Under supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Early Learning Specialist serves as a mentor/educator, working with parents/guardians of children aged sixteen months through four years. Home visitors promote each child’s growth and development by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate experiences focused on learning through play. In partnerships with parents Early Learning Specialist create environments in which children can develop personal relationships, experiment, make choices, solve problems, and develop age-appropriate social and self-help skills.
The successful Early Learning Specialist will understand her/his role as a mentor/model to the parent/guardian, and as an observer of home environment and situations to make appropriate referrals.
The Early Learning Specialist will also be expected to participate in training, case conferences, and presentations as requested by Self Help Inc. and ParentChild+. Additionally, the successful candidate should support the mission and goals of Self Help Inc.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Home Visiting -Make 2 weekly, 30-minute home visits to each assigned family.
- Work with an assigned group of parents/guardians and their toddlers; assess the individual needs, strengths, and interests of each child regularly.
- Prepare and maintain accurate records, including child observation, lesson plans, attendance, parent participation, and others as directed by management.
- Provide age and developmentally appropriate activities and experiences designed to promote all areas of a child’s development.
- Prepare and provide materials as required by the curricula and as approved by the Program Coordinator.
- Respond quickly and directly to children’s needs, desires and verbal and non-verbal messages, adapting the response to children’s differing styles and abilities.
- Model the appropriate responses for parents/guardians. Facilitate the development of self-esteem, trust and autonomy by expressing and modeling respect, acceptance, and comfort for children.
- Promote parent involvement in the child’s education and well-being with every activity and during each visit.
- Meetings and Weekly Supervision, Meet regularly with Program Coordinator for general staff and one on one weekly meetings.
- Assessments and Evaluations, In accordance with prescribed time schedules, complete appropriate screenings of all assigned children.
- In collaboration with parents, develop appropriate goals and objectives for each child.
- Conduct on-going assessment of each child’s growth and development and update each child’s goals and objectives regularly.
- Assist with transition to Head Start or other childcare placements.
- Provide referrals to program families for early childhood and social services on an as needed basis.
- Outreach: Assist in the recruitment, enrollment and retention of families to participate in home visiting program.
- Perform other job related tasks as required.
- Communication proficiency
- Client Focus
- Technical Capacity
- Collaboration Skills
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 will provide services out in the community, at client homes.
This position would require the ability to carry toys, books to families’ homes, bend or stand as necessary. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a part time (contracted) position 10-12 hours per week. Days of work are dependent on family schedules.
Travel within the three PC+ communities of Holbrook, Randolph and Rockland is expected for this position. Mileage is reimbursed by agency.
Required Education and Experience
- Must have Experience with infant/toddlers/preschoolers in a group setting or home-base setting. Preferred experience in pre-school, Head Start or Early Head Start setting
- Minimum of a High School Diploma. Preferred qualification CDA or higher in early childhood education or related field
- Must complete and pass MA CORI
- Must have reliable transportation. Ability to independently travel to all family homes or other meeting locations (Valid Ma. Driver’s License and car required).
- Must be able to read/write in English
- Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply: Spanish, Haitian Creole, Vietnamese, Portuguese.
- Former parents who have received ParentChild+ or PCHP services are also encouraged to apply.
- Strong computer skills, including experience working with database, word processing and spreadsheet applications. (MS Office Suite Word, Outlook, Publisher, Excel)
Preferred Education and Experience
Preferred qualification CDA or higher in early childhood education or related field
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. This is a part-time position and Compensation is dependent on education and experience ($16.00-$18.00/hr). No benefits are included.
How to apply Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org (Include “ParentChild+” in the subject line) or mail to:
Self Help Inc.
780 West Main Street
Avon, MA 02322
Attn: Gina McGarrigle