Under the direction of the Home-Based Coordinator, the Home-Based Educator delivers the full range of Early Head Start services through weekly home visits to enrolled families and twice monthly group socialization.
Build trusting relationships with families, facilitate parent-child interactions, and support parents in their role as their child’s first and primary teacher.
Maintain a fully enrolled caseload of 12-14 EHS children/pregnant women (12 families’ maximum) through ongoing recruitment, eligibility determination, and development of a waiting list; fill vacancies within 30 days.
Provide one 90-minute home visit (add ½ hour for each additional enrolled child) per week per family and provide a minimum of 46 visits per family per year.
Integrate all Early Head Start components during home visits (early childhood development, inclusion/mental health, health, nutrition, and dental health, parent/family engagement and social services).
Utilize Creative Curriculum (child curriculum), My Teaching Strategies online system (ongoing assessment tool), and Baby TALK (parent engagement curriculum).
Plan and evaluate with parents the activities for home visits and group socializations based on each child’s assessment and identified family needs; document on home visit form.
Generate developmentally appropriate individual lesson plans utilizing MTS and parent input and facilitate parent’s implementation of lesson plan with their child at home visits.
Complete ASQ and ASQ-SE screenings, observations, and MTS checkpoints within designated time frames.
Share screening results with parents and conduct re-screenings, referrals, and follow-ups as needed.
Accompany and support families at IFSP/IEP meetings and through the process of enrolling their child in services; support parents in advocating for their goals for their child.
Utilize child outcome data to guide lesson planning and developmentally appropriate activities.
Utilize IFSP/IEP to support children with disabilities.
Work with parents to ensure that enrolled children maintain remain up-to-date on well-child visits, physicals, immunizations, EPSDT-required screenings, vision and hearing, heights and weights, and dental exams; follow up with families and doctors’ offices as needed.
Provide social service/health/nutrition resources and referrals to families as per Family Partnership Agreements.
Work with Social Emotional Specialist/Consultant and Nutritionist to identify specific children/parents needing social emotional and/or nutritional supports and assist with follow up with families.
Coordinate with Nurse Consultant to provide a two-week postnatal visit to mother and child.
Recruit parents to participate in program-level Parent Committees and agency-wide Policy Council.
Plan and provide 22 group socializations over the course of the program year. One socialization monthly will include a Parent Committee meeting.
Collaborate with parents, Head Start centers, and other community preschool programs to transition children to Head Start or other preschool programs at age 3.
Enter home visits into COPA on a weekly basis.
Maintain complete and accurate records in the COPA system, including, but not limited to: demographic information, enrollment dates, family assessments, family goals, referrals, and services, case notes, and follow-up.
Maintain complete and accurate child/family binders.
Utilizing COPA, Tableau, and Smartsheets, implement tracking to ensure required timelines are met.
Submit all required paperwork accurately and in a timely manner, attend all required meetings, and maintain Outlook calendar.
Participate in Enrollment/Recruitment Campaign, annual self-assessment, community assessment, and PIR.
Develop partnerships with community organizations.
Contribute to achievement of Program Goals, School Readiness Goals, and Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Goals.
All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field; or, bachelor’s degree in another field with one of the following to be earned within 18 months of hire: Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Family Specialist credential or Family Development Credential
Home Based CDA; or, Infant Toddler CDA; or, 12 credit hours in EC or child development
3 years combined experience in home visiting and Early Head Start, with at least 1-year experience in a home visiting program
Head Start Performance Standards
Valid driver’s license.
Bilingual, both oral and written ability in English/Spanish preferred.
Able to work well with all levels of the organization, partner sites, other agencies and funding source personnel.
Ability to develop new systems and to demonstrate flexibility in adjusting to program goals and needs.
Demonstrates the ability to conceptualize and articulate program outcomes.
Able to manage multiple projects.
Well organized, highly detail oriented and accuracy driven.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and supervisory skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
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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