POSITION: Bilingual Early Childhood Parent Educator
CENTER: Family Focus Aurora
REPORTS TO: Early Childhood Program Manager
OVERVIEW: Family Focus’ mission is to promote the well-being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families as individual units and within their communities. We are committed to ensuring our centers provide exemplary services with innovative programs and that family support principles are integrated into every aspect of the work.
POSITION SUMMARY: ISBE Prevention Initiative utilizes Parents as Teachers Model to target at risk low-income families and their children to provide quality, school-readiness home visiting services congruent with Illinois Early Learning Guidelines. Parent Educators implement the Parents as Teachers evidence-based model for at-risk families and children (birth to three). This strengths-based program uses parent coaching to provide child development and school readiness education, developmental screenings, Family Service Plan development, Family Group Connections, Parent-Child Interaction groups and referrals to community resources and services for program participants.
- Accept referrals, contact family to schedule a home visit.
- Meet with the family at a time convenient to explain the program components and register them for program.
- Conduct biweekly 60- 90-minute home visits to young children and their families at times that are convenient for the family
- Maintain a full active caseload
- Conduct appropriate developmental screenings
- Collaborate with families to establish and support Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) to fit the needs of the individual family, their goals, and the family’s comprehensive needs
- Monitor and educate parents with respect to children’s health status, including medical follow-up, physical health, dental health, mental health, and nutritional intake.
- Provide parent coaching within natural environments to increase family capacity to support their child’s development.
- Plan and provide Family Group Connections for families at least once a month.
- Facilitate adequate referrals to community resources/services as needed
- Compile and maintain required family file, which includes primary records, child health, and developmental information; Family Centered Assessments, Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP), home visit documentation, referral records. Maintain confidentiality and best practices in record keeping.
- Act as liaison and advocate between community resources and program families
- Participate fully in ongoing team meetings, Reflective Supervision, Case Consultation, and Professional Development
- Promote parental involvement in curriculum planning, program governance and the overall Parents as Teachers program.
- Promote and advocate for Parents as Teachers ISBE PI program in the community
- Work from a team approach to meet all deadlines and requirements set forth by ISBE, Parents as Teachers National and Family Focus.
- Ensure Parents as Teachers model fidelity as well as Principles of Family Support in daily practice
- Perform other relevant duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development, Psychology, Education, Social Work or equivalent experience
- Bilingual in English & Spanish required
- At least 2 years’ experience working with children and families in a human service setting
- Parents as Teachers Model Certified Parent Educator preferred, not required
- Knowledge of infant and toddler typical and atypical development and behavior
- Knowledge of issues related to maternal/child health and child abuse risk
- Knowledge of family systems and dynamics
- Commitment to prevention, strength-based interventions and ongoing professional development
- Capacities to problem solve, handle crisis, and work with families and children of various cultures from low-income backgrounds.
- Approach to working with families that is empathetic, nonjudgmental, respectful, collaborative and professional.
- Ability to use independent judgement, work independently, and accept feedback
- Willingness to work primarily in the homes of families residing in high-risk communities
- Experience working with highly stressed families in overburdened communities.
- Sensitively to working with families of diverse cultural backgrounds
- Flexibility with respect to time and days able to work as well as to work tasks
- Active driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Self-starter, capable of producing excellent work with minimal supervision
- Demonstrated written and oral communication skills
- Ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.
- Excellent interpersonal and organization skills
- Strong team building capabilities
- Strong technology and computer skills
- Work related travel within Aurora and greater Chicagoland area
- Knowledge of the Aurora community and local community resources a plus
- Must complete initial Parents as Teachers Foundational and Model Implementation Training (5 days) requirements and maintain knowledge of best practices and current research; complete 20 hours of professional development annually
- Comply with State, Federal and Other Relevant Privacy Regulations/Requirements
- Must clear Family Focus required background check
Salary commensurate with experience.
Qualified Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and references to:
No phone inquiries, please.
Family Focus values diversity and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.