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at Pacific Clinics
Early Head Start
This position is a home educator in the home-based program option of Head Start who is responsible for education, case management, and family advocacy to families in an assigned caseload by providing and linking families to comprehensive services including home visits and socialization activities. This position works with typically developing children and children with disabilities.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
- Provides each family on caseload with weekly 90 minute home visits in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
- Provides family-centered services that facilitate child development, support parental roles and promote self-sufficiency.
- Plans and provides a developmentally and linguistically appropriate curriculum and experiences in a manner appropriate to the ages, languages and cultures of children served.
- Implements home-based education lesson plans and weekly programs for each family in accordance with each child's need, based on a method of observing and recording children’s interests and current levels of functioning.
- Assists families to support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance and discipline.
- Ensures a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs.
- Screens, observes and documents children with parents as required.
- Ensure an appropriate written Transition Plan for all children, six months before their third birthday; provide parents with training and information.
- Works with the parent to develop an individual plan for her/his child to include goal setting based on identified needs, and activities to meet established goals (outcomes).
- Schedules weekly home visits with families as required and on an as-needed basis and documents these events. Plans and carries out twice-a-month socialization experiences.
- Assists parents to establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment for children that is positive, developmentally appropriate and experientially-based.
- Submits monthly progress reports to the supervisor as scheduled.
- Submits monthly bills and reports to the corporate office in a timely manner.
- Gathers and maintains individual, family and socialization data for documentation, ongoing assessment, evaluation and recordkeeping for successful individual and program planning.
- Involves parents in the educational activities of the program:
- to emphasize their role as the principal influence on the child's education and development; and
- to assist parents to increase their knowledge, understanding, skills and experience in basic child development.
- Serves as a single point of contact in assisting families in obtaining the services and resources needed.
- Works as a team member with the other education staff, parents and Parent Committee members to develop a home-based curriculum that is meaningful and meets the individual and program needs.
- Responsible for the weekly preparation of family curriculum plans, which includes objectives to be developed with parents.
- Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.
- Responsible for understanding Head Start Performance Standards and local child care licensing regulations.
- Models Pacific clinics’ approach, mission and core values in all communication and correspondence.
- Communicates effectively in a culturally competent and diverse consumer population and promotes favorable interaction with managers, co-workers and others.
- Performs 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.
Initiate and maintain professional interactions and communication with Clinic’s employees and/or others.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE/POSITION REQUIREMENTS:
- A.A./A.S. Degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education (ECE), or related degree required, B.A./B.S. Degree preferred.
- Must have some coursework in social work, human services, family services, and/ or counseling.
- Must have knowledge and experience in Child Development, and early childhood education.
- Knowledge in the following areas: the principles of child health, safety and nutrition; adult learning principles; and family dynamics.
- Must maintain DOJ, FBI, and Child abuse Index Clearance
- Must possess a current Pediatric CPR and First Aid Certification
- Demonstrated ability to work in Windows environment (including Word and Excel).
- Must possess a valid California driver's license and maintain an insurable driving record under the Clinics' liability policy.
- Attends all required training and workshops that includes but is not limited to 15 hours of classroom focused professional development and methods that comply with applicable State and local laws for identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- Occasional need to provide gentle physical restraint to children.
- May be required to lift up to 40 pounds.
- Some exposure to communicable diseases.
- Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
- Travel/overnight many be required associated with attendance at conferences, meetings and other duties.
- Work is typically performed in a classroom setting and some office work required.
- Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits, parent teacher-conferences, Parent Committee meetings, and social and community events.
- Work typically takes place in the home of Head Start/ Early Head Start families in various neighborhoods and with varying housing conditions. Some work in an office and community settings for the socialization experiences are also locations where work is conducted.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Local business travel is required.
A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to job performance of the fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her Manager and/or Supervisor.