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Family Learning Associate

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday


  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

Wage: $10.00 per hour

The Family Learning Associate Part-time Position will support and report to the Director of Education in facilitating activities and supporting families in the PBS Kansas Cochener-Garvey Children’s Education & Discovery Center.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to the following tasks:

  • Set up and clean the Center (sanitize, tidy, arrange books, arrange train set, clean craft area, vacuum, monitor supplies, etc.).
  • Greet all visitors and, if they are new, give them an overview of the Center. Thank visitors as they leave.
  • Interact with children and adults at the different Discovery Stations, especially the Video Creation Station, the Coding Station, and the Makerspace.
  • Help support special activities, such as the Makey Makey kits, science experiments, studio tours, etc.
  • Set up activities (forts, videos, sample crafts, etc.).
  • Support the Education Director with administrative tasks, such as making copies, database entry, supporting contests, and assembling Kids Club welcome packs.
  • Come up with fun ideas for crafts and STEAM activities using PBS KIDS and other resources.

The Family Learning Associate will be trained on all activities and tasks. The Family Learning Associate must agree to the guidelines established for volunteers in the center, which detail safe interaction with children. The Family Learning Associate will have a 15-minute break (agreed upon time) during the shift. 

The Family Learning Associate will not be paid for station holidays. 

The Family Learning Associate will have 30-day probationary period at which time you will receive a 30- day review.  Then a performance review at 3 months, 6 months and then annually. 

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The Central Kansas Viewing Community

Taken together, the viewing area communities are inclusive of an economically-diverse and robust region abounding in exceptional quality-of-life features. With a combined population of more than 600,000, the region spans the quiet lifestyle and beauty associated with agricultural production to the dynamic and urban character of the Wichita community.

The pride that residents express in their region continues to be affirmed by objective outsiders. Numerous high rankings by entities such as Money magazine are evidence of the region’s lower cost of living, high-quality transportation facilities, diverse arts and entertainment amenities, quality education institutions, state-of-the-art health care, and safe, attractive neighborhoods.

Mainstays of the regional economy are manufacturing, especially general aviation manufacturing, health care, energy production, retail services, and agriculture. The region’s workforce has the second-highest concentration in the country of manufacturing and other skilled-labor jobs. 

The area’s modest cost of living, as measured by the cost-of-living index, is below the national average. The Wichita index is currently at 86, 14 points below the national average of 100, with other communities in the region enjoying an even lower cost of living. Housing is a notable bargain, with the cost of single-family homes averaging 40 percent or more below the national median price of $222,800. 

The PBS KANSAS region offers a myriad of high-quality public and private education programs. Nearly all of the area’s urban, suburban and rural school districts continue to record consecutive years of rising student achievement. Voters in many school districts have approved bond issues to invest in new schools and expand existing schools, upgrade technical education, and renovate athletic and fine arts facilities. The region abounds with numerous private and parochial schools offering preschool through high school education. 

A wide array of higher-education institutions is present, ranging from undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs at Wichita State, Newman and Friends Universities. Hutchinson Community College, and Butler Community College, offer many types of associate degrees and a range of post-secondary technical and vocational education. Other private and community colleges in South Central Kansas also have a classroom presence in Wichita. 

Spurred by high-quality University fine arts programs and construction of the new Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita a few years ago, the region enjoys exceptional performing and cultural arts, and other entertainment venues. The arts include: a professional symphony orchestra, well-established opera, ballet and music theater companies, local and touring theater troupes, and more than 25 museums.

Outdoor recreation amenities include access to boating, waterskiing, canoeing, fishing and swimming in Cheney and El Dorado Reservoir lakes, state and county public lakes, and the Arkansas River that intersects the region. The region offers miles of paved scenic biking and hiking trails.

PBS KANSAS is part of a large and diverse media center in Kansas. The region has eight full-power TV stations representing six major networks and nine additional program streams/networks. There are another six low-power broadcasters representing 23 different program streams/networks. The media market also includes eight AM radio stations and more than 25 FM stations, in addition to 2 National Public Radio (NPR) stations in Wichita (university-based KMUW) and Hutchinson (college-based KHCC). The Wichita Eagle is the region’s daily primary newspaper, but several smaller communities also publish daily newspapers. The Wichita Business Journal is a long-standing, well-respected weekly publication that also includes community-affairs reporting. 

Residents benefit from a vital nonprofit sector that develops young people, promotes cultural arts, supports those with life challenges, strengthens civic ties, and in numerous other ways adds value to the community. The Nonprofit Chamber of Service brings together over 100 members to serve as a collective voice for the nonprofit sector, share resources for capacity building, and contribute to public policy. The United Way of the Plains annually raises and distributes millions of dollars for charitable purposes. The Wichita Community Foundation, with assets of more than $57 million and annual grants of more than $3.7 million, assists in building permanent endowments for charitable community needs.