First 5 Service Corps
The First 5 Service Corps provides school readiness and family literacy activities to families and children 2-5 years old. 96 AmeriCorps Members in 8 diverse counties serve children who are at risk for poor performance upon kindergarten entry. Members serve in both preschool classrooms and family resource centers. Members directly engage with children to improve social-emotional, math, and literacy skills through school readiness activities and family literacy trainings and activities.
First 5 members serve in Colusa, Fresno, Del Norte, Madera, Mendocino, Orange, San Bernardino, and Santa Cruz Counties.
Join AmeriCorps with First 5
The First 5 Service Corps provides 96 AmeriCorps Members full and part time terms of service for up to 4 years. These members will learn a variety of career development skills, form relationships with professional mentors, receive a bi-monthly living allowance, and an education award after the successful completion of service. This award can be used to pay qualified educational costs and repay student loans.
First 5 AmeriCorps Positions
Parent Educators will provide families with education and outreach strategies to promote optimal childhood development and encourage Family Resource Center access. Parent Educators will work with families in a playgroup setting 2-4 times per week modeling learning activities and communication for parents to facilitate school readiness activities and promoting positive parent-child interaction.
Early Learning Instructor
Early Learning Instructors will promote school readiness by serving in preschools, kindergartens, family resource centers and other early learning environments delivering lesson plans; working with children through large group, small group and/or one-on-one activities. Members will introduce early literacy, numeracy, and/or social-emotional development to children ages 2-5.
First 5 Member Profile
Sarita is deserving of the Member of the Month award because of her dedication and willingness to get things done!
Since the beginning of the term, Sarita has been punctual and responsible, but this month Sarita demonstrated what it means to be an AmeriCorps member. By serving in the same team as Sarita, I have seen the growth she has made by breaking out of her comfort zone and taking initiative. As soon as she completed her tasks, Sarita would ask her team if there was anything else that she could assist with. She has also stepped up her game when members are absent to ensure that our families receive the best from our program. Being responsible, punctual, dedicated to her service term and continuously open to growth and professional development is why she deserves Member of the Month!
Resources for First 5 Members and Supervisors
Find links to First 5 AmeriCorps Forms, Member and Supervisor Handbooks,
Benefits Information, and Partner Conference information.
Summer Rolfe-Irish, First 5 Service Corps Project Manager