First 5 Contra Costa helps young children grow up healthy and ready to learn during the most important time in their development. We have nearly 20 years of experience funding
innovative programs and advocating for policies that produce better futures for our children. Since our inception, First 5 Contra Costa has invested more than $140 million in Prop. 10 revenues to programs and services that help Contra Costa’s children get the best start in life.
ABOUT THE POSITION
First 5 Contra Costa has partnered with the Lesher Foundation and the East Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg to jumpstart the Ready Kids East County (RKEC) Initiative. The Initiative strives to improve the chances that African American and Black young children in East Contra Costa County (East County). will be ready for kindergarten physically, academically, socially, and emotionally.
Following an ecological model that looks at social determinants and root causes of school readiness, the RKEC Initiative seeks to engage parents and community members in uncovering and addressing the complex interpersonal, institutional, community, social, environmental, and public policy factors that perpetuate inequities in school readiness for African American and Black children in East Contra Costa County We know that systemic disparities hinder their childhood health and academic success, and along with organizations and systems throughout the county and across the nation, we have much work to do to achieve equity.
The RKEC Initiative Coordinator works in partnership with the First 5 Contra Costa (First 5) Steering Committee, the community of parents, educators and other community members committed to this initiative to identifying systemic interventions, family strengthening services, resources, and long-term policy solutions to increase kindergarten readiness for African American and Black children.
Candidates should possess cultural humility, have experience working with diverse community groups, knowledge of the early childhood field, have familiarity with the K-12 school system, and be committed to improving kindergarten readiness and child and family well-being.
This is a temporary, part-time (up to 24 hours per week), non-benefited position paying $35/hour. The position is fully grant-funded for the period of January 1, 2021 through December 30, 2023. This position is not benefited, and is eligible to accrue monthly vacation and sick leave.
HOW TO APPLY