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Family Advocate-Head Start
Responsible for reporting, monitoring, and provision of social services and parent involvement opportunities to Head Start families and ensuring compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards under the direction of the Family Resource Manager. This includes planning and implementing community awareness activities and meeting with referral agencies.
Education and experience:
• Associate degree in social services or related field with 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. Previous Head Start experience preferred.
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.
• Contact families after three consecutive days of child's unexplained absence, or a pattern of absences; follows-up w/teacher.
• 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. Certificates and licenses: 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
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 experience:
• Associate's or bachelor's degree in human services, early childhood education, human development, or a related field.
• Minimum 2 years' experience working with young children, preferably under age 3
• Previous experience providing direct services to low income families preferred.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office; ability to use 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 use 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 use 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, 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.
• Capability to drive 7-passenger van for transportation of families as needed to / from socialization and other necessary appointments.
Certificates and licenses: 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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