Child and Family Development
“This isn’t an easy job, but at the end of the day, you’ll really feel like you’ve done something rewarding. One hug, or ‘thank you,’ and your heart’s going to melt. It’s inevitable.”
–Child and Family Development volunteer
Poverty can diminish the educational opportunities and experiences available to children. A young child is eager for experience and is in a constant state of learning. Christian Appalachian Project believes that by providing early childhood education, along with engaging the parents in their own educational growth, the child will gain appropriate developmental skills and a positive view of education.
CAP’s Child and Family Development centers offer child and teen development programs for children grades preschool-high school. Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical, and emotional development as well as creative expression. Participation of the entire family is encouraged through home visits, parenting classes, and involvement in the center.
CAP Volunteers serve in two Child and Family Development centers in eastern Kentucky. One operates exclusively as a preschool, while the other has a preschool, a community center offering after-school programming for older children and youth, and an in-school character education component. Depending on the center at which a volunteer is placed, he or she can expect to participate in one or more of the following:
Our Child and Family Development centers are licensed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and follow a nationally recognized curriculum in their programs. Through play and small group sessions, children engage in activities that stimulate their cognitive, social, physical, and language development skills. Volunteers help lead these activities, maintain a clean facility, and of course, play! Experience in child development is preferred but not required.
S.P.A.R.K. (Scholastic Preparation, Arts & Recreation for Kids) serves children ages 9-17. Volunteers design presentations and activities to engage students in academics, the arts, and recreational activities, and assist children and teens with homework in all subject areas. In the summer, volunteers lead activities such as field trips or day camps.
Now accepting applications for long-term volunteers to begin in August/September 2014.