The Center Preschool is hiring a Bilingual Early Head Start Visitor! Is that you?
Work Year: 195 Work days (Scheduled with supervisor to provide year-round programming for families; programming requires some days over the summer holiday)
Department: The Center at Lake County Elementary School
Reports to: Preschool Director and LCES Principal
Salary: $19/hour – for 195 year, salary at: $29,640 (will be prorated depending on start date) Full Benefits included! Health, Dental, Vision, PTO, etc.!
Our mission is to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-esteem through research-based early childhood services in a learning environment of respect for children and families throughout our community.
Early Head Start (EHS) program serves infants and toddlers under the age of 3, as well as pregnant women. The EHS program provides comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income families with infants and toddlers, as well as pregnant women and their families. Early Head Start Home Visitor provides in-home coaching and modeling, as well as group socialization experiences to parents and children which will enhance the parent’s ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child. The home visitor works with all other EHS components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Conduct 46 weekly, 90-minute home visits with each family for 12 enrolled families with infants, toddlers, and/or pregnant women.
- Deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via weekly home visits using home visiting curriculum and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and The Center’s School Readiness Goals. Develop and utilize collaborative teaching methods and materials for use in the home.
- Provide support (modeling or coaching) 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 Administrative team 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 within the required funding timeframes.
- Work with the Director 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 within two weeks of 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 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 (22) 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 beginning when the child turns 30 months and families transitioning from Early Head Start to Head Start.
- Perform all other duties as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Colorado Teaching Licence Birth-8 preferred or
Home Based Child Development Associate (CDA) or comparable credentials,
AA or BA/BS in Early Childhood Education, Family or Human Services or related field or equivalent work experience and the ability to obtain Home Base CDA within 6 months of hire.
Spanish language fluency required. Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate family needs, may include some evening or weekend hours.
Training in home visiting curriculum 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 provided by the District during work hours. All training will be paid.
Two years experience in child development and early childhood education preferred
Experience working with low income families and women with high risk pregnancies is a plus.
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 MS Office 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 be willing to drive to home visits around Lake County in all seasons, including winter. School vehicle can be provided if needed, or mileage reimbursed per District travel policy.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS
Pediatric CPR and First Aid certifications required within 30 days of hire. Must obtain a physical and TB test within 30 days after hire.
Responsible for supporting children and families during home visits and group socializations. Acts as a resource for families by assisting them with activities and providing information regarding children’s activities, health, development and/or progress. Meet the needs of all children including those at risk, those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally diverse.
JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING
Daily work is assigned by the preschool director. Requires independent judgment and application of professional standards to effectively execute home visiting program. Decision making is guided by The Center Employee Handbook and Early Head Start Performance Standards. Decision making requires collaboration with The Center Leadership Team. Errors in decision making could impact children’s education opportunities, children’s safety, relationships with parents, and/or the public image of the programs. Supervisor is involved only in major decisions.
DIVERSITY OF DUTIES
Duties require traveling and providing weekly home visits to enrolled families, knowledge and understanding of child development, collaboration with management team, Director of Early Childhood Programs, and community partners. Duties extend beyond assigned building on a daily basis.
The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to sit or be at eye level with the child. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions and will be performing job duties in the location of the homes of families.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, copy, instruct, use interpersonal skills, and negotiate. Frequently required to compare, analyze, coordinate, evaluate, and synthesize. Occasionally required to copy, compute, and compile.