Provide educational and supportive services to children 0‐3 years of age, their families and expectant mothers and families who are enrolled in the Early Head Start Program. Services include weekly 90 minute home visits and bimonthly socialization group activities.
Required Knowledge & Experience
- Minimum requirement of Home Visitor CDA or an A.A. in Early Childhood Education or related field.
- DCFS teacher qualified preferred.
- Bilingual preferred when demographics deem it necessary.
- Must have valid Illinois Drivers License and be able to provide own transportation if necessary.
- Requires knowledge and experience in Child Development & Early Childhood Education, principles of child health, safety, and nutrition, adult learning principles, family dynamics, communicating & motivating adults, community resources, and linking families with appropriate resources.
- Typical working conditions are in the residence of the parent/child or other community based settings; conditions such as cleanliness and comfort will vary.
- Must pass all preliminary pre hire requirements including but not limited to Drug Testing and Criminal Background Clearances.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Responsible for a caseload of 10‐12 families, which will be seen on a weekly basis for home visits and bimonthly for parent/child Play Groups.
- Responsible for tracking attendance of families on his/her caseload.
- Establish a trusting relationship with families by initiating and maintaining regular contact.
- Follow‐up on new referrals and assist family in completing the EHS Registration Application.
- Provide “Parent Orientation” with family prior to initiation of services.
- Provide evaluation and assessment to children and families, including the ASQ and the Assessment Tool.
- Assist parents and expectant mothers/fathers in their understanding of their children’s growth, development and individual needs.
- Model appropriate interactive behaviors with young children and demonstrate alternative methods of dealing with children’s behavior using PAT Born to Learn curriculum.
- Assist families in understanding and taking responsibility for the physical, mental health and nutritional needs of their children and themselves. Work collaboratively with Nutritional Consultant, Mental Health Consultant, Nurse Consultant and Occupational Therapist.
- Provide families with support and guidance, as needed, to ensure appointments are kept.
- Integrate developmentally appropriate strategies for dual language learners. Encourage parents to communicate in the child’s primary language in the home.
- Assist families in planning for and maintaining a safe, stimulating home environment for their children via the PAT Home Safety Checklist.
- Routinely monitor children’s development. Refer those with suspected delays to Disabilities Coordinator.
- Co‐plan bi‐monthly developmentally appropriate Playgroups ensuring that the developmental needs of all children on his/her caseload are met.
- Co‐facilitate bimonthly Play Groups and other social activities.
- Plan and implement family literacy activities (to include four RIF Distributions) within the home setting and center activities.
- Co‐plan and implement Toy/Book Lending Library.
- Work collaboratively to recruit males for Family Involvement Program.
- Familiarize self with the community and its resources.
- Attend Team Planning Meetings (weekly & monthly).
- Participate in scheduled trainings as required/directed.
- Discuss with coordinators family situations and receive service recommendations.
- Establish and maintain accurate records of family contact, referrals and interventions utilized.
- Maintain confidential all information pertaining to Head Start children, families, clients, and staff.
- Assist in the recruitment and enrollment of children.
- Perform any other assigned tasks relevant to the effective operation of the agency or assigned by supervisor.
Essential Job Functions
- Must have sufficient strength and flexibility (ability to stoop, bend, twist, etc.) to frequently bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements and occasionally lift a child (30‐50 pounds). Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.
- Physical demands ‐While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements, use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move 30 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distance vision. Work environment‐ Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.