PARENT AND CHILD EDUCATOR – HS (1 opening)
First A.M.E. Child Development Center is currently searching for an experienced Head Start Parent and Child Educator who is passionate about working with preschool children, and committed to empowering children and their
Through its Head Start and Early Head Start programs, FAME CDC has provided comprehensive, high-quality developmental services to the low-income children and families of central and south Seattle since 1980. These services include disability and mental health services, health and nutrition, transportation, and social services as well
as early childhood education.
This position is full-time and qualifies for employer-paid benefits including excellent medical and dental benefits, life and long-term disability insurance for employees.
This full-time, 9.5-month position, which starts September 4, 2012, works with assigned families in their homes, helping to identify family needs and community resources to meet those needs.
The Head Start PCE: integrates and incorporates all Head Start services, including education, health and nutrition, disabilities and mental health, and social services; completes the enrollment process and assures all documentation is completed and birth and income are verified; arranges for weekly home visits and obtains substitutes as needed; actively recruits families to be enrolled in the program, and maintains an active waiting list; recruits and supports parents and volunteers for active participation in the Policy Council, parent meetings and socializations; works with families to reduce barriers that prevent family participation (language, transportation, child care).Recruits children with special needs, establishes ongoing collaborations with agencies serving and identifying children with special needs, works with families to complete referrals, provides follow-up on referrals, and participates in IEP/IFSP meetings as needed. Works with parents to develop weekly activity plans based upon each child’s assessment and interest, and identifies family needs and goals. Makes referrals as needed, and tracks the referrals. Mentors parents in being the primary educators of their families. Inputs and maintains information in the agency database system. Conducts health and nutrition assessment screenings and obtains a health and development history for each child. Assures that every child in the program has a physical examination and oral health screening within 90 days of enrollment and provides ongoing monitoring of health, mental health and dental information to children and families. Maintains accurate and well-documented records of all parent contacts, program activities and confidential records of children. Ensures the highest level of confidentiality in record-keeping. Respects and responds competently to the culture, traditions, lifestyle, language and values of each family and community. Is responsible for supporting elected Policy Council representatives, including, but not limited to: notifying parents of Policy Council activities, at times attending Policy Council meetings with the parent(s), sending notices, and informing parents about the importance of Policy Council participation. Attends and participates in Family Support breakout groups and other assigned meetings on a regular basis. Works with and supports prenatal parents with health and social services needs.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education, or social, human, or family services, and two years of experience as a classroom instructor or in a social services setting working with children from birth to five and their families; or
Associate degree in Early Childhood Education, or social, human, or family services, and four years of experience working with children from birth to five.
A minimum of 6 courses, or 15 credit hours, in Early Childhood Education for all candidates.
Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license, current car insurance, and reliable transportation to perform assigned duties.
Must have demonstrated computer and writing skills that meet agency standards.
Somali-speaking candidates highly desirable and will be given priority consideration.
Depending on qualifications
Open until filled
First A.M.E. Child Development Center
Attn.: Human Resources
3201 E. Republican St., Seattle, WA 98112
Phone:(206) 322-9600, ext. 29; Fax: (206) 322-9800