Christopher House (CH) is searching for Parent Educators looking to grow professionally in the field of Education. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for supporting and educating new parents about how to create a stable, self-sufficient family and home life for their children. With a mission to develop independent,creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity. Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. OUR BELIEFS Children and families thrive when: -Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher; -Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success; -Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools; -Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals; -Evaluations and program improvements are data driven; -Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming; -Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests; -Developing independent,creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively; -Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning;and -Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally. Position Objectives: -Determine the needs and provide for the development of children ages birth to six years old -Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff -Provide optimal support and services for families and children in the Early Childhood Development Services (ECDS) 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 theirhomes 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 relationshipswith 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 identifiedgoals. -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. -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: -Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission; -Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach; -One year of experience working with adult or adolescent parents, pregnant teens, infants and toddlers, young children, volunteers, workers and support group -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. If you are interested in the following position please send your resume to Gloria Kuechenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
-Must be bilingual in English/Spanish -Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or a related field -Coursework related to working with families is required.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Christopher House
Christopher House was founded in 1906 during the settlement house movement to support immigrants transitioning to life in America. Today, Christopher House is closing the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family support starting at birth. We provide resources to thousands of low-income children and their families to succeed in school, the workplace, and life. We partner with families, including teenage and single-parent families, to provide the tools for parents to create and foster stable, self-sufficient families. Christopher House’s ultimate vision is to create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success.
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 e...ducational 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.
In the fall of 2013, Christopher House built on its portfolio of early learning schools and expanded this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school. The school will create 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.