Easterseals serves 33,000 clients annually in programs across Chicagoland and the Rockford Region in Illinois and Northwest, Indiana, proudly employing over 600 dedicated professionals since 1936. We offer a wide-range of programs, some of which include therapeutic schools and adult programs for individuals living with autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities, inclusive early childhood education, early intervention, home visiting, training and more.
Primary responsibilities include forming collaborations with LEAs to support the evaluation process and services for children with disabilities, accessing early learning resources, preparing parent-child activities, supporting the referral process for children with disabilities, and tracking progress towards school readiness goals.
Form Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with all Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Part C Agencies in the service areas.
Develop linkage agreements with local schools to support the transition of children to kindergarten.
Identify and form linkage agreements with local early learning organizations for teachers, families, and children.
Identify and form linkage agreements with disability organizations to offer resources to families of children with disabilities and to recruit children with diagnosed disabilities.
Trainings and Activities:
Prepare parent-child activities and materials for home visits and Baby TALK lapsits to be used as resources for teachers, coaches, and home visitors.
Coordinate parent-child activity kits to have at centers that can be utilized by parents to support children’s learning at home.
Attend workshops and trainings related to Education and Disabilities. Share information from workshops and trainings with parents, teaching staff, and other team members.
Assist Education and Inclusion Leadership in providing ongoing training related to Education and Disabilities to staff and centers as needed.
Coordinate early learning trainings or cohorts as needed.
Work with the Communications Team and Family and Community Engagement Specialist to prepare the quarterly newsletter sent to families, community organizations, and governing bodies.
Referral, Evaluation, and Services for Children with Disabilities:
Observe children being considered for further evaluation and prepare written observation notes to support referral to the LEA or Early Intervention provider.
Review referral packets before submission to the LEA and provide training and feedback on corrections needed.
Track the referral process and provide support to Instructional Coaches and Continuous Quality Improvement Specialists to ensure timely submission of referrals to the LEA and CFC.
Follow up with LEAs about the status of children in the evaluation process.
Provide follow-up to ensure that children who qualify for Special Education services through the LEA or Early Intervention services through the CFC are receiving services.
Support the instructional coach in assisting center in individualizing for children with disabilities.
Provide interim support to centers in the absence of a permanent instructional coach.
Attend playdates and support the transition of children with disabilities into the program in collaboration with the instructional coach and Inclusion and Mental Health Manager.
Assessment, Tracking, and Analysis:
Support the implementation of the CLASS, Coaching, School Readiness, and Pyramid implementation plans, including tracking progress towards goals.
Participate on the School Readiness Planning Team.
Participate in Enrollment/Recruitment Campaign, and annual self-assessment and PIR.
All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education.
3 years teaching in an early childhood classroom.
3 years working with children with disabilities.
1 year of supervisory experience.
Working in a Head Start program.
Bilingual language skills (English & Spanish) a plus.
Working with Teaching Strategies Gold and COPA online systems a plus.
Infant/Toddler programs a plus.
Valid driver’s license.
Ability to multi-task in a high stress environment.
Ability to interact with diverse personalities.
Ability to problem solve.
Ability to organize and analyze data.
Advanced computer knowledge including Microsoft Office programs.
Completion of a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education per year.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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