Foothill Family - El Monte, CA
The Inclusion Specialist supports the Foothill Family Early Head Start staff and Child Care Partners to deliver and implement quality educational and family services to children with identified and suspected disabilities as stated in the Head Start Performance Standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Supports and promotes the mission of the Agency: Foothill Family empowers children and families to achieve success in relationships, school, and work through community-based services that advance growth and development.
- Works collaboratively with Home Based and Child Care Partnership Early Head Start staff, as well as parents to deliver disability services.
- Assists with recruitment of children in the community who are diagnosed with or at risk of a disability.
- Reviews all Individual Family Support Plans (IFSPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and worked with Foothill staff and Partners to ensure curriculum, goals, and classroom set up are being modified accordingly.
- Supports the creation of Individual Development Plans for children with identified or suspected concern, and assist staff and partners with implementation.
- Collaborates with the mental health team and the partner coaches to assist with implementing behavior support plans to address the individual behavioral needs of children with disabilities.
- Provides support to child care partners who have children with suspected or identified disabilities enrolled in their classes.
- Works closely with parents to ensure that IFSP/IEP services are being delivered and meeting the children’s needs.
- Attends IEP and IFSP meetings to support families as needed.
- Arrange and/or provide trainings for parents, staff, and partners on disabilities related topics.
- Monitors and follow up on outcomes of referrals for children with suspected concerns.
- Works collaboratively with other Foothill Family programs to fully support children with developmental concerns.
- Conducts observations in the child care and group socialization settings to ensure full inclusion of children with disabilities.
- Identifies need, takes inventory, and purchases disabilities related equipment and supplies as needed.
- Supports content area manager in on-going monitoring and data collection.
- Works collaboratively with Part B and Part C entities (Regional Centers and School District Special Education Department).
- Displays sensitivity to the service population’s cultural and socioeconomics characteristics.
- Performs work in a safe manner at all times and ensures that other individuals do not put themselves or others at risk.
- Follows all policies, procedures and legal mandates including HIPAA, client confidentiality, releases of information, protected health information (PHI) and client files.
- Ensures performance and behaviors support the Agency’s performance quality improvement (PQI) goals and objectives.
- Reports to work on time and maintains reliable and regular attendance.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Early Education, Special Education, or Psychology. Master’s degree Preferred.
- Experience working with children ages 0-5.
- Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
- Knowledge of early childhood development and developmental milestones.
- Experience or knowledge working with children with sensory integration challenges, speech delays, challenging behaviors, and other special needs.
- Experience in providing inclusion support to teachers in a classroom setting preferred
- Knowledge of Early Head Start Performance Standards preferred.
- Familiarity with Individual Family Support Plans (IFSPs) and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
- Familiarity with Part B and Part C entities (Regional Centers and School District Special Education Department).
- Good computer skills. Ability to navigate Foothill Family’s Electronic Health Record System (ChildPlus).
- Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to work cooperatively as a team member.
- Knowledge and sensitivity to cultural differences.
- An understanding of child development, as well as individual and family functioning.
- Valid CA Driver License and maintains insurability on the Agency’s Auto-liability policy and maintains the California state required auto insurance liability limits.
- Bilingual English/Spanish skills required
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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 moderate. Travel to other program locations or offsite meeting sites is required. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
Foothill Family is an Equal Opportunity Employer including individuals with disabilities and veterans.