Empower parents to establish a strong foundation for their child’s school readiness, using the family’s home environment to create rich learning opportunities. Provide comprehensive services that identify and meet the needs of the children and families.
1. Engage parents in their home environment for 90 minutes a week, working in coordination to plan and carry out weekly activities based on the child’s assessment, with a focus on school readiness.
2. Educates parents on child development, nutrition, safety, mental health, and the availability of resources in the community
3. Plans, conducts and documents observations, assessments and screenings. Maintains a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child including weekly observations, examples of the child's work, and developmental assessments.
4. Works in coordination with team to plan and conduct group socialization activities for children and families that support the development of peer-group relationships and expose children to group setting. Ensure socialization environment meets program requirements.
5. Ensures that the physical needs of children are met, assisting children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, brushing teeth, and toilet habits.
6. Conducts family assessments, working in partnership parents to establish goals for child and family. Identifies available Head Start and community resources to match family needs. Provide support, make referrals and document progress on goal achievement.
7. Maintains accurate records, both on paper and in designated on-line systems. Maintains confidentiality regarding students and families.
8. Conducts outreach to recruit new families into the program.
9. Protects the safety of children by implementing active supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or unsupervised at any time.
10. Composes and proofreads correspondence and reports.
11. Ensures the mobilization and documentation of matching/in-kind funds.
12. May transport families in company vehicle for group activities.
13. Plans or participates in community events involving Head Start families to promote family engagement, interaction and education.
14. Participates in staff meetings, committees and training sessions.
15. May assist in preparing and serving meals.
16. Works in cooperation with supervisor to develop and document progress on professional development plan. Actively engages in professional development activities to increase qualifications in accordance with Corporation’s Core Values.
17. Fills in on a temporary basis in times of staff shortage.
18. May translate.
19. Perform all other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
This position has no direct supervisory duties but is expected to train or explain work procedures to others.
- High school diploma (or G.E.D.) with a Home Based CDA or equivalent* is required.
- An Associate’s Degree in early child development or related degree** is preferred.
- Must be able to get certification for CPR and First Aid after hire and recertify as required.
- Must have own transportation, a valid driver’s license, and vehicle insurance.
- Pay may be commensurate with education.
- Minimum of 2 years of experience with a high school diploma and CDA.
- Minimum of 1 years of experience with an Associate’s Degree.
- Must have a willingness to work towards any additional credentials needed to move to the next level in the position, this may include continued education.
- Experience in adult learning principles and family dynamics.
- Microsoft Office products and on-line client management systems
- Bilingual ability is required.
- Ability to manage caseload within given amount of time and provide optimum services.
- Ability to remain organized within mobile environment.
- State-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for an Infant/Toddler CDA credential may be substituted.
**Degree in a related field is defined as an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree in a field other than child development or early childhood education that either includes or is supplemented by six college courses (2-3 semester credits each) in child development or early childhood education focusing on children birth to age five.
- Work is performed mostly inside homes of clients.
- Driving/sitting for prolong periods of time.
- Standing, walking, stooping, squatting, lifting (up to 30 lbs), carrying, pushing and climbing.
- Frequent exposure to adverse weather conditions.
- Exposure to blood, other bodily fluids, cleaning chemicals and dirt.
- Keyboarding and data entry, use of telephone.
- Conduct home visits to customer residences, exposure to potentially unsafe environments, climb stairs.
- Regular attendance for this position is required, as regular attendance ensures we are providing the services we have committed to provide to the children and families we serve.
An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V