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Early Learning Essentials

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This program is not currently running but student volunteer leaders are needed. Click on the "GET INVOLVED" tab to learn more!

What is Early Learning Essentials?

Early Learning Essentials volunteers promote school readiness by assisting preschool-aged children of low-income families to enhance their social and cognitive development. Volunteers typically assist in the classroom by reading to the children and playing games with them or they can make a video of themselves and/or others reading children's books for the preschoolers.


How do I get involved?


Volunteer Description: Volunteers assist children in the classroom by reading to them and playing games with them. Their role is to create a meaningful connection with the students and be a positive role model.

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteers are encouraged to come weekly.

Step 1:

Send an email to and express your interest in volunteering. They will reply within 24-48 hours.

Step 2:

Please complete this mandatory 25-minute Minor Protection Training before you begin working with the children.

Foreign Language Volunteer Training: If you are a foreign language volunteer, there will be additional training required to be instructed on dual-language teaching styles and techniques that will be implemented in the classroom. This training will be scheduled when you’ve been in contact with one of our Early Learning Essentials Program Directors.


Volunteer Leader Description: There are two leadership positions: Executive Director and Program Director. A program only has one Executive Director, but multiple program directors. Leaders are generally responsible for overseeing recruitment, retention, and reflection with volunteers. They also coordinate service with community partners and ensure their program runs smoothly. Volunteer leaders may also share the responsibilities of volunteers as outlined in the Volunteer Description. For more information on the responsibilities, visit our section on Leadership Opportunities!

Volunteer Leader Commitment: Volunteer Leaders have a monthly 1-hour team meeting to discuss needs and make plans for the program.

Step 1:

Apply to become a leader by completing one of the applications below:

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