The Home Visitor/Case Manager will provide positive, supportive Early Head Start services to families in their home setting that are in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards as they relate to infants and toddlers. The Home Visitor/Case Manager will advocate for and connect families to their community resources. The Home Visitor/Case Manager will also support and enhance the parenting abilities of the program participants in a culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate and respectful manner.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provide support services to enrolled families, their infants, parenting adolescent women, pregnant women and/ or pregnant adolescents, their children and extended families. Develop a relationship based on mutual trust with families on caseload.
- Develop, with participant input and cooperation, individual service plans that include developmental and educational goals for the participant and child that are developmentally appropriate and also culturally sensitive.
- Provide direct services to participants and their families in their residential neighborhoods.
- Conduct weekly home visits for each family on caseload, each home visit must be for a period of 90 minutes (1½ hours).
- Structure home visits to enable the participant’s ability to work on identified goals.
- Provide own transportation to home visits.
- Conduct two monthly socialization groups for parents, infants and toddlers on site.
- Participate in intake, assessments and screenings.
- Incorporate the findings and results of screenings and observation tools to develop parent-child activities that will enhance the parent-child relationship, strength child development skills, and increase the participant’s knowledge and awareness of child’s physical, emotional, cognitive, psychological, and developmental needs and accomplishments.
- Facilitate bonding and developing parent-child relationships by providing fun, developmentally stimulating parent-child activities.
- Incorporate the results of screening and observations into the individual service plans for each participant. Collaborate with families and other team members to develop Family Partnership Agreements (FPA); identify family strengths with focus on capacity building. Involve parents in recognizing their own abilities and their own strategies.
- Confers with appropriate agency staff to determine treatment/educational plans and or individual family service plans for individual children needs and or special needs children and or appropriate counsel, referral or reference source.
- Make appropriate referrals, when necessary, for further evaluations and support parents in pursuing successfully these referrals and recommendations.
- Work with and support each participant with regard to issues such as housing, employment, education, finances, nutrition, health, safety, family planning, interpersonal and personal issues that have impact on the parent’s ability to provide a safe, nurturing environment for the child and self.
- Report any instances of suspected child abuse or neglect to the Child Development Manager and to DCFS.
- Meet all reporting and record keeping requirements in compliance with funding and agency standards and ensure that they are submitted in a timely manner.
- Participate in weekly staff and supervision meetings and also attend all required trainings and conferences.
- Attend one Open House in the fall and one Parent/Family event at the center.
- Remain current with regard to issues related to parenting, child development, public policy and availability of local resources.
- Maintain accurate and legible case records on enrolled participants and ensure that all records and reports are up to date.
- Maintain confidentiality.
- In collaboration with the Child Development Manager, conduct parent trainings or workshops on a monthly basis on related health, safety, child developmental parenting skills etc.
- Helps to ensure a smooth and effective transition of three (3) year olds into center based Head Start or early childhood development programs.
- Encourage parent involvement in program activities.
- Act as an advocate for children and families to the agency, the community and professional field.
- Assist as needed in center-based classrooms, help supervise parents, infants and or toddlers while on site participating in site based services.
- Assist as needed in case management of families enrolled in center-based program. Will serve as a resource to center-based families.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Bachelors degree in Social Work or related field with a minimum of six to twelve semester hours in courses related directly to child care and or child development from birth to age six or an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education with a minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours in courses related directly to child development from birth to age six.
At least one (1) year of experience working with parents, pregnant women and adolescents, infants and toddlers, young children, support groups. At least two (2) years experience working directly with low income families, infant and toddlers, and providing case management/social work services to families in need. Early Head Start and Infant/Toddler experience desired.
Candidate must have: general knowledge of community resources, ability to assist families in identifying needs and setting goals, a general knowledge of growth patterns and sensitivity to the needs of young children. Must utilize appropriate judgment in the areas of: child supervision, safety, and parent relationships.
Must maintain a safe driving record and have current valid Illinois Driver’s License and vehicle. Personal vehicle needed for transportation to/from home based interventions. Mileage for authorized work-related purposes is reimbursable.
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