Student Support Services/Parent Educator
Applicants must be willing to provide support, partnership and encouragement to families within District 81 who are either pregnant or parenting young children birth through age three. The support will emphasize parent-child interactions, development-centered parenting skills, and family well-being. Cultural sensitivity through community, language and diverse traditions will be responded to effectively, reflectively, emphatically and nonjudgmentally. Knowledge of young children and parent development along with good communication and interpersonal skills to build resource relationships will be sought.
Plan, Prepare & Conduct Home Visits:
- Recruit and assess eligibility for children 0-3 years old, pregnant/parenting teens and "at risk" pregnant mothers, gathering demographic family and child information to determine high need characteristics and eligibility. Conduct initial and ongoing developmental assessments of children for entry and monitoring progress within all developmental domains.
- Prepare lesson plans, individualizing the plan to the child and family as appropriate.
- Conduct scheduled home visits, incorporating evidence-based practices; parent/child interaction, development-centered parenting and family-well being, teaching skill development and strength-based observations.
- Design and implement developmentally appropriate activities to encourage appropriate play and parents self-awareness of their strengths.
- Provide toys and books for families through a lending library to support literacy and developmental play skills.
- Incorporate and include family's culture and parenting values, belifes, and behaviors, including sensitivity and respectfulness to diversity; provide home visit in family's home language or collaborate with interpreter as available.
- Conduct family needs assessment to support family well-being, partner with family in setting goals and working on an Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP), focusing on family strengths and awareness.
- Plan, prepare and conduct group connections utilizing school facilities and community resources to help parents grow and develop their skills and informed knowledge base to care for and parent their children.
- Plan, prepare and conduct on-site group connections for collaborating agencies.
- Promote, recruit and conduct annual district-wide birth-three childfind screening, coordinating support staff to identify eligible families & early intervention referrals.
- Organize outside social service/mental health agencies to provide multi-sessions/series based on parent interestinventory.
- Collaborate, develop and maintain positive working relationships to provide families with appropriate screenings & resources
- Acts as a clearinghouse of current community resources and best practice information for young children and families.
- Collaborate with staff to support families, determine appropriate evaluations, coordinate ongoing services, and assist with the transition to other programs (PFA)
- Communicate with parents, staff members and others to maintain open lines of communication and provide an environment supportive of child/family emotional and social needs.
- Contribute to the development of the program to meet program and building objectives
- Maintain data and records, including confidential information to meet state compliance requirements
- Prepare a variety of documents, reports and written materials to communicate information to parents and staff. Develop and provide written support to make recommendations.
- Review Family Needs Assessment data to assist in decision and goal making with the families for Individual Family Service Plans
- Follow up on grant activities. Develop recommendations and/or convey information to improve program and meet all state requirements.
- Provide outcome data, demographics, etc in program database (Visit Tracker) and overview of the program components during grant application process.
- Attend professional development trainings to fulfill grant and certification requirements and provide best practice and current research to support staff and family engagement
- Perform building responsibilities (duties) for the purpose of ensuring the safety of students and staff and the effective operation of the school.
- Translate parent/school related materials and serves as an interpreter for the purpose of ensuring effective communication with families. Performs other related duties as assigned for the purposes of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
Preferably a bachelors degree in job related area (Early Childhood Education, Human/Child Development, Family Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Pediatric Health Practitioner or related field (Birth to 5).
Full-Time Position with benefits.
Ability to travel to family homes.
Experience working with at-risk families, pregnant or parenting teens, and children birth to 3 years of age.
Willing to practice flexibility in scheduling, which may include evenings.
Strong interpersonal skills.Application Procedure:
Submit application Online via Applitrack.