OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 1 Our HOPES Our Staff Newsletter Hoboken Plainfield Somerset New Jersey April 2017 WELCOME TO OUR 52ND YEAR OF HOPES STRESS MANAGEMENT AND SELF CARE AT HOPES ISSUE 15 IN THIS ISSUE Hire Anniversaries New Hires Birthdays 2 How to Spot Fake News 2 In the Spotlight 3 4 Lori Reisz By Mental Health Disabilities Team Many people know that working at a non profit agency can be rewarding and at the same time demanding causing a great deal of stress on the employees To address the growing concern of staff burn out and the lack of self care of the employees HOPES is starting new initiatives to help its employees remain healthy and relieve a little stress The first part is having its employees self reflect and recognize if they are showing any signs of stress A person with a high stress level can HEALTH AND be demonstrating some cognitive emotional physical behavioral symptoms which is WELLNESS impeding on their personal life or work performance The staff will be encouraged to participate in voluntary mini sessions during their lunchtime in order to find the time to help themselves Article continues on page 7 with strategies for self care Did You Know April is the Month of the Young Child In celebration of this month you will find quotes from children s literature throughout this issue IT Corner 5 Finance Did You Know 5 Ask HR 5 FMLA flow chart 6 Health Wellness continued 7 Productivity Techniques 7 8 Tackling Absenteeism 8 9 Springing into Fun 9 March Happenings 10 Urgent Care or ER 11 Seeking New Team Members 1213
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE 10 years at HOPES Yvette A Ypelaar 4 19 2002 Manager 15 YEARS Jasmin Rivera 4 16 2007 Community Services Advocate 10 YEARS 5 10 years at HOPES Doris Haggett 4 20 2009 Teacher Assistant Erni Orengo Teacher Assistant Feada Ali 4 20 2009 4 27 2010 Teacher Jesse Rodriguez Mykel W Brooks Darnisha A Howard Bianca M Melo Doris Haggett Dalton Jordan Shelma Mendez Monika Pires Stefany Murray Denise Perry Ludovina M Sanchez Tonya Taylor Donna M Austin Laura E Medero Jesse Jonathan Roman Amiyah Thorne Radaysis Leguizamon Jennifer Kim Buppha Nanthamat Jazmen Ashley Thrower Nubia I Borrmann Janely D Cabrera Jennifer Ortiz Vicky Elizabeth Abdel Kader Marja Anchundia Katherine Castrillon Guerrero 4 18 2011 Floating Infant Teacher 4 11 2012 Infant Teacher 1 5 years at HOPES 4 22 2013 Jose A Lazo 4 9 2015 Custodian Claudia W Ip 4 4 2016 Family Worker Blanca Isabel 4 27 2016 Montes De Gomez Teacher Assistant Image from http maui hawaii edu hooulu 2017 01 07 thereal consequences of fakenews Submitted by BJ Palencia for the IT Corner article Go to https WELL WISHES Victorian J Bowers Norma Rivera Jenny Caiza Orlando Johnson Maquita M Mckeithan Alison M Cherpitel Anais Alicea Continues in next column 4 1 4 1 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 5 4 7 3 1 Teacher Jessica C Lindao 3 1 Teacher Assistant Erica Oliveras 3 1 Data Administrator Angela Holden 3 13 Floating Teacher Assistant Orlando Johnson 3 13 Custodian Nilda I Perez 3 13 Teacher Assistant Jonathan Rivera 3 13 Custodian Kurtis Michael Rivera Substitute Teacher Supervisor Site Supervisor Teacher Assistant Paige Baffuto Nicole F Frederique 4 2 2012 Mildred Soler March 2017 New Team Members 3 20 3 25 Infant Teacher Iesha C Robinson 4 9 2012 Lida Saldarriaga Madrid WELCOME ABOARD Sonia A Escobar 4 11 2012 Floating Infant Teacher Mary T Pinto 4 9 4 9 4 9 4 11 4 11 4 12 4 12 4 13 4 13 4 14 4 15 4 16 4 16 4 16 4 18 4 20 4 22 4 25 4 25 4 26 4 26 4 26 4 27 4 28 4 29 Driver Driver Christine C Kamara 2 www ifla org publications node 11174 for other translations of this flyer including Spanish 3 31
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 April is National Minority Health Month Without health and long life all else fails Dr Booker T Washington wrote these words in a letter to leading African American newspapers in April 1915 proposing the observance of National Negro Health Week This proposition became the foundation for National Minority Health Month Read more at https minorityhealth hhs gov Blog BlogPost aspx BlogID 190 LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT LORI REISZ By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern Where do you call home North Brunswick NJ but I guess I will always call Owensboro Kentucky home How long have you been at HOPES I began working for HOPES in August of 2002 but left in June of 2014 I moved back to Owensboro Kentucky at that time I missed HOPES and I missed New Jersey so much that I came back in August 2016 So in total I ve worked for HOPES for almost 13 years What is your position at HOPES I am the Parent Family Community Engagement Manager for HOPES Early Childhood Program and the Program Manager for the Somerset Head Start Early Head Start program My office is at the Belmont site in Somerset Continues in next column Before working at HOPES what was the most unusual or interesting job you ve had My high school and college summer job at Santa Claus Land which is now called Holiday World in Southern Indiana I spent many hot and humid days sweating profusely in some kind of animal costume But that s not really weird or unusual jobs just icky Before working at HOPES what was the worst job you ve ever had Not much worse than a sweaty