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Home Visitor III Early Head Start

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | North Hollywood, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.   VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at www.voala.org.

VOALA services for children place an emphasis on Education, Literacy, and Health. The skills and confidence gained from our programs promote a stable home life and ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Working closely with the family unit and the community itself, we encourage the development of a positive narrative for our children providing internal voices of confidence, kindness, hope and accountability to building a stronger future.

EARLY HEAD START

For children aged three to five we offer early education, child development, nutrition, parenting support and preparation for elementary school. All children receive educational experiences that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. The focus is on readiness to move to kindergarten.  Literacy, numeracy, and social/emotional development are areas measured for growth and development.

Children also receive a broad array of health services including screenings and referrals, maintenance of immunization schedules, nutrition assessments and follow-ups, mental health assessments as part of initial screenings, and determination if any mental or physical delays are present.  Enrolled children receive healthy meals, along with an assessment of their nutritional needs and the necessary follow-ups.  Nutrition education is available for parents and incorporated into daily classroom activities for the children.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

Under the supervision of the Home Base Supervisor, the Home Visitor supports the Early Head Start program cornerstones of child development, family development, community-building and staff development. This role fosters the view and practice in parents that they are their child’s first teacher and provides practical suggestions to families to reinforce this concept.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Identifies, recruits and enrolls families for participation in the Head Start program
  • Maintains caseload of approximately 10 - 12 families; visits each family home for at least 90 minutes’ weekly
  • Consults with families and staff to identify the challenges and needs of each family and/or child; explores and suggests possible solutions
  • Works with parents to make weekly activity and home visit plans based on the child's assessment and identified family needs
  • Plans, participates and implements socializations twice a month
  • Works with parent to establish a Family Partnership Agreement and assists them in attaining established goals
  • Fosters the view and practice in parents that they are their child’s first teacher and reinforce this concept with practical suggestions
  • Acts as a liaison and advocate between community resources and Head Start families
  • Helps families as necessary to arrange and keep medical and dental appointments as required by Head Start
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications

EDUCATION: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
  • 24 Early Childhood Education/Child Development units including: 6 units of infant/toddler studies 

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 1-year experience in Early Childhood Education or social work
  • Minimum 1-year experience working with and knowledge of community resources

KNOWLEDGE

  • Child Development principles and theories
  • Infant/Toddlers practices

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Excellent computer skills
  • Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing with family, staff and community members

INTERPERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 6 semester units in Administration (At least 3 semester units is preferred at hire and any additional units for a total of 6 units is preferred to be completed within 1 year of hire)
  • 2 semester units in Adult Supervision
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Valid Child Development Teacher Permit
  • 2 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education or social work
  • 2 years’ experience working with and knowledge of community resources.
  • Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.