Children's Centers in the Courts YWCA Western New York 1005 Grant Street Buffalo, New York, 14207 Google Maps
YWCA Western New York is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is a thriving community without divide.
About NYS Children’s Centers in the Courts:
New York State Unified Court system developed the nation’s first statewide system of Children’s Centers in the courts, providing a safe, literacy-rich environment and an opportunity for positive interventions in the lives of vulnerable children. Children’s Centers are designed to help people with official Court business, the same day. They emphasize security, comfort and peace of mind for caregivers and their children, and facilitate connections between families and needed community services.
The Children’s Centers, although a YWCA WNY program, are housed inside of Erie County Family Court and City of Buffalo City Court buildings. YWCA Children’s Center Staff will be exposed to court officers, metals detectors, and other law enforcement. As a drop-in childcare setting, each day is unique.
The Teacher works with the Program Coordinator to create a program that addresses the individual needs of the children and their families. This includes but is not limited to community referral, children’s educational, developmental, cognitive, emotional, and social needs. The Teacher is a dynamic person who is able to work in a fast-paced, evolving environment. Exceptional communication and organizational skills are essential.
YWCA WNY offers competitive wages and a range of benefits, including medical insurance, life insurance, and paid-time off, among others.
• Builds rapport with children and families.
• Provides quality care for children (age 6 weeks through 12 years.)
• Completes intake paperwork with caregivers accurately and efficiently.
• Applies a trauma-informed approach to each interaction.
• Upholds confidentiality of court users.
• Maintains rules, regulations and standards as stated by NYS Children’s Centers in the Court, YWCA WNY & the 8th Judicial District.
• Maintains a safe and clean program area in accordance with established written protocols.
• Distributes and collects caregiver assessments and obtains release of information form based on needs communicated and via observation of the child’s development, needs, and behaviors.
• Follows up with caregivers on their requests for linkages to community resources.
• Projects a positive image through productive relationships with court personnel, caregivers, YWCA WNY staff and community connections.
• Participates in required training sessions and staff meetings; and
• Carries out other tasks as assigned.
Skills & Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred; or high school diploma/GED, with at least three (3) years of related experience working with children.
• Experience working with under-resourced children and families required.
• Knowledge of a variety of community resources
• Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.
• Knowledge of child development stages, and a sincere interest in the development of children.
• Certified in CPR and standard first aid preferred
• Acceptable results from a criminal background check
**COVID-19 Vaccination required
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