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Parent Educator- Family Support with Special Needs Program

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Tucson, AZ

Title:    Parent Educator- Family Support– Children with Special Needs Program

Educational Requirement:    Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an area related to early childhood education, early childhood special education, child and family studies, social work, or a related field.

Experience:    At least two years working in the field of early childhood development; two years’ experience as an educator

JOB SUMMARY:

Parent Educators will provide a comprehensive home visitation program implementing the Parents as Teachers evidence-based model for families with children with or at risk of disabilities. This strengths-based program uses parent coaching to provide developmental screening, Family Service Plan development, home visitation, Family Connections group sessions, and connections to community resources and services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provide a Comprehensive Parent as Teachers Program -

  • Accept referrals, contact family to schedule a home visit.
  • Meet with the family at a time convenient to explain the program components.
  • Implement evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity to the national standards in regards to enrollment; documentation; frequency of visits; screening and assessments; and transition planning for families.
  • Collect child health and developmental information; determine other screenings which may be required.
  • Conduct with family participation developmental, hearing, and vision screenings.
  • Assess family strengths and resources, including informal support systems.
  • Convene a Family Service Plan meeting to develop functional child and family goals and outcomes.
  • Facilitate referrals to community resources/services.
  • Provide parents/caregivers with the tools and knowledge they need to access additional services and navigate service systems.
  • Support families in successfully advocating for their child’s needs.
  • Provide parent coaching within natural environments to increase family capacity to support their child’s development.
  • Plan and provide Family Connections Group meetings available to families at least once a month.
  • Support family to develop a child portfolio, the All About Me Book.
  • Collaborate with community agencies/service providers to promote timely and seamless services to children and families.
  • Complete all program documentation requirements and maintain confidential, individual child files.
  • Maintain and effective and professional working relationship with families and referral sources.
  • Support families through transitions to other services as necessary.
  • Assess and support access to emergency needs of families for food, diapers, clothing, and transportation.
  • Ensure fidelity to First Things First Standards of Practice, as well as National PAT model implementation standards.

Function as an enthusiastic, competent, contributing member of EBF staff-

  • Complete initial Parents as Teachers Foundational 1 Model Implementation Training (5 days), Foundational 2 (2 days) and Interactions Across Abilities (2 days) requirements and maintain knowledge of best practices and current research; complete 20 hours of professional development annually.
  • Use Reflective Supervision effectively, accept feedback and share experiences working with families.
  • Attend and participate in all required staff meetings.
  • Participate in PAT Self-Assessment and Program Evaluation processes; FTF monitoring activities and contribute to the development and implementation of improvement plans.

Comply with State, Federal and Other Relevant Regulations/Requirements-

  • Report suspected neglect/abuse to the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and supervisor, complete required documentation.
  • Comply with privacy laws and requirement under HIPAA regulations
  • Follow all safety procedures required by EBF.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of:

  • Child development – typical and delayed development;
  • Early intervention and early childhood special education programs and services;
  • Availability of community resources and how to access them;
  • Child assessment and ongoing progress monitoring;
  • Family protective factors;
  • Reflective practice and supervision principles;
  • Facilitation skills for group learning;
  • Understanding adult learning styles;
  • The principles of Family Support Practice, the Protective Factors Framework, and the Two-Generational Approach;
  • Arizona’s Infant and Toddler Developmental Guidelines; and
  • Arizona’s Mandatory Reporting requirements.

Ability to:

  • Use independent judgment.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally, and in writing.
  • Work as a member of a team.
  • Work a flexible schedule including evenings/weekends.
  • Travel out of town/state for PAT required training.

EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION/LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an area related to early childhood education, early childhood special education, child and family studies, social work, or a related field. Successful completion of the National Center for Parents as Teachers Training. Experience in home visitation with children birth through age 5 and their families; preference given to those with proficient bilingual abilities.

OTHER GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit an active Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire.
  • Maintain a current valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets ESBF requirements
  • Reliable vehicle.
  • Certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds, bend, squat, sit on floor, play with young children.

Information contained in this position description represents the standard method of accomplishing the duties of this position.  The preceding essential functions are not intended to be an exhaustive list of tasks and functions for this position.  Other tasks and functions may be assigned as needed to fulfill the mission and contractual obligations of EBF.  Reasonable accommodations may be considered as required and or/requested.

NOTICE:   Due to the amount of logistics of trainings, Interviews are happening during the month June but the actual job, will not start until July 8th or the 15th.

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