For over 30 years, Way to Grow, Inc. has been one of the preeminent early learning programs in the Twin Cities. We focus on the most important stages of life — from prenatal to third grade and parenting. Our program, Great by Eight centers around the vision that every child is born healthy, stays healthy and has an equal opportunity to succeed in school and life. Through our in-home and center-based programming, we help parents create a learning environment in the home as they become their child’s first and most important teachers.
The Family Educator is responsible for conducting outreach activities, intake and assessment procedures, and utilizing participant home-visiting to establish and maintain trusting relationships with families. Responsibilities include teaching parenting techniques and pre-literacy skills to parents and educate parents on the importance of parent participation in early education and developing family plans, goals, and referring families to the appropriate service providers in the community to address the school readiness needs of children from prenatal to age eight. Job Functions
- Conducts intake and assessments with families to assist them in identifying family strengths, and goals and working on the steps to achieve the goals.
- Manages a minimum caseload in order to provide excellent service to all families assigned.
- Documents and prepare related reports.
- Completes bi-weekly home visits to each family with children ages 4-5 to establish and maintain a trusting relationship, as well as, to focus on pre-literacy skill development.
- Follows early literacy curriculum guidelines while conducting home visits.
- Trains parents engaging in best practices to ensure that children have a strong self-concept, feel respected, and capable, utilizing the home visiting and center based teaching curriculum.
- Utilizes the home visiting and center-based teaching curriculum.
- Provides parenting, pre-natal, health information, and education as needed to ensure that parents have the skills and resources necessary to assist their children when addressing school readiness and health needs.
- Participates in ongoing groups, special events, and other activities.
- Refers parents and their children to appropriate service providers and follow up to ensure needed services are accessed.
- Sets annual service and recruitment goals and completes plan designed to reach individual service goals.
- Conducts regular outreach activities to connect with families and recruit new participants to the program.
- Helps to plan and participate in family events.
- Attends all staff meetings and other meetings as required by supervisor.
- Works as a team for the overall success and health of the organization.
- Participates internal and external sessions improving upon personal growth and professional development.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Associate’s degree in early childhood education or social science or equivalent education and experience.
Skills & Abilities
- Two years of early childhood education or social work experience serving diverse populations.
- Valid driver’s license, safe driving record, and auto insurance required.
Physical Demands Required to Successfully Perform Job
- Bilingual Spanish speaker, with knowledge of Hispanic culture
- Proficient with both oral and written forms of the English language.
- Knowledge of child development and early childhood education.
- Knowledge of early literacy skill development.
- Familiarity with diverse cultures and the ability to be culturally sensitive, non-judgmental and open to a variety of parenting styles.
- Ability to set healthy personal boundaries and limits.
- Ability to effectively manage a case load of up to thirty families.
- Ability to work independently, prioritize responsibilities, and manage time.
- Able to work flexible hours, including days, evenings and/or weekends.
- Dependable, ability to work in groups and team settings.
- Knowledge of community and available resources.
- Good judgment and decision-making skills.
- Ability to use and teach planning, goal-setting, and problem-solving skills.
- Familiarity with health issues, how health care systems/service delivery systems work, and how to successfully navigate through them.
- Computer proficiency including but not limited to: Microsoft Office products, data entry, e-mail, and calendar management.
- The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that are necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, toxic chemicals, and the risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Way to Grow, Inc. is an Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, color, national origin, ancestry, familial status, age, disability, marital status or status with regard to public assistance.
To apply, please send resume and cover letter to HR Manager, Dawn Brocken, at email@example.com.