Happy Birthday Head Start

The children and staff celebrate Head Start's birthday at the ATCAA Soulsbyville Center.

The children and staff celebrate Head Start’s birthday at the ATCAA Soulsbyville Center.

The National Head Start program is celebrating its 50th birthday in 2014. ATCAA Head Start is celebrating 30 years of service to young children and their families.

The children and staff at our Soulsbyville Head Start Center joined in the celebration by posing for a picture wearing their red, white and blue.

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AC Job: Head Start Home Visitor/Family Advocate

Our Mission Statement:
• To help individuals in Amador and Tuolumne counties toward self-sufficiency.
• To assist local residents in becoming involved and contributing members of our community.
• To promote family and other supportive environments so that children, youth and elders can achieve their maximum potential.
• And, finally, to form partnerships and coalitions within the community to meet these needs.

Early Childhood Services:
Head Start and Early Head Start are federally funded programs that provide comprehensive child development services for eligible children from birth to age five, as well as supportive service for their families. Head Start Programs provide child enrichment, education, health, nutritional and developmental services as well as parent education and involvement opportunities. Last year a total of 296 children participated in preschool programs in Amador and Tuolumne Counties.

Position Definition: As a part of the ATCAA team, the Head Start Visitor/Family Advocate plays an essential role by providing comprehensive educational and case management services to children and their families in their homes. Duties include: weekly home visits and case management with families and pregnant women who have children aged birth to 5 years old, planning and facilitating parent involvement in program governance, conducting group socializations for parents and their children and helping families set and meet goals related to self sufficiency, parenting and health. This position requires driving agency vehicles, keeping careful records and case notes and entering data into computerized tracking systems. Home Visitors/Family Advocates also help with program recruitment and informational activities.

Full job description will be available at the time of interview, if selected

Minimum Qualifications:
• Meet all federal/state licensing requirements and/or program requirements necessary for this position: possess a valid California driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, TB Test, CPR, First Aid training, and health screening;
• Be able to pass a full fingerprint/background check prior to hiring;
• Possess reliable transportation;
• Possess high school diploma or equivalent;
• Have a minimum of 12 ECE units for Early Head Start (at least 3 of these ECE units must focus on infant and toddler development);
• 1 year experience, in a paid position, in preschool, adult education, or home visitor program;
• 1 year case management experience in a paid position;
• Be proficient in computer skills including the ability to type at 45 wpm;
• Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional weekends and evenings;
• Ability to lift 30 pounds.

Additional Minimum Qualifications: Home Visitor/Family Advocate II:
• Possess an Associates Degree including 12 ECE units

Additional Minimum Qualifications: Home Visitor/Family Advocate III:
• Possess a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 24 ECE Units

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience in providing parenting education to adults;
• Bachelors degree in Social Services, Education or related fields;
• Spanish bi-lingual, bi-cultural preferred;
• Knowledge of local community resources.

Application Procedure:


Applications may be downloaded here, printed, filled out and submitted; they can also be obtained at and submitted to ATCAA. Please do not comment on this post with your resume. Please note, this application must be accompanied by an additional cover sheet, downloaded here, which must be printed, completed and submitted along with your completed application to:

Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency
935 S. State Highway 49
Jackson, CA 95642

Notification: All applicants will be notified by February 3, 2015

Starting Salary:
Home Visitor/Family Advocate I: $11.94 – $13.16
Home Visitor/Family Advocate II: $13.18 – $14.53
Home Visitor/Family Advocate III: $13.84 – $15.26

Full Benefits Package:
• Health Insurance (80% Employer paid) with Health Savings Account (partially employer funded)
• Dental Insurance – 80% Employer paid
• Vision Insurance – 100% Employee paid
• Voluntary Life/AD&D Insurance – 100% Employee paid
• Retirement (Money Purchase Pension Plan) – 7.5 % employer contribution and 100% vested upon regular status
• 3 weeks paid time off and 12 paid holidays per year
• Eligible employee membership with Golden 1 Credit Union

Hours: 40 per week

Based: Amador County

Final Filing Date: All applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM on December 22, 2014


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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

This just in from Martha at the YES Partnership and the Tuolumne County Suicide Prevention Taskforce!

Please note that if you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal feelings, the local Tuolumne County hotline can be reached at 1-800-533-7000 and the national hotline is 1-800-273-8255. All survivors of suicide loss are welcome to check out meetings of the Mother Lode Survivors of Suicide Loss, click here to view or download more information.

You are not alone. Join with the community of suicide loss survivors as we share stories of healing and hope. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is November 22, 2014.

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TC: November $mart Money Classes!

This just in from Susz Lay!

$mart Money

Thursday, November 13th, from 5-8 PM
Tuesday, November 25th, from 10am-2PM. This class will include the ATCAA Game of Life with prizes.

Food & drinks will be served.

Call 533-1397, ext 0 for the secretary to register for a class. Must cancel 24 hours before class begins or will not be allowed to take class for 3 months.

No shows cannot re-register & those who are more than 20 minutes late, won’t be allowed in classroom.

First Time Homebuyer Classes: Call 533-1397 x 231 to register

All classes are at the ATCAA office, 3rd floor conference room. No need to bring anything.

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Amador Star Readers!

Check out our Amador Star Readers program!

ATCAA Star Readers is proud to offer free tutoring to qualified students. The program has openings for students from Ione, Pine Grove and Pioneer Elementary Schools. Students must be in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade and referred to the Star Reading Club by their teacher.

For more information, please download the flyer here!

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