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

A volunteer in one of CAP's Child and Family Development centersPoverty 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.

Long-term volunteer opportunities:

Youth Worker: S.P.A.R.K. (Scholastic Preparation, Arts, and Recreation for Kids) serves children ages 5-18. The Youth Worker designs presentations and activities to engage students in academics, the arts, and recreational activities, and assists children and teens with homework in all subject areas. In the summer,  the Youth Worker leads activities such as field trips or day camps. Next available January 2015.

Early Childhood Educator: Early Childhood Educators serve preschoolers ages 3-4 in one of two Child and Family Development centers operated by CAP. Child development programs include teaching reasoning, communication, social, physical and emotional development as well as creative expression. Members serve with paid staff and other CAP Volunteers. Experience and/or a degree in early childhood education preferred. Next available August 2015.

Short-term opportunities may also be available when school is in session.