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Thrive Birth to Five

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Manager or Senior Manager, Family & Community Engagement Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex counties, as well as the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.
About this role: This is a new role that supervises two Family & Community Engagement Coordinators. Family & Community Engagement is one of the building blocks of a strong early childhood care & education systems. As part of TB5’s work, this building block includes family voice, provider voice, public-private partnerships, coalitions among interested parties, and local engagement. TB5 will create a value exchange with parents, caregivers, and the community to ensure that all have the resources, opportunities, and relationships to enhance every child’s development. Among the primary duties of the Manager, Family & Community Engagement:  
  1. Support Family Voice
  • Oversee the Family Council that includes representatives from 17 diverse localities
  • Work with families, childcare providers, school systems, Ready Regions Central staff, and partner organizations to elevate family challenges to policy level conversations in all venues where ThriveB5 has a voice: Board of Directors, Virginia Early Childhood Foundation, Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Promise Partnership, provider councils, etc.
  1. Build and Enhance Cross-Sector Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Identify, seek and foster collaborative relationships across focus areas and among service providers, early childhood organizations, school representatives and local government administrators.
  • Coordinate with other projects and coalitions in the early childhood and workforce development sectors to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local and regional activities.
  • Remain up-to-date on programmatic best-practices and opportunities to further engage stakeholders, partners and providers in systemic activities.
  • Connect and support partners and providers serving families with children from birth to age five within our region to increase coordination, collaboration, accountability, and family engagement to support families in accessing what they need and choose
  1. Build Shared Vision for Collective Impact
  • Create the framework, guide, and plan collective impact work in regional and local communities
    • Lead ThriveB5’s Early Childhood Care & Education Coalition
    • Share management of locality planning groups across a 17 county/city territory
    • Broaden the work in the Southern part of ThriveB5’s territory
    • Prioritize equity-centered family engagement for our partners
  • Use data for the region to drive long-term goals, recognizing patterns and challenges
  • Build public will for Early Childhood Care & Education and advance policy
  1. Kindergarten Registration
  • Connect with school divisions across Ready Region Central’s 17 county/city territory to maintain accurate and up-to-date information about Kindergarten Registration.
  • Promote preparedness for families and children by participating in school divisions’ Pre-K activities.
  • Support external communications through ECCE providers, media, and social media. 
Capabilities and Background: A capacity builder focused on creating effective and equitable networks.
  • Seek out, foster, and sustain relationships that promote family voice
  • Engage in public/private partnerships in early childhood to ensure all children reach Kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Foster a regional culture of equity, trust, transparency, and shared accountability for documented outcomes that are driven by efficient and effective use of community resources.
A nimble collaborator who can navigate change effectively.
  • Effectively work with partners and community leaders to implement a clear vision for the rapidly changing field of Early Childhood Care & Education
An externally facing communicator
  • Communicate using a variety of methods to best suit the needs of varied audiences
Education Sep 21, 2022
Coordinator, Family & Community Engagement About Thrive Birth to Five:  Thrive Birth to Five (TB5) has been the early childhood systems building organization in the Richmond Region since 2007 and was designated Ready Region Central by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Virginia Department of Education in 2022. TB5’s regional early childhood coalition convenes 125+ diverse public and private organizations to work collectively to ensure all children are ready to succeed in school, work, and life. Partners include childcare entities, school systems, state and local government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and local businesses. Our region includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex counties, as well as the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.
About this role:  The Family & Community Engagement Coordinator will serve as a trusted intermediary in partnership with families, service providers, and decision-makers within the Southern portion of Ready Region Central. The Family & Community Engagement Coordinator will support Ready Regions Central in efforts to incorporate authentic community voice into their work, with a particular focus on issues of equity and inclusion.  Emphasizing Ready Regions Central’s goals are key: Strong Families & Communities, Equitable Access, Child Well-being, Quality Programs, and Regional Early Childhood Capacity.   Among the primary duties of the Coordinator, Family & Community Engagement:    
  1. Support Family Voice
  • Co-lead ThriveB5’s Family Council to engage families with children ages birth to five to utilize their expertise and lived experience in health, education, and family well-being.
    • Recruit, support and develop families to be early childhood champions
    • Lead trainings and mentor participants
    • Facilitate meetings in person and virtually
  • Work closely with families of young children to gather data on specific barriers that families encounter.
    • Catalog and share identified barriers.
