The Community Resources and Training Department at The Children's Institute supports The Day School by providing volunteers the training they need to begin their service here. They encourage placements by local colleges and universities that benefit both those students and the students in The Day School. The Children's Institute currently has arrangements with more than 30 colleges and universities that send students to The Children's Institute for experience in their chosen field (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, education, nursing, rehabilitation, counseling and others), or to “earn and learn” in a work/study program.
The Community Resources and Training Department is responsive to every department, providing services to the students in the school. Currently, volunteers are filling many vital roles in successful programs. They provide an invaluable contribution to the total care of the child through their time and talents.
The volunteer in The Day School works in many different capacities, depending on individual skill level and the needs of the teacher. Generally, they help reinforce skills that have been presented by the teacher, help to provide one-to-one relationship with the children and assist with much of the clerical work — allowing the teacher more time with the children. They also are the extra “pair of hands” needed when the children leave the school on their many and varied field trips.