VOA-Greater New York services extend to survivors of domestic violence; individuals and families - including veterans - experiencing, or at risk of homelessness; people living with HIV/ AIDS, behavioral health, and substance use issues; adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities; preschoolers with developmental delays; older adults on limited incomes, many with a history of homelessness; and at-risk youth.
VOA-Greater New York expands, and introduces new services in response to community needs. As such, it is at the forefront of building affordable, supportive housing for seniors; providing a service-rich continuum of care for formerly homeless veterans; and expanding its services for those recovering from domestic violence. Battle Buddy Bridge®, a peer counseling program for veterans, and the work VOA-Greater New York is doing to raise awareness of the impact of Moral Injury, are examples of the organization's responsiveness, creativity and life-altering work.
Many of VOA-Greater New York's programs are nationally recognized and meet the rigorous standards of accrediting bodies CARF, COA and the NAEYC. Operation Backpack® is the organization's signature community service campaign that ensures every student who calls a NYC shelter "home" has a new backpack full of supplies in time for the first day of school.
M.S. in Special Education. New York State teacher certification in Special Education K-12 (prior to February 2004) or an internship or emergency COVID certificate, initial or professional certification in Students with Disabilities, Birth-Grade 2.
The below enumerated principal responsibilities are inclusive of both program specific and firm-wide related administration, as applicable.
- Implement The Creative Curriculum and ensure that the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards are reflected in every classroom.
- Prepare weekly lesson plans following The Creative Curriculum format.
- Supervise the activities and assignment of the teacher assistants with individual children or groups of children in the classroom.
- Write Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and monitor children's progress in goal areas.
- Write annual IEP goals for children and Quarterly reports to parents on children's progress.
- Implement instructional (e.g., Applied Behavior Analysis, ESL) and behavioral (group and individual) strategies and methodology in the classroom.
- Collect and monitor data related to individualized behavior plans, IEPs, children's attendance and other instructional and administrative areas as needed.
- Assess developmental functioning and learning skills of students in all areas, at regularly planned intervals using The Creative Curriculum assessments, The Brigance Inventories, and other formal and informal assessment tools.
- Attend team meetings and CPSE conferences as needed.
- Make parent contacts, provide for transition of instruction to home, and invite parents for school visits.
- Implement the policies and procedures contained in the Early Learning Center manuals.