Primary Purpose: HOME VISITING PROGRAM, Early Head Start
To provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development services to children, birth to age three that honor their unique characteristics enhancing their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. Provide family support services and link families with appropriate agencies and services that enable parents to fulfill their roles as parents and to move toward self-sufficiency.
All services are provided in the family's home.
- AAS Degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or closely related field
- Three years’ experience in Infant/Toddler Child Care with the knowledge of the principles of child health, safety, and nutrition, adult learning and family dynamics
- Experience in instructing adults
Essential Position Responsibilities
Early Childhood Development
1. Assist parents in assuming the role of their child’s first teacher, to advocate for their child’s needs with schools and other community agencies, and during transition from Early Head Start to other programs.
2. Serve as a resource for parents and a facilitator for learning by organizing and facilitating age-appropriate parent/child activities both in the home and in group settings.
3. Provide education to parents in working to strengthen the family’s knowledge of child development, including assisting parents to understand how children grow and learn, and planning and conducting child education activities with the parents which meet the child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social needs.
4. Promote nurturing relationships and parent-child bonding.
5. Complete an Individualized Child Development Plan according to established Early Head Start practice.
6. Coordinate the necessary Screening and Assessment requirements for infant and toddler developmental and sensory evaluations including, but not limited to, the following areas: Developmental, Social-Emotional, Vision, Hearing and Oral Health.
7. Assist parents in strengthening the families’ knowledge of health and nutrition, including integrating health and nutrition education in the program. Provide parents with information and referrals, as necessary.
8. Coordinate with the Nurse Educator and parents regarding health screenings and nutrition services for family members.
9. Conduct developmental screenings of infants’ and toddlers’ motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual and emotional skills.
Family and Community Partnerships
1. Maintain positive communication with all agency families, staff and community partners.
2. Assist in the recruitment process for prospective Early Head Start families and in the Orientation process for new families.
3. Plan and develop with parents an individualized program for the family, including establishing a caring professional relationship and a climate of mutual trust and respect for parents.
4. Assist families in identifying and setting goals for themselves and their families; collaboratively develop and update a Family Partnership Agreement that is strengths-based, family driven and unique to each family.
5. Link families to educational, employment, early intervention, child care, and social services in the community.
6. Make home visits to families and develop strategies to share parenting information as needs arise, and ensure that parents are provided opportunities to enhance their own parenting of the educational and developmental needs and activities of their children.
7. Plan and facilitate socializations, on-site at the Head Start Center/Office for families.
8. Transport parents, as needed, for health related or other appointments.
9. Develop community contacts and partnerships for the purpose of providing appropriate referrals for families.
10. Report suspected child abuse and neglect according to agency policy.
Head Start is an early childhood development school readiness, and family support program for children from birth to school age, their families, and pregnant women in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. We promote family self-sufficiency, foster healthy outcomes, and enhance the quality of life for children and families through education and partnerships with school districts and the community.
Our Motto: Children need to be well to do well.
As proven leaders in early childhood education and family development, Luzerne County Head Start, Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for low-income children and their families in Luzerne and Wyoming Counties.
Our knowledgeable and caring staff accomplishes our mission by:
*Providing early care and education for pregnant women and children birth to five, emphasizing healthy outcomes and s school readiness;
*Promoting family self-sufficiency; and
*Partnering with individuals, school districts, and our community.
...receive attractive salaries and unique career opportunities;
...do meaningful work that is constantly changing and evolving;
...enjoy successful careers without sacrificing their personal lives;
...enjoy limitless opportunities for professional growth;
...work in an environment of professional respect.