smelly animal costume I did really love working at Santa Claus Land I just didn t enjoy the days that I got stuck being an animal But the worst job I ever had I d have to say was one of my work study jobs at Indiana University I was working for a chemistry professor and had to wash her beakers test tubes and Petri dishes by hand Each one had to be washed and then rinsed under running water for no less than three minutes to make sure that there was no soap residue left in it because the soap might change the properties of any chemical she put back into the piece The most tedious boring job ever What do you like the best about working at HOPES I ve told so many people this since I ve returned I love working with so many talented intelligent committed compassionate people I love my coworkers at HOPES What is your personal motto mantra or quote Today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope Look well therefore to this day That comes from a Sanskrit proverb that my mom wrote inside the cover of my high school yearbook I ve tried to live by that ever since Continues in next column 3 What is your proudest moment at HOPES I ve had so many proud moments through my years at HOPES But the one moment that comes to mind first is the day that Simona Ovanezian and Marisa Musachio took me to lunch and told me that they wanted to offer my Family Services Assistant Barbara Reyes a position as the Manager of the Senior Services Programs Barbara had started with HOPES as a Head Start volunteer when her daughter Tina was in our program She was a single mom of a preschooler taking care of her elderly parents We first hired Barbara as a Bus Assistant then worked her way up to my assistant in the Family Services content area and was now being promoted to a Manager of one of HOPES programs Barbara is a true HOPES Head Start success story And I am so proud to have been a part of her story What is your favorite memory I have two equally favorite memories Those are the moments my girls were born I never realized just how much love could fit into my heart until I became a mother It is a love that I wish everyone could experience at least once in their life I ve heard that said about becoming a grandparent as well but I haven t experienced that yet I m looking forward to finding out some day What are two goals you are trying to accomplish this year My first goal is to be a resource and support to the staff in our new Somerset Head Start Early Head Start program to help integrate the program into the agency and to assist in getting the Somerset facilities renovated updated and HOPES ated Yes that s a word It means to reach a level of quality that is second to none It s the only way we know how to do things at HOPES Continues on the next page
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 Spotlight continued from previous page My second goal is more personal My body is started to let me know that I m a bit older than my mind thinks I am I m never going to believe that but just in case it is true I m trying to take better care of myself I started by giving up cigarettes I m now eating mostly organic food and very little processed food And I try to get to the gym a few times a week How do you plan on accomplishing these goals With grit and grace What is on your bucket list I d love to visit Greece and Ireland someday I d also like to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage but I m afraid my chances of that ever happening have long passed Where is your favorite place to live I haven t lived in too many places in my lifetime but since I left New Jersey and came back after two years of being away I guess I d have to say New Jersey I really enjoy living in Somerset County It s like having the best of both worlds I m just a short distance from the city but I can get the country feel that reminds me of home Kentucky I m also a short drive to the shore which I love as well I know a lot of people in NJ are surprised when I call a one hour drive a short drive but where I lived in Kentucky if you wanted to go to a city it was at least a 2 3 hour drive And the closest shore was at least 8 10 hours away If you were stuck on an island what three things would you bring with you Well I would have to take Thing 1 and Thing 2 Thing 1 is my daughter Samantha who is 31 years old and the Director Curator of the Art Galleries of Georgetown College in Georgetown Kentucky Thing 2 is my daughter Jessica who is 21 years old and finishing her Jr year at the University of Kentucky working toward her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree I couldn t think of anyone I would want or need more than the two of them when stuck on an island We would have a blast Continues in next column The third thing I d take would be my hiking poles I d have to have something to scare the snakes away If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be Rocky Road ice cream of course That s my all time favorite meal It has all three of the main food groups chocolate nuts and marshmallow cream What do you do for fun I go hiking One of the reasons I really enjoy living in Somerset County is because there are so many beautiful places to hike I love going out in the woods and getting back to nature I love everything about it Except the snakes I really don t like snakes What is