Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 68,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
We are currently seeking a full-time Early Childhood Mental Health Specialistto join our DuPage Team!
Under the joint supervision of the Director of Early Childhood Education Services, and the General Counseling Program Supervisor, the Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist monitors staff compliance with Head Start Performance Standards related to mental health and social emotional wellbeing. She/he ensures compliance with all NAEYC Accreditation Standards, DCFS, and other applicable licensing standards. **$1,500 Signing Bonus! ($500 at the time of hire and $1,000 after completing one year of employment)
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Identify and create training and professional development opportunities to better support individualized learning and improve teaching practices in the mental health domain.
Provide opportunities for Head Start and Early Head Start center and home based children to be observed and provides feedback regarding teacher practices to teaching staff, as well as the Education Coach, Family Support Worker, and Site Supervisor.
Provide supports for effective classroom management and positive learning environments; supportive teacher practices; and, strategies for supporting children with challenging behaviors and other social, emotional, and mental health concerns.
Provide assistance in implementing strategies to identify and support children with mental health and social emotional concerns.
Assist in the implementation of policies to limit suspension and prohibit expulsion.
Assist staff in identifying prevalent child mental health concerns, including internalizing, as well as, externalizing problems.
Assist parents and staff in accessing mental health interventions and understanding the importance of mental health and social emotional wellbeing.
Assist in identification and development of annual school readiness goals aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five.
Assure all sites adhere to strictest standards of health and safety.
Provides active supervision to ensure the safety of Head Start/Early Head Start children while in the classroom, during transitions, at time of transportation, and while on the playground. Ensures that no child shall be left alone or unsupervised.
Serve as an advocate for children and families through participation in IEP and/or IFSP development, including transitioning from an IFSP to an IEP when applicable. Monitor and provide feedback on individual plans for children suspected of disabilities or with certified plans.
Support agency and program goals and translate policies, developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum, and standards to parents.
Assist in developing supportive relationships between teacher, child, and family within the context of culture and community.
Plans and facilitates training and technical assistance in the form of individual coaching sessions, site team meetings, and whole program professional development opportunities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university required.
LSW or LPC licensure preferred. If no license, must be eligible to obtain your license within 6 months of hire date.
Two (2) years of post-graduate social work experience preferred.
Experience providing mental health services for children ages 0-5 years old in Early Childhood Education.
Extensive knowledge of child development and Early Childhood Education required.
Advanced writing and communication skills, knowledge of data analysis, and reflective leadership.
Bilingual skills in English/ Spanish preferred.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan serves more than 67,000 families and individuals as diverse as the communities in which they live, with 81% being part of the working poor or lower-middle class.