Sign On Incentive ($500 at hire and $500 after 6 months of employment)
Comprehensive Benefits Package:
Health, dental, vision, employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), paid holidays, paid discretionary day, paid bereavement leave, paid jury duty leave, military leave, paid parental leave, retirement plan. For more information https://www.kumc.edu/human-resources/benefits.html
This Home Visitor position is responsible for providing services to families enrolled in Project Eagle's Early Head Start program through the Kansas Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program in Wyandotte County. The Home Visitor provides intensive, home-based early childhood education, parenting education, and family support services, to voluntary participants in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards. The Home Visitor focuses on the four cornerstones of Early Head Start child development, family development, community building, and staff development to empower families in the areas of parenting, child development, health, nutrition, mental health, and self-sufficiency, by using outcome based interventions. The Home Visitor teaches problem-solving skills and assists families in accessing community resources and existing service systems to promote independence.
Key Roles and Responsibilities:
- Provide structured child-focused home visiting that promotes the parents' ability to support the child's cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development, beginning prenatally through age three. Deliver all services and education to families in accordance with program policies/procedures and Head Start Performance Standards. In accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, maintain a caseload of ten to twelve families.
- Use an effective strengths based approach to parenting education, encouraging parents as their child's first and most important teacher, through modeling, coaching, and guidance. Promote emergent literacy using research-based methods and strategies to support the development of literacy and language skills for all children. Develop and implement weekly prenatal care lesson plans that support the health and well being of pregnant women to prenatal and early child development.
- Develop and implement weekly early childhood education lesson plans that support each child's development using the Growing Great Kids curriculum, or other curricula.
- Complete developmental assessments on all children less than four years of age according to Head Start Performance Standards, as well as track developmental screenings related to health: Kan Be Healthy Exams, vision, hearing, lead.
- Develop and maintain current Individual Family Partnership Agreements for all families on caseload, establishing goals, reporting outcomes, brokering and referring for services, and documenting progress. Approach difficult family and individual issues in a positive manner that leads to growth to promote effective strategies that can be used to cope with crisis. Teach adults how to effectively communicate with and utilize support services within the community, to meet their goals regarding early education, healthcare, education, and employment, through role modeling and supported experiences.
- Promptly document all interventions according to program procedures, and notify supervisor and appropriate coordinator immediately of any unusual or at risk situations. Complete weekly paperwork on time as required by program guidelines, including lesson plans, home visit tracking records, contact notes, checklists, and forms. This includes accurate data entry of information as assigned according to program guidelines. Maintain organized and confidential, working and permanent files for each family on caseload.
- Participate in monthly staff meetings, quarterly retreats, and various conferences as requested. Participate in weekly trainings or others as scheduled. Participate in, and support the involvement of families in the Policy Council and parent/child socializations and community groups.
- Collect and submit data on all eligible families enrolled in the program as required by the Mother and Infant Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) contract. Prepare narrative Program Activity and progress reports for submission to funders per grant requirements. Attend Wyandotte County Early Learning Collaborative and Kansas MIECHV meetings and conferences as needed.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child and Family Development, Social Work or related area.
- Bilingual English/Spanish.
- Successful experience teaching child development and parenting skills to adults. Efficient experience delivering family support services.
- Experience working with children ages birth to three.
- Ability to assess individual and family dynamics. Ability to identify and respond to the social, economic and cultural experiences of Project Eagle participants. Ability to assist individuals with enhancing problem solving skills and in accessing community resources.
- Ability to establish and maintain productive communication and working relationships with families, co-workers and community members in order to develop and maintain quality client-centered services.
- Willingness to deliver year-round home-based services on a flexible schedule to meet the needs of families.
- Excellent organizational skills. Strong computer skills.
- Desire for continuous professional development.
- Valid driver's license and access to personal car on a daily basis.
- Ability to work some evenings.
- Master's degree or graduate level course work in any of the required discipline areas.
- Two or more years of successful experience using a strengths-based family support approach teaching and/or delivering services in the following areas: prenatal education, early childhood education, and parenting education.
- Experience delivering home-based services.
- Knowledge and skills in completing comprehensive assessments covering all areas affecting family functioning.
- Experience writing family goals or Individualized Family Partnership Agreements.
- Knowledge of resources in Wyandotte County.
KUMC is an AA/EO Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including marital status, race/ethnicity, color, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, creed, religion, ancestry, disability status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran, or genetic testing and screening information.