Bilingual Early Head Start Home Visitor
Early Head Start (EHS) programs serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3, as well as pregnant women. EHS programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers, and their families, as well as pregnant women and their families. Early Head Start Home Visitors provide in-home instruction, as well as group socialization experiences to parents and children (infants/toddlers) which will enhance the parent’s ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child. Home visitors work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting.
- Conduct weekly 90 minute home visits with each family for a minimum of 46 annually for 12 enrolled infants, toddlers, and/or pregnant women. This will include travel to the families’ home.
- Deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via weekly home visits using the Parents as Teachers curriculum and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF). Develop and utilize teaching methods and materials for use in the home.
- Provide support in parent and child activities that encourages developmentally appropriate activities for the changing needs of infants and toddlers. Develop goals and comprehensive individual child plans in collaboration with the family to promote current learning and attend to nutritional, health, and social emotional needs of the child.
- Assist Family and Community Partnerships manager with the advertisement and recruitment of families and pregnant women to support and maintain full enrollment for the Early Head Start program
- Create and maintain respectful partnerships with families, recognizing parents as a child’s first teacher. Complete family partnership agreements, developmental screenings and all other required assessments with families in a timely manner.
- Work with the Director of Early Childhood Programs to set goals for improvement with the home visiting program, services to families, and quality educational experiences and best practices for children, families and pregnant women enrolled in Early Head Start. Collaborate with supervisor to create a professional development plan that will assist you in meeting your educational goals.
- Provide consistent weekly home visits focused on access to continuous health care, comprehensive services to support nutritional counseling, food assistance, oral health care, mental health services, ect. Provide support with newborn visit after the birth of the baby and connection to resources for mother and other family members for postpartum health. Support with transition of infant into Early Head Start program as necessary.
- Coordinate with parents to ensure that prenatal, well-child exams, immunizations, health screenings, and nutrition assessments are complete and necessary follow up occurs. Assist and support families in location resources and scheduling appointments with community resources that best meets their needs. Enter updated health records into data management system and coordinate as needed with the Health manager regarding health records, health needs, and necessary follow up.
- Maintain accurate written and/or electronic records including: health information, assessments, IFSP documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other required forms. Complete child assessments as required
- Collaborate with appropriate agencies and community partners as needed to support children and families with receiving needed and necessary services. Assist families with accessing Child Find for further evaluation or support to meet health, language, or development needs. Provide support to children and families needing or receiving early intervention services through an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
- Plan, coordinate, and lead bi-monthly socializations for enrolled infants/toddlers, their primary caregivers and pregnant women for a total of 22 annually.
- Work with families and partner agencies to develop a transition plan for children and families transitioning from Early Head Start to Head Start.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and Qualifications
- BA/BS or AA in related to Early Childhood Education, Family or Human Services or Home Based CDA Credential (CDA)
- Bilingual English and Spanish fluency necessary. Must have flexible schedule to accommodate family needs, may include some evening or weekend hours.
- Training with Parents as Teacher Training required, may obtain after hire. This may require in or out of state travel. Training and knowledge of selected developmental screening tools, may be obtained after hire.
- Attend a minimum of 15 clock hours of professional development per year
- Knowledge and at least two years of experience in child development and early childhood education preferred
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT
- Communication and interpersonal skills necessary. Ability to work with children and adults. Must pass CBI fingerprint and background check prior to hire. Basic computer skills are necessary including internet and email. Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or crisis situation.
- Must have a valid Colorado Driver’s License and proof of insurance, must provide own working vehicle for home visits. Must be willing to drive to home visits around Lake County in all seasons, including winter. Mileage will be reimbursed at the LCSD mileage rate.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS
- Pediatric CPR and First Aid certifications required within 30 days of hire. Must obtain physical and TB test within 30 days after hire.
Interested applicants should contact Tanya Lenhard