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 to work with ethnically diverse, low-income urban populations. ABLE Early Childhood members will serve full-time for 7.5 months (October - June) in an early childhood classroom and 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
  • Education Award of $3,097.50
  • Health insurance
  • Child care (if eligible)
  • Regular early childhood educator training (can be applied to CDA credential application)
  • Additional professional development
  • Assigned staff supervisor/mentor
  • Meaningful experience working with 3-and-4-year-olds
  • Uniform items

ABLE Education Response Corps

**Now Accepting Partnership Proposals - Due Dec. 2

- Request for Partnership - Instructions

- Request for Partnership - Application

ABLE Education Response Corps is 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 low-income preschool- and pre-kindergarten-aged children (ages 3+) and youth grades K-12, mobilizing AmeriCorps members in meaningful service to meet the challenges faced in education. Although preference will be given to early childhood programs serving children ages 3+, K-12 programs with need are strongly encouraged to apply. 


ABLE Summer Learning

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 $1,311.11
  • Meaningful experience working with K-12 students
  • Opportunity to develop leadership and team-based skills
  • Uniform items

 

 

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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