The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.
In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly 250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.
Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!
ABOUT THE ROLE
We believe deeply in the importance of supporting children and their families from an early age. We currently focus on serving children between the ages of 18 to 36 months of age and we will expand our services down to birth over time. We are seeking a clinician for the birth-to-three program who will be responsible for designing and delivering programming that builds parent-child relationships through parent capacity building.
This individual will be exceptionally skilled at building trusted relationships through group-based and dyadic programming with parents and families of infants and toddlers. The role is mission critical to delivering upon The Primary School’s innovative model of aiming to support children from birth.
Coordinate and deliver weekly group-based psycho-education in English and Spanish, focused on parent-child attachment, parental well-being and sense of self-efficacy.
Design, plan, and implement social-emotional learning groups with parents and children together. These groups will focus on 1) nurturing the parent-child attachment relationship, 2) demonstrating evidence-based parenting techniques, 3) strengthening children’s development, 4) increasing parents’ knowledge of their children’s developmental needs and strengths, and 5) building community between families.
Conceptualize cases utilizing reliable and evidence-based tools like developmental screeners and assessment tools.
Support parents in implementing strategies that lead to positive attachment and their child’s social-emotional development.
Work in deep partnership with families, parent wellness coaches, 0-3 program interventionists, and school teams to ensure program delivery and optimal care for families.
Coordinate support for families with other Primary School team members and community organizations by maintaining well-documented and organized information.
Help develop and provide feedback on technology that can support child-directed time and the parent-child relationship.
Participate in the design, evaluation, and refinement of all of the above programs and services.
Participate in and contribute to the universal activities of the 0-3 program and The Primary School.
Conduct dyadic coaching interventions for families in need of additional, personalized supports.
Provide training to Primary School parent wellness coaches with varying levels of expertise in child development and parent-child attachment.
Attend trainings relevant to parent education and/or parent-child curriculum and share new learnings with TPS staff.
Professional skills + experience
You have at least four years of experience in infant and early childhood mental health or clinical work, focusing on coaching and supporting the relationships between young children and their adult caregivers. Clinical license is not required.
A plus if: you have completed certification in the Program for Infant and Toddler Care (PITC), are trained in an intervention method such as Circle of Security, or .
You have experience and interest in working with children ages 0-5, and their parents, either in group-based settings or individual dyads.
You are able to easily connect and work well with parents of children across a wide range of ages and different socioeconomic backgrounds.
You value the importance of the parent-child relationship and you are knowledgeable about healthy child development, especially in the social and emotional domains.
You are a communicator with strong public speaking skills, and feel comfortable leading and facilitating groups of parents, and groups of parents and children together, with positive energy.
You coach families and advocate for others in a way that is compassionate, culturally-responsive, strengths-based and non-judgmental.
You are able to balance multiple priorities - meeting with families, preparing for groups, entering data - gracefully and with practiced personal organization and time management.
You are a natural problem solver, fixer and finder of resources.
You speak fluent English and Spanish and feel confident in leading groups and coaching families in both languages.
You are flexible with your schedule and understand that this work needs to meet the availability of our families (i.e., must be available and willing to work some evenings and/or weekends).
You are comfortable in ambiguity and environments that change rapidly.
You love collaboration and learning and are excited to work with and learn from all TPS team members, from pre-K to 8 education, to parent coaching, to community engagement.
You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
The Primary School values diversity; people of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please complete the following application and submit your most recent resume. These short-answer questions are designed to replace a cover letter, so take your time with them and copy in your answers from a separate document. If you feel that the questions do not accurately capture what you have to offer The Primary School, you are also welcome to attach a cover letter. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to submit yours soon. We look forward to reading your application!
The Primary School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.The Primary School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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About The Primary School
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the school will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children as early as possible: The school aims to admit students as close to birth as possible and will provide early childhood supports alon...gside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.