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Under general supervision, the Family Development Specialist is responsible for curriculum planning, family goals development, and implementation of the Early Head Start program with a caseload of infants/toddlers and their families or pregnant mothers. Assist in the fulfillment of the agency’s vision, “For Those We Serve: empowered individuals who thrive as healthy, self-sufficient and contributing members of our communities.”
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Provides direct service to identified Early Head Start families and their Infants/toddlers including children with disabilities through home visits and organized small group meetings/socializations.
Builds nurturing relationships with families and regularly helps family members to evaluate their growth and development.
Assists families in identifying strengths and needs and develops individual Family and Child Development Plans to meet their needs.
Leads parents in conducting and interpreting assessments of child's developmental needs.
Works with parents, pregnant mothers, infants or toddlers individually and in small groups on age appropriate activities that promote language, cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
Plans with parents and conducts at least one ninety minute home visit per week with each family, insuring inclusion of child development, nutrition, health and safety, and parent education activities.
Plans/conducts small group meetings/socializations for enrolled infants/toddlers and/or families.
Obtains children's health histories and ensures that physical examinations are obtained from a physician, Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, or other source.
Works with parents to ensure that all immunizations and other medical and/or dental follow-up are completed.
Refers families to needed resources, i.e., Head Start service area staff or community agencies.
Assists families in arranging for appropriate childcare providing education about selecting quality care.
Assists in planning and facilitating parent meetings, i.e., LPC meetings, parent education meetings.
Participates in childcare during parent events as needed.
Promotes parent involvement in working with their children, participating in EHS program decision making, and joining in community endeavors.
Understands the eligibility requirements and screening procedures of community resources.
Establishes positive partnerships with community resource providers.
Participates in service coordination meetings (i.e., case review) with EHS Coordinators and regular team meetings.
Completes forms, maintains written records and prepares program reports as directed.
Maintains written documentation of families' utilization of community resource activities.
Participates in child/family recruitment efforts in assigned geographic area.
Participates actively in ongoing staff development activities taking related courses when necessary.
Maintains close contact with the assigned Early Head Start Coordinator.
Maintains full family caseload enrollment.
Serves as a role model for health, safety and hygiene practices, e.g., hand washing, proper lifting.
Contributes to the development, evaluation, and revision of the EHS infant/family curriculum.
Administers first aid, when necessary.
Maintains confidentiality of records and information on Early Head Start families.
Adheres to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA-1992), which prohibits discriminatory actions towards children, and/or adults with disabilities.
Maintains strict compliance with universal precautions during home visits, group socializations, and when administering first aid.
Performs a variety of related tasks as assigned by the Early Head Start Coordinator or Early Head Start Program Director.
Limits of Authority:
Performs described duties within the limits of agency policy, Early Head Start guidelines and Performance Standards, and budgetary authorization.
Maintains close communication with the Early Head Start Coordinator to recommend a course of action and receive directives on priorities.