CFCE Parent-Child Educational Specialist

Title: CFCE Parent-Child Educational Specialist

CLASSIFICATION:  NON-EXEMPT

REPORTS TO:  Leslie Dunn, Assistant Director of Planning and Development/CFCE Director

Michele Davidson, CFCE Coordinator

 Date: October 13, 2021

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Summary

The Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) program is a program of Self-Help Inc. (lead agent).  The CFCE program is funded through a grant from the MA Department of Early Education and Care.  CFCE is seeking a creative and experienced individual who has a passion for education, enjoys working with families and children from all backgrounds, and who works well in a team.  The CFCE Parent-Child Educational Specialists’ primary responsibility is to provide developmentally appropriate, early learning and early literacy rich experiences, including playgroups (virtual and in-person) for young children (ages 0-8). Their role is to enhance and foster positive relationships between parents and their children; and to collaborate with partner agencies such as libraries, public preschools, early intervention, EEC licensed early education and care programs, WIC and food pantries. Responsibilities also include providing community outreach and providing families with resources and information on early learning and development, parenting and on local community resources.

Essential Functions

  • Develop age-appropriate curriculum based on the Massachusetts Early Learning Guidelines for Infants and Toddlers, Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences, and The Preschool and Kindergarten Standards in Social-Emotional Learning and Approaches to Play and Learning.
  • Familiarity with the Strengthening Families Framework, and the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.
  • Provide child development and community resource information and referrals to parents.
  • Educate parents about the ASQ Developmental Questionnaires available to them and Conduct and assist families with ASQ, receive training about ASQ administration, as needed.
  • Input service and parent data related into CFCE data base system.
  • Attend all required CFCE events, activities, meetings and trainings, as requested.
  • Work to support the development, planning and implementation of an array of parent educational opportunities in keeping with family interests and community trends in the Self-Help Inc., CFCE communities.
  • Plan a variety of early learning and early literacy activities for families.
  • Communicate with families in a positive, non-judgmental manner.
  • Establish rapport with each family and display empathy and understanding of others’ perspectives, needs, concerns and culture.
  • Model age-appropriate interactions with children including redirecting children’s behavior as needed and providing positive role-modeling to families regarding behavior management.
  • Conduct outreach, using a variety of strategies (notices and flyers, email, newsletters, telephone calls, and texts), to ensure that the community, partner agencies and schools have information about community based CFCE activities and events.
  • Support children and families through transitions including kindergarten transitions.
  • Provide “Welcome Baby” visits, as requested.
  • Maintain consistent communication and support to EEC licensed early childhood programs and public preschools, as needed.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times regarding information that families/caregivers may share
  • Attend and actively participate in monthly staff meetings and supervision.
  • Complete other relevant duties, as may be assigned by the CFCE Coordinator or CFCE Director.

 Competencies

  1.  Flexibility
  2. Communication proficiency
  3. Client Focus
  4. Technical Capacity
  5. Collaboration Skills

 

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Work Environment

This job operates in a professional environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.  This position is also implemented across the 23 communities we cover at various local community sites.

Physical Demands

This would require the ability to open filing cabinets, bend or stand as necessary.  Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs., to transport educational materials to programming sites.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position 35 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.  Due to the COVID Pandemic, we are currently employing a hybrid work schedule (remote/office/community sites).

Travel

Travel within 23 Communities CFCE Serves expected for this position (mileage reimbursement provided)

Required Education and Experience

  • Associates Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Human Services/Development, Special Needs, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university preferred.
  • Experience working within a diverse community, pre-school children and families, low-income residents, and experience working with community agencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of early childhood education principles and the ability to apply them to support children and families in a learning environment.
  • Valid Driver’s license and reliable vehicle.

Other

All Self-Help Inc Staff must be fully vaccinated or be approved for a medical/religious exemption.

Compensation

SHI is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, ancestry, marital status or sexual preference, political or union affiliation.  Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package and salary commensurate with experience, and other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope and mission.

 

To apply:  Please send your resume and cover letter to mdavidson@selfhelpinc.org or Mail it to:

Self Help Inc.

45 Pearl Street

Brockton, MA 02301

Attn:  Michele Davidson

SHI is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of race, creed,

color, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, ancestry, marital status or sexual

preference, political or union affiliation.

 

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