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Thank you for your interest in working for Family Building Blocks! Make an impact and join our rock star team. Apply today and help "Keep Children Safe and Families Together."


Until further notice, the onboarding and training of new employees will be conducted differently in addition to the implementation of direct services provided to children and families. 


If you'd like to apply for a position and need any accommodation in the application process or have questions and concerns, please contact Human Resources at or 503.798.4744. We look forward to hearing from you!


Employment offers are contingent upon enrollment in the Oregon Office of Child Care Central Background Registry through a background check and fingerprinting, review of an acceptable driving record, and a negative drug screening. Certain positions will require the completion of a health questionnaire and physical.


Family Building Blocks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and certified Relief Nursery committed to preventing child abuse and neglect in Marion and Polk counties since 1997. We partner with over 1,200 children and 780 families annually at our seven locations through our Therapeutic Early Childhood Programs including Early Head Start and Healthy Families. Our dedicated and loving employees enjoy working and thriving in a positive, collaborative, and supportive work environment.

Family Building Blocks is an affirmative action/EEO employer and is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Click here for the full statement. Believing that diversity contributes to program excellence and to mutual respect and understanding, Family Building Blocks is committed to recruiting and retaining diversity in our Board of Directors and staff. We seek applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Our staff are the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, compassion, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation.

We embrace and encourage our differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.

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Family Building Blocks strives to provide a comprehensive benefits package to our staff who work full-time and part-time (20 or more hours per week).


• Paid Time Off: 16 accrued hours of Paid Time Off (PTO) per month, capped at 240 hours.

• Volunteer Time Off: 8 hours of paid Volunteer Time Off (VTO) per year.

• Inclement Weather Time Off: 24 hours of Inclement Weather Time Off per year for weather-related closures.

• Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day following Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (when it falls on a workday), and Christmas Day.

• Medical & Vision Insurance: Three Kaiser Permanente Plans that include Alternative Healthcare Benefits. Base plan offered at no cost for employees.

• Dental Insurance: We offer two plans at no cost to employees.

• Life Insurance: Basic Group Term Life Insurance paid by employer, $20,000 coverage for employees.

• Employee Assistance Program.

• Retirement: Available after first year of employment.

• Voluntary Supplemental Benefits: Voluntary short-term and long-term disability and $5 toward LTD insurance premiums. (Voluntary Employee & Family Life/A&D Insurance and LegalShield.)

• Mileage Reimbursement.

• Language Differential Pay for bilingual employees.

• Discounted rates for cell phone plan: Verizon and T-Mobile.


• We provide high-quality, developmentally appropriate, and family-centered programs.

• We prioritize and celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion.

• We are trustworthy and honor the dignity of all persons.

• We strongly support families and work-life balance.

• We are innovative, adaptive, and nimble.

• We are strategic leaders and collaborators who champion children and families.

• We are an approachable, responsive, respected, and solution-oriented team.

• We provide life-saving hope.

• We believe in reflective supervision and promote continued learning with the Arbinger Institute.

• We practice strengths-based leadership and participate in the CliftonStrengths assessment to discover our top strengths and develop and grow strong individuals and teams.

• We connect with teammates at weekly site "huddles," team potlucks, monthly "All Staff" meetings, and at biannual full-day Staff Retreats.

• We enjoy opportunities to support and participate in numerous Family Building Blocks fundraisers and community events.

• We create opportunities for team self-care practices and challenges, plus occasional festive and creative competitions.

• We recognize successes of our teammates by showing gratitude and care through employee nomination forms for drawings, gifts, extra PTO, and more.

• We develop long-lasting relationships with our community of supporters and volunteers.


Are you still unsure about a career opportunity at Family Building Blocks? You can always impact the lives of children and families we serve by volunteering. This is a great way to connect with us while exploring if our organization would fulfill your career objectives. Click here to discover opportunities that may be of interest to you.



• We respect the unique personhood of each child.

• We believe in the power of a securely attached family.

• We are family-centered, caring and supportive.

• We strive for equity and celebrate diversity.

• We are collaborative and ambitious.

• We emphasize strengths and assume positive intent.

• We honor vulnerability and courage.

• We offer optimism and hope.

• We express gratitude for our community’s generosity.





