Under the general supervision of the School Director and the direct supervision of the Family Engagement Supervisor, the Family Engagement Specialist will provide support services to families in the Educare’s center based program. In partnership with parents, the Family Engagement Specialist builds mutually trusting relationships, acts as an advocate for families, and provides support services as needed. They assist families in determining their needs and in identifying and developing goals to meet those needs. The Family Engagement Specialist is responsible for parental engagement and involvement, including monthly parent meetings, parent training sessions, and establishing a site based Parent Committee. This position also supports the maintaining of enrollment through outreach and recruitment activities, as well as with intake and eligibility determination of new families enrolling in Educare. The Family Engagement Specialist works closely with the education teams to develop transition plans for children advancing into the 3-5 preschool program as well as those transitioning from the preschool program into kindergarten. The Family Engagement Specialist will be held responsible for implementing all programming requirements in adherence to all performance and outcomes standards as prescribed by the multiple funding and model requirements.
RESPONSIBLE TO: School Director and Family Engagement Supervisor
SUPERVISOR TO: None
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Provides education to families relating to topics such as parenting, effective discipline, supporting children’s development through learning activities at home, supporting children’s education through engagement with the school, budgeting, household management, safety, and other family issues as necessary.
In partnership with the center parents, plans and facilitates monthly parenting meetings.
Provides case management services to families in the Head Start program, including direct services to families by assisting them in determining family strengths, needs, and goals.
Provides crisis intervention as needed and appropriate.
Models appropriate advocacy skills for parents in working with community agencies, professionals, and schools.
Maintains a working knowledge of community resources and current trends in social services.
Provides support for families when needed to access necessary resources.
Works collaboratively with staff to provide comprehensive, integrated services for children and their families.
Compiles and maintains family case records of services provided.
Works collaboratively with families and other community agencies to provide a full system of care to meet the service needs of the family.
Assesses services the family is receiving and any need for additional services and makes appropriate referrals. Assures that the family is able to access resources and that appropriate follow up is made.
Coordinates services for families by arranging conferences with specialists, coordinators, and other staff and community agencies.
Builds liaisons with other community agencies that will ensure cooperation, coordination and information sharing.
Conducts outreach activities to recruit prospective families.
Attends meetings, training's, and individual case staffing.
Assists with parenting classes and with providing parenting information for individual families as needed.
Initiates, or assists staff to make, child abuse reports as necessary.
Maintains a professional attitude, working cooperatively with HS/EHS staff and parents; provides leadership and guidance in treating all children and their families with dignity and respect.
Maintains confidentiality as required by law and Educare policy.
Attends community meetings where HS/EHS representation is appropriate.
Has the ability to work a varied schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Model and/or supervise staff in active supervision of children which requires focused attention and intentional observation of children at all times. Staff positions themselves so that they can observe all of the children: watching, counting, and listening at all times. They also use their knowledge of each child's development and abilities to anticipate what he/she will do, then get involved and redirect them when necessary. This constant vigilance helps children learn safely.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Family Studies or a Related Field with a minimum of (18) semester hours in courses specifically in the care and education of children 0-5 years old. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able demonstrate the passion, skill, and competence necessary to contribute to each families development. Must have experience working with disadvantaged populations. Must be able to travel within the community (i.e., parents’ homes, community agencies, may require climbing stairs, etc.).
About Educare West DuPage
At Educare, we believe everyone deserves a fair chance to achieve their dreams, and it starts by leveling the playing field from the day we're born.
Educare West DuPage is a state-of-the-art early childhood school that gives low-income young children and their families in West Chicago a strong start for a successful future. Our comprehensive program incorporates what science says young children need to flourish. The school is part of a national network of effective early learning schools