Oversees the implementation of the program’s group socialization activities in conjunction with Parent Educators and family Support.
Provides training and guidance for all home-based educational implementation for children ages 0-3.
Provides monthly individual reflective supervision, home visit observations, and supports professional development of the education staff.
Prepares and/or arranges for all materials that are needed for the smooth operation of educational activities.
Handles monetary and budgetary requirements for groups and activities according to approved Agency procedures for check requests, petty cash, receipts/documentation and pay outs for food, materials and transportation.
Develops collaboration with host sites for group socializations and arrange for room usage.
Plans special events and trips for participants. Works with program team to involve participants in these events. Makes all arrangements, including meals and transportation, and participate in the actual event.
Monitors and ensures education files for each child are properly documented and ensures the ongoing assessment/screening of each child enrolled in the program.
Ensures family/child reviews and parent teacher conferences are held and monitor follow-up process.
In collaboration with the Disabilities Specialist, monitors and follows- up with children with IFSPs/IEP’s.
Participates in the development of program policies, service delivery plans and ongoing monitoring of program quality.
Ensures all assigned program reports are completed and submitted on a timely matter.
Ensures all mandates of Early& Head Start performance standards are met.
Ensures all confidential information is protected.
In conjunctions with the Family Support Specialist participate in recruitment efforts of program participants to help maintain full program enrollment.
Collaborates with the Family Support Specialist to develop effective partnership with families by addressing parents’ concerns.
Serves as an advocate for Head Start families and as a liaison between families, the program, and the large community.
Suggests recommendations for program changes and improvements to the Early Intervention Manager in response to observed client needs.
Collaborates with the Family Support Specialist in case management screenings and staffing.
Participates in on-going trainings and professional development provided by the DFSS, SGA, other consultants, workshops and conferences.
Implements procedures for the recruitment and enrollment of eligible families.
Encourages parent participation in the Early & Head Start Parent Advisory Committee meetings as well as other events or trainings.
Contributes with the Agency’s efforts related to prevention and integrated service delivery with other community providers. The employee will be actively involved and knowledgeable of the Agency’s Continuous Quality Improvement Activities.
Supports and contributes to inter-system collaboration with other service providers to improve social service delivery systems.
Maintains an inventory of all educational equipment.
Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings, education meetings, and DFSS meetings related to the position or as assigned.
Integrates other components, i.e. health, nutrition, mental health, parent involvement and special needs into the group socializations.
Completes other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOB
Bachelor’s degree in Early Child Education or Education, with a minimum of 12 ECE. A Master’s degree is preferred.
A minimum of 3-5 years’ experience working with young children including infants and toddlers is required.
3 years supervision/administration experience preferred.
Valid Illinois State Driver’s License and automobile insurance.
Bilingual/Bicultural in English and Spanish preferred.
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse families, various professionals and community groups.
Must be able to transport oneself to and from home visits.
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs.
Constantly positions oneself to assist children during activities.
Frequently moves desks, chairs, tables, easels, and children's toys.
At times may be required to lift up to 25 lbs. for various classrooms and events needs.