Family Services Specialist

Para Los Ninos - Los Angeles, CA

Para Los Niños State Keck Early Education Program has been awarded a contract through the Los Angeles Department of Education (LACOE) to provide ancillary services to children 3-5 years old. Through this contract we will expand our State Child Development Program (CDE) services to include: Health, Nutrition, Mental Health, Disability services, and Family Community Engagement.


Under the direction of the Family Community Engagement Program Manager, the Family Services Specialist recruits, enrolls, provides support and resource services to families in accordance with their specific needs and assists with recruitment activities. The Family Services Specialist helps families to attain self-sufficiency through goal setting and family engagement activities.



Guiding Philosophy

  • Carries out the Mission, Vision, and Values established by the President/C.E.O. and Board of Directors of Para Los Niños.
  • Carries out Head Start Performance Standards, requirements of the Head Start Act, the requirements of the LACOE contract and the requirements of the California Department of Education (CDE).
  • Adheres to professional conduct at all times (e.g., proper tone and language use in the classrooms/site, respectful, proper for children, parents, and peers at all times.
  • Attends/participates in: 1) Professional Development Activities, 2) Supervision, and 3) Individualized Professional Development Goals/Activities.


Planning and Program Implementation

  • Recruits families for assigned Head Start / State Preschool (CDE) programs.
  • Completes enrollment for families assigned to their caseload and reports vacancy information in a timely manner in order to maintain full enrollment at assigned sites at all times for both LACOE and CDE contracts.
  • Works with families to review and input health/dental requirements at enrollment and throughout the year as required by LACOE and CDE contracts.
  • Completes strength and needs assessment for assigned families.
  • Identifies needs and goals for families that result in self-sufficiency.
  • Enhances parent’s skills and understanding regarding parental engagement and activities that promote literacy.
  • Provides resources and referrals to families.
  • Facilitates the exchange of information between assigned families and content area specialists; through the referral process and participates in MTD meetings.
  • Works with Area Supervisors and Teachers too plan and conduct parent meetings and workshops.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate case notes and other records and prepared periodic reports as required.
  • Monitors and completes attendance, absences and follows up with families to ensure that children are attending class on a regular basis in order to meet program requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two year experience in programs offering child and family assessment services, home visiting services, and/or early intervention services,
  • Direct experiences in working with children ages 0 to 5, parent education services, family support and referral services or similar required


  • Bachelors degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Sociology, Psychology, Social Work or a related field.

Other Qualifications

  • TB Test every two years
  • Bilingual (E/S) required
  • Valid Class C California drivers license and automobile liability insurance
  • DOJ Clearance
  • Working knowledge of Head Start and CDE requirements
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations in English.
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals in English.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public in English.

Physical Requirements

To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and bend. Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. Occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to lift and/or move unassisted up to 25 pounds.

Early Education Staff must be able to perform the following physical activities:

  • Observe, see, hear, and respond to childrens needs, emergencies, and conflicts that may occur in the early education center or on the playground.
  • Lift 30 pounds from the floor to a waist-high table when necessary.
  • Reach a child 20- 30 feet away within 30 seconds without endangering the staff persons health.
  • Crouch to a childs height, maintain eye contact the childs level, sit on the floor and stand tall enough to reach children on the highest piece of equipment.
  • Be aware of the cognitive, social, and physical needs of children.
  • Verbal and written communication in English to the degree that children, parents, and other staff members are able to understand and respond.
  • Handle the responsibilities and routine stress often associated with providing early childhood services.

Para Los Niños promotes equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. In doing so, we comply with local, state, and federal laws and regulations to ensure an equal employment opportunity for everyone. We don't discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, military service obligation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. Our policies and personnel practices are intended to ensure that all of us are treated equally with regard to recruiting, hiring, and advancement, and our decisions on employment are made to further the principle of equal employment opportunities for employees.

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Contact Info

Maria Elena Cortez

Job Details

Category: Family Services

Type: FT

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: March 12th, 2018

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