JobID 422 : Head Start Home Visitor (#1758214)
TITLE: Home Visitor
REPORTS TO: Preschool Director
Have a minimum of a home-based child development associate (CDA) or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate's or bachelor's degree
Demonstrate competency to plan and implement home-based learning experiences that ensure:
Effective implementation of the home visiting curriculum
Promote children's progress across the standards described in the ELOF, including for children with disabilities and children who are DLLs, as appropriate
Build respectful, culturally responsive, and trusting relationships with families
Other Requirements:This position requires the use of your own personal vehicle in order to perform home visits and must possess a valid Driver’s License.
Must be detail-oriented, able to take initiative, and have excellent written and oral skills.
Must be able to multitask and be highly organized, dependable, and professional. Ability to collect, enter, and analyze data.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Structured, child-focused home visiting that promotes parents' ability to support the child's cognitive, social and emotional, language and literacy, and physical development, and approaches to learning
Effective strengths-based parent education, including methods to encourage parents as their child's first teacher
Early childhood development, ages 3-5
Methods to help parents promote emergent literacy in their children from ages 3–5, including use of research-based strategies to support the development of literacy and language skills for children with limited proficiency in English
Ascertaining what health and developmental services the family receives and working with those providers to eliminate gaps in service by offering annual health, vision, hearing, and developmental screening for children from age 3 to entry into kindergarten, when needed
Strategies for helping families coping with crisis
The relationship of health and well-being of pregnant women to prenatal and early child development.
JOB GOAL: Working within a 3-5 age context, provide Head Start services to a caseload of families through weekly visits in the home and related environments. These services include comprehensive child development, health, mental health, nutrition and social services necessary to support the healthy growth and development of preschool aged students and positive attachments with their parents and primary caregivers. Services are provided through a case management approach for low-income families who have children aged 3-5. Maintains working knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards, agency policies and procedures and other applicable regulations.
Work daily as a home visitor for preschool aged children and their families conducting weekly 90 minute home visits.
Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the designated curriculum through proper daily implementation with developmentally appropriate conversations, behaviors and guidance strategies and ability to model for teaching staff, children, parents, community volunteers and interns.
Understand and implement program’s School Readiness Plan, inclusive of activities to support the Parent, Family & Community Engagement goals and outcomes.
Complete documentation of home visits, socialization experiences and other relevant activities.
Collaborate with families to establish family development goals, and document this collaborative process in family partnership agreements.
Determine existence of or assist families in establishing well-child visits (physicals), medical and/or dental home care.
Advocate for families as needed, support them in advocating for themselves and assist families and provide management, crisis intervention and resource referral services as needed in crisis.
Utilize the child and family tracking software by performing data entry functions and generating and analyzing reports.
Maintain accurate and up to date children files and secure all required documentation including: written authorizations, Nutrition form, assessments, immunizations and health history.
Administer health screenings and assist education staff and parents/guardians with conducting developmental screenings and assessments, reviewing Individual Education Plans, Nutrition, Speech and/or Emotional-Behavioral assessments/plans.
Collaborate with supervisors to assist and support in the areas of Health, Nutrition, Mental Health & Disabilities, Education and Parent, Family & Community Engagement.
Actively participate in special community events and agency-wide initiatives including development events and activities.
Perform any other duties as assigned in support of agency and program needs and operations.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Letter of Assignment established with the Wray School District RD-2 (8/15 through 6/15)
SALARY: Established by the Preschool Director, Policy Council and Grantee Board.
BENEFITS: All eligible employees receive 7 paid holidays per program year, 8 sick/personal leave days per program year, 5 funeral leave days and insurance benefits. Provision of opportunity to establish a professional growth development plan.
EVALUATION: Will be evaluated annually by the Preschool Director following the evaluation criteria as written in the RD-2 Policy Manual and/or Head Start Performance Standards.