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Family Advocate - Head Start (35 hours per week)

General Description

The Family Advocate provides supportive services to families by forming partnerships with families and linking them with community resources that will help them attain family goals.  The Family Advocate is responsible for assisting families in completing enrollment applications for their child, conducting home visits, monitoring classroom absences, reporting, monitoring, and providing social service and parent involvement opportunities to Head Start families and ensuring compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards under the direction of the Family Services Manager.  

Advocates attend and assist with parent committee meetings within their assigned caseload, encourage family participation within the Head Start program, plan and implement community awareness activities and meetings with referral agencies

 

Education and/or Experience

  • Associate degree in Social Services or related field with two (2) years’ experience in casework delivery to families with young children.  

  • Intermediate computer literacy including:  database management and Microsoft Office.

  • Experience working with preschool age children and their families.

  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Work with families on a scheduled basis in their homes; making frequent visits to each family as indicated by family need.

  • Provide support for Head Start families and makes timely referrals for service to appropriate agencies when necessary.

  • Follow up on referrals with clients and agencies of referral when appropriate and documents all efforts.

  • Provide incoming Head Start families with a list of community resources and provides information and training to help families use resources effectively.

  • Support Head Start families coping with crisis situations.

  • Contact families regarding children's specific needs when a need is identified by the education, health, nutrition, or mental health staff.

  • Inform staff at the center of any home situations which impact the child's development.

  • Act, in a support role, as an advocate for child and family.

  • Support parents in their role as advocates for their children’s education.

  • Coordinate home visits with the center staff when concerns and purposes are mutual.

  • Ensure that the Center Parent Group is established and functioning effectively.

  • Coordinate parent involvement programs with parents at the center.  This includes: planning, coordinating, attending and initially facilitating parent meetings; actively supporting parent committee officers; soliciting parent involvement in the classroom; facilitating fund raising and other parent-selected activities.  

  • Engage in a wide range of weekly recruitment activities including: soliciting agency referrals, distributing posters and flyers, visiting homes to complete applications, and recruiting door-to-door on an ongoing basis.  

  • Monitor PROMIS entries on a regular basis to ensure that all required vision, hearing, health and dental screenings, physicals, and immunizations for caseload are complete according to Head Start Performance Standards and State Child Care licensing.

  • Transport Head Start children and parents when needed -- in Head Start vehicles and own vehicle.

  • Ensure that parent participation is encouraged at all levels and that it remains voluntary.

 

Communication Skills

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis

  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions.

  • Ability to read, write, and communicate instructions

Supervisory Responsibilities                   

  • N/A

General Expectations

  • Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE and Head Start.

  • Participate in various meetings to include program meetings and collaborative meetings with other agencies as assigned.

  • Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Family Services Manager and/or Child & Family Services Director.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

Employment Screening

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

 

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following:

Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment.  An initial physical examination record, including a TB screening must be obtained within 60 days of hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources.  If a TB screening indicates high risk, results of a TB test must be kept on file including any treatment received.  An initial driving record check will be conducted.  License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.  


Head Start Lead Teacher - 34 hours/week (school year)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Head Start Lead Teacher will implement the Creative Curriculum, the Project Approach, and other appropriate content with emphasis on development of the whole child, to include partnership with parents and working with the entire family. Provide and maintain a safe environment. Use on-line curriculum and child assessment system. Keep complete and accurate records on the children. Plan and implement individual programming for all children.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field, with 30 credits in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

  • Minimum two years’ experience working with preschool age children. Previous Head Start experience preferred.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to utilize online data systems.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in pre-service training and ongoing professional development opportunities.

  • Plan and provide a comprehensive program including implementation of Creative Curriculum, Project Approach and other appropriate content in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards. Utilize Teaching Strategies Gold for collection and reporting of child assessment data.

  • Guide and facilitate activities of the children including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging of equipment in the classroom, creating an exciting learning environment for children.

  • Work in a team setting to determine individual needs of children. Design and implement plans that will expose children to meaningful experiences.

  • Manage classroom operations; provide supervision, guidance and coaching to Teacher Assistants and classroom volunteers.

  • Greet parents and children pleasantly and appropriately, ensuring a smooth transition into the classroom, a positive home-classroom connection and family partnership. Maintain ongoing professional and appropriate communication with parents and guardians. Provide activities parents can do at home with their children to support the curriculum and the child’s learning. Encourage parents to become involved in the classroom and other Head Start activities.

  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices.

  • Arrange meaningful field trips for the children, with approval of the Education Manager.

  • Maintain and monitor accurate child attendance records, USDA meal counts, in-kind reports and other record keeping and reports as required.  Submit documentation in a timely manner. Assure that files are complete, accurate and confidentially maintained.

  • Conduct home visits and parent/teacher conferences according to program schedule and policies and procedures.

  • Help organize and encourage parent involvement to include: planning and participating in monthly classroom Parent Meetings; orienting and training of parent volunteers, and attendance at Policy Council meetings.

  • Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE and Head Start.

  • Participate fully in program staffing’s, staff meetings, and collaborative meetings with other agencies, as assigned. Attend case conferencing when applicable.

  • Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Education Manager and/or Child & Family Services Director.

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
  • Physical strength/endurance/mobility to perform in a standard daily required work routine (i.e. walking, sitting, lifting, and driving to various sites as required).
  • Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
  • Maintain a positive and productive attitude regarding the Head Start Program and the CAP Agency when interacting both within Head Start and with the greater community.
  • Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.

 COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions. 
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate instructions

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assistant Teacher and Classroom Volunteers

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Participates in the annual program self-assessment.
  • Models direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior in every aspect of work with children, families, staff and community members. 
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members. 
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being  done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.
  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.

EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following: Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment. An initial physical examination record, including a TB screening must be obtained within 60 days of hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources.  If a TB screening indicates high risk, results of a TB test must be kept on file including any treatment received. An initial driving record check will be conducted. License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.


Early Head Start Home Visitor - 40 hours/week (35 hours/week in summer)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Early Head Start Home Visitor provides weekly home visits to Early Head Start families in their homes, identifying strengths and needs of families and children, assisting parents in working with their children on planned activities weekly, and involving them in planned Early Head Start activities. The Home Visitor will utilize an on-line curriculum and child assessment system; keeping complete and accurate records on the children.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, Early Childhood Education, Human  Development, or a related field.
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with young children.
  • Previous experience providing direct services to low income families preferred. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to utilize online data systems.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Parents as Teachers Certification within 12 months of hire.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participates in pre-service training and ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Establishes a caring professional relationship and a climate of mutual trust and respect for families.
  • Fosters the view and practice in parents that they are their child’s first and most important teacher and reinforces this concept with practical suggestions for its continual development.
  • Schedules and conducts weekly home visits with parents and children in their homes lasting a minimum of 90 minutes.
  • Plans and develops with parents an individualized program using weekly educational activity plans based on their child's assessment and incorporating identified family’s strengths and needs.
  • Plans activities and educational opportunities for prenatal women during home visits with the goal of a healthy pregnancy outcome.
  • Encourages families to keep an on-going file of weekly home visit plans.
  • Plans, implements, and evaluates, with parents, group socialization experiences weekly.
  • Provides support to teacher on socialization days.
  • Assists families in the utilization of learning opportunities for their child by the development of educational activities using available household materials and activities that naturally occur in the home. 
  • Assists parents in strengthening the families’ knowledge of the principles of nutrition by including a variety of nutrition activities at least once per month during the home visit.
  • Integrates all Early Head Start content areas during home visits.
  • Coordinates with parents, appropriate staff and community resources in the planning and implementation of all required screenings and evaluations of children including health and disabilities.
  • Informs parents of the need to schedule and keep appointments for all screenings, evaluations, and follow up services for their children and encourages them to participate fully.
  • Encourages parents to participate to the fullest extent possible in all scheduled center-based parent activities including Parent Committee and Policy Council meetings.
  • Documents on a timely basis attendance and all services provided to families using the PROMIS data base.
  • Documents on a timely basis all family contacts, consultations, follow-up, and disability services; maintains up-to-date Child Master Files and PROMIS records on all assigned children.
  • Makes referrals and transports families when necessary to community services offices such as family planning, food stamps, employment, health services, vocational training, psychological services, etc.
  • Encourages parents to fully utilize all available community resources.
  • Acts as a liaison and advocate between community resources and Early Head Start families.
  • Continues professional growth by participating in ongoing:  ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE and Early Head Start.
  • Participates fully in program case conferencing meetings (“Staffing’s”), staff meetings, and collaborative meetings with other agencies, as assigned.
  • Reports any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Education Manager and/or Child & Family Services Director.
  • Performs other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

 OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Capability to drive 7-passenger van for transportation of families as needed to / from socialization and other necessary appointments.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
  • Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
  • Maintain a positive and productive attitude regarding the Head Start Program and the CAP Agency when interacting both within Head Start and with the greater community.
  • Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis · Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions. 
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate instructions
  • Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • None

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.
  • Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality.
  • Models direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior in every aspect of work with children, families, staff and community members.
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.

EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening. Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following: Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment.  An initial physical examination record, including a TB screening must be obtained within 60 days of hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources.  If a TB screening indicates high risk, results of a TB test must be kept on file including any treatment received.  An initial driving record check will be conducted.  License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.


Early Head Start / Child Care Partnership Teacher - 40 hours/week

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Early Head Start Teacher will provide comprehensive services that support the development of the whole child with a focus on school readiness. Teachers will create a safe, supervised, inclusive, educational setting where all children can experience success. Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos will be implemented by teachers to provide a framework for embedding learning in routines and providing sensory rich, hands-on experiences for enrolled children. Supplemental curricula such as project-based learning may be used to ensure all developmental domains are incorporated in planning and the educational experiences being offered.

