for today's youth and transforming America's future - one student, one classroom, and one community at a time.

Individuals serving in the ABLE Early Childhood program enhance the quality and impact of early childhood programming in Western New York. The ABLE Early Childhood program focuses on early childhood school readiness and addresses the need for more prepared early childhood teachers to work with ethnically diverse, low-income urban populations. ABLE Early Childhood members will serve full-time for seven months in specific Community Action Organization (CAO) of WNY Head Start classrooms and implement evidence-based math games to increase student math comprehension. Members serve alongside lead teachers and are coached on early childhood teaching techniques. Members also receive Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential training through the Child Care Resource Network. ABLE Early Childhood provides the tools to help members build careers in early childhood education and more effectively prevent future academic and developmental delays for students.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Living allowance paid out bi-weekly
  • Education Award of $3,047.50
  • Health insurance
  • Child care
  • CDA credential coursework
  • Additional professional development
  • Head Start staff mentor
  • Meaningful experience working with 3-and-4-year-olds
  • Uniform items


ABLE Summer Learning

*ABLE Summer Learning is currently accepting applications for Summer 2020 - APPLY HERE

ABLE Summer Learning, operated through the ABLE Early Childhood program, collaborates with schools and education-based organizations that share our mission of increasing the academic success of K-12 students in Western New York. ABLE Summer Learning mobilizes individuals in national service for eight-weeks during the summer, serving full-time. Members work directly with students to offset summer learning loss by providing additional math and/or literacy support. Members also support daily youth programming at their host site.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Living allowance paid out bi-weekly
  • Education Award of $1,289.95
  • Meaningful experience working with K-12 students
  • Opportunity to develop leadership and team-based skills



Have questions about the ABLE Early Childhood or ABLE Summer Learning programs?

Contact Annise Celano, Director of ABLE Operations, [email protected], 716-418-8500 ext.136

Interested in applying for either program? APPLY HERE

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