The Home Base Parent Educator is responsible for the implementation and documentation of an in-home curriculum based on Head Start Performance Standards in the educational, nutritional, health, social service and parent involvement components. The Home Based Parent Educator will function as a part of the team. He/she must be flexible, have the ability to develop rapport with parents and work within the framework of the program’s philosophy and objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Nurtures positive and collaborative working relationships with other Agency staff as well as outside providers.
Implements the Agency mission, philosophy, core values to direct daily work and decision-making adheres to agency policy.
Cultivates a professional and respectful work environment.
To be actively involved and knowledgeable of the Agency’s Performance Quality Improvement process.
Approves time sheets and ensures compliance with Agency and funder guidelines. Accountable for daily activities within the allowable activities approved by the Agency.
Include the following, other duties as assigned:
Plans and implements developmentally appropriate home based activities.
Works jointly with parents to develop weekly home visit and weekly activity plans based on each child’s assessment and identified family needs.
Travels throughout the city of Chicago to reach families of diverse backgrounds.
Assists in the development of the program’s component plans.
Maintains and preserves a confidential family file.
Observes, assesses and documents each child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
Develops, with parent input, an individualized educational plan for each child.
Schedules and conducts weekly home visits for each parent and child.
Works collaboratively to provides children with group socialization experiences in conjunction with peer Parent Educator team.
Facilitates parents and child engagement in the home visit by presenting appropriate activities and coaching parent and child interactions.
Serves as an advocate for Head Start families and as a liaison between families in the program and Family Development Specialist team and the larger community.
Participates in case management screenings and staffings.
Participates in on-going training and staff development provided by the Ounce, Casa Central Head Start Coordinators, other consultants, workshops and conferences.
Attends regularly scheduled staff meetings, education meetings, social service and health meetings.
Integrates other components, i.e., health, nutrition, mental health, parent involvement and special needs/individualization into the home visit.
Completes other duties as assigned by the director.
Implements procedures for the recruitment and enrollment of eligible families.
Assists and checks supplies for food experiences received for freshness and appropriate amounts.
Makes referrals to appropriate services and conducts follow-up to assure delivery of needed assistance.
Assists in identifying children with special needs and supports process of necessary referrals.
Encourages parent participation in the Head Start Parent Committee Meetings as well as other events and training.
Assists in planning and implementation of socializations and monthly parent meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
Sensitivity to cultural diversity is required. Will be subject to drug and alcohol screening as well as aptitude and skills testing. 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 perform the essential functions.
Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development or Early Childhood Education preferred. Requires an A.A. Degree in Child Development or an A.A. in Early Childhood Education. A minimum of 2 years experience working with young children is required, and at least two (2) years direct experience with Head Start services is preferred. Home Based Parent Educators must have training in education, nutrition and must plan and implement appropriate family/parent educational activities and function as a member of the program team.
Bilingual/Bicultural in English and Spanish. Ability to read and comprehend instructions, short correspondence and memos. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence using Microsoft word, excel and office 365. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers, employees or the organization.
Operating Environment and Working Relationships:
Must be able to make home visits to present, prospective and former clients in their own homes. From time to time, may be required to work weekends and/or holidays. The Home Base Parent Educator must have demonstrated ability to establish helping relationships with families of varying educational, experiential and socio-economic backgrounds and handle emergency and crisis situations.
Decision Making Authority:
Exercises discretion and independent judgment in executing tasks.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands. Must be able to lift and carry 25lbs.
Must have a valid driver’s license; car; and insurance. Must have cell phone with capability to add applications to communicate with participants and agency staff.
About Casa Central
Casa Central transforms lives and offers community support, with a special focus on Hispanics. Our network of social services propels children and youth, individuals and families, and seniors toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.