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    Assistant Teacher - Philadelphia

    Location: Philadelphia, PA              Apply For this Job

    JOB TITLE: Assistant Teacher - $12.52 hourly HS/GED, $13.54 hourly CDA, $14.57 hourly AA/BA

    IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Center Supervisor

    GENERAL SUMMARY:  This position works as a part of a teaching team to work as a partner with the teacher/lead teacher in developing activities for preschool (Head Start) children to provide them with varied experiences and an appropriate learning environment. Works with typically developing children and children with disabilities. Assistance is given to the teacher in carrying out the goals, policies, and activities designed to implement educational objectives and performance standards. This position works with families to promote parent involvement in the program. In addition, this position might also serve as a Bus Monitor as part of the transportation services provided by the program. This position may be assigned additional duties based upon program need and areas of developing expertise. This position works along with the teacher/lead teacher to attain the goals of the program. The position may be reassigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.   


    Preschool Classroom Activities

    1. Assists the teacher in all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities including lesson plans.

    2. Provide sufficient and appropriate outdoor time daily for children (see Operations Manual for specifics).  Dress in clothing which is appropriate for outdoor activity and all weather conditions.

    3. Assists in developing materials and providing activities related to the cultural background of the children and families served.


    Parent/Family Involvement And Community Relations

    1. Assists the teacher in meeting the program's needs for parent/family involvement in each classroom.

    2. Establishes a relationship of trust and rapport with the families of the children.

    3. Communicates with families to facilitate positive interaction with the program, awareness of the child’s needs and development, how the activities of the program promote positive development and their roles in the child’s overall education and development.

    Child and Adult Care Food Program

    1. Contributes to the collection and edit processes of correct documentation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This process is important and contributes additional dollars which in turn enhances food delivery.

    2. Be knowledgeable about CACFP requirements regarding portions and components of each meal service.

    3. Conduct point of service meal documentation, count meals when children are seated and have been offered a credible meal by USDA standards for portions and components.


    Minimum requirement is one of the following:

    1. A current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential;

    2. Be enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of being hired into the position;

    3. An associate or baccalaureate degree (in any area); or be enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree. 

    Bilingual preferred.

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    Family Services Specialist

    Location: Philadelphia, PA              Apply For this Job

    JOB TITLE: Family Services Specialist - $22.57 hourly AA, $25.29 hourly BA

    IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Parent Child Family Engagement Coordinator

    GENERAL SUMMARY:  This position supports and provide coaching, mentorship and/or training and technical assistance to the Family Advocate who assist families as they identify and meet their own goals through a family-centered case management model for developing and carrying out the program Family Partnership Agreements, including responsibility for child files, ERSEA determination and enrollment/applications, etc. This position provides oversight and system development opportunities leading  to the growth of Head Start/Early Head Start families, so they can identify their own strengths, needs and interests and find their own solutions.  The position supports the larger system of social services coordinated by Head Start/Early Head Start, thereby supporting the goals of the program. The position constantly evaluates caseloads and reassignments and/or center location as deemed necessary for effective and efficient program operations.


    a) Program Development and Planning

        1) Assists the Parent Child Family Engagement Coordinator in the development of a system for the provision of case management and               referral for social services to Head Start/Early Head Start families in cooperation with other social services, health and mental health          agencies and providers through community partnership agreements.

        2)  Assists the Parent Child Family Engagement Coordinator in the development and implementation of a "family outcomes systems of               ongoing monitoring and evaluation" of activities with the program service area that ensures family's needs are being met (family                    outcomes).    

        3)  Assists the Parent Child Family Engagement Coordinator to develop and implement systems that direct services with families, such as          the Family Partnership Agreement process, case management process, and referral and follow-up activities. Ensures that a family-               strengths/family-centered practice is understood and followed by the Family Advocates.

    b) Program Implementation

        1)   The Family Services Specialist provides guidance to the Family Advocate to coordinate with center staff and contracted                                partners to integrate family partnership goals with classroom efforts and to ensure integrated child and family curriculum.  

         2)  The Family Services Specialist participates, as part of an assessment review process, in team management functions of                                 planning,  implementing and evaluating Family and Community Partnership goals and objectives and provides feedback to the                        Family  Advocate of what they believe is working great and singles out areas that could be improves.

         3) The Family Services Specialist will ensure that every Family Advocate assigned to their team implements an ongoing recruitment and           enrollment plan for prospective families and may sometimes assist with enrollment process.

    c) Record Keeping

         1) The Family Services Specialist supports and ensures that Family Advocates document efforts to assist families in identifying their                strengths, needs and sufficiency goals and that the Family Advocates do the data entry functions as necessary to keep files up-to-               date.  Uses HSFIS/Child Plus or other database software.

          2) Tracks family partnership efforts and outcomes and provide feedback, through coaching, mentorship or training and technical                      assistance to the Family Advocate.  the position also supports local centers to ensure parents establish strong community ties, such           as finding a "medical and dental homes."

          3) Records, monitors and follows up on referrals for support services for reporting requirements and provides feedback and guidance to            Family Advocates as necessary.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: The minimum requirement is an Associate degree or higher in Social Work, Human Services, Family Studies or other human services related field plus associated experience working with young children and families.  One year supervisory/management experience preferred. Two years' experience in case management preferred. A Bachelor's in Social Work, Human Services, Family Studies or other human services related field preferred.



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