The Parent Educator develops and maintains supportive, strength-based, culturally sensitive relationships with infants, toddlers and their families. The Parent Educator is responsible for ensuring that Early Head Start (EHS) participants receive comprehensive Early Head Start services to ensure the optimal development of mothers, their new born babies and toddlers by helping them to establish healthy parent-child relationships. The Parent Educator ensures compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards for EHS.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Maintains an assigned caseload of 0-3 year old children and parents.
- Provides weekly home visits to parents and children utilizing parents as teachers.
- Works jointly with parents to develop and implement weekly home visit plans based on each child’s assessment and identified family needs.
- Maintains and preserves confidential client files.
- Observes, assesses and documents each child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
- Integrates a collaborative approach with fellow Parent Educators to ensure continuity of services.
- Provides children and parents with group socialization experiences.
- Serves as an advocate for Head Start families and as a liaison between families, the program and the larger community.
- Required to provide assistance to center based staff in delivering comprehensive Head Start services.
- Integrates other components, (i.e. health, nutrition, mental health, parental involvement and disabilities) into the home visit.
- Assists in identifying children with special needs and makes the necessary referrals.
- Provides crisis intervention including, but not limited to, mandated reporting.
- Encourages participation in the Head Start Parent Committee meetings as well as parent group and socialization meetings, and other events or trainings.
- Ensures that all instructions and parent education comply with curriculum instructions and program design.
- Assists families in developing/updating a Family Partnership Agreement and creating a plan for the accomplishment of the goals targeting community service organizations.
- Assist with community outreach efforts targeting local hospitals, clinics and community service organizations.
- Participate in conferences, workshops, and other trainings as required by the program.
- Assist program mothers in transitioning into EHS child care programs or other infant child care programs.
- Participates in regular reflective supervision and staff meetings as required by the program.
- Maintain and document all services in the family files and ensures up to date program files for each family in the caseload.
- Enter participant information and other required program information into the Child Plus system in a timely manner.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS & EXPERIENCES:
- Demonstrate a philosophical and value base consistent with the purpose and goals of Kingsley House.
- Knowledge of early childhood education and developmental milestones.
- Ability to assess student needs and perform accordingly.
- Ability and skills to advocate on behalf of program participants and exhibit a belief system that program participants have the capacity to grow and change.
- Ability to work with staff, program participants, their families and the community at large.
- Demonstrate computer literacy/proficiency.
- Possess a demonstrated understanding of the dynamics of poverty, oppression, sexism, racism and ageism and other forms of societal and individual prejudice that confront our staff, volunteers, program participants and community at-large. Possess a proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of people from diverse cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
- Possess skill in engaging and motivating program participant to increase their self-sufficiency and work towards resolution of the challenges they face.
- Demonstrate a philosophy and value base consistent with the purpose and goals of Kingsley House, utilizing a strengths and empowerment perspective and working towards increasing the capacities of program participants and their families.
- Respect the integrity of each program participant, their right to privacy and confidentiality and their right to participate to their maximum capacity in determining their participation in our programs, including the formation of a case or service plan.
- Knowledge of principles and practices of infant and toddler child development and family practice.
- Knowledge of community resources and the capacity to develop community cooperation to ensure that pregnant women receive comprehensive services.
- Knowledgeable about Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards.
- Associates Degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field required or Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field preferred; at least 3 years’ experience working in early childhood/family support, or home visiting programs required.
- Must be able to function in a flexible work environment that will include different locations and may require working from home.
- Must be able to operate a variety of equipment such as computer, printer, fax machine, copier, calculator, telephone, audio-visual equipment, etc.
- Must be able to sit, stand, walk, reach, bend and lift up to 10 pounds.
- Must be able to communicate in Standard English both orally and in writing.
- Must be able to give and receive information electronically.
- Must be able to communicate successfully and pleasantly with school and central office personnel, students, and families.
- Must be able to work cooperatively with others.
- Must be able to respond positively to supervision and accept suggestions for improvement.
- Must be able to understand and interpret written and verbal instructions.
- Must keep accurate and up to date records.
- Must comply with state and district regulations, policies and procedures.
- Must have reliable transportation.