This position serves as Home Based Visitor for a Head Start/Early Head Start program working individually with 10-12 families to support the development of the family and their children. The Home-Based Visitor will work collaboratively with a team of other Home-Based Visitors to implement the curriculum to achieve outcomes for children and families of all backgrounds and abilities. Travel within Sussex County, Delaware, required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Planning & Program Implementation
- The Home Based Visitor will provide each family on their caseload with a 1 ½ hour visit per week with a minimum of 46 visits per program year for EHS
- The Home Based Visitor in collaboration with other Home Based Visitors will provide at a minimum, 22 group socialization activities distributed over the course of the program year for EHS.
- Make up planned home visits or scheduled group socialization activities that were canceled by the program, and to the extent possible attempt to make up planned home visits canceled by the family
- Follow Growing Great Kids Curriculum providing developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences appropriate to age, language and culture of children served.
- Responsible for the preparation of lesson plans in collaboration with parents.
- Ensure the written curriculum includes:
- goals for children’s development and learning;
- the experiences through which children will achieve these goals;
- what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals;
- The materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving the stated goals. goals outlining the perimeters of the parents involvement in the weekly home visits
- Develop an individual plan for each child including goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established child outcomes.
- Implement experiential learning activities advancing the intellectual and emotional competence of children served.
- Incorporate all Head Start components at least once during the weekly visits each month.
- Provide a print rich environment in which children develop literacy, numeracy and social skills using increasingly complex language and problem solving abilities.
- Provide positive guidance and discipline supporting children as they acquire readiness skills for preschool and beyond.
- Implement lesson plans in response to children’s needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, and knowledge of early childhood development.
- Working with LEA’s the HBV will integrate Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)/Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) for children with disabilities
- Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times in accordance with Head Start and state licensing requirements during the weekly home visits and socialization.
- Plan and implement all socialization activities for families and children.
- Understand regulations associated with prevention of occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination.
- Ensure meetings and one-on-one interactions are respectful of each family’s diversity and cultural background.
- Invite parent involvement in the development of the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education.
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport.
- Participate in ongoing parent trainings.
- Work with families throughout the year to identify family goals, strengths, and necessary services and sup ports, and to describe progress in achieving goals established though the Family Partnership Agreements.
- Work with parents to identify and access services and resources responsive to their interests and goals and follow-up with them to ensure the referral met their expectations and circumstances.
- Ensure parents have opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Knowledge of child growth and development, the program’s curriculum, the child observation and assessment process, and parenting skills;
- Prevention of child abuse and neglect;
- Family literacy;
- Medical, dental, nutrition, and mental health (encouraging parents to become partners in their child’s health care process and learn the principle of preventative health and safety);
- Community advocacy (encouraging parents to influence the character and goals of community services); and
- Transition activities (assisting parent in becoming their child’s advocate as the child moves to public school or another child care setting).
- Provide a family assessment that includes consultation with parents about the benefits of parent involvement and about the activities in which parents may choose to participate.
- Coordinate or refer families to opportunities for continuing education, employment training and other employment services through formal or informal networking in the community.
- Inform custodial parents to learn of activities or services about the availability of child support services for purposes of establishing paternity and acquiring child support and refer eligible parents to child support offices of State and local governments.
- Work in coordination with Health and Nutrition team members to assure that all children on caseload are up to date on EPSDT requirements, including receiving timely evaluation and treatment for identified concerns
- Arrange for education and other appropriate intervention including opportunities for families to participate in counseling or to receive information on mental health, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect and domestic violence, including crisis intervention, if needed.
- Support the transitions of families in and out of Head Start.
- Conduct regular health checks for children participating in home-based option.
- Assess children on an on-going basis; gather and organize anecdotal notes into the key developmental areas and document in Shine Insight.
- Analyze child outcomes for children participating in home-based option twice yearly, consult with Home Based Supervisor r and make adjustments to curriculum planning and implementation as needed.
Record Keeping and Recording
- Promote the access of children, families, and pregnant women, as appropriate, to community services that are responsive to their needs (e.g., child care).
- Coordinate services for children with disabilities and their families with community agencies.
- Encourage volunteers to participate in the Early Head Start program.
- Act as a family development specialist and work cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to link-up with services in the local community.
- Develop a working knowledge of community resources; visits with major agencies for service delivery updates and Community Resource Guide updates.
- Participate in tri-annual community assessment and annual updates.
- Write update every month beginning in October for parents and provide center news for the program newsletter as requested
- Complete developmental and health screenings of all Head Start children, if needed.
- Direct developmental concerns to appropriate specialist.
- Record, monitor and follow up on referrals for support services for reporting requirements.
- Participates in required professional development activities to enhance skills.
- Provide crisis intervention for families as needed.
- Maintains and updates child health records and ensures that all documentation is current in child’s file and SHINE Insight
- Record, monitor and follow up on referrals for support services for reporting requirements.
- Submit reports as needed and requested, such as monthly summary tracking reports, etc. to appropriate supervisor.
- Generate and document in-kind and other allowable costs applied toward the non-federal share requirement.
- Ensure that all child files are completed and maintained according to program guidelines and expectations.
- Document efforts to assist families.
- Produce reports as required on child and family progress for Teaching Strategies Gold.
- Request supplies as needed and participate in program inventory as requested.
General Agency Requirements
- Maintain agency standards regarding confidentiality, quality, and productivity.
- Participate in agency meetings and committees as assigned or approved.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or Associates degree in related field with 12 credits in Early Childhood Education, required.
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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation.
- Must maintain CPR and First Aid Certification.
- Self-motivated, dependable and able to work independently.
- Ability to respond appropriately to the cultural differences present among the agency’s service population.
- Ability to work flexible hours to meet the needs of the families.
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
- Must have valid driver’s license which meets the requirements of the agency’s insurance carrier.
Full-Time with benefits
- Medical Insurance (Health and Dental)
- Tuition Assistance
- Life Insurance
- Vacation, Sick and Holiday pay