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Early Head Start Home Visitor

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Position Purpose

Primary case manager for EHS families enrolled in the home-base option. To provide in-home instruction as well as a group socialization experience to parents and children (infants/toddlers) which will enhance the parents' ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child. Maintain on-going contact with families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting. Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and or agency policies and procedures.

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

Home Visits

  1. Conduct weekly 90 minute home visits with each family.
  2. Create and maintain respectful partnerships with families.
  3. Drive to family home and deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via weekly meetings.
  4. Coordinate with parents to ensure that prenatal, well-child exams, immunizations, health screenings, and nutrition assessments are complete and necessary follow up occurs.
  5. Complete family partnership agreements, developmental screenings and all other required assessments with families in a timely manner.
  6. Assist and support families in locating resources and scheduling appointments with community resources that best meets their needs.
  7. Provide support in parent and child activities that encourages developmentally appropriate activities for the changing needs of infants and toddlers.

 

Classroom Time

  1. Provide bi-monthly socializations for infants/toddlers and their primary caregivers.
  2. Meet the needs of all children including those at risk, those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally diverse.
  3. Integrate all Head Start components into classroom time.
  4. Develop and utilize lesson plans which reflect both mandated elements and parental and cultural influences, and which promote the social emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children.
  5. Individualize one-to-one and group activities to reflect the unique needs and strengths of all children in the classroom.
  6. Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
  7. Work with appropriate agencies and other resources to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP).
  8. Coordinate special needs staff in the classroom and develop a collaborative approach that benefits all children and meets the needs specified in the IFSP.

 

Planning, Preparation & Documentation

  1. Review each child's goals and write comprehensive individual plans designed to promote current learning and attend to nutritional, health, and social issues.
  2. Develop and utilize teaching methods and materials for use in the classroom and home.
  3. Maintain accurate written/electronic records including: health information, assessments, IFSP documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other required forms

 

Parent Meetings & Coordination

  1. Plan and facilitate group meetings which provide education and information on current Head Start policy and curriculum development.
  2. Coordinate parent volunteer schedule, assuring adequate involvement and an appropriate adult to child ratio.
  3. Communicate frequently with other staff and parents; serve as liaison among medical and social services in the community; act as advocate for Head Start families.

 

Staff Training/Meetings & Misc.

  1. Meet regularly with consultants and community collaborators to assure quality services.
  2. Attend meetings, staffing, training, and professional development activities as appropriate.
  3. Perform other duties as requested.

All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start's policy on confidentiality.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must have knowledge and at least one year experience in child development and early childhood education, adult learning and family dynamics including knowledge of community resources and skill to link families with appropriate agencies and services.   Infant Toddler CDA and/or a combination of knowledge and experience that cover the areas listed above is required.  An Associate Degree in ECE or higher is preferred.
  • Must have flexible schedule to accommodate family needs, may include some evening or weekend hours.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual English/Spanish skills highly desirable.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.
  • Must have a valid Oregon Driver's License and proof of insurance and must provide own vehicle for home visits.
  • Within 30 days of employment must be Pediatric CPR & First Aid certified and have a current Food Handler's Card.
  • Health Appraisal Questionnaire is required at hire and will be updated annually.
  • At time of hire must be currently enrolled in Child Care Division-Central Background Registry and must renew every two years.
     

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Frequent significant decision and problem solving abilities.
  • Ability to work as a team member collaborating with parents and community resources.
  • Ability to supervise and monitor children at all times to ensure a safe environment. This includes the physical ability to monitor and move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to insure their safety or the safety of others.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to an emergency or a crisis situation.
  • Frequent driving for home visits sometimes in outlying areas.
  • Regular kneeling, bending and sitting on the floor to attend to child's needs.
  • Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds.
     

Position Information

  • Full Year Position
  • Supervised by EHS Manager.

 

Job Description created & PC Approved 2001 edited 06/2009, edited 02/2012, edited 04/19/2014. 07/2017

Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.