Basic Function: The Home Visitor provides child development and parent involvement services to families which includes home visits, socializations, and case management in accordance with program guidelines. The Horne Visitor is responsible for delivering prenatal education and home based services as defined by Head Start Performance Standards. The Home Visitor aids child development and growth through the implementation of an age appropriate child centered curriculum and works with parents to strengthen their knowledge and skills in child development in order that they may more effectively guide the learning experiences of the children. Daily driving is required. Must provide own vehicle, valid Driver's License and proof of full insurance coverage.
Provide curriculum driven child development, parent education and family support during weekly, 90 minute home visits to enrolled families of infants and toddlers and parents.
Plan for and facilitate a minimum of 2 socializations per month with parent-child interaction and other activities.
Provide support, planning and education to expected mothers to ensure a healthy pre-natal experience.
Coordinate successful completion of all required screenings/assessments of assigned children and their families.
In partnership with parents, provide developmentally appropriate curriculum for infants and toddlers; develop in partnership with parents an individual development plan for each child.
Conduct a Family Assessment for each assigned family and develop Family Partnership Agreements to support them in achieving their goals.
Monitor and educate parents with respect to children’s health status, including monitoring medical follow-up, physical health, dental health, mental health, and nutritional intake.
Provide support services to families and act as a liaison and advocate between community resources and assigned families
Complete all required paperwork, documentation and case records within established deadlines and ensure all child/family files are up to date and accurate. Complete data entry for all assigned families including the COPA system and maintain confidentiality of all related records and information according Ada S. McKinley policy and procedures.
Coordinate and collaborate with other involved Child Development Program staff to provide required and necessary services. Participate in all required and necessary staff meetings.
Report to work at scheduled times and maintain good attendance. Perform all duties in a timely and professional manner. Participate with a positive attitude and behavior in all program activities.
Continue professional growth by participating in classes, training programs, workshops and/or conferences, as the budget allows.
Comply with all agency policies and procedures as outlined in the organization’s Standard Operating Procedures Manual and Human Resources Manual.
Perform other duties assigned which are reasonable within the scope of the duties numerated above.
Mental/Physical Demands: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Have the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to clients, and other employees of the organization. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Environmental Conditions: The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; Work is performed in either an office or home environment.
A minimum of an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Child Development. Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Child Development preferred.
Must have at least two years experience working with children and families in a human services or education setting.
Must have ability to problem solve, handle crises and work with families and children from low-income backgrounds.
Must demonstrate the experiences, beliefs, attitude and awareness that indicate cultural sensitivity to the client population served.
Must be able to partner with participants individually, in family, to help them mobilize resources and their inner capacity to address problems they face.
Strong approach in working with families that is empathic, non-judgmental, respectful and professional.
Willingness to work primarily in homes of families residing in high-risk communities and flexibility with respect to time and days.
Ability to coordinate effectively with other team members, other Agency resources and outside services in addressing client needs.
About Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
The mission of Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc. is to empower, educate, and employ people to change lives and strengthen communities.
The agency was founded as a settlement house in 1919 by Ada Sophia McKinley, a schoolteacher and social reformer, who saw the need to assist veterans returning from World War I and African Americans migrating from the South. Currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary, Ada S. McKinley is one of the largest human services organizations in the country with an annual operating budget of $40 million, nearly 600 employees, serving more than 7,000 people annually at over 70 locations. Services are provided 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, primarily in Illinois/Chicago with additional sites in Indiana and Wisconsin.
Ada S. McKinley has three primary areas of services: Child Development & Youth; Employment and Community Support; and Behavioral Health & Clinical. Services rendered daily include: tutoring, mentoring and college placement, foster care, residential, youth and family counseling, employment training and placement, and head start programs.
The vision of Ada S. McKinley is for all people to have the opportunity for education and employment.