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GrandFamily Resource Center

Building healthier and stronger families for the future

Job Announcements:

The GrandFamily Resource Center, a program of SOWN, is excited to announce a new family literacy initiative that will be funded through a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation. The GrandFamily Literacy Program is an innovative two-generational model that will support the development of caring, learning home environments that promote literacy, school readiness, and academic success for young children ages 3 to 8 years being raised by their grandparents. Over 17,000 grandparents in Philadelphia are responsible for raising their grandchildren, and this number is rising. Grandparents take on full-time child-rearing when the parents are unable to do so due to many different reasons, including substance abuse, incarceration, death, or mental illness. With the rise in opioid use, grandparents are stepping up more than ever to care for their grandchildren. Nearly all of the children have experienced trauma, and many struggle with socio-emotional, behavioral and learning issues. The GrandFamily Literacy Program’s two-generational approach will support the literacy needs of these families - at home, at school and in the community - so that the children are better poised for academic success.

For over 12 years, SOWN’s GrandFamily Resource Center (GFRC) has provided support to families in which children are being raised by grandparents. The GFRC provides a comprehensive range of services that strengthen protective factors to promote healthy, positive family functioning, with the goal of sustaining permanency for the children in safe, supportive homes where children can learn and thrive.

Family Literacy Educator: 
SOWN is seeking a Family Literacy Educator to provide a range of family literacy services for grandparents and the grandchildren aged 3-8 that they are raising. The educator will also participate in community outreach, data collection, project planning, and other activities as part of the GrandFamily Literacy Program. The Family Literacy Educator will have demonstrated experience working with parenting adults and/or teaching preschool/early elementary learners in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner in an urban environment. S/he will hold at least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in early childhood education, social work, or related field, and have a minimum of two years of teaching and/or parenting education experience.

The Family Literacy Educator will have the following responsibilities:


Full time position. Monday through Friday employment.

The Family Literacy Educator will report to the Family Literacy Project Leader.

Apply by May 27, 2019. Please email Abby Binder at with a resume and letter of interest.

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