To plan and implement a program of educational activities to support children 0 -3 years of age and their parents in the home and coordinate/implement monthly socializations.
Education and Experience Required:
Associates or BA/BS degree with a major in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (with a ZA endorsement) required. An Associates degree in Education, Nursing or a Human Services related field with 12 credit hours in early childhood/child development also acceptable.
Previous professional experience working with pregnant women and infants and toddlers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required :
Demonstrated interest and ability in working with parents and young children.
Ability to be self-directed in the completion of tasks.
Ability to communicate effectively with young children and their families.
Good understanding of child development, age appropriate behaviors, common childhood behavior problems and appropriate interventions.
Knowledge of or ability to learn to conduct developmental screenings and assessments of children.
Must be flexible and willing to accommodate parents scheduling needs..
Ability to demonstrate commitment, caring and respect for children and adults from diverse backgrounds.
Ability to work with all members of the community regardless of race, gender, age and cultural or ethnic background.
Ability to work cooperatively with supervisors, colleagues and all agency staff.
Demonstrated commitment to the welfare of the children and families the program serves and to the delivery of quality services.
Ability to accept supervision and demonstrate interest and willingness to continue his/her personal and professional growth and skill development.
Ability and desire for personal and professional growth, and skill development.
Ability to exhibit acceptable personal qualities and professional attitudes.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Must possess a valid State of Michigan drivers license and current automobile insurance.
Must possess a valid means of transportation to perform duties.
Ability to represent the agency in a professional manner.
Other Skills and Abilities Required:
The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail, and timely completion of work. Expectations include: a pleasant, empathetic, sensitive and professional demeanor, a positive attitude and a willing spirit. The employee must be willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and required by management.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities :
Required to flex schedule to ensure if Home visits are canceled by either Parent or staff that they are rescheduled within a weeks time.
Ability to develop trusting relationships with families.
Plan and implement individual education plans for each child using the selected curriculum as the basic guide and other resources.
Assist with problem solving and provide emotional support to parent(s).
Be a positive role model and give positive feedback to empower clients in regards to problem solving, self-care, birthing and parenting.
Get to know clients support systems and significant family members and encourage their positive involvement.
Work with parents to strengthen the familys knowledge of child development, including assisting parents to understand how children grow and learn, and planning and conducting child education activities with the parents, which meet the childs intellectual, physical, emotional, and social needs.
Assist parents in creating a home environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the Early Head Start child.
Assist parents and children in the home to achieve curriculum goals.
Assist parents in meeting the health, nutrition, and social service needs of the family.
Plan group experiences (socializations) for home based children.
Encourage home based option parents to attend socializations..
Assist with transportation needs as required.
Assist in evaluating the progress of children and providing reports to the Director.
Recruits families for the program.
Maintain confidentiality as related to home and school environment.
Maintain records as required.
Must address children, families and staff with respect and by name.
Maintain a positive and professional working relationship with clear professional boundaries that are sensitive and accepting of differences with staff and families.
Attend departmental and agency meetings and training as required.
Assist parents to strengthen their knowledge of community resources.
Carryout any requirements as defined under the 32p Early Childhood Block Grant.
Cooperates in any investigation related to personnel, licensing, accreditation or other circumstances.
Work positively and cooperatively with his/her supervisor, colleagues, and all Starfish Family Services staff.
Attend training and agency/department meetings as required or requested.
NOTE: The job duties listed are typical examples of the work performed by the position in this job classification. Not all duties are included. It is expected an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
PRE-EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS: The successful candidate for this position will be required to provide 3 letters of recommendation, satisfactorily complete a drug screen, TB test, national and state background check and DHS clearance (additional items may be required dependent upon position).
Minimum rate: $13.51 / hour
Job Family: Technical Support
Deadline: This posting will close in five days or when the position is filled.
Starfish Family Services is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of SFS not to discriminate in its employment and personnel practices because of a persons race, color, religion, sex, National origin, age, height, weight, marital status, disability, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state, or other applicable law.
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