Teachers will create a classroom culture that acknowledges families as the primary caregivers and educators of their children and promotes family engagement in the classroom and home settings. Teachers will participate in a regular schedule of screenings and follow-up with referrals as necessary. Teaching Strategies Gold will provide teachers with an on-line assessment and planning tool. Teachers will be responsible for accurately entering data for each child into TSG and using outcomes to inform curriculum development and to individualize instruction for all children. Teachers will keep complete and accurate records on children, as needed.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

  • Participate in pre-service training and ongoing professional development opportunities.
  • Act as primary caregiver to children assigned to you to support secure attachments and continuity of care.
  • Develop and maintain consistent routines (feeding, diapering, napping, etc.) and embed learning opportunities within those routines whenever possible.
  • Provide rich opportunities for sensory exploration, social interaction, and experimentation, problem-solving and making appropriate choices.
  • Plan and provide a comprehensive program that is inclusive of at-risk children, children with disability, and those from diverse families. Implement Creative Curriculum for Infant,   Toddlers and Twos, project-based learning and other appropriate supplemental curricula in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards. Utilize Teaching Strategies Gold for   collection and reporting of child assessment data.
  • Individualize instruction for each child using assessment data and other sources to inform planning.
  • Guide and facilitate activities for children including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging of equipment in the classroom, creating an exciting learning environment   for children.
  • Work in a team setting to design and implement plans that will engage children in developmentally appropriate, meaningful experiences.
  • Manage classroom operations; provide supervision, guidance and coaching to floats substitute staff and classroom volunteers.
  • Greet parents and children pleasantly and appropriately, ensuring a smooth transition into the classroom, a positive home-classroom connection and family partnership. Maintain ongoing   professional and appropriate communication with parents and guardians.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate activities parents can do at home with their children to support the curriculum and the child’s learning. Encourage parents to become involved in the   classroom and other Early Head Start activities.
  • Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices.
  • Maintain and monitor accurate child attendance records, USDA meal counts, in-kind reports and other record keeping and reports as required. Submit documentation in a timely manner.   Assure that files are complete, accurate and confidentially maintained.
  • Conduct a minimum of 2 home visits and parent/teacher conferences according to program schedule and policies and procedures.
  • Help organize and encourage parent involvement to include: planning and participating in monthly program Parent Meetings; orienting and training of parent volunteers, and attendance at   Policy Council meetings.
  • Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining   to ECE and Early Head Start. 
  • Participate fully in program staffing’s, staff meetings, and collaborative meetings with other agencies, as assigned. Attend case conferencing when applicable.
  • Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the B-5 Education Coordinator and/or Child & Family Services Director immediately.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisor that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong commitment
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
  • Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
  • Physical strength/endurance/mobility to perform in a standard daily required work routine (i.e. walking, sitting, lifting, and driving to various sites as required).
  • Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
  • Maintain a positive and productive attitude.
  • Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

  • Be able to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and families on a regular basis.
  • Good communication skills and ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to read, write, and communicate.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Substitute Staff and Classroom Volunteers

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Models direct, positive, honest, and respectful behavior in every aspect of work with children, families, staff and community members.
  • Energetically engages people, issues and work.
  • Applies the highest ethical standards to themselves and others on a daily basis.
  • Supports other in their efforts to be productive and effective and succeed in work and life.
  • Actively participates in teambuilding, which includes sharing ideas and mutual support of team members.
  • Consistently uses interpersonal skills that are appropriate for individual styles, personalities, cultures, the nature of the work, and the environment in which the work is being done.
  • Practices honest, respectful and direct communication as well as active listening.
  • Respects confidentiality of information about agency staff, personnel issues, and other program operations.

EMPLOYMENT SCREENING

Valid Driver's License and insured vehicle (100/300 minimum coverage) for use on the job or acceptable alternative, driving record check, criminal record check, randomized drug screening.

Head Start, Early Head Start, Childcare, and Home Visiting Programs are also subject to the following: Head Start and child care licensing requires a criminal record check and finger printing to be completed prior to employment. An initial physical examination record, including a TB screening must be obtained within 60 days of hire, updated every three years and kept on file with Human Resources. If a TB screening indicates high risk, results of a TB test must be kept on file including any treatment received. An initial driving record check will be conducted. License information will also be submitted to the agency’s automobile insurance carrier.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Click this link for the Request For Proposal, which includes the details for the project, timeline and response requirements. The deadline is March 17th for the RFP with a tentative selection and start date of April 2016 for the first phase of the project.

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The Family Advocate provides supportive services to families by forming partnerships with families and linking them with community resources that will help them attain family goals.  The Family Advocate is responsible for assisting families in completing enrollment applications for their child, conducting home visits, monitoring classroom absences, reporting, monitoring, and providing social service and parent involvement opportunities to Head Start families and ensuring compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards under the direction of the Family Services Manager.