Family Development Specialist - Bilingual preferred
Community Progress Council, Inc.
Conducts weekly home visits to parents of enrolled children focusing on the parental role as prime educator of the child; To work with parents to develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into the next caregiver experience outside of the home; To work with parents to develop family goals towards self-sufficiency and to link clients to appropriate resources to help them achieve these goals; To encourage and engage parent involvement and program volunteers in all aspects of the program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Be committed to the vision and mission of and Community Progress Council and Head Start of York County;
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including children, families, co-workers, and staff in related agencies and the general public;
- Demonstrate knowledge of pregnant women, Human Development, Early Childhood theory; child development, developmentally appropriate practices, and behavior management;
- Assist in scheduling, planning and implementing two socialization groups per month; develop and maintain a clean, safe and positive classroom environment that promotes children and family members to interact, learn, practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors; encourages families to network; models responsive caregiving;
- Assist in preparing classroom materials prior to the children's arrival for socialization to support developmentally appropriate experiences and routines such as breastfeeding and toileting/diapering;
- Assist in following a consistent schedule for socialization, providing planned activities for parent-child bonding, parent networking, and children's interactions with materials, other children, and adults;
- Assist in effectively training, directing and supporting parents and volunteers to fulfill the role of an assistant during socialization and serve as a role model for the parents;
- Provide transportation in CPC vehicle for infants, toddlers and their parent and pregnant women to Group Socializations and social service appointments;
- Assist in preparing information for parent conferences;
- Assist in preparing and maintaining required paperwork for education and for FCP: lesson plans, observations of children (anecdotal records), children's education records, family records, attendance, contact sheets and other documents and records; keep all records and files accurate and up-to-date complete and up-to-date as required by law and agency policies;
- Seek out, utilize, and maintain familiarity and contact with community resources to enhance the program operation for children and families; promote the benefit of Early Head Start/Head Start and early education to community organizations, including school districts and business leaders; refer families to community agencies to facilitate the referral process;
- Conduct regular health observations to ensure children are well and have no contagious diseases and to check for signs of abuse or neglect; report suspicions of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse or neglect;
- Maintain confidentiality of information regarding children and families; review and uphold Confidentiality Policy with parent volunteers, community volunteers, and staff from outside agencies;
- Work collaboratively with other program staff to develop and conduct parent education activities, family activities, and parent meetings; encourage parents to attend planned activities and meetings;
- Recruit eligible pregnant women, children and their families;
- Help client to adopt healthy attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and client's role on problem resolution;
- In collaboration with all service areas, provide enrolled children and their families orientation to the Early Head Start program;
- Assist in establishing and maintaining files for children and families (health, education, and family partnership);
- Actively participate in agency task forces and work groups, as assigned by supervisor/management, to assist in developing, implementing and fulfilling goals and action plans of the Early Head Start/Head Start vision and mission;
- Actively participate in developing and implementing an individualized continuing education plan to remain current in the field of early childhood and child development and to grow professionally; pursue learning opportunities offered inside the agency and in the community; attend required trainings offered by Early Head Start/Head Start and Community Progress Council including cross-training;
- Ability to perform the job duties independently, utilizing Head Start Performance Standards, System Manual and program policies and procedures as guidelines;
- Required to vary work schedule to accommodate parents' schedules and to attend program functions;
- All other duties as assigned.