your biggest pet peeve You could probably ask any one of the staff that I have supervised over the years at HOPES and they will tell you Lori s pet peeve is hearing someone say That s not my job We are all here with the same mission and purpose We all need to be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done Continues in next column 4 What are three artists you would choose to listen to for the rest of your life Music has always been a huge part of my life so choosing only 3 is very difficult Right now I m really into Pentatonix It s an acapella group and those 5 kids are so incredibly talented I don t think I would ever get tired of listening to them Then of course there s AC DC my favorite rock band ya gotta love Angus and of course there will never be another Bon Scott And I would have to choose the third artist from my country roots and that s probably the hardest to pick just one of but I think I d have to go with Patsy Cline What would people be surprised to know about you I feel like I am an open book and everyone knows everything about me I ll pretty much tell you anything about myself if you ask But some people may be surprised to know that I am one of eleven children and I m a great great aunt Two of my nieces have grandchildren making me a great great aunt way before my time I might add If you were given the chance to go anywhere for a day where would you go I would go to heaven and spend one more day with my dad Smothers Park Owensboro KY
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 IT CORNER What are prevailing wages The US Department of Labor determines hourly rate including fringe benefits for classes of workers by locality based on survey of local wages What are DBA requirements for contractors How to Spot Fake News By BJ Palencia Information Technology Supervisor See infographic on page 2 for this month s IT Corner FINANCE DID YOU KNOW Pay prevailing wage weekly to laborers and mechanics Submit weekly certified payrolls for itself and subcontractors to Provider in this case HOPES Covers wages paid during preceding weekly payroll period Statement must be signed by contractor or sub or authorized officer Post DBA rights poster in a central location visible to all workers Consequences of Violations Davis Bacon 101 What is the Davis Bacon Act Contractors or subcontractors found to have disregarded their obligations to employees or to have committed aggravated or willful violations while performing work on Davis Bacon covered projects may be Ordered to issue back payment of wages and fringe benefits subject to contract termination debarred from future contracts for up to three years The Davis Bacon Act DBA is a federal law requiring contractors on federal construction projects to pay at least local prevailing wage This law applies to contracts over 2 000 for construction alteration or repairs funded fully or in part by federal funds i e Head Start Keep in mind this is a brief introduction to the requirements of the Davis Bacon Act If you are involved or leading a project that requires DBA please visit https www dol gov whd govcontracts dbra htm for additional information and tools By Jesse Roman Grant Administrator Supervisor As you know April marks the start of a new Agency Fiscal Year It s the perfect time to set in place new things to learn and do And with so many projects going on across the agency it s the perfect time for DAVIS BACON 101 5 To which of the Contractors workers does this apply ASK HR By Carmela Roman Staff Development Supervisor Q What is Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 FMLA and do I meet the eligibility requirements to qualify for FMLA A The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 FMLA is a United States federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees with job protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons When possible employees should notify the Human Resource Department at least 30 days before their anticipated leave FMLA Request forms can be accessed on your Paycom Employee Self Service under documents To determine your eligibility for FMLA please follow the flow chart on the next page If you answer no for any of these steps you are not eligible for FMLA Staff Appreciation Week May 8th May 12th As a small token of appreciation of all you do please be on the lookout at your sites for treats throughout the week including MONDAY May 8th Bagels and Muffins for Breakfast WEDNESDAY May 10th A Sweet Treat Laborers and mechanics This law focuses on manual or physical labor workers including workers who use tools or perform work of a trade Yet this law does not include workers whose duties are primarily administrative executive or clerical rather than manual FRIDAY May 12th Pizza Provided for Lunch Continues in next column Sen James J Davis and Rep Robert L Bacon
