Plans, coordinates, and implements Head Start goals through a parent-focused program that enhances positive learning experiences for the family, particularly in meeting the developmental needs of the children. In the case of Early Head Start focus, essential duties and responsibilities are directed toward prenatal, infant and parent.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides home-based families with information on all Head Start components: education, health, social services, nutrition, parent involvement, and special needs
Along with the parents, develops family activities and provides the parents with a monthly calendar showing scheduled parent activities, socialization/play group sessions, and home visits, as well as Parent Policy Council meetings and parent training sessions
Plans and prepares for weekly home visits with parents
Makes the required minimum number of visits per year to each family for at least 90 minutes per visit, and documents each session.
Works with parents to develop and implement an educational program that includes: appropriate child development activities, bilingual/multicultural approaches, individualized child development plans, and evaluation of child/family progress
Provides the required number of group socialization sessions each year, and documents each session.
For each identified special needs child, assists parents in the development of the individualized Education Plan (IEP)/ Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
In conjunction with the Health Manager, assists parents in obtaining health services for each enrolled child
Conducts a developmental screening for each child within 45 days of enrollment. (Screening is repeated annually)
Involves parents with on-going assessment of children
Works as a liaison between the families and community resources
Encourages and promotes the family’s achievement of self-sufficiency
Along with parents, plans and conducts monthly parent meetings and/or educational activities. Where applicable, works in conjunction with center staff
Assists parents in determining child and family needs, provides referral and follow-up services as necessary in conjunction with other center staff
Assists parents in developing ways of using household resources in educational activities with their children
Actively recruits new enrollees for the home-based program and maintains a waiting list
Oversees inventory and control of all home-based supplies and materials
Works with center staff, when applicable, to ensure that the center is kept sanitary and within the local, state, and national health and safety regulations
Scheduled hours may vary can include evening and weekends
Maintains up-to-date, accurate records of home-based families, including all component areas and submits
Attends staff meetings, training programs, and seminars
Maintains strict child and family confidentiality
High tolerance for paperwork, documentation and meeting program and federal deadlines
Conducts/facilitates regular maintenance of the Head Start vehicle
Travel within the NACOG region using own vehicle, including occasional overnight stays.
Perform related duties, as assigned.
This position does not directly supervise any other positions
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Education and/or Experience
Experience and training equivalent to high school diploma or GED and a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate; or an Associate of Arts degree, or 36 college credit hours in Human Development or Early Childhood Education is required. A Bachelor’s degree or higher in Human Development or Social Services and bilingual proficiency are preferred.
Required Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Strong oral and written English communication skills. Experience in any program that emphasizes that parent’s role in the child’s development. Experience supervising adults and facilitating groups. For Early Head Start must have an ability to work with first time and young parents. Knowledge of infant/toddler issues and state regulations related to infant/toddlers. Knowledge of local community resources. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Must be people oriented, assertive and self-motivated, organized, and flexible. Must be bondable.
Other Skills and Abilities
Must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos demonstrating the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Must be able to demonstrate the ability to write simple correspondence. Must be effective presenting information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Must possess the ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Must have the ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Must be able to apply common sense understanding. Must have the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Certificates and Licenses
Current, valid Arizona Drivers License,
Ability to obtain a Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
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Head Start has been a part of northern Arizona for over thirty years. The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) administers the Program that has a service area of 27,000 square miles and includes the four counties of Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Yavapai. The Program serves children zero to five years old who meet the required income guidelines. NACOG uses several program options to provide Preschool and Early Head Start services in 28 Northern Arizona communities on behalf of 1613 children.
NACOG addresses the needs of enrolled children and families by using the Head Start Performance Standards and locally designed service delivery systems. The program utilizes a comprehensive approach in meeting the needs of enrolled children and provides them the opportunity to begin their school experience on equal footing with their more socially advantaged peers. This is done with the use of field management zones and a network of service area partnerships that address the extreme rural barriers confronted by our large geographic area, extreme weather conditions, and the lack of resour...ces.
Head Start is federally funded through the Congressional Head Start Act, and is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. As Head Start enters the 21st century, a new national perspective and changes will have a major impact on established services.