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2425 Lancaster Dr. NE
Salem, OR  97305
Est. 1999

Programs & Services: Four Therapeutic Classrooms, Home Visiting services, and development team headquarters

Chelsea’s Place was our first permanent location after offering services from the basement of the United Methodist Church in downtown Salem from 1997-1999. The building previously was home to the popular Chelsea’s Restaurant and Pie Shop. Jack and Pam Scott very generously donated the building to Family Building Blocks. In honor of their extraordinary gift, we named the location Chelsea’s Place. Chelsea Scott is the daughter of Jack and Pam, and the name also pays tribute to the family restaurant legacy.

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1135 Edgewater St. NE
Salem, OR  97304
Est. 2007

Programs & Services: One Therapeutic Classroom, Home Visiting services, and two classrooms currently leased by Community Action Agency Head Start

Long-time supporter Dick Withnell donated this building, previously used as a bank location. We wanted to honor Dick’s gift and offered him the opportunity to name this location. Dick chose to honor the memory of his mother, Gracie.

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Main: Santiam Center, 11656 Sublimity Rd. SE, Sublimity, OR  97385
Classroom: Wolf Ridge Apartments, 1351 E Santiam St., Stayton, OR 97383
Est. 2010

Programs & Services: Home Visiting, parenting classes, and playgroups

The Oregon Community Foundation – Doris J. Wipper Fund Trustees, including the late Ted Freres, are major supporters of our work in the Santiam Canyon. They encouraged us to bring our prevention programs to families living in the rural towns of Aumsville, Lyons, Mehama, Mill City, Sublimity, and Stayton. The late Doris Wipper was a beloved member of the Freres family who own Freres Lumber Co. in addition to being corporate sponsors of Doris’s Place and supporting FBB’s programing annually. Doris served as the chief financial officer for Freres Lumber Co. for many years and established a fund to provide opportunities for future generations.

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1255 Broadway St. NE
Salem, OR  97301
Est. 2014

Programs & Services: Healthy Families program and Home Visiting services

Families in Marion and Polk counties have access to our Healthy Families program and Home Visiting services through our leased space in this centrally located office building. Home Visitors spend much of their week traveling to families’ homes, and having downtown office space allows them to check in with their supervisor and replenish supplies.

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Main: 182 SW Academy St., Suite 210, Dallas, OR  97338
Child Care: Dallas Alliance Church, 775 E Ellendale Ave, Dallas, OR  97338
Est. 2014

Programs & Services: One Therapeutic Classroom, Home Visiting services, and playgroups

Families seeking services in rural Polk County have access to a Family Building Blocks classroom and playgroup space in the Academy building in downtown Dallas which has a unique “co-location” model – a building that houses several agencies and non-profits that serve young children and families. 

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180 18th St. NE
Salem, OR  97301
Est. 2016

Programs & Services: Early Head Start program, Home Visiting services, and Therapeutic Classrooms 

Families in the under served area of south and southeast Salem can easily access our prevention programs and services in this new facility, named after the mother of Larry Tokarski. Thanks to Mr. Tokarski, Mountain West Investment Corporation, and the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Fund through the Salem Foundation, Helen's Place is our newest certified Relief Nursery which opened on September 6, 2016. 

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First Presbyterian Church
950 N Boones Ferry Rd., Woodburn, OR  97071
Est. 2019

Programs & Services: Therapeutic Classroom and Home Visiting services 

Families in north Marion County can now access these prevention programs and services in our new physical location in their community. Special thanks to community partners including Salem Family YMCA, Marion County Court Care, Polk County Family & Community Outreach, Randy and Robyn Compton, First Presbyterian Church, Mountain West Investment Corporation, Salem Health, and Dick and Gayle Withnell.

JEANETTE'S PLACE (coming soon)

1787 State St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: TBA
Coming in late 2021

Programs & Services: Family Mental Health Program

In 2020, a gift from Mountain West Investment Corporation enabled Family Building Blocks to hire our first mental health clinician and, with support from a lead donor, the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Foundation, we secured a building to expand mental health services. When asked to help name our new building, Gary Epping, the son of Larry and Jeanette, was inspired to call it Jeanette’s Place after his late mother who was a leader in advocating for children and families in our community. Jeanette grew up in Mt. Angel and eventually moved to Salem with her husband Larry where they had five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The Eppings were beloved by their community and are remembered for their love for family and friends, dedicated volunteerism, and numerous charitable gifts to support those in need.

JAN'S PLACE (coming soon)

Morningside United Methodist Church
3674 12th St. SE Salem, OR 97302
Phone: TBA
Coming 2021

Programs & Services: Early Head Start Classrooms

Coming soon!