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 CONTINUED FROM 1ST PAGE Some strategies will be Aromatherapy meditation Staff can use guided meditation setting the stage by making it dark and comfortable in the meeting room staff lounge The staff can use flameless candles pillows and blankets on floor This will give the staff the opportunity to slow down and breath Adult coloring Staff can color their worries away with basic pictures crayons and pencils Zumba Get up and moving Staff can use Zumba videos to get their blood pumping laugh and relieve some stress Mini Vision Boards Staff can cut out words quotes and photos from magazines to help with goal setting or getting their thoughts down Guided Play Therapy activities using games and sensory playsome of the basic techniques such as play dough fill in the blanks Continues in next column 7 Conversation Jenga get to know you catch can also be used with the staff Intuitive Eating Mindfulness you are what you eat The staff can make better decisions about what they are eating which will in turn help the way they are feeling Chair Yoga using videos yoga poses and websites to improve strength flexibility body control decrease stress improve mental clarity and decrease pain The goal of these sessions or socials are to strengthen staff relationships de stress gain energy and just have fun Staff can choose whether or not they want to attend during their lunch break The activities are very simple low cost and fun Stay tuned for more information about times and places Article and picture submitted by Yvette Ypelaar Health Disabilities Services Manager Antoine de Saint Exup ry The Little Prince PRODUCTIVITY TECHNIQUES TO CONQUER YOUR TO DO LIST By Samantha White CGMA Magazine senior editor When feeling overwhelmed by an ever expanding to do list many of us make the mistake of trying to plough through as much as we can without pausing to think about how best to use our time Rather than simply firefighting it s worth taking time out to consider what is preventing you from being at your most productive and developing a strategy to overcome these obstacles Are the distractions human or technological Is the part of the day when your concentration levels are highest regularly spent sitting in a meeting leaving you struggling to complete higher priority tasks during an afternoon energy slump Get planning Setting aside time to plan your week around your own goals and priorities rather than those dictated by your email inbox is an essential investment says Hayley Watts a trainer with Think Productive Create a structure for your week month and quarter especially for repeating tasks Continues on next page
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 Identify the times in the day when you are most able to focus block them out in your calendar and defend them so you have that time to tackle things that need your full concentration The more mundane administrative work can be accomplished at your less focused times of the day as five minutes at the top of each hour or a few 20 minute sessions per day then closing the inbox or at least shutting off the notifications During your dedicated email time if the response to an email or the task required will take two minutes or less complete it straight away Splendid isolation It s important to Three must dos Before you open strike the right balance between your email each morning identify the being available to your team and three most important tasks that you your colleagues and having the really want to accomplish that day From there match tasks to your energy levels through the day Batching similar tasks together to do in one session such as a series of phone calls or pieces of research can also help you retain focus and concentration Similarly if you are going to be spending time traveling that week keep a list of jobs you can get done that don t depend on things like internet access or having a second screen Don t overlook the long term Set out time in the weekly plan to chip away at mediumand long term projects as well as tasks with closer deadlines Even 40or 60 minute sessions on a big project will make a difference Be ruthless about what tasks and deadlines you choose to commit to Watts advises Weigh the impact each project or task would make towards your overarching goals Being at our most productive involves choosing where to deploy our available capacity and energy to get the best results Shut down distractions Protect your most productive times of the day by eliminating the most common sources of disruption Turn off email notifications sign out of instant messenger and switch off your phone s ringer Watts suggests setting particular times to check email such Continues in next column 8 on Unlike a to do list looking at a list of things you have accomplished during the week is quite motivating Arrange to swap your done list with a trusted colleague so you can provide each other with encouragement or peer pressure as needed Take a break If you have ground to a halt or are having trouble getting started first thing in the morning try working in 25 minute bursts followed by five minute breaks Use the opportunity to take a break from your screen move around and stretch Watts suggests Spending longer and longer in the office in an attempt to get stuff done can offer diminishing returns Watts says Wellbeing is an important factor in productivity To maintain attention and concentration through the week we need the right nutrition hydration fresh air exercise sleep and time dedicated to a hobby or activity that recharges us CGMA Chartered Global Management Accountant Article submitted by Carmela Roman HR Supervisor obtained opportunity to focus and meet your own work commitments Set some expectations about when you will be available whether in person