Basic Job Assignment:

Site Location:
Area 4: 841 Suth 41 Street, San Diego, CA 92113 

Under the direction of a Family Service Supervisor, performs a wide variety of paraprofessional and professional-level duties in support of the Head Start Program by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with children's families to encourage participation in and ensure their awareness and use of the program's diverse activities; serves as an advocate for program children and their families.  Adheres to the core values of the Agency; NAEYC Code of Conduct for Early Childhood Practitioners and Professional Practice; Head Start Performance Standards; and required Head Start Competencies.

Employment Requirements:

Knowledge of:

Modern theories, methods and practices of early childhood education and child development; modern theories, methods and practices of social services, emotional and/or physical health needs of low-income children with culturally diverse backgrounds;

Federal, state and local laws and regulations applicable to the Head Start program and the assigned areas of responsibility and expertise;

Head Start Program Performance Standards; goals, objectives, policies and procedures of the NHA Head Start Program;

Modern theories, principles and practices of supervision, including training and staff development; recordkeeping and filing practices and procedures; and Basic counseling theories and practices.


Ability to:

Organize, set priorities and exercise sound, independent judgment within areas of assigned responsibility;

Interpret, apply, explain and reach sound decisions in accordance with program regulations, policies and procedures;

Instruct and train individuals in a group setting and one-on-on; communicate effectively orally and in writing;

Prepare clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials;

Exercise tact, objectivity, sensitivity, strategy and judgment in dealing with volunteers, parents and staff; and organize and maintain specialized documentation.



Certification in Pediatric First Aid and CPR must be met within 90 days of employment. A valid California driver license. Must meet and maintain State law and County licensing requirements regarding employment in a childcare center (Fingerprints, TB, Physical, Immunizations). 


A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a two-year college with an Associate’s Degree in Child Development/Social Work or related field; or “Basic Family Services Assistant Credential/Certificate” awarded by an accredited college and one (1) year of progressively responsible experience providing direct services to low income children and families of diverse cultural backgrounds; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must possess at least six (6) units of CD/ECE.

Example of Major Functions:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this position.

  • Plans, coordinates and participates in the recruitment of eligible children into the Head Start program;
  • Acts as community liaison and promotes community relations; participates in parent recruitment activities;
  • Distributes information and literature to parents regarding program services, including health, dental, nutrition, social services, and other services;
  • Establishes and maintains supportive relationships with Head Start families;
  • Conducts home visits, participate in parent teacher conference to share outcomes of screenings, assessments and any identified need to refer families to the appropriate Head Start staff and/or outside agencies;
  • Ensure the safety of children through continuous supervision during breaks, transitions and emergencies;
  • Develop Individual Family Partnership Agreements and assists families in the preparation of Family Plans through interview to identify needs and referrals;
  • Develops and implements follow up plans to support family outcomes;
  • Documents activities and performs various other administrative duties;
  • Maintains complete and current files and records pertaining to activities; will enter data into our electronic system to prepare regular and special status reports;
  • Screen and assess each child using appropriate screening/assessment tools;
  • Identify and refer based on scores/outcomes;
  • Participate in all job related trainings and professional development;
  • Participates in the preparation of assigned center's Program Information Report; Coordinates and attends Center Committee and Staff meetings;
  • Completes incomplete screenings on the medical/health history records of children;
  • Works closely with center staff to identify children's needs and to ensure delivery of appropriate services;
  • Acts as liaison with local community organizations to provide resources to children and their families; ensures center compliance with health, social services and parent engagement requirements of the Head Start Program's Performance Standards;
  • Serves as an advocate for the program's children and their families;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.



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Contact Info

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Job Details

Category: Family Services

Type: FT

Location: San Diego , CA

Salary: 16.98 - 18.74

Posted On: June 4th, 2021

Agency Details

Website: https://www.nhais.org/

NHA Head Start preschool programs provide comprehensive services to children ages 3 – 5 years of age. The preschool curriculum is research-based, developmentally appropriate and is designed to develop Kindergarten readiness skills. Additional services include:

  • Child health, mental health, nutrition and family social services
  • Training and workshops for parents

Head Start service options are designed to meet the needs of families, and are:

  • Home-Base: comprehensive services for children from 3 to 5 years of age that includes individualized weekly home visits and two monthly group socializations for families
  • Center -Base: comprehensive services for children ages 3 to 5 years of age. Hours are either full day (6 or more hours) or part day (3.5 hours). The full day option is available to families that meet requirements for employment and/or enrollment in a vocational/training program

Mission: To enrich lives through a continuum of education and wellness services.

Vision: Healthy and educated communities–where dreams become reality.

Values: Consistently delivering exceptional service that demonstrate “I CARE.”


Honesty in words and action; Transparent and responsible stewardship


Treating all with dignity and respect


Noticing and considering the needs of others, the agency, and community


Engaging in positive action to support meeting needs


Delivering optimal quality service and products with professionalism, effectiveness, and compassion