·Conduct weekly 90-minute home visits to young children and their families.
·Carry out “curriculum” for child development in the context of the home and during group “socialization” experiences.
·Facilitate group “socialization” experiences and other family group activities.
·Provide education and support services to families.
·Conduct screening and ongoing assessment of young children’s development.
·Collaborate with families to establish family development goals, and document this collaborative process in family partnership agreements.
·Promote parental involvement in curriculum planning, program governance, and the overall Head Start program.
·Monitor and educate parents with respect to children’s health status, including medical follow-up, physical health, dental health, mental health, and nutritional intake.
·Provide management, crisis intervention, and resource referral services.
·Act as liaison and advocate between community resources and Head Start families.
·Transport family when appropriate to and from community resources or other activities.
·Complete documentation of home visits, socialization experiences, and other relevant activities.
·Maintain confidentiality of family records and information.
·Participate fully in supervision and training experiences.
·Perform other duties as assigned.
• Have a minimum of a home-based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree
• At least 2 years’ experience working with children and families in a human service setting. • Capacities to problem solve, handle crisis, and work with families and children of various cultures from low-income backgrounds. • Approach to working with families that is empathic, nonjudgmental, respectful, and professional. • Willingness to work primarily in the homes of families residing in high-risk communities. • Flexibility with respect to time and days able to work as well as to work tasks. • Active driver’s license and Car Insurance.
Additional Salary Information: Based on Experience.
Internal Number: 03262018
About Mary Crane Center
In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families.