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.
- Conduct weekly 90 minute home visits with each family.
- Create and maintain respectful partnerships with families.
- Drive to family home and deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via weekly meetings.
- Coordinate with parents to ensure that prenatal, well-child exams, immunizations, health screenings, and nutrition assessments are complete and necessary follow up occurs.
- Complete family partnership agreements, developmental screenings and all other required assessments with families in a timely manner.
- Assist and support families in locating resources and scheduling appointments with community resources that best meets their needs.
- Provide support in parent and child activities that encourages developmentally appropriate activities for the changing needs of infants and toddlers.
- Provide bi-monthly socializations for infants/toddlers and their primary caregivers.
- Meet the needs of all children including those at risk, those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally diverse.
- Integrate all Head Start components into classroom time.
- 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.
- Individualize one-to-one and group activities to reflect the unique needs and strengths of all children in the classroom.
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
- Work with appropriate agencies and other resources to develop Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP).
- 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
- Review each child’s goals and write comprehensive individual plans designed to promote current learning and attend to nutritional, health, and social issues.
- Develop and utilize teaching methods and materials for use in the classroom and home.
- Maintain accurate written/electronic records including: health information, assessments, IFSP documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other required forms
Parent Meetings & Coordination
- Plan and facilitate group meetings which provide education and information on current Head Start policy and curriculum development.
- Coordinate parent volunteer schedule, assuring adequate involvement and an appropriate adult to child ratio.
- 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.
- Meet regularly with consultants and community collaborators to assure quality services.
- Attend meetings, staffing, training, and professional development activities as appropriate.
- Perform other duties as requested.
All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.
- 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.