Conducts weekly home visits to assigned pregnant women, children and their families to provide health, nutrition and child development education in an effort to prepare children for school. The Child/Family Advocate is a member of an interdisciplinary team consisting of a social worker, family involvement specialist, registered nurse, and health and nutrition coordinator.
Conducts weekly home visits to implement an individualized curriculum to prepare enrolled children birth to three for school and to prepare prenatal women for delivery.
Document/track all communication with parent regarding home visit and services provided
Completes and submits required documentation in timely manner
Participates in all appropriate training and meetings
Encourages parents to attend parent meetings and assists with transportation when necessary
Integrates health services during home visits and collaborate with health services staff in tracking the health status of children
Maintains and periodically updates family information throughout the program year
Provides guidance and assistance in the planning and participation in twice monthly parent/child group socializations
Provides initial and ongoing assessment of children with appropriate assessment tools
Plans one nutrition activity per month during a home visit/group socialization in collaboration with the health and nutrition coordinator
Maintains confidentiality of workplace information according to the policies and procedures of HFP and Early Head Start
Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for Infant and Toddler Caregivers or an equivalent credential that addresses compatible competencies
Associate Degree in child development, early childhood education or social services related field
Experience providing direct service to low income families with multiple biopsychosocial risks
Experience working with infants and toddlers as well as teens and young adults
Good verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work alone and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Mature personality including: adaptability/flexibility, non-judgmental, resourceful, energetic, dependable, friendly and confident
Familiarity with community resources and skills to link families with appropriate services, in collaboration with social worker
Knowledge and experience in child development and early childhood education
Standard office setting with extended periods at work station and periodic use of office equipment.
Position Type and Work Schedule:
Full time position, typical hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Flex office schedule options available with supervisor approval.
Local travel to multiple sites and community meetings, occasionally
Work is performed within an urban environment. Exposure to “common” childhood illness, such as colds or flu. Physical demands include some physical activity that includes sitting, prolonged standing and/or walking, handling moderate weight objects (up to 30 lbs).
Salary and Benefits:
Our employees are our most valuable resource, so we offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, which can include:
Medical with vision benefits
Flexible spending accounts
Life, AD&D and long term care insurance
Short- and long-term disability insurance
403(b) Retirement Plan, with a company contribution
Paid time off including vacation, sick, personal
Employee Assistance Program
Eligibility and participation is handled consistent with the plan documents and HFP policy.
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