Home Visitor (0-5)
TITLE: Home Visitor (0-5)
SALARY RANGE: Per Union Contract
HOURS: Per Bargaining Unit Agreement
The Home Visitor is responsible for providing Home Visits of a minimum of one and one-half (1½) hours per family for a caseload of up to twelve (12) families with prenatal – five (5) year old children, and conducting Socialization experiences as designated by the Program. Duties include assisting families in developing a comprehensive approach to school readiness. The Home Visitor is also responsible for offering parents the opportunity to develop and implement individualized Family Partnerships. This position fosters parent child relationships, and recognizes that the parent is the child’s primary teacher and advocate.
A. Essential Functions
Adhere to and be able to articulate Program philosophy, Head Start Performance Standards, personnel and administrative policies, Agency Mission Statement, Blood Borne Pathogens Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) Policy, and Data Privacy Policy; and utilize when performing responsibilities.
Support the mission of the Agency.
Actively participate in Program recruitment activities.
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism in performing responsibilities.
Refer families to other agencies and programs as appropriate and document on Home Visit Report and in case notes.
Attend staff meetings and participate in training programs offered by the Agency.
Be an active team member with co-workers and partners in accomplishing Program goals, objectives, and assignments.
Participate in Program partnerships and collaborations where applicable.
Be able to articulate and carry out appropriate emergency procedures.
Work cooperatively with Family Advocates and/or Agency Wide Advocates and other Service Area staff to assist families in achieving goals and accessing resources as needed.
Attend authorized interagency meetings specific to Individual Family/Child Plans.
Integrate into Home Visits and Socializations, goals developed through ongoing assessment, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Treatment Plans established for children with disabilities.
Reinforce, through implementation of all aspects of the Program, the role of parents as primary educator advocate of their children using a parent-focused home visit approach.
Demonstrate appropriate adult/child interaction consistent with established early childhood best practices and Minnesota Indicators of Progress.
Integrate all aspects of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework 0-5 into planning.
Offer a minimum of one and one-half (1½) hour Home Visit per week to each family on the caseload, and document in Child Plus, and provide group Socialization experiences as scheduled by the Program.
Maintain Home Visit attendance to meet Program and Performance Standards.
Assist each enrolled family to develop goals based on ongoing assessment.
Implement, along with parents, developmentally appropriate activities through Home Visit and Socialization activities.
Develop, in cooperation with families, plans for each Home Visit and Socialization.
Prepare Socialization site into a conducive and safe learning environment for Socialization days.
Conduct developmentally appropriate Socialization experiences which maintain all Head Start Performance Standards and Program Policies and Procedures.
Submit socialization plans to supervisor for review.
Ensure that children’s meals on Socialization days meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) guidelines, and maintain required meal service documentation.
Assist families in completing Head Start Health/Nutrition requirements for enrolled children.
Assist each enrolled family to develop and implement individualized Family Goals.
Work closely with assigned families during transition process.
Complete Field Trips and other Program planning in cooperation with team members.
Establish in cooperation with each family, “medical home(s)” that will provide medical and dental exams and follow up care to meet Program standards.
Demonstrate and discuss home environment learning opportunities with parents.
Maintain all applicable required records and submit all applicable reports, data entry, and paperwork in a timely manner as required by supervisor.
Ensure all enrolled children have developmental and social emotional screening within forty-five (45) days of entry into the program and conduct screening as necessary.
Document point of contact details in Child Plus case notes for a total of thirty-two (32) home visits for 3-5 children, and forty-six (46) home visits for 0-3 children.
Assist Head Start parents with information on the availability and functions of the local parent group.
Assist in organizing local parent meetings, and provide training for each parent group in identified areas of need and interest.
Maintain case notes documenting family changes, situation, and/or any appropriate referrals to Family Advocates, Agency-Wide Advocates, or coordinating staff and/or other agencies.
Document family progress in the Family Goals.
Complete required reports identifying progress toward objectives for each child on caseload; present to and discuss with parents.
Ensure all enrolled children are up to date on medical and dental screenings, or develop a plan with the parents within 90 days of enrollment.
Refer children with suspected or diagnosed disabilities to the Disabilities/Mental Health Coordinator.
Complete a Professional Development Plan and review with supervisor.
B. Secondary Functions
Perform other secondary duties as assigned by the Manager of Early Childhood Development or Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director.

Requires at a minimum, a home based CDA credential or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Must be willing and able to complete a CDA process.
Other educational backgrounds may be considered.
Have training or experience in early childhood education, prenatal and child development, strength-based parent education, and family support.
Possess knowledge of community resources to link families with appropriate agencies and services.
Demonstrate competency to plan and implement home-based learning experiences that ensure effective implementation of the home visiting curriculum and promote children’s progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (Birth-5) and Minnesota Indicators of Progress.
Experience in working with birth to five year old children and pregnant women.
Must possess a clear understanding of poverty, and have the ability to work well with low-income families.
Must have willingness to work with parents and children in the home environment.
Must have ability to communicate verbally with adults as well as children and in writing to various reading levels.
Must be physically able to relate to and manage children on an individual and group basis.
Must possess the ability to work effectively with families from diverse backgrounds, including culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families.
Must possess initiative, be responsible, and have the ability to be flexible.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including occasional travel out of the service area for meetings, workshops, conferences, overnights, etc.
Is subject to a Criminal Background Check, the results of which are acceptable to the Agency.
Must possess current Driver’s License and insurance.

Requires occasional light lifting up to fifty (50) pounds; display sound lifting and safety habits.
Requires extensive automobile travel; must be