School Support Aide

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, California - Full time

ABOUT US

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age. We recognize the entrenched racism that exists within our public systems and the unjust impact this has had on families of color. Our aim is that children and families most impacted by systemic poverty and racism receive the multidisciplinary support they deserve to be well, learn, and thrive.

Long-term, we hope to create a game-changing school model that can be replicated across the country. As we continue to learn and grow, we plan to share what we’ve learned and pursue policy and systems change on a local, state, and national level. We are proud to receive funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with children as young as 8 months and provide full-time school starting at age three to reach them at a critical stage in development.
  • We partner with parents. We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children.
  • We integrate services. 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 over 300 children and their families through a birth to three program, parent wellness program, full-day preschool, and elementary school, which will grow through eighth grade. In 2021, we opened our second site in the East Bay.

ABOUT OUR EAST PALO ALTO SITE

We are continuing to grow our East Palo Alto site and are excited to launch 5th grade for our 2022-2023 school year. In our school we currently serve ~300 students across two preschool grades (3 and 4 year olds), kindergarten, and first grade through fourth grade. Beyond school, core components of our model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.

ABOUT OUR EAST BAY SITE

We opened our second site with a founding class of four-year-old children and families who started preschool in August 2021. Drawing on key learnings from our first site, core components of the model include partnering closely with parents throughout their child’s development and supporting parent wellness; coordinating early screening and developmental support and offering a full-day school; and working with existing health care providers in the community to coordinate care for children.

ABOUT THE ROLE

The School Support Aide is comprised of caregivers from our school community that have a deep love of working with, supporting and spending time with young children. In this role, the School Support Aide will assist our school programming to ensure our teachers are able to have protected planning and preparation time each day. This position is a part-time position. School Support Aides must be available to work in the mornings from 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Monday - Friday.

The School Support Aides report to Kyndal Easter, co-principal of our East Palo Alto site and will be part of the school team.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support grade levels with early care supervision
    • One Support Aide for Preschool + Pre-Kindergarten
    • Three Support Aides for Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • One Support Aide for 3rd - 4th grade
  • The School Support Aide will also be responsible for:
    • Preparing the indoor (classroom) or outdoor (playground) with appropriate toys and activities
    • Support parent sign-in/-out process, transition to/from parents, and/or other operational procedures
    • Proactively communicate supply needs to Operations team
    • Clean-up and break-down space after each supervision

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience working with children in a school, after school program, summer camp, babysitting or similarly structured environment.
  • You have a flexible schedule and are able to work mornings
  • You love spending time with kids and kids love spending time with you.
  • You are unafraid of diversity and engage confidently across differences. You believe that differences - in race, culture, gender, age, background, experiences - enrich our community and know how to bridge those differences with grace and humility.
  • You are kind, humble, and collaborative. You bring a positive attitude to every interaction and always see the best in others. You have the courage to step out of your comfort zone, and when you fall, you get right back up, remember what tripped you up and unabashedly try it all over again.

A Plus If

  • You have an understanding of early childhood education and child development.
  • You speak fluent Spanish.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and communicate with both adults and children. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is moderate to high.

COMPENSATION

This is a part-time position with up to 25 hours per week. Hourly pay begins at $17.00.

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The Primary School

The Primary School is creating a new school model that brings together all of the adults in a child’s life, including parents, educators, and medical and mental health providers, starting from a very early age.
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