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GrandFamily Resource Center

Building healthier and stronger families for the future

Job Announcements:

Family Literacy Project Leader

Early Childhood Educator


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 Project Leader, GrandFamily Literacy Program
GrandFamily Resource Center at SOWN
Full Time/Part Time

Family Literacy Project Leader:
The Family Literacy Project Leader (“Project Leader”) will have in-depth experience and understanding of early childhood literacy and experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of literacy programs for young children ages 3 to 8 years.  The Project Leader should have direct experience working with both preschool and young learners, and be familiar with teaching in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner in an urban environment.  S/he will have a minimum 5 years of experience as an educator, administrator and/or consultant in early education and will, preferably, hold a master’s degree in early childhood education or education with a special education focus. The Project Leader will work as a member of a team and have primary responsibility for developing and launching the innovative GrandFamily Literacy Program. 

These responsibilities include:

Part time position (15-20 hours) per week, or full time if interested in handling the ongoing implementation (refer to SOWN’s Early Childhood Educator position).  Monday through Friday employment.   

The Family Literacy Project Leader will report to the Director of Programs.

Apply by March 22, 2019. Please email with a resume and letter of interest.


Early Childhood Educator, GrandFamily Literacy Program
Grandfamily Resource Center at SOWN
Full Time

Early Childhood Educator:
SOWN is seeking an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) to provide a range of family literacy services to children aged 3-8 and their caregivers. The ECE will also participate in community outreach, data collection, project planning, and other activities as part of the GrandFamily Literacy Program. The Early Childhood Educator (ECE) will have demonstrated experience working with preschool and young learners and teaching 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 or special education, and have a minimum of two years of teaching experience.

The ECE will have the following responsibilities:

Full time position. Monday through Friday employment.

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

Apply by March 22, 2019. Please email with a resume and letter of interest.

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