or on instant messenger and when you would rather not be disturbed If non urgent interruptions or the noise of an open plan office hinder your concentration try a new base for part of the day This could be a break out area your home or a caf Watts also suggests trying to swap desks with a colleague from another floor for a few hours Review your progress Review your progress at the end of each day and take a moment at the end of the week to see what you have achieved as well as what you are falling behind Continues in next column from http www cgma org magazine 2017 mar productivity tips 201716328 html Tackling Absenteeism in Plainfield Early Childhood Taking the Lead By Peter Chan Staff Attorney of Advocates for Children of NJ Behind every student absence is a story behind chronic absenteeism data are the daily challenges of teachers families and children As districts have taken action and Continues on next page
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 recognized that student attendance is essential to student success ACNJ has been invited to districts across the state to present chronic absenteeism data and strategies During ACNJ s visit to Plainfield s early childhood directors and family workers meeting educators told us about chronic health issues irregular work and child care schedules and inadequate transportation for young children to get to school My colleague Cynthia Rice and I call it our traveling roadshow presenting ACNJ s findings on chronic absenteeism to schools professional groups and parents across New Jersey Chronic absenteeism the rate of students missing more than 10 percent of school days has become a core issue for ACNJ These trips serve two functions one to educate folks about the importance of improving school attendance with possible solutions and two to hear from people on the ground about successful strategies to get students to school every day In Plainfield Early Childhood Programs Director Evelyn Motley saw the issue firsthand noting that what the Plainfield preschool providers see eventually trickles up through the public schools The district saw that attendance was a consistent issue and that excessive absences could be tamed by strategic effort The early childhood directors highlighted that preschool classrooms face additional hurdles in ensuring regular attendance 1 Dispelling It s just babysitting day care We know how powerful high quality preschool can be in helping kids succeed in elementary school and beyond The evidence for the value of preschool is overwhelming But for families the link between story time and a lifetime of reading is less tangible 2 Small obstacles are bigger for young children If a parent s car breaks down an older child may be able to take public transportation or walk to school on their own Continues in next column while there is less flexibility with a 4year old In addition if a parent s work schedule changes and he she cannot acquire before school child care for the youngest child fewer care options are available to that parent These small obstacles can become insurmountable for families in poverty especially if they have young children 3 Little kids get sick Health is often listed as the top reason why preschoolers and kindergartners miss school But behind each sick day is a deeper story of a child s health Educators in Plainfield discussed the disconnect between schools and the health care system as well as poor understanding by parents of when a child should stay home such as experiencing high fever or vomiting and when a child should still go headache seasonal allergies PDF flyer When Is Sick Too Sick Taking a look at its attendance numbers Plainfield has put in place exciting new policies and practices to reduce absenteeism including better attendance data tracking and regular feedback to directors calls home from family workers after only two absences incentive programs for regular attendance and inclusion of attendance data in health behavioral intervention and teacher feedback ACNJ looks forward to seeing the results from Plainfield s effort to give kids a good start with good attendance in preschool The early childhood directors and family workers voiced a strong commitment to integrating attendance into all the work they do This kind of strategic approach to addressing chronic absenteeism can help turn the curve and create a culture of school attendance throughout the district 9 Springing into Fun with Community Game Night By Thomas Hughes Community Education Intern Evelyn Mercado Community Programs Manager On Thursday March 30 2017 HOPES CAP Inc hosted the Community Game Night at 221 Jackson Street This past month s theme was a Spring Masquerade This was an evening full of hands on activities including making masks with sequins and feathers creating colorful sand art folding paper fortune tellers with nice compliments fortunes written inside karaoke and some coloring to round out the night The children also received balloon animals and had their face painted To top off the night Jimmy John s donated sandwiches for the event which the kids scarfed down They even loved the veggie sandwiches See next page for pictures HOPES will be hosting a grander scale Community Game Day in May and the theme will coincide with the National Community Action Month All families are welcome to participate in these kids events which bring parents and children together in a happy safe haven Transportation is always available and suggestions are always welcomed To find out more about Community Game Night and other youth services please call 1 855 OKHOPES ext 1108 Article submitted by Joselyn EstevezVargus Director of Early Childhood Dr Seuss The Lorax
