OVERVIEW OF BABY STEPS PROGRAM:
The Baby Steps Program serves pregnant women and other parents/caregivers of children ages 0-3. The program promotes child social-emotional and developmental growth/ parental resilience and social/community connection. The program consists of: Baby Steps Home Visitation Services and Case Management.
The staff under the Children’s Initiative model will leverage learning, share knowledge and best practices and practice across programs, undergo continuous program improvement processes to support the client centered delivery of service within each resource centers community and work to leverage agency and partner resources to better support families.
Under the Baby Steps Program, the Early Learning Specialist will serve pregnant women, and other parents/caregivers of children ages 0-3. The Early Learning Specialist conducts home visits to strengthen the parent-child bond through developmental guidance, parent coaching, and guided parent-child interactions. The Early Learning specialist will coach and help families develop SMART goals. The Early Learning Specialist supports the recruitment of participants based on program guidelines. The Early Learning Specialist will engage in network opportunities with internal and external organizations and other programs to promote and disseminate information to parents, and community groups.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONISBILITIES:
Deliver services through a culturally sensitive, relationship-based, development-informed, caregiver/child and reflective practice model
Provide home visits as assigned by supervisor
Facilitate/Observe, model play, reading, and verbal interaction behaviors/activities between parent/guardian and child
Outreach within the community and support in the recruitment of program participants through ongoing engagement and collaboration with other staff within the agency as well as external organizations
Understand and model age appropriate expectations
Maintain confidential, accurate, and up-to-date client electronic records and complete program-required documentation, assessments, service planning, and monthly reporting
Support parent/child interactions, early literacy, and social-emotional development of the child
Curriculum planning; implement educational activities
Prepare information to be provided as resources in the community and ensure that this information is culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and relevant to the family
Complete required assessments and collect data as assigned including ASQ and ASQ:SE, Protective Factor Survey, and Parent Self-Assessment
Participate in trainings related to Early Childhood development
Practice Reflective Practice, strength-based approach, and continuous improvement practices
Attend required CCSCC meetings, trainings, and events
With the support of the Supervisor, refer and connect families (through warm handoff and/or the use of the Intra-Agency referral system or other mode) to community resources, and serve as a facilitator in linking participants to social, educational, and health services
Follow directions from program supervisor/manager/ or director in completing duties as assigned verbally or in the work plan
Understand agency guidelines and policies and procedures and act in alignment with the CCSCC core values of Service, Compassion and Justice for all
Other duties as assigned
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
BA in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Psychology, Sociology or Related Field. A minimum of 1 year experience working with families, and previous experience working with FRCI a plus (equivalent experience may be considered)
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
Ability to work with diverse workgroups and serve families with diverse economic, social, racial, and cultural backgrounds
Knowledgeable about local community resources
Ability to establish and maintain personal and programmatic boundaries while providing supportive services
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to individuals who may not share basic commonality, including value systems and behavior norms
Demonstrate effective writing, communication, and organizational skills
Maintain a professional, confidential work environment
Knowledge of child development and behavior
Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and multitask
Serve effectively as a member of a team internally and externally
Be flexible, proactive, adaptable and able to work in a fast-paced, changing environment
Be professional, trustworthy, respectful of others, and display a positive attitude
Knowledge of modern office methods and practices, including filing systems, business, correspondence, presentations and report writing
Knowledge of the Internet and computer programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Early childhood development and behavior, including foundations of infant-family early childhood mental health
Core principals of Brazelton’s Touchpoints Model
Infant and Family Early Childhood Mental Health (IFECMH) knowledge domains and requirements for endorsement
Advocacy and outreach strategies
Child abuse reporting mandates
FIRST 5 System of Care
Clearance of fingerprint background check
Must have valid TB screening
Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster(s) status
TO APPLY: Please submit resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and use the job position title as the subject line.
This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant. Because of a need to remain responsive to the needs of our clients and our Agency’s operations, responsibilities may be modified at any time.
Catholic Charities is a non-profit, non-discriminatory service organization and employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons seeking employment are entitled to freedom from harassment and retaliation and reasonable accommodation for qualified disabilities.
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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC) help people of all cultures and beliefs rise up out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency and wellness. Because most lives are a complex pattern of choices and circumstances, we take a holistic approach to helping people change their lives, taking into account the whole person, as well as their family and life situations. We do this in three ways. First, we alleviate the conditions of chronic poverty through food, housing assistance, access to benefits, senior services, and mental health services. Second, we reduce the effects of situational poverty by providing jobs, immigration legal services, refugee foster care, financial literacy, and asset development. Third, we prevent the cycle of generational poverty through early childhood development, parenting support, after-school enhanced learning, and youth empowerment. We strengthen our communities through parish and community engagement, immigrant and refugee integration, and neighborhood development services. Each year, we serve more than 40,000 people in need.