USCâs School for Early Childhood Education provides comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education services to children and their families in the South Los Angeles area. Founded in 1970 as a teaching school for future early childhood professionals, the USC School for Early Childhood Education (USC SECE) seeks to promote school readiness, health/nutrition, mental wellness, and family engagement. Today, our licensed Head Start and Early Head Start centers serve more than 500 infants and preschool children and their parents each year. We seek enthusiastic, creative, dynamic, and team-oriented individuals who enjoy working with children while fostering a supportive learning environment.
This position provides advocacy for families in the community, co-leads with parent representatives, coordinates and staffs the Center Parent Committees Meetings, and takes responsibility for all of the following: child services, health services, tracking comprehensive services, and forms relationships with community agencies and helps create partnerships, and links families to community resources and also complies with agency policies, goals, and objectives.
Recruits, certifies and enrolls children into the Head Start and/or the CA State Preschool Programs and assesses each familyâs strengths, concerns, and priorities to provide services that improve their prospects of supporting their child through school using a case management methodology.Â
The Family Advocate will manage a small caseload of families (up to 45) and engage families in activities that support their and their childâs school readiness development.
Assist children and families in accessing a broad array of health services, including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health, and disability assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.
Conducts the Familyâs Needs Assessment and Family Partnership Agreements with each currently enrolled family to identify problems and concerns and links families with the appropriate resources and referral systems and services. Â
Assures completion of all program requirements and is familiar with and follows the Head Start Performance Standards and California State Preschool Regulations, including licensing requirements related to enrollment, health, child rights, and program policies.Â
Ensure children receive health and dental services and access ongoing, acute, routine health and dental care.
Supports the classroom care and supervision of children, as needed, when the class is temporarily understaffed. During this period, the Family Advocate can provide auxiliary series, such as food preparation, set up, and clean up, that allow the available teaching staff to supervise the children adequately.
Establish and maintain outreach and recruitment to ensure the assigned Head Start and State Preschool sites are fully enrolled with eligible children. Monitor attendance to ensure children are actively involved in the program.
Responsible for working with teachers, site supervisors, family Service coordinators, and other support staff to help families make choices and decisions that will respond to each familyâs unique culture, roles, values, strengths, and beliefs.
The position is grant-funded and contingent on continued funding.
Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.
AA or BA degree in Human Development, Social Work, or a related field
12 units of child development
Minimum of 6 months of experience monitoring, entering, and tracking data
Minimum of 6 months of casework management
Experience networking with community partners
CPR & First Aide Certificate (may be obtained after applying but before starting)
Physical Exam and TB Screening within the last 12 Months
Live Scan Clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ)
Proof of Influenza, Measles, and Pertussis vaccinations or medical note with exemption
Must have a car, be able to drive, and have a valid CA driverâs license and current auto insurance.
High School Diploma
3-6 months experience in a Case Management role
Obtain a Family Development Credential within a year of employment.
Must be able to climb stairs, reach, bend, lift 10-30 pounds, crawl, kneel, stoop, twist, grasp with hands and fingers, use arms and legs, walk, and climb ladders if applicable.
The hourly rate for this full-time position is $17.80 per hour, the position may require evenings and/or weekends. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidateâs work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.
Preferred Qualifications: -Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.-AA or BA degree in Human Development, Social Work, or a related field-12 units of child development-Minimum of 6 months of experience monitoring, entering, and tracking data-Minimum of 6 months of casework management-Experience networking with community partners-Bilingual: English/Spanish.-CPR & First Aide Certificate (may be obtained after applying but before starting)-Physical Exam and TB Screening within the last 12 Months-Live Scan Clearance from the Department of Justice (DOJ)-Proof of Influenza, Measles, and Pertussis vaccinations or medical note with exemption-Must have a car, be able to drive, and have a valid CA driverâs license and current auto insurance.-Computer skillsÂ
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