The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. The Primary School was founded in 2015, and we received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
Our approach has three defining characteristics:
We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. 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 nearly 300 children and their families via a 0-3 parent/child program, a preschool and elementary school.
Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in Hayward, California. It’s an exciting time to join the team!
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Bilingual Parent Wellness Coach reports to the Hayward Executive Director and is responsible for working with families to help them envision a bold future for their children and set goals towards this vision. Coaching is a partnership in which the coach supports and motivates caregivers to make changes towards achieving their goals for themselves and their families. The coach will holistically work with our parents and families to identify strengths and problem solve around challenges. The role is a vital part of The Primary School that ensures our parents are supported and connected. Coaches will deliver monthly programming to cohorts of caregivers, facilitate our group-based coaching model, and build 1:1 coaching relationships with their cohort of parents.
Provide one-on-one coaching and group coaching for parents, including the co-development of individualized parent growth plans.
Serve as a resource to connect participants with appropriate partners related to housing, budgeting, career and education, childcare, health care, and more.
Communicate regularly with other stakeholders related to the child (teachers, doctors, health workers, social service workers) and monitor and document participants’ progress according to individual growth plans.
Work with families to align parent growth plans with student growth plans, supporting family engagement with the student’s experience in school.
Recruit parents & families for our school, including outreaching to community groups, presentations to local agencies, etc.
Thorough and organized documentation of caseload efforts, according to deadlines.
Participate in the development and facilitation of participants’ workshops and community groups.
Provide regular feedback to TPS regarding parent and coaching experiences with the program and be an innovator for change.
You have 3-5 years of community outreach experience supporting parents who have experienced trauma and/or crises (e.g., homelessness, domestic violence), and have deep knowledge of the resources available to families. (Note: We are open to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds, including but not limited to social work, medicine, public health, education, community development, and international development.)
You are a communicator with strong writing and public speaking skills, and feel comfortable leading and facilitating large groups.
You coach and advocate for others in a way that is compassionate, strength-based and non-judgmental.
You embody empathy and embrace cultural differences; you recognize and know how to navigate groups and individuals representing a range of needs, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.
You are able to balance multiple priorities - meeting with families, preparing for sessions, entering data - gracefully and with practiced personal organization and time management.
You are a natural problem solver, fixer and finder of resources; in moments of tension, you diffuse and resolve conflict.
You are extremely self-aware and self motivated, and have a strong desire to learn.
You are comfortable in ambiguity and environments that change rapidly environments.
You recognize that working with families often requires work on evenings and weekends.
You want to work with and learn from all TPS team members, from early childhood education to parent coaching to community engagement.
You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things.
You speak fluent Spanish.
A Plus If
You live in or have ties to the South Hayward community.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent health benefits, 401k retirement plan, flexible spending account (FSA), dependent care FSA, and generous paid time off, including a competitive paid parental leave benefit.
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About The Primary School
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
The Primary School (TPS) is a new non-profit organization dedicated to dramatically improving health and educational outcomes for children. Fueled by the belief that the current model of school is too limited to close the achievement gap for our nation’s most at risk children, TPS is designing a new model of primary education and primary care which braids together education, health, and family support services starting at birth. In doing so, the school will expand the traditional definition of “school” in order to prepare all children to succeed in college, career, and life. TPS was seeded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.
TPS’s innovative new model of support has three defining characteristics:
Provide integrated and comprehensive services: The new school will partner with an existing health care organization. Educators and health care professionals will provide integrated academic and health (physical, mental, and socio-emotional) services to students and families.
Begin serving children as early as possible: The school aims to admit students as close to birth as possible and will provide early childhood supports alon...gside medical care during the critical years of child development, ensuring that students are school-ready by the time they enter the elementary school grades.
Offer two-generation supports: Families will receive services, including primary care and intensive parenting education, to help them better support their children and become healthier themselves.
We opened our first site in East Palo Alto in 2016 and currently serve 250 children (ages 0 to 5) and their families. In addition to our core focus on directly serving children and families, TPS is committed to designing a model that is replicable in other communities. We are investing in design, research, evaluation, and dissemination that will allow us to replicate our model and/or transfer our learnings to others.