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 10 March Happenings The pictures are from Room 102 St Marys Teachers Mykel Brooks and Ivon Funes National Education Association s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration We celebrated on Thursday March 2 Dr Seuss birthday by inviting parents students and community members to join us in bringing excitement to this wonderful day of reading Cat in the Hat came to visit and three students from T E A M S Charter school dressed in their best Cat in Hat costume along with Thing 1 and Thing 2 Tyriq Gay Atisha Paul and Stephany Vargas left March Community Game Night girls creating sand art Photo submitted by Barbara Reyes Community Services Supervisor below March Community Game Night a boy having his face painted by Karen Guzman Photo submitted by Barbara Reyes Pictures above and blurb submitted by Daisy Velazquez Glasgow Education Supervisor left Creative Wellness students at the Musto Center Union City Photo submitted by Karen Guzman
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS Do you know anyone who may want to join our team SOMERSET NJ Bus Driver part time is responsible for operating the Early Childhood Program school bus including pick up and drop off of children enrolled in the program transporting children on field trips driving HOPES CAP Inc staff to special events such as meetings training sessions and seminars Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience 1 year experience operating a school bus valid New Jersey CDL Drivers License with proper endorsements for a minimum 52 passenger school bus and clean Motor Vehicle Record MVR Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Experience in vehicle maintenance and repairs Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations and standards as it applies to New Jersey Commission of Motor vehicles Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively Bus Assistant part time is responsible for safely assisting children on and off the school bus ensuring children are properly secured in the safety restraints prior to the bus departing its location and ensuring a pleasant and safe environment for the children while they are in the bus Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience 1 year experience assisting in the operation of a school bus Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of applicable regulations and standards as it applies to New Jersey Commission of Motor vehicles Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively More Somerset positions in next column 12 Please submit resume to hr hopes org Cook Assistant full time is responsible for assisting the Cook in preparing and serving food in compliance with the Child and Adult Food Program CACFP the United States Department of Agriculture USDA New Jersey Department of Health Sanitary code chapter 12 Sanitation Regulations and the Head Start Program Performance Standards HSPPS This position also adheres to the HOPES CAP Inc Policies and Procedures Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience Obtain Food Handlers Certification within 90 days of employment Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Family Advocate full time is responsible for coordinating comprehensive services for children and families as defined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards for a caseload assigned This position performs functions in compliance with specific agency funding and licensing requirements and the Head Start Program Performance Standards in the content areas of Health Nutrition Parent Involvement and Social Services Requirements Family Development Credential FDC or ability to obtain within 18 months of hire or degree in Social Work Human Services Family Services Counseling or related field 2 years experience working in Human Services or Early Childhood Development fields Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer HOPES CAP Inc is an at will Employer Please share these job listings with people you know who would make a great addition to our team PLAINFIELD NJ Teacher PK Abbott full time is a classroom teacher in the Pre K Program The Teacher position supervises assists and supports the children Teacher Assistants substitutes floaters parents interns and volunteers in carrying out developmentally appropriate child activities in accordance with the designated curriculum NAEYC Standards the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Program Philosophy Requirements Bachelors in Early Childhood Education or related field State Funded Pre K must have license to teach in the State of NJ with a Preschool through Third Grade or Nursery through Eighth Grade Certification or Certificate of Eligibility Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing 1 year experience in a Pre K setting or equivalent experience working with children and working with a team Wrap Around Program Coordinator fulltime is responsible for