    • Engage families and child care providers in root-cause problem solving to implement solutions that will lead to more collaborative and person-centered pathways for families and child care providers as they access vital services and supports.
    • Work with families, childcare providers, school systems, Ready Regions Central staff, and partner organizations to elevate family challenges to policy level conversations at the state and local level.
  1. Disseminate information
  • Research community resources for families and organize/maintain accurate, up-to-date information on community agencies to facilitate accessing resources
  • Share opportunities for families of children birth to 5 to share their experiences through surveys, focus groups, and research studies.
  1. Build Relationships
  • Connect with key early childhood partners who can inform and support this work, including:
    • Facilitate family groups to leverage community resources that support early childhood development, school readiness, self-sufficiency opportunities, and other areas in which families/care providers of young children express a need.
  • Prioritize equity-centered family engagement for our partners
  • Work collaboratively with community partners and families in Ready Regions Central to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the Family Engagement Plan.
  1. Collect Data
  • Complete region-wide Family Engagement Self-Assessment, in coordination with Early Childhood Development Team, with inclusion of diverse partners and families.
  • Assist in the development, dissemination, collection, and analysis of surveys and other methods of evaluation to analyze progress towards goals.
    Capabilities and Background:
    • A capacity builder focused on creating effective, equitable networks.
    • Seek out, foster, and sustain relationships that promote family voice.
    • Foster a regional culture of equity, trust, transparency, and shared accountability for documented outcomes that are driven by efficient and effective use of community resources.
    • A community advocate with knowledge in early childhood or education
Education Sep 21, 2022
Manager or Senior Manager, Child Well-Being About Thrive Birth to Five:  Thrive Birth to Five (TB5) has been the early childhood systems building organization in the Richmond Region since 2007 and was designated Ready Region Central by the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation and the Virginia Department of Education in 2022. TB5’s regional early childhood coalition convenes 125+ diverse public and private organizations to work collectively to ensure all children are ready to succeed in school, work, and life. Partners include childcare entities, school systems, state and local government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and local businesses. Our region includes the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George, Surry, and Sussex counties, as well as the cities of Colonial Heights, Emporia, Hopewell, Petersburg, and Richmond.
About this role: This is a new position. Child Well-Being is one of the pillars of a strong early childhood care & education systems. In regard to TB5’s work, this includes: responsive caregiving, mental health, health, nutrition, literacy, and safety & security.  TB5 wants to ensure that all children are physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy. Children’s development and learning is supported so they grow and build skills to reach their full potential.   Among the primary duties of the Manager, Child Well-Being:   Strengthen Partnerships & Convene Networks:
  • Deliver strategic assistance, through training, technical assistance and work plan development, to partner organizations who wish to align their work to evidence-based programs and practices.
  • Lead The Basics RVA – a positive parenting reinforcement tool that emphasizes brain development in children aged 0-5. Partners include media, libraries, ECCE providers, etc.
  • Literacy – Collaborate with literacy leaders, early childhood educators, and community partners to analyze data to identify early literacy professional development needs
    • Support community partners in literacy-based family engagement opportunities using a variety of outreach methods based on the needs of the community
Inventory & Share Resources and Tools:
  • Align research and other activities among regional efforts and partners to minimize redundancies.
  • Developmental Screenings – work with partner agencies to promote more widely
  • Mental Health – encourage professionals to become Infant Mental Health Endorsed
  • Safety & Security – promote the use of home visiting and other preventative and life skill efforts
  • Nutrition - CACFP marketing and coordination with other partners to find gaps in nutrition supports to better fill community needs
Innovate new solutions for the gaps.
  • Research & evaluate potential tools for implementation at Thrive Birth to Five
Coordinate with Community & Family Engagement Team
  • Create implementation opportunities for families, ECCE providers, and community partners

Capabilities and Background: A capacity builder focused on creating effective and equitable networks.
  • Seek out, foster, and sustain relationships that yield quality improvements.
  • Engage in public/private partnerships in early childhood to ensure all children reach Kindergarten ready to learn.
  • Foster a regional culture of equity, trust, transparency, and shared accountability for documented outcomes that are driven by efficient and effective use of community resources.
An early childhood professional with necessary knowledge and training
  • Effectively work with partners and community leaders to implement a clear vision for early childhood well-being.
  • Build short-term, concrete goals as part of a larger and evolving plan.
Education Sep 21, 2022