Our volunteer program is a thriving and vital resource for supporting our staff, program, and children. We consider volunteers to be full stakeholders in our efforts. The contribution that volunteers make in literally hundreds of ways greatly enhances and expands the overall quality and scope of our programs. KinderFrogs deeply appreciates your gifts of time, expertise, and service.
Here are a few things to know before you begin volunteering:
- Check in at the Front Desk of KinderFrogs School –2805 Stadium Drive
- Make a nametag for yourself to wear while volunteering if you do not have a TCU nametag.
- Volunteer Hours are 8:00 am to 11:30 am and 2 pm to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
THINGS TO KNOW:
- There are three class rooms available for volunteering.
- Always wash your hands before you enter the classroom and throughout your shift.
- Please do not pick up the children. This is a licensing and safety policy.
- If you are helping with snacks and/or lunches, you must wear gloves (provided by KinderFrogs)
- Model appropriate behavior. Every interaction teaches a skill, behavior, or language. During your time in our room you may observe inappropriate behaviors. Please help us to build our students’ social skills by refraining from laughing at or encouraging such behaviors. You can tell the student “that is not appropriate” or you can ask a teacher for assistance.Please use appropriate language while in the classroom. Remember, you are a role model for the children. Inappropriate examples would include “this sucks,” “stupid,”“retarded” or any words/gestures that could be considered in poor taste. The majority of the children at KinderFrogs are children with a disability and/or development delay. The disability does not define the child. They are simplywonderful children that require special needs and considerations. Thank you for respecting each of them!
The teachers here are masters at their craft. Feel free to question them about the children or brainstorm with them. The teachers can meet with you at a scheduled time. Ask Vivian, the Administrative Assistant, in the front office for most anything. This school’s mission is to serve as a learning laboratory for TCU students. We want your experience at Kind erFrogs to be a rich learning experience. Do not hesitate to ask for help.
The parents who send their children to KinderFrogs are aware that this is a laboratory setting and want our TCU students to learn from your children. To respect the privacy of individuals, please do not discuss particular children by whole name with people who are not in TCU programs. Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed, including information pertaining to staff, visitors, other volunteers, and most of all, our students.
INTERACTING WITH STAFF
- Always discuss mutual expectations with the staff before beginning an assignment. This eliminates any assumptions either of you may make.
- Always ask for clarification when you need it– you cannot ask “too many questions!” If you tell the staff you will do something for them, and then can’t do it or get it done on time, let them know as soon as possible.
- Make suggestions! The staff haven’t thought of everything! You can only add to our programs and facility by making suggestions. Stay in communication. The staff cannot change anything if they do not know something is wrong.
- If you are more comfortable discussing a suggestion or problem with Vivian Unger or Marilyn Tolbert, please feel free to do so!
Volunteers should dress neatly and appropriately – no hats, midriff tops or revealing clothing. Please make sure you are wearing a volunteer nametag.
SMOKING, DRUGS & ALCOHOL
Use or possession of drugs or alcohol is prohibited on the premises. Smoking is prohibited inside the KinderFrogs School. Persons who desire to smoke must do so outdoors. Ash cans have been placed outside the entrances to all campus facilities.
FOOD & DRINKS
No gum, food, or drinks in the classrooms please. You are free to use the refrigerator to store items daily, but we cannot guarantee that there will always be room. Please do not leave items in the refrigerator overnight or between the days that you volunteer; they may be thrown away.
The KinderFrogs School does close in times of inclement weather. As a rule, we follow the same closing decisions as the University. Volunteers should not attempt to come in when they consider the weather conditions hazardous.
Cell phones are not appropriate in our classrooms–they are a distraction for our students and hinder learning opportunities. Please step into the hallway should you need to check messages, send or receive a text or call.