providing support to the Education Site Supervisor and Education Team consisting of the Manager Supervisor and Teaching Teams The role of this position is to facilitate the implementation and maintenance of program quality in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards Federal State and Local regulations licensing contracts requirements as well as HOPES CAP Inc Policies and Procedures Requirements High School Diploma 2 years experience in clerical administrative services Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job HOBOKEN NJ Community Services Advocate full time is responsible for providing direct client services and support through HOPES Community Programs The Community Services Advocate conducts outreach recruitment and enrollment assessment of needs provision of direct client services and education social services case management as well as all documentation tracking and reporting of services provided and other required data Requirements High School Diploma Requirements continue on next page
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OUR HOPES OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER Issue 15 SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS CONTINUED Do you know anyone who may want to join our team Community Services Advocate Requirements continued 3 years of experience in customer service with social and or community services or equivalent combination of education and experience Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Procurement Specialist full time is a position of the Department of Finance providing procurement and logistical support to all departments with HOPES CAP Inc The Procurement Specialist ensures compliance and adherence to all applicable federal and state regulations and contractual requirements as well as agency Financial and Personnel Policies and Procedures Requirements Bachelor s degree in Finance Accounting Math Stats or Marketing Minimum of 3 years of professional experience Proficient computer skills to include Microsoft Office intermediate to advanced Excel database systems email and internet ALL LOCATIONS PLAINFIELD SOMERSET HOBOKEN Custodian full time part time is responsible for helping to ensure a safe well maintained and clean environment for all HOPES CAP Inc sites as needed This position also adheres to the HOPES CAP Inc Policies Procedures and may be reassigned to various sites as deemed necessary for program operations Requirements High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Able to work with basic cleaning equipment and tools Able to handle emergency situations calmly and effectively More positions at multiple sites in next column HOPES CAP Inc is an Affirmative Action EEO Employer HOPES CAP Inc is an at will Employer Infant Teacher full time part time is a classroom teacher caregiver in the program that shares responsibilities with a co Infant Toddler Teacher This position supervises assists and supports substitutes interns and volunteers in carrying out developmentally appropriate child activities in accordance with the designated Infant and Toddler Curriculum and NAEYC Standards and in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards Requirements Infant Toddler CDA or CDA with an Infant Toddler endorsement Experience in an Infant Toddler setting or equivalent experience working with children and working with a team Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Teacher Assistant full time part time supports the teacher in carrying out developmentally appropriate child activities in accordance with the designated curriculum NAEYC Standards and the Head Start Program Performance Standards and Program Philosophy Requirements Pre School CDA or to be in the process of obtaining a Pre School CDA within 10 months of employment 1 year experience in a preschool classroom setting or equivalent experience working with children and working with a team Ability to speak read write comprehend process interpret follow and carry out instructions spoken in the English language and written in a variety of documents and reference relevant to the job Please submit resume to hr hopes org 13 HOPES CAP Inc is looking for volunteers to assist with Game Day for school age children More details to come Contact 1 855 OKHOPES ext 1108 More to come In the next issue the newsletter will cover a feature on HOPES Early Childhood Program s activities during the Week of the Young Child Forthcoming Events Michele Russo Dedication ceremony May 30th more details to come Volunteer Dinner and Kid s Art Auction in June More details to come Follow HOPES on Facebook Twitter Instagram HOPESCAPINC Support HOPES through www smile amazon com Select as your charity HOPES Community Action Partnership Inc Amazon donates 0 5 of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to support our services Please share these job listings with people you know who would make a great addition to our team CHECK OUR WEBSITE UNDER JOIN OUR TEAM FOR UP TO DATE JOB POSTINGS http hopes org Careers html DO NOT circulate the rest of this newsletter pages 1 10 for confidentiality reasons with anyone not working at HOPES CAP Inc
OUR HOPES  OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER   Issue 15  SEEKING NEW TEAM MEMBERS,  CONTINUED Do you know anyone who may want to join o...