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Early Childcare Family Support Specialist - BBLA I

Company: Building Blocks Learning Academy
Location: Chicago
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

Building Blocks Learning Academy is a child care center serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We believe in creating enriching classrooms that provide each of our children with a loving, dynamic, supportive experience. We strive to develop and maintain a learning environment that provides the highest possible quality of childcare by supporting children, parents, and staff. We make every effort to provide a superior childcare experience by instilling an atmosphere of harmony, respect, patience, honesty, trust, and friendship. Our goals are to maintain a safe environment at all times, nurture, engage and enlighten families and staff, and to support and respect each child, family, staff member, and our surrounding community.General Summary: Under the general direction of the Delegate Head Start Director, has primary responsibility for planning, organizing, and implementing the Family and Community Partnership service area. Recruits and enrolls children. Develops and implements Individualized Family Partnership agreements with parents. Acts as a community liaison for the agency.Essential Functions:Organizes facilitates and conducts meetings and training sessions for staff and parents (completing the Parent Education Training form, after each session).Conducts at least, two (2) evening home visits a month, to each enrolled family.Assists parents in developing individualized short-and long-term goals and in accomplishing them.Organizes and participates in delegate inter-agency meetings.Participates in community boards, councils, advisory groups, etc., representing the agency.Organizes and facilitates all Parent Committee and Policy Committee meetings according to federal and IMSHSP guidelines, and provides training to parent representatives.Attends grantee pre-service training; participates in delegate pre-service training and maintains ongoing efforts for professional development.Maintains organized records of activities related to the Family Partnership Area, including but not limited to, family files.Coordinates efforts to encourage community members and parents as volunteers.Attends all center biweekly staffing, staff, and management meetings.Identifies community agencies and resources which provide services to migrant and seasonal families, establishing and maintaining cooperative relationships with them.Acts as an advocate for Migrant and Seasonal Head Start families and promotes their ability to advocate for themselves.Assists parents in fund-raising activities. (Follow fundraising policy)Ensures the delivery of social services, emergency, and non-emergency services, directly or through referrals.Coordinates the development and update of the Community Resources Directory.Responds to children's three-day absences and follows up according to procedure.Submits accurate, timely reports as requested by the center director or grantee.Ensures absolute confidentiality with respect to information records concerning families and children.Performs ongoing recruitment, and documents accuratelyPerforms other duties, as requested.The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.Employment QualificationsEducation: High School diploma or GED. Six credit hours in principles of social work, or case management, or ability to obtain credit within two years. Fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English.Experience: An understanding of the Head Start philosophy. Familiarity with child development or early childhood education. Understanding of the current state of social welfare, immigration laws, and concepts of empowerment of adults. Knowledge of community resources and the social services system. Experience organizing, implementing, and managing multiple responsibilities under pressure. Experience in the use of computer database and/or word. Ability to manage time efficiently. Ability to participate in or facilitate case management.Additional Requirements: Regular access to a reliable vehicle; a valid driver's license; vehicle insurance. Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends. Ability to pass a health examination, annual TB test, and criminal background check. Ability to learn and follow IMHSP procedures. Ability to work effectively with minimal daily supervision and guidance. Knowledge of community resources. Successful experience working in a team setting. Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community. Ability to physically move through the center, classrooms, and migrant labor camps. Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction needed. Ability to lift 55 pounds. Ability to operate a computer and other office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder. Ability to travel, enter and exit a vehicle without assistance, and withstand exposure to adverse weather conditions. Ability to successfully work with culturally diverse staff and clients.Working Conditions: Tasks that involve infrequent exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissue (category I). The risk involved with travel on the main highway, side streets, and rural roads during business travel, including evening and weekend meetings. Tasks that involve handling implements or utensils, use of public or shared bathroom facilities, or telephones (category III). Possible exposure to communicable diseases. Ability to travel extensively locally and out-of-area.The qualifications listed above are guidelines for selection purposes; alternative qualifications may be substituted as sufficient to perform the duties.OUR MISSIONThe mission of Building Blocks Learning Academy is to provide high-quality childcare for children six weeks through 12 years of age. It is our principal goal to produce highly esteemed students who grow into lifelong learners. Through a caring, nurturing, safe environment, the staff at Building Blocks meet the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional needs of the child thus making the preschool experience a positive first impression of formal education. Building Blocks Learning Academy mission is to provide a nurturing environment full of:Fun: Children need to have laughter and to maintain that spirit of playfulness. This is important in every childhood. We also believe that fun is an important component in effective learning.Play: We engage the children in group sports as well as individual activities. This is a great avenue for them to interact with peers too.Learning: Our learning programs are designed to keep track of the child's progress according to their age. We identify the areas where they need closer supervision as well as those areas that they excel in.

Keywords: Building Blocks Learning Academy, Chicago , Early Childcare Family Support Specialist - BBLA I, Other , Chicago, Illinois

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