JFCS Needs Volunteers to Help Train Refugees Who Want to Become Childcare Providers

Jewish Family & Career Services received a grant to facilitate the Family Childcare Project (FCP), which is a career development program geared specifically to the needs of Louisville’s refugee population. The purpose of the FCP is to assist refugee women in obtaining self-employment as registered family childcare providers, while creating affordable, culturally and linguistically accessible childcare options for refugee women who choose to enter the workforce.

Refugee women participating in the FCP will complete an eight-week training course that provides them with hands-on training in child development; health, safety and nutrition; cognitive and language development; motor development, and business operation and management. Once the participants complete the training course, they will receive assistance in starting registered family childcare businesses in their homes.

JFCS needs training volunteers in three capacities:

•    Training Session Leader – leads activities on pre-identified childcare topics, including business operation and management.
•    Training Session Assistant – assists the training session leader in activities on pre-identified childcare topics.
•    Site Visit Volunteer – makes monthly visits to a participant’s registered family childcare business. A site visit volunteer helps promote a safe, healthy, and stimulating environment for children.

Training Volunteers must complete two Volunteer Orientation sessions in which they will learn about JFCS as an organization and how to communicate with individuals with limited English skills, as well as become familiar with the FCP training course curriculum.

The training course begins on Friday, February 1, and goes through the end of March. FCP training course sessions take place every weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Interested persons are asked to contact Kim Toebbe at 452-6341 or ktoebbe@jfcslouisville.org.

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