This position is responsible for working collaboratively with families, education staff, and community partners to ensure that the program meets the needs of the whole child and supports parents/guardians in addressing family needs along with setting and achieving ambitious family goals.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Collaborate with administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and fellow staff to engage parents/caregivers in the classroom and school.
- Create a collaborative in-classroom schedule to reflect supporting each teacher/class session weekly.
- Ensure open lines of positive communication take place with administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and fellow staff.
- Ensure that the program maintains a welcoming environment for parents/caregivers and the community.
- Lead development and implementation of parent education opportunities.
- Utilize internal resources and community partners.
- Solicit and value parent/caregiver input on family education offerings.
- Implement and support activities to ensure a strong connection between home and school, including take-home learning activities.
- Engage parents/caregivers in preschool advisory council and other leadership opportunities.
- Support program efforts to identify and recruit the most at-risk children in the community.
- Educate parents/caregivers about the importance of early learning programs.
- Provide support in completing the screening and eligibility process.
- Contact parents/caregivers of absent students to determine reasons for absence and provide support to improve student’s attendance.
- Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for families.
- Monitor health and dental records to ensure that children receive regular screenings and follow-up for any treatment needs.
- Assist parents/caregivers in establishing a medical home and dental home for their children to ensure access to consistent health care.
- Coordinate parent/caregiver educational workshops to educate in the areas of child health, mental health and family strengthening.
- Help with parental consent in the collaboration with the mental health consultant for social emotional screenings of children.
- Coordinate and conduct home visits with families who meet the referral criteria to support home-school connection, address developmental concerns and provide other family supports.
- Possess strong knowledge and understanding of community resources available to families.
- Assess family needs and identify family goals.
- Work with families to develop a plan towards meeting needs and achieving goals.
- Refer families to resources to support their plan and document referrals and progress towards goals and follow up with families regarding referrals on a regular basis.
- Follow through with Prenatal to Age 3 program transition as well as Kindergarten transition documentation
- Follow proper communication lines in order to complete tasks (ex: know when to go to your supervisor or when it's acceptable to discuss matters with Principals)
- Collaborate with districts to organize and implement ongoing screenings to ensure enrollment numbers are filled
- Ensure compliance documentation is up to date and organized accurately.
- Maintaining professional development certifications to ensure you are up to date
- Commit to learning, understanding and implementing the ISBE Preschool For All and Preschool for All Expansion Implementation Manual, Early Childhood Rating Scale-3 and Compliance Checklist as related to all Family Educator duties.
- Follow through with data collection such as but not limited to class enrollment, improvement processes, professional development plans, family education offerings, and records retention and disposal.
- Preferred Associates Degree or minimum High School Diploma or equivalent required.
- Competence in utilizing Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Virtual Meeting Platforms
- Ability to lift and carry up to 20 lbs.
- Ability to push/pull up to 10 lbs.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and an acceptable/courteous manner.
- Understanding and awareness of multicultural needs
- Ability to maintain a positive and collaborative relationship/attitude across all ROE programs.
- The work hours for this position are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. based on the ROE Calendar.
- The schedule is subject to change with ROE demands.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: From $17.00 per hour
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- 8-hour shift
- Associate (Preferred)
Work Location: In person
To learn more about this position, and to apply, follow the link here: https://indeedhi.re/3R5ZiCF