Monterey County Preschool Service Corps

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Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program partners with preschool programs in Monterey County to provide AmeriCorps members who offer individualized language and literacy experiences in preschool classrooms. The Monterey County Preschool Service Corps program is hosted by United Way Monterey County, overseen by CaliforniaVolunteers, and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Our Mission

The program's mission is to support kindergarten readiness, by offering individualized opportunities for preschool children to develop language and literacy skills during their regular preschool day. Our long-term goal is that children read well and independently by the end of third grade, so that they can succeed in fourth grade and beyond.

Who We Serve

In Partnership with 10 preschool agencies throughout the county, AmeriCorps members are placed in preschool classrooms across Monterey County. In one program-year, members tutor a minimum of 320 preschool students who benefit from individualized language and literacy experiences.

Preschool Service Corps has partnerships with preschool programs in Seaside, Salinas, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, San Lucas, and San Ardo.

Monterey County Preschool Service Corp

The Monterey County Preschool Service Corps, AmeriCorps program recruits, selects, trains, and places AmeriCorps members who serve as supports for language and literacy development in partnering preschools. The AmeriCorps members serve at their respective school sites and become part of the preschool's educational team. Examples of services that AmeriCorps members provide include:

  • Collaborating with the classroom teachers and child’s parents to plan activities that will support the child’s language and literacy development
  • Expanding children’s vocabulary through reading and play.
  • Playing with children in their preschool classroom to reinforce new vocabulary and practice back and forth communication.
  • Letting children explore sounds of language by singing, rhyming, or reading books.
Critical Need

Currently, about 75% of all Monterey County children entering Kindergarten are not yet at age level in language and literacy skills. The direct, ongoing tutoring services provided by Preschool Service Corps will serve to address this critical need.

Preschool Service Corps members support a small group of children and provides each child five tutoring sessions per week, totaling up to 15 hours of one-to-one or small group support. Tutoring sessions are scheduled in fifteen-minute increments during school hours. AmeriCorps tutors utilize an assortment of books, resources, and educational games to enhance their lessons. In addition to focusing on student achievement, the program strives to develop students' interest in reading.

The program builds commitment to community by participating in a variety of community service projects throughout the year.

All members receive initial and ongoing training to inform their service as literacy tutors. Training topics include: preschool language and literacy development strategies, California Early Learning Foundations, basic effective instruction, tutoring English learners, community awareness, asset development, disaster preparedness and response, inclusion of children with diverse abilities, and CPR/First Aid certification.

Benefits
  • Earn a living allowance/stipend (paid monthly over 11 months)
  • Eligible for an Education Award upon successful completion of commitment. Learn more
  • Full-time members receive medical benefits (unless covered under another plan)
  • Child care reimbursement (if eligible). Learn more
  • Develop essential leadership, teamwork, and communication skills
  • Receive relevant training initially and throughout the program-year
  • Obtain First Aid/CPR/AED certification
  • Obtain valuable experience in an educational setting
Term Requirements

Full time: Preschool Service Corps members commit to serve 1,700 hours in 11 months. A typical term-year is from August to June of the following year. Members serve approximately 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday, 8am4:30pm) to allow for successful completion of 1,700 hours.

Part time: Preschool Service Corps members commit to serve 900 hours in 11 months. A typical term-year is from August to June of the following year. Members serve 20 hours per week (Monday through Friday, 8:30am12:30 pm) to allow for successful completion of 900 hours.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals interested in applying for a position as an AmeriCorps member must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age as of July 1
  • Possess, at minimum, a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Pass a national and state criminal background check, including National Sex Offender Public Registry Website
  • Have reliable transportation with valid driver’s license and auto insurance
  • Position requires interacting with culturally diverse populations, serving vulnerable families
  • Ability to lift, carry, and transport a 35 pound box
  • Physical stamina sufficient to sit in a child’s chair, squat at children’s eye level for prolonged periods of time, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, and the agility to climb stairs; physical, mental, and emotional tolerance to be exposed to the noise generated by children in an enclosed environment; mental acuity to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, and make valid judgments and decisions.
  • Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish desired
History of AmeriCorps

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National and Community Service Trust Act, which established the Corporation for National and Community Service and brought the full range of domestic community service programs, including AmeriCorps, under the umbrella of one central organization. On July 3, 2003, President Bush signed the Strengthen AmeriCorps Program Act, which nearly doubled the number of AmeriCorps members. Over 1 million members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service to meet our nation's most critical needs. 

AmeriCorps is a nationally funded service initiative implemented within local community nonprofits to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. AmeriCorps members are direct service providers.

Before beginning their service with AmeriCorps, members commit to uphold the AmeriCorps Pledge:

I will get things done for America - to make our people safer, smarter and healthier.
I will bring Americans together to strengthen our communities.
Faced with apathy, I will take action.
Faced with conflict, I will seek common ground.
Faced with adversity, I will persevere.
I will carry this commitment with me this year and beyond.
I am an AmeriCorps member and I will get things done.

Interested in applying?

Please click here to read the job description.

Please email your interest in the opportunity, and your resume (if available), to dora.mckean@unitedwaymcca.org