Early Head Start Health Specialist

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services - Los Angeles, CA


The Nutrition Specialist provides nutrition consultation and training for staff, parents, and family child care providers; maintains and monitors systems to ensure accurate, timely and ongoing tracking of children's nutrition, and monitors adherence to policies and procedures consistent with Head Start Performance Standards.


  • Plan, organize, coordinate and monitor nutrition services for Early Head Start children in family child care homes, before/during socialization groups, and in other program activities 
  • Provide consultation to the family child care homes including menu planning, meal preparation, meal service (family style), and evaluation of CACFP compliant nutritional program
  • Provide nutrition and breastfeeding consultation to home visitors and to parents in the office and in client homes 
  • Coordinate menu planning for socialization group, in collaboration with staff
  • Track and analyze children's needs for nutrition services and set agency goals and priorities for nutrition
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations governing nutrition services for Early Head Start children and their families, centers and family child care homes
  • Ensure that nutrition related policies and procedures are updated regularly; participate in Early Head Start monitoring reviews
  • Review screening and ongoing assessment of children's nutritional needs and provide consultation to staff, family child care homes, and parents, as necessary
  • Participate in Early Head Start Health Services Advisory Committee
  • Provide training to family child care providers to improve food service and sanitation techniques
  • Provide training to staff on breastfeeding, infant and toddler nutrition, and safe food preparation
  • Identify and track children's food allergies in coordination with Health Specialists
  • Participate in multidisciplinary specalist team meetings


  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of early childhood education & experience working with culturally and socioeconomically diverse children and families
  • Knowledge and experience in current best practices regarding infant and toddler nutrition
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other team members to ensure appropriate identification, follow-up and consultation regarding nutrition issues
  • Ability to maintain accurate and timely documentation of nutrition related concerns and follow-up 
  • Possess knowledge of Early Head Start Performance Standards
  • Valid California Driver's License and available car

How to Apply


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Contact Info

Robin Sheiner

Job Details

Category: Health Services

Type: Temp

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: April 2nd, 2018

Agency Details

Website: https://www.vistadelmar.org/

Since 1908 Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services located in West Los Angeles has been providing specialized services and therapeutic treatment to generations of Southern California children. Vista Del Mar offers a comprehensive range of social and psychological services to children and families.