PARENT EDUCATOR

The Parent Educator serves as a home-based teacher for our Early Head Start Program working individually with 12 families to support the development of the family and their infants and toddlers based in Laughlin, NV.  The Parent Educator will work collaboratively with a team of other home-based staff to implement the Parents as Teachers Born to Learn model for children 0-36 months (or other curriculum as appropriate) to achieve outcomes for children and families of all backgrounds and abilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES (including but not limited to):

The Parent Educator’s responsibilities chiefly fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:
 
  1. Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance (10%)
  2. Planning (10%)
  3. Program Implementation (30%)
  4. Family Partnerships (20%)
  5. Community Partnerships (5%)
  6. Communication and Service Coordination (5%)
  7. Record Keeping and Reporting (10%)
  8. On-going Monitoring and Self-Assessment (5%)
  9. Supervision and Human Resources (5%)
 
  • ELIGIBILITY, RECRUITMENT, SELECTION, ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE
  • Recruit those most in need of home-based services, including previously underserved populations from a defined recruitment area.
  • Determine the eligibility of children, ensuring that no more than 10% come from families whose income exceeds the federal poverty guideline.
  • Ensure that at least 10% of children served have an identified disability.
  • Select children and families based on enrollment criteria and maintain a waiting list of eligible children to enroll in the event of attrition.
  • Assign children to program options that best meet the needs of their families.
  • Maintain the funded enrollment level, fill vacancies as they occur, and analyze enrollment data to inform the planning process.
  • Analyze the causes of absenteeism when families fail to participate in home visits or socializations.
  • Plan and facilitate parent orientations to the program.
 
  • PLANNING
  • Ensure the written curriculum includes:
    • goals for children’s development and learning;
    • the experiences through which children will achieve these goals;
    • what staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals;
    • the materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving the stated goals
  • Responsible for the preparation of lesson plans in collaboration with parents. Provide materials to parents and discuss rationale for the approach in relation to child’s development.
  • Develop an individual plan for children including goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established child outcomes
 
  • PROGAM IMPLEMENTATION
  • Follow approved curriculum providing developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences appropriate to age, language and culture of children served.
  • Implement experiential, age-appropriate learning activities advancing the intellectual and emotional competence of young children.
  • Support parents to provide an environment in which children develop age-appropriate cognitive and social skills using increasingly complex language and problem-solving abilities.
  • Model positive guidance and discipline to support children as they acquire developing skills
  • Implement lesson plans in response to children’s needs and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping, and knowledge of early childhood development.
  • Integrate Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs)/Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) for children with disabilities.
  • Assist parents to provide children with a consistent routine.
  • Plan and implement all socialization activities for families and children.
  • Understand regulations associated with prevention of occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination.
 
  • FAMILY PARTNERSHIPS
  • Ensure meetings and one-on-one interactions are respectful of each family’s diversity and cultural background.
  • Invite parent involvement in the development of the program’s curriculum and approach to child development and education.
  • Establish positive, productive relationships with families, focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport.
  • Participate in ongoing parent trainings.
  • Identify and refer parents wanting to volunteer in program or agency activities
  • Ensure opportunities exist for parents to develop relationships with program staff and to participate in individualized Family Partnership Agreement process.
  • Work with families throughout the year to identify family goals, strengths, and necessary services and supports, and to describe progress in achieving family goals.
  • Work with parents to identify and access services and resources responsive to their interests and goals and follow-up with them to ensure the referral met their expectations and circumstances.
  • Work to assist expecting mothers in accessing comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care.
  • Ensure parents have opportunities to enhance their skills and knowledge in the following areas:
    • Knowledge of child growth and development, the program’s curriculum, the child observation and assessment process, and parenting skills;
    • Prevention of child abuse and neglect;
    • Family literacy;
    • Medical, dental, nutrition, and mental health (encouraging parents to become partners in their child’s health care process and learn the principle of preventative health and safety);
    • Transition activities and Prenatal education on fetal development, labor and delivery, and postpartum recovery, as needed
  • Provide a family needs assessment that includes consultation with parents about the benefits of parent involvement and about the activities in which parents may choose to participate.
  • Coordinate or refer families to opportunities for continuing education, employment training and other services through formal or informal networking in the community.
  • Support the transitions of families in, during, and out of the home-based program.
 
