Under the direct supervision of the Home-based Team Leader, the Family Support Worker I promotes school readiness among multi-ethnic and socially isolated families with pregnant women and children age birth to three years old through guidance in parenting and family self-sufficiency.
- Manages a caseload averaging 10-11 children. Completes a weekly 90-minute home visit with each family and child as per EHS Performance Standards.
- Guides families in the development of Family Partnership Agreements (FPA). Supports families in follow-through to assist families in obtaining self-sufficiency and reach intended goals. Reviews and revises FPAs routinely with Team Leader.
- Familiarizes self with community resources appropriate to needs of families and acts as a liaison between families and other community service agencies. Provides referrals for services. Assists parents in making and attending appointments for doctors, social service agencies, etc.
- Implements the full range of family support services in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
- Prepares home-visit lessons and corresponding summaries. Records child observations and activities in a complete, consistent and timely manner, no later than 48 hours after family contact. Updates information in PROMIS data management and Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system.
- Encourages parents to participate in Policy Council, Parent Committees, activities, and all
aspects of the EHS program 7. Coordinates and participates in bi-monthly Group Socialization activities for families in the Home-based option.
- Performs child screenings in accordance with the schedule provided by the Infant and Toddler Specialist. Prepares Individualized Child Development Plan for each child on assigned caseload.
- Meets with Home-based Team Leader on a regular basis to evaluate family status, share risk assessments, and determine available resources.
- Attends regular staff meetings, case conferences, and other meetings as requested.
- Complies with requirements as set forth to meet or exceed Head Start Performance Standards. Assists in the annual Self-Assessment.
- Submits annual career development plan to supervisor. Attends workshops, conferences, and continuing education trainings to gain career-related knowledge and skills. Maintains First Aid and Infant/Child CPR certification.
- Is a Mandated Reporter of suspected cases of child abuse and neglect in accordance with
Maryland state and Montgomery County regulations. Reports suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to Center-based Team Leader.
- Requires Home Visitor Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or equivalent
- Bachelors degree in Social Work, Early Childhood Development, Family Sciences or related
- Experience with multi-ethnic, low-income, and at-risk families. Experience working with ages 0-3 years old population and knowledge of family-centered practices.
- Requires computer literacy and strong organizational skills.
- Ability to communicate well with parents, community members, and professionals
in English required. Bilingual capabilities preferred.
- Ability to maintain flexible work schedule, including some evening and weekend hours. Must have use of reliable transportation for work purposes and valid driver's license.
- Ability to lift 40 lbs.
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