The Opportunity Alliance - Family and Early Childhood Education Internship

Job Title: Family and Early Childhood Education Internship
Company: The Opportunity Alliance
Category: Internship

The Opportunity Alliance is seeking candidates for a Family and Early Childhood Education Internship.

Name and location of program:
Family and Early Childhood Education
50 Monument Square, Portland ME 04101

Patty Mann
Human Resources Generalist
(207) 523-5019 or

Field Instructor: Kevin Dean, BS Early Childhood Education, (207) 553-5881,

Intern positions available: 15

Adequate space for student: Yes

Type of placement: Student classroom teaching

Summer placement available: Yes

Evening /weekend hours allowed: No

Staff meeting required: No

Car required: No

Mileage reimbursable: Yes when used for agency business.

Handicapped accessible: Yes

Agency requirements: Background checks, Immunizations, and a signed statement that licensing rules have been read and understood.

Program and Placement Description
Our Early Childhood Education programs strive to provide all children with a safe, nurturing, engaging, enjoyable, and secure learning environment, in order to help them gain the awareness, skills, and the confidence necessary to succeed in their present environment, and to deal with later responsibilities in school and in life. Each child is treated as an individual in an inclusive community that values, respects, and responds to diversity.

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in language & literacy, cognition & general knowledge, physical development & health, social & emotional development, and approaches to learning.

Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social, and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family's ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher.

Size of staff: 3 teachers per classroom

Characteristics desired in intern: Models appropriate and professional interactions, reflects a positive attitude, displays energy and enthusiasm, communicates and asks questions to teaching team, supports children’s play, demonstrates attentiveness and responsiveness to child’s stage of development, ability to work independently, and has a positive and professional attitude about and respect for work with all children and families.

Would a student who needs a highly structured learning environment do well in this placement? Yes

What intern will learn:

  • Practice necessary basic skills such as: managing routines and transitions, whole room awareness, and setting up areas of the indoor/outdoor environment.
  • Focus on using observation and assessment of young children to plan experiences, activities, and changes in areas of the program.
  • Refine and develop skills in asking questions, communicating with children, providing age appropriate experiences.
  • Practice in linking experiences, activities, and routines to assume increased responsibility.
  • Increase ability to reflect on skill development and the impact of experiences on children’s development.
  • Focus on skills necessary to work with a teaching team.
  • Increase ability to transform knowledge of child development into developmentally appropriate assessment and curriculum planning.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theory through appropriate interactions with children.
  • Develop professional skills in communication, cooperation, and leadership.
Agency Description
In 2011, PROP (People’s Regional Opportunity Alliance) and Youth Alternatives Ingraham merged to form The Opportunity Alliance. Our new organization is comprised of 50 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually. For more than 40 years, The Opportunity Alliance has provided early education and child care, nutrition programming, advocacy, information and referral, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as basic needs for the people of Maine. All of our programs attempt to serve families from a whole child/whole family approach that assures an increased use of best practices from all disciplines. To that end, we continually seek ways of integrating our programs into a seamless continuum of care.

The Opportunity Alliance serves children, youth, adults, and seniors; individuals, families, and communities. We work with people to build better lives and stronger communities. We provide advocacy, leadership, and support to identify and address individual, family, and community needs and goals. We advocate for and with people living in poverty by helping them to access childcare and early education, healthcare, housing, and nutrition. We support families in need of reunification by offering parenting education and coaching, case management, and family mediation. We offer a seamless continuum of services and supports to people living with persistent and chronic mental illness whereby they can access our services through multiple channels, yet need only tell their story once.

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