For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Position Objective: Provide optimal support and services for families and children in the Early Childhood Development Services (ECDS) programs.
Responsibilities: Work with pregnant and/or parenting teen/adult women one on one, and in groups utilizing the Parent as Teachers program model. Provide direct services to clients and their families in their homes and other locations in their residential neighborhoods. Implement the Parents as Teachers curriculum according to the program standards and requirements. Develop and maintain positive, supportive working relationships with the participants and their families. Develop, with participant input and cooperation, goals that are developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive. Structure home visits to enable participants to work on identified goals. Make appropriate referrals, when necessary, for further evaluations and support parents in successfully pursuing these referrals and recommendations. Incorporate the findings and results of screening and observation tools to develop parent-child activities that will enhance the parent-child relationship, strengthen child development and increase participants knowledge and awareness of her child’s physical, emotional and psychological developmental needs and accomplishments. Incorporate the results of screenings and observations into the individual service plans for each participant. Work with and support each participant with regard to issues such as housing, employment, education, finances, nutrition, family planning, and interpersonal and personal issues that impact on the parent’s ability to provide a safe, nurturing environment for the child and herself. Develop, with the participant, individualized interventions that foster healthy, growth-supporting interactions between her and her child. Advocate for program participants and their extended families as necessary and appropriate.
Qualifications: At least one year of experience working with adult or adolescent parents, pregnant teens, infants and toddlers, young children, volunteers, peer workers and support groups. Cross-cultural sensitivity and bilingual English/Spanish required. A valid Illinois Driver’s License and good driving record are required. Ability to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends required.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or a related field. Coursework related to working with families is required.