  • COMMUINITY PARTNERSHIPS
    • Promote the access of children, families, and expecting mothers to community services that are responsive to their needs
    • Coordinate services for children with disabilities and their families with community agencies.
    • Encourage volunteers to participate in the program.
    • Act as a family development specialist and work cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to link-up with services in the local community.
    • Develop a working knowledge of community resources; collaborate with related staff to conduct Community Resource Guide updates
    • Participate in tri-annual community assessment and annual updates
 
  • COMMUNICATION AND SERVICE COORDINATION
    • Coordinate with center staff to promote parent involvement in the program as a classroom visitor, volunteer, employee, and participate in family events.
    • Assist with developmental screenings of children, if needed.
    • Direct developmental concerns to appropriate specialist.
    • Record, monitor and follow up on referrals for support services for reporting requirements.
    • Participate in required professional development activities to enhance skills.
    • Assist with planning for and attend socializations
 
  • RECORD KEEPING AND REPORTING
  • Perform data entry functions as necessary to keep files up-to-date.
  • Document efforts to assist families in identifying their strengths, needs and sufficiency goals.
  • Gather and maintain child and family data for documentation, on-going assessment, evaluation and record keeping for successful individual and program planning
  • Document efforts to support parents in establishing strong community ties
  • Produce reports as required on child and family progress
  • Request supplies as needed and participate in program inventory as requested.
  • Understand, generate and document in-kind contributions and other allowable costs applied toward the non-federal share requirement when applicable.
 
  • ON GOING MONITORING AND SELF-ASSESSMENT
    • Assess children on an on-going basis; gather and organize anecdotal notes into the key developmental areas and document in the data base.
    • Analyze child progress for children participating in home-based programs required by the program model and practices.
 
  • TRAVEL AND MISCELLANEOUS
    • Daily travel by driving automobiles (personal) to and from clients’ homes, recruiting events, community activities and other locations throughout the Laughlin or Bullhead City communities as approved by program guidelines and management.
    • Occasional travel by car, bus, airplane or train may be required as associated with attendance at conferences, meeting and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases overnight travel may be required.
    • Attend/Work occasional events/activities outside normal business hours including Weekday evening, Saturday or Sunday events (1-3 times/month).
    • Adhere to SCF’s Written Safety Program including attending safety training sessions, reporting accidents/incidents per company procedures, and participation in maintaining a safe working environment including occasional participation in cleaning up accidents, spills, body fluids or other safety concerns as directs by Management or Administration.
    • Demonstrate, uphold and adhere to Sunrise Children’s Foundation’s core values of Mutual Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Trustworthiness and Empowerment
    • Other duties as assigned by Program Coordinator, Family Services Manager, Sr. Community Engagement Manager, Program Management or Administration


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds including files, laptop computers, lesson plans, home visiting supplies or other necessary items with or without material handling equipment
  • Must be able to work for long periods of time while maintaining concentrated attention to detail.
  • Must be able to sit a table or desk for long periods of time with occasional standing, walking, squatting or reaching. 
  • Must be able to travel by car, bus, airplane or train for job requirements, trainings or program actives as needed
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Education & Work Experience
    • Must have a minimum of a high school diploma (or equivalent)
    • Must have at minimum Child Development Associate credential for Home Visiting (CDA-HV) or willing to obtain one within an established time frame provided by Program Manager/Administration and must maintain credential throughout entire length of employment
 
  • Skills & Abilities
    • Must be at least 21 years old
    • Must have a valid Driver License & clear driving record and maintain throughout duration of employment with SCF
    • Must be approved by SCF auto insurer to be added to corporate auto insurance policy
    • Must possess ability to read, analyze, and interpret policies and educational materials
    • Must be able to communicate clearly and using correct grammar both verbally and in writing using English
    • Must be organized, display strong time management abilities and demonstrate an attention to detail to effectively meet client and program needs.
    • Must understand and use the basic functions of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, & Excel), internet applications and other software to effectively access resources and complete required tasks.
    • Listen intently and ask questions to ensure full understanding
    • Must be available to work a flexible schedule to fulfill job functions and program responsibilities
    • Must interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, economic, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences especially parents of children in SCF’s programs.
    • Maintain a positive, open and objective attitude towards others including volunteers and interns
    • Willing to engage, support, include and work with volunteers and/or interns on an on-going or as needed basis
    • Must demonstrate ability to work in a team environment and work independently with limited direction from supervisors
    • Required to properly utilize knowledge of policies and procedures mandated by EHS Program and SCF
    • Must obtain a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Work Card (Sheriff's Card) for Child Care prior to hire date and maintain throughout employment
    • Must submit negative TB results (One-Step Skin Test or Chest X-Ray) prior to hire date and submit every 2 years of employment
    • Must have a physical performed and document submitted prior to hire date and re-submit every 5 years of employment
    • Must maintain CPR and First Aid certification throughout duration of employment with SCF
    • Must pass pre-employment drug/alcohol testing and maintain a drug-free working environment
 
  • Preferred
    • Prefer Associate Degree (or higher) in child development, human services or a related field
    • Six (6) months of experience in early childhood education or family services is preferred
    • Bilingual (English-Spanish) speaking and writing skills helpful

This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related certifications, knowledge and skills.
 

Department: Home Visiting
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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