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at MAAC Project
|Department:||Child Development Program|
|Location:||Rincon - Valley Center, CA|
|FT/PT Status:||Regular Full Time|
Under direct supervision, the Family Partner will be responsible for providing direct, comprehensive services to assigned pregnant women and/or infant children and their families through home visits and parent participation. Caseloads will include both prenatal mothers/families as well as infants/families.
The incumbent will support prenatal mothers and expectant families in dealing with the multitude of physical and emotional changes pregnancy brings working to assist in fostering a strong bond between both parents and their unborn baby; to inspire pregnant women to have a healthy lifestyle and ultimately a healthy baby; to enhance their self-esteem and life goals; to identify early signs of health and developmental concerns and to prepare family for parenthood. The Family Partner will minimally provide one (1) visit with each expectant mom per month, or more based on family need and monthly education experiences.
Once the baby is born the Family Partner will conduct weekly home visits with each assigned family and offer/facilitate twice monthly group explore and learn sessions with parents and children. Caseload shall be in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards for the program.
Incumbents are responsible for coordinating and implementing comprehensive services, in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, for assigned families and will provide health services and follow-up to assigned clients.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
•With parents, plans and conducts 90 minute home visits and facilitates group socialization experience/classes to assigned families as required by program option and based upon the needs of the family; provides prenatal and/or parent education using assigned curriculum; plans and implements class times as required by program option which focus on child development concepts, parent-child relationships and parenting techniques.
•Develops and supports the concept that the parent is the primary educator, enabling the parent to provide richer experiences to support their child’s growth and development
•Documents client home visits accurately, through timely entries into the child’s file, including topics covered, parent-child observations, family accomplishments and needs, tracking health screenings, follow up and other relevant information; records, maintains and updates health files, including medical/dental examinations, follow-ups, and referral documents for assigned clients; maintains the confidentiality of all family records and program information.
•Conducts screenings and ongoing assessment of children’s development for assigned clients; works in partnership with parents to determine the uniqueness and individuality of their child using observations, screenings and assessments.
•Collaborates with assigned families to establish goals, documents progress in meeting the goals, and regularly updates their progress in written individual child goals and Family Partnership Agreements.
•Promotes and assists assigned families in identifying, accessing and utilizing community resources, while encouraging and promoting each family’s empowerment and self-sufficiency and reinforcing positive self-help skills; provides referrals for children and families to community resources to meet identified needs and ensures follow-up to see needs are met.
•Ensures expectant families are linked with pre-and post-natal care to promote healthy birth outcomes; provides pregnant women information on topics such as child development, health awareness, prenatal issues, breast feeding, and sudden infant death syndrome; works closely with lactation consultant and health and mental health staff to complete a newborn visit within 2 weeks of baby’s birth.
•Assists the parent in providing a safe home environment to prevent and reduce childhood injuries, recognizing safety hazards, dangerous substances, and unsafe conditions and give parents resources regarding the removal of debris, hazards, unsafe equipment and materials; reinforces good self-help skills, (i.e., hand washing, teeth brushing, and assists in educating parents in diapering and toileting procedures).
•Assists the parents in learning and maintaining good health and nutrition practices, utilizing home space, relationships, materials, and home routines as resources for an interesting, secure and enjoyable environment that encourages, play, exploration and learning; provides information relevant to family needs.
•Encourages parents to appreciate the importance of physical development and provides opportunities for indoor and outdoor active play that encourages physical development, recognizes individual differences and guides children in the safe use of materials and equipment; maintains an open, positive, friendly, professional and cooperative relationship with each family member to encourage and support parent engagement.
•Recognizes symptoms of spousal, sexual, child abuse and neglect and the legal requirements in such cases and follows MAAC procedures in dealing with such situations.
•Attends required trainings, meetings, conferences, workshops and other business related meetings; performs other related duties as assigned.
- High school diploma or GED equivalent
- Valid California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit OR Home-based CDA credential
- Six (6) semester units in ECE/ Child Development and six (6) units in Infant/Toddler (three (3) units required at time of hire and must complete additional three (3) units in Infant/Toddler within one year of employment)
- Three (3) or more units in Social Services or Health Services related fields
- One (1) year of experience with children ages 0-3 years in a child care, health or social service setting
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking, Reading and writing required.
- Valid CPR, First Aid and Food Handlers Card must be obtained within first two months (2) of employment and maintained throughout employment (paid, designated training available through MAAC). In the event employees do not attend the scheduled training, they must obtain the cards through outside resources and costs will not be reimbursed. The cards must be obtained and maintained within prescribed timelines.
- Implementation of the home-based curriculum which explores parenting concepts, skills, and practices that promote healthy child development;
- Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and applicable state early learning and development standards, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners, as appropriate;
- Effective strength-based parent education, including methods to encourage parents as their child’s first teachers;
- Early childhood development with respect to children from birth to age three; and
- Methods to help parents promote emergent literacy in their children from birth to age three, including use of research-based strategies to support the development of literacy and language skills for children with limited English proficiency
- Community resources related to client needs
- Ascertain what health and development services the family receives and work with providers of these services to eliminate gaps in service by offering annual health, vision, hearing, and development screening for children from birth to age three
- Develop strategies for helping families coping with a crisis; and
- Connect the relationship of health and well-being of pregnant women to early child development
- Work occasional/periodic evenings/weekends as assigned
Union Membership ( if applicable):