The purpose of this position is to function as a member of the Maricopa County Head Start Zero - Five teaching team and to support parents and pregnant women in promoting the optimal development of their children. Home visitors serve highly diverse families using dynamic, developmentally appropriate home-based education designed to encourage and support the development of children and their families.
Minimum education and/or experience:
High school diploma or a GED certificate and two (2) years of professional experience providing parenting education or other related family support and education services. A national credential as a Certified Child Development Associate (CDA) is also required or must earn a CDA within one (1) year of hire. Associate’s (AA) degree or Bachelor’s (BA/BS) degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Family Studies, Social Work or other college degree with a program of study, which includes 18 credits in early childhood education and/or child development will substitute for the 1 years of experience and Certified Development Associate (CDA). Completion of supervised student teaching in an early childhood setting is considered work experience.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Associate’s (AA) degree or Bachelor’s (BA/BS) degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, Family Studies, Social Work or other college degree with a program of study, which includes 18 credits in early childhood education and/or child development.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have knowledge and experience in child development and early childhood education including but not limited to children’s health & safety, nutrition, adult learning principles, family dynamics, family communication and motivation, community resources and skills to link families with appropriate agencies and services. Must have the ability to analyze problems identifies alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implements recommendations in support of goals. Must possess the ability to foster interpersonal relationships and trust with parents from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; to motivate and energize parental participation and parent-child interaction; and to facilitate learning and fostering multi-directional communication. Must have working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices and of behavior modification theories and practices relating to Infant/toddler and preschool development. Must have knowledge of and ability to learn Head Start Performance Standards and other program requirements. Must have the ability to develop, plan, organize and implement developmentally appropriate early child education home-based curriculum and group socialization activities; to effectively deliver child education programs and services as documented through children’s growth and development; and to assess strengths and needs of families and facilitate family goal setting. Must possess the ability to administer CPR and First-Aid. Must have the ability to use a computer and related software to collect, record, retrieve data, prepare reports, and to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions. Skill in verbal communication with and resolving conflicts between infant/toddler and pre-school age children and parents. Must have the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms as required; to work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, and those with disabilities and special needs; and to support parents as their child’s primary nurturer and educator.
Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
Must currently possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver license upon hire. Background investigation and fingerprint identification performed upon hire to secure DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card. Must be able to pass a medical exam that includes screening for TB, as required by Federal and State regulations, to be free of communicable disease, and must have received the following vaccinations: (MMR) Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus if not current, to assure no significant risk exists to the health or safety of others. Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Food Handler’s must be obtained within six (6) weeks of hire.
Preferred special requirements:
All positions require Bi-lingual in English/Spanish language.
NOTE: Degrees/credits must be from an academically accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).
Essential Job Tasks:
Assists/develops and implements an individualized, multicultural curriculum and utilizes developmentally appropriate practices, which meet the needs and interests of parents, pregnant women and their children, federal Head Start and other program requirements. Assists with the recruitment and enrollment of children and pregnant women into the Maricopa County Head Start Zero – Five program. Plans, schedules and conducts weekly home visits with each enrolled family or pregnant woman. Lesson plans for each home visit shall be developed and implemented with each family or pregnant woman, based upon the individual needs of the child and family and comply with program requirements. Assesses each child’s health and nutrition status against Head Start and program requirements, identifies health needs, plans with families or pregnant women on how to meet these health needs, and tracks and monitors the child’s health status to ensure all health and nutrition needs are met. Completes weekly observations on children to monitor and document children’s developmental progress. Completes formal developmental assessments on children three times per year and works with parents to develop an individualized Education Plan based on these assessment results. Attends IEP or IFSP meetings for children with disabilities and develops lesson plans that support the attainment of goals identified in these plans. Provides parents and pregnant women with training, education and assistance related to early childhood development, health, nutrition, social services, parent involvement, and education to support their role as the child’s primary nurturer and educator. Facilitates learning and fosters multi-directional communication within the family. Plans, schedules and conducts bi-monthly group socialization experiences with enrolled families to promote adult to adult interaction, child to child interaction, and adult-child interactions. Provides educational materials and equipment for use in the home. Works with parents to create a family partnership agreement that outlines parents’ responsibilities in the home-based program and supports parents in achieving goals. Tracks and monitors family’s progress in achieving goals. In correlation with the family partnership agreement, identifies social service needs and makes social service referrals. Tracks and monitors the family’s progress accessing referred services and whether such services meet the family’s needs. Develops positive and effective relationships with families and encourages parent participation in socialization activities, on the Policy Council, Parent Committees, and other community groups. Utilizes a strengths-based approach and affirms parents’ capacities for successfully nurturing and raising their children. Maintains accurate, complete records on all assigned families or pregnant women in accordance with Head Start Zero - Five requirements. Respects confidentiality and meets required reporting responsibilities. Attends all required site meetings, IFSP meetings, staff meetings, parent meetings, in-service and pre-service trainings and other meetings as directed. Plans and assists children’s transition into and out of the Head Start program. Comply with all Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines and CACFP record keeping.
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.