Early Head Start Teacher/Family Advocate
Bona Vista Programs, Inc.
Provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for infants and toddlers while they are in the Early Head Start environment. Develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into Head Start or other pre-school settings. Support families in their role as primary caretakers and educators of their children and encourage their involvement in all aspects of the program (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, family education and resource/referral). Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and/or agency policies and procedures. In partnership with parents, implement an age appropriate, success oriented, developmentally appropriate center-based program, using the Early Head Start curriculum. Integrate all aspects of Early Head Start performance Standards into the schedule and curriculum for each child. Integrate previous plans in place for the child (IFSP, nutrition, behavior) into the daily plan and curriculum for that child. Work as a team with the Child Development Manager and co-specialists to design an environment and activities designed to meet the needs of assigned children. Meet the needs of individual children while remaining responsive and aware of group needs. Follow and maintain daily routine and schedule while remaining flexible to individual factors that may alter some. Maintain classroom management. Create a warm and accepting environment and atmosphere for children, parents, families, volunteers, community representatives and staff. Insure the safety of the children in assigned group, inspecting indoor and outdoor toys and equipment daily. Assure that all children are supervised at all times. Abide by program philosophies on parent engagement and parent participation. Actively participate in parent engagement activities. Encourage parent engagement and parent participation to include, but not be limited to, face-to-face, telephone and written contacts. Communicate daily with parents, both verbally and in writing. Report any health needs of assigned children to the Health Services Manager. Report any social service or crisis needs of the child or family to the Family Services Specialist within 24 hours. Perform required child screenings on assigned children within 45 days of enrollment and report findings to the parent and Child Development Manager or Health Service Manager. Perform ongoing child observations and assessments and use the information to design curriculum and meet the developmental needs of assigned children. Promote school readiness. Work with the Family Service Specialist to assist in setting goals with the family. Perform all required documentation and reports and submit in a timely manner. Perform home visits with assigned children and parents as directed by supervisor. Perform at least one yearly parent conference with assigned children. Comply with regulatory health requirements, including: providing documentation of an annual physical within 30 days of hire and every two (2) years thereafter; and an annual TB test. Attend all meetings and training as required. Adhere to all plans, policies and procedures of Bona Vista Programs, Inc. and Early Head Start. Must be able to hold and move small children weighing 5-50 pounds. Must be able to move and play with small children indoors and outdoors, including routine tasks such as diaper changing and feeding. Must be able to travel with personal transportation, within Howard and Miami Counties and attend local and out of state training as requested. Attend other related meetings and training as requested.