This person has responsibility for providing child development activities for children & families. Conduct weekly ninety-(90) minute home visits to infants and toddlers and their families. Prepare for and supervise two group socialization activities a month, each meeting lasting two hours, for families and their children. Participate fully in monthly supervision and training meetings. Home Visitor is familiar with and often consults the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Implement the curriculum that the CF EHS program has selected for the home base option that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for families. Promote parent participation in curriculum planning, program governance, and overall program participation.
Educate parents about the importance of preventive health care by teaching them about screenings used in the program as well as what to expect during doctor's visits (well child checks and prenatal appointments). Conduct screenings and ongoing assessments of young children's development in a timely, accurately and family friendly manner. Understand and follow California child abuse laws for mandated reporters, including attending required annual trainings and filing Suspected Child Abuse Reports (SCAR) when necessary.
Develop, in collaboration with the family, individual plans that identify strengths, goals and needs of each family on your assigned caseload. Document this collaborative process in family partnership agreements at least once every six months. Monitor and incorporate educational experiences including transition and activities in the home visits relevant to child's physical health, safety, nutrition, dental health, and mental health, at least once on a monthly basis. Collaborate with community agencies to access prevention and intervention programs and services to meet the needs of families. Act as a liaison and advocate between community resources and Early Head Start families. Assess the specific strengths and needs of each pregnant woman, family and child. Involve parents in the educational activities of the program to enhance their role as the principle influence on their infant/toddler's education and development and to increase their understanding, skills and experience in child growth and development. Assist in scheduling appointments for families with community agencies. Implement transition activities to provide seamless services for families and children into Head Start or other placement as determined by the family.
Minimum of (24) units of Early Childhood Education-Child Development including core courses (Child Human Growth and Development; Child, Family and Community or Child and Family Relations; and Program Curriculum). Or a California's Teacher Credential. Experience with home visiting or center based childhood programs. Knowledge of local community resources. Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards. Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. Demonstrated computer skills (Windows/Word and Excel). Capacity to problem solve, handle crisis, and work with low-income families in a human service setting. Approach to working with families that is empathic, nonjudgmental, respectful, and professional. Willingness to work primarily in home of families in residing in high-risk communities. Flexibility with respect to time and days able to work as well as to works tasks. Current CA driver's license, own transportation and insurance.
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Category: Family Services
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Salary: Competitive Salary
Posted On: July 14th, 2017
The mission of Children First Early Head Start is to optimize the quality of life for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women by enriching relationships among families, communities, and staff through child development education and parent empowerment. We promote a continuum of care including comprehensive health services, social services, and community referrals.
Children First Early Head Start is designed to meet the special strengths and needs of each child and family. The program provides the following comprehensive services:
This program began at Venice Family Clinic in 1995 and supports 180 children and their families. It is funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services as an extension of the Head Start Act. Families with children from birth to 3-years old and or prenatal mothers are eligible. It is a year-round program and free to income eligible families that meet U.S. Poverty Income guidelines; 10% can include over-income families with demonstrated needs.
The long-term goal of the program is healthy children and families, strong parent- child relationships, resourceful/self-sufficient families, and supportive communities.
To be eligible for the Children First Early Head Start program, families need to live in our service area (various cities on the west side of Los Angeles, including Venice, Santa Monica, Culver City, Mar Vista, the Cadillac/Robertson area, Palms, and parts of Inglewood). Families must also be willing to participate in weekly home visits, daily center based services at Santa Monica High School, or designated Family Child Care sites. CFEHS participants are excited about parenting and want to learn as much as they can about ways to enhance their child’s development in order to become the best parents that they can be.
To be sure that we reach parents that may need a little extra support, the program scores each application. Families with high social support needs, children with disabilities, teen parents, those having limited income and those referred by our community partners are given a higher ranking than those having access to other avenues of assistance.