JOB SUMMARY: Assists in managing a home-based education program building family strengths and promoting optimal child development while helping parents learn and practice nurturing skills that lead to strong, secure attachments and family well-being.
1. Conducts weekly home visits with assigned caseload to support parents with the tools and resources necessary to support the children’s growth and development, with the goal of enabling them to become their child’s first and primary teacher.
2. Monitors the family’s progress by completing parent and child developmental assessments; monitoring child’s progress toward meeting developmental milestones and parent’s progress in acquiring nurturing knowledge and skills according to best practices and research and evidenced- based curriculum.
3. Coordinates a system for on-going recruitment and enrollment into the Westside Head Start and Early Head Start program.
4. Responsible for determining family’s eligibility for services using internal data management system; documenting income eligibility and ensuring accuracy on all intake forms.
5. Monitors internal data management system and audits records for compliance and accuracy.
6. Translates and interprets information and events aligned with family’s home language and/or uses additional strategies and resources when lacking proficiency in the family’s home language to ensure conceptual understanding and support.
7. Provides home visits at least one per week (minimum 1.5 hour duration) for each family.
8. Develops and implements lesson plans for Socializations and Home Visit.
9. Effectively serves children with disabilities and their families by meeting goals and objectives on the IEP/IFSP.
10. Completes developmental screening and social / emotional screening within 45 days of enrollment.
11. Completes Family Partnership Agreement for each family within 90 days of enrollment.
12. Facilitates completion of children’s physical/dental examinations within 90 days of enrollment.
13. Develops lesson plans that include at least one food experience and one in-home fire drill per month.
14. Facilitates monthly Parent Center committee meetings.
15. Completes monthly reports within timelines.
16. Actively recruits eligible children and families for program.
17. Promote ongoing commitment to excellence and continual quality improvement to ensure the highest quality of services to our staff and clients.
OTHER JOB SPECIFIC DUTIES:
1. Works alternative hours as required, including nights and weekends.
2. Prepares, and attends all meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned.
3. Maintains self and functional work environment.
4. Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient comprehensive, integrated program.
5. Is proactive in the program efforts to recruit and enroll families that qualify for CEDS programs.
1. Education /Background:
a. Minimum of a home-based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree; and,
b. Demonstrate competency to plan and implement home-based learning experiences that ensure effective implementation of home visiting curriculum and promote children’s progress across standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners, as appropriate, and to build respectful, culturally responsive, and trusting relationships with families. Bilingual preferred.
2. Job Knowledge: Have knowledge and understanding of Infant & Toddler Child Development and be able to ensure effective implementation of the home visiting curriculum and promote children’s progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Framework (Birth-5); know how to use supervisory and/or organizational skills. Must be able to read and write legibly and coherently, preferably in English and Spanish, comprehend basic math, able to designate a variety of materials for use during socialization and home visits. Must be sensitive to cultural differences within the agency and community. Fluent in Microsoft Office Applications (Word & Outlook).
3. Working Conditions/Physical Demands: May be exposed to communicable diseases and varying temperatures during community work. Must be able to drive. On feet 90% of day. Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with moderate interruptions. Must be able to work with infant, toddler and pre-school age children. Must be able to stoop, bend, squat, assist children to the bathroom, sit on floor and ambulate over uneven floor surfaces including stairs, steps and playgrounds. Must be able to visually and auditory assess and interact with clients to ensure their safety and wellbeing. Requires driving and may lift up to 40 pounds.
4. Other requirements:
a. Meets Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) requirements for licensure
b. Possesses or acquires, and maintains, Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance
c. Approved documentation of negative results for a tuberculin (TB) skin test or chest x-ray
d. Meets federal Head Start employment requirements including physical examination at hire (and every three years thereafter)
e. Possesses or completes verified training in First Aid and CPR (within ninety (90) days of hire) and remains current in the certification.
f. Possesses and maintains valid Arizona Driver License (An individual must be 21 years of age or older to drive on behalf of Westside Head Start and Catholic Charities Community Services)
g. Reliable personal transportation and ability to show proof of current/valid vehicle registration and insurance.
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