The Family and Health Advocate works in collaboration with partner sites and other Head Start Team members to ensure Head Start compliance for enrollment, parent involvement activities, governance, mental health services, health, & nutrition services at each assigned Easterseals HS/EHS Site.
Maintain full enrollment of Head Start/Early Head Start children at assigned sites.
Develop and maintain professional relationships with administrative and teaching staff at all assigned sites.
Develop and maintain a regular schedule of site visits to ensure implementation of Head Start/Early Head Start services. This will include after hour events, such as parent workshops.
Provide assistance to other component areas through regular contact with assigned families and collection of needed documentation.
Maintain complete and accurate records in the COPA system, including, but not limited to, Child Health Histories, Family Partnership Agreements, Family Needs Assessments, enrollment dates, case notes and follow up. Develop and implement a tracking system for component areas.
Work with Health Coordinator, center directors and parents to assure that enrolled children maintain current physicals and up to date immunizations including all well-baby visits, vision, hearing and dental screenings.
Assist with updating, reviewing and monitoring health/mental health/social services/enrollment files for all enrolled children.
Assure that growth and developmental charts are completed.
Coordinate, monitor and maintain safety practices and up-to-date first aid kits for the classrooms.
Participate in all regularly scheduled meetings.
Work with FCPC & HNC to create partnerships with local organizations and set up Community Partnership Agreements and Linkage Agreements with community organizations.
Provide social service/health/nutrition resources and referrals to families as per Family Partnership Agreements.
Participate in annual community needs assessments and maintain complete and updated Community Resource Binders at each site.
Work with staff and Mental Health Consultants to identify specific children/classrooms needing mental health services as well as coordinate required mental health workshops/trainings.
Implement site level parent committee & work with them to schedule meetings/workshops/trainings.
Attend PPC meetings on an as needed basis and attend all site level parent meetings and events.
Willing to have a flexible schedule (early morning appointments/meetings and late evening appointments/meeting will occur on a regular basis).
Work with sites to recruit parents to participate in Parent Committees and Parent Policy Committee.
Submit all required paperwork accurately and in a timely manner.
Participate in ongoing enrollment and recruitment campaign.
Ensure that attendance is accurate and entered into COPA on a daily basis.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Turn in site verification forms each time off site and maintain outlook calendar
All other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher in Human Service or Health field.
Experience working in a Head Start program.
Valid driver’s license.
Must have the ability to work well with clients, all levels of the organization, other agencies and funding source personnel.
Demonstrates the knowledge of potential partners and funding sources, DFSS and pertinent regulatory bodies, procedures, rules and regulations.
Demonstrates the ability to conceptualize and articulate program outcomes.
Must have the ability to manage multiple projects.
Must be well organized, highly detailed oriented and accuracy driven.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Demonstrates initiative and motivation.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.
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