Title

Early Head Start - Home Based Teacher - Child Development Specialist 


Description

Provide educational and supportive services to children 0-3 years of age, their families and expectant mothers and families who are enrolled in the Early Head Start Program.  Services include weekly 90 minute home visits and bimonthly socialization group activities.

 

 

Position Requirements Minimum requirement B.A. in Early Childhood Education or related field. DCFS teacher qualified preferred. Bilingual required due to demographics. Must have valid Illinois Drivers License and be able to provide own transportation if necessary. Requires knowledge and experience in Child Development & Early Childhood Education, principles of child health, safety, and nutrition, adult learning principles, family dynamics, communicating & motivating adults, community resources, and linking families with appropriate resources.
1. Responsible for a caseload of 10-12 families, which will be seen on a weekly basis for home visits and bimonthly for parent/child Play Groups.

2. Responsible for tracking attendance of families on his/her caseload via the EHS attendance tracking system.

3. Establish a trusting relationship with families by initiating and maintaining regular contact.

4. Follow-up on new referrals and assist family in completing the EHS Registration Application.

5. Provide Parent Orientation with family prior to initiation of services.

6. Provide evaluation and assessment to children and families, including the Denver II, ASQ and the Portage Assessment Tool.

7. Assist parents and expectant mothers/fathers in their understanding of their children's growth, development and individual needs.

8. Model appropriate interactive behaviors with young children and demonstrate alternative methods of dealing with children's behavior using PAT born to learn curriculum.

9. Assist families in understanding and taking responsibility for the physical, mental health and nutritional needs of their children and themselves. Work collaboratively with Nutritional Consultant, Mental Health Consultant, Nurse Consultant and Occupational Therapist.

10. Provide families with emotional support, as needed, to ensure appointments are kept.

11. Integrate developmentally appropriate strategies for dual language learners. Encourage parents to communicate in their primary language.

12. Assist families in planning for and maintaining a safe, stimulating home environment for their children via the PAT Home Safety Checklist.

13. Routinely monitor children's development. Refer those with suspected delays to Disabilities Coordinator.

14. Co-plan bi-monthly developmentally appropriate Playgroups ensuring that the developmental needs of all children on his/her caseload are met.

15. Co-facilitate bimonthly Play Groups and other social activities.

16. Plan and implement family literacy activities (to include four RIF Distributions) within the home setting and center activities.

17. Co-plan and implement Toy/Book Lending Library.

18. Work collaboratively to recruit males for Family Involvement Program.

19. Familiarize self with the community and its resources.

20. Attend Team Planning Meetings (weekly & monthly).

21. Attend Staff Development  

About the Organization The Head Start Program provides an opportunity to provide early childhood education, development, and motivation to the economically disadvantaged. The requirements of parent involvement, in-service training for teachers, and teacher-aides in the program were additional educational enhancements. The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, are funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, Two Rivers operates the Community Services Block Grant, CSBG, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program provides direct client assistance through information and referral services, community resources identification and coordination of services, i.e., housing, health, nutrition, and emergency assistance. In addition, the Agency distributed food commodities to low-income families and implemented the Work Experience Program for Public Aid recipients.

 


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