ABLE Early Childhood Program

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ABLE Early Childhood

The ABLE acronym stands for AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education. The 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 Kindergarten readiness and addresses the need for more prepared early childhood teachers serving ethnically diverse, urban populations. ABLE Early Childhood members will serve full-time for up to 7.5 months beginning in the Fall in an early childhood classroom, and will implement evidence-based math games to increase student math comprehension. Members serve alongside lead teachers and are coached/mentored through daily hands-on service learning. Members also receive regular foundational early childhood educator training through the Child Care Resource Network, which can be applied to the nationally-recognized Childhood Development Associate (CDA) credential application. 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 of $839.64
  • Education Award of up to $4826.50
  • Health insurance
  • Child care (if eligible)
  • Regular early childhood educator training
  • Professional development
  • Assigned staff supervisor/mentor
  • Meaningful experience working with pre-K and kindergarten students
  • Uniform items

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Candidates interested in serving as an ABLE Early Childhood AmeriCorps member should apply below. 

Organizations interested in partnering with the program to place AmeriCorps members in the classroom must submit our PARTNER APPLICATION HERE 

ABLE Summer Learning

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ABLE Summer Learning 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 to ten weeks during the summer, serving full-time. Service positions generally begin towards the end of June. Members work directly with students to prevent 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 of $843.66
  • Education Award of $1,374.60
  • Meaningful experience working with K-12 students
  • Opportunity to develop leadership and team-based skills
  • Uniform items
2023 ABLE Summer Learning program's partner sites:

JCC of Greater Buffalo - Camp Centerland

African American Cultural Center

Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Children's Museum

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier

Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

Massachusetts Avenue Project

Gloria J. Parks Community Center - University District Community Development Association, Inc.

Journey's End Refugee Services


West Side Community Services

The Karen Society

Upward Bound @ D'Youville 

The Belle Center

PAL Buffalo


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

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

Interested in applying for the program? APPLY HERE

ABLE Education Response Corps

ABLE Education Response Corps is an initiative developed as a responsive effort to meet the various needs and challenges that have arisen in education due to COVID-19. The program looks to partner with organizations and educational institutions across Western New York serving preschool-/pre-kindergarten-aged children (ages 3+) and youth grades K-12, mobilizing AmeriCorps members in meaningful service to meet the various challenges faced in education at this time. Members in Education Response Corps serve full or part-time for 7 months providing mentoring, tutoring, and technology/virtual education help at their host sites to ensure students are receiving essential support in areas such as academics and social/emotional learning.
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Candidates interested in serving as an ABLE Education Response Corps member should apply below. The program is currently accepting applications.

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