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Early Literacy Facilitator

TNO - The Neighbourhood Organization

This is a Full-time position in Toronto, ON posted December 9, 2018.




Child and Family Services



Position Title:

Early Literacy Facilitator

Location and Hours of Work:

35 hours per week (available from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and some weekends required)

Position Type:

Full Time, Contract, Maternity leave Coverage (Ends August 28, 2020)

Expected Start date: March 4, 2019


TNO – THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION (TNO, formerly Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office) is a community based multicultural, multi-service agency which offers a broad range of programs to serve Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park, and the surrounding communities through strengthening the quality of individual and community life.

Position Summary:

Early Literacy Facilitator supports early literacy and numeracy development for children from birth to age six, and their parents and caregivers, and TNO Care for Newcomers Children program. The Facilitator develops a range of services to build reading readiness in preschool children, and promotes reading and library use among children and their parents. The Facilitator also promotes early literacy services to families; provides services to and shares resources with families, staff members, educational, social service and community agencies; displays knowledge in the ages and stages of child development and psychology for children from birth through age six and keeps current with trends and services in early childhood development and education.

Children are competent communicators from birth. Parents and caregivers play an important role in supporting children’s literacy skills into adulthood, by recognizing children’s needs and natural curiosity in the world, and responding to them.

The Early Literacy Facilitator offers individual consultations, early literacy support, and workshops for parents/caregivers. These presentation can be arranged in the day, evening or on a weekend. In addition, the Early Literacy Facilitator visits programs and services the support children literacy within TNO – The Neighbourhood Organization locations to share literacy activities with families and caregivers.

Early Literacy Facilitator supports and actively engages in TNO’s community development principles and initiatives (It’s derived from current TNO’s Strategic Directions).

Major Duties & Responsibilities

  • Educates and provides information to parents, staff members, and community workers regarding family development issues
  • Creates and distributes outreach materials for parents workshops
  • Conducts parent groups and workshops in the community
  • Monitors the progress of children and family’s development
  • Talking to parents on one to one basis to reply to parenting concerns
  • Invites professions to present in the Parent Group
  • Facilitates Parent Advisory Committee meetings
  • Housekeeping duties after activities: clean and disinfect toys in the program room; rinse and put dishes in dishwasher ; vacuum, and mopping the room; shop for materials for program
  • Fostering safe environment for families and children Information referral when necessary
  • Maintaining age appropriate toys and activities, Monitoring safe toys and activities
  • Reading books, checking websites and contacting different organizations for parents needs
  • Researching and maintaining a resource library for parents

Qualifications Required:


  • The minimum level of education preferred is a Community College Diploma or equivalent in in Child Development or related area
  • Possess valid and successful police clearance for vulnerable sector, First Aid & CPR certification, and tuberculosis testing


  • Three to five years of experience in working with children development and families services , preferably in early literacy, and providing information referrals, resources and workshops to staff and families.
  • Demonstrated experience in program and workshop planning, coordination, and evaluation
  • Experience working with low-income, multi-racial, multi-lingual newcomer communities
  • Experience working from an integrated anti-oppression, LGBTO+ positive framework

Skills Required

  • Education level: College
  • Work experience (years): 3-5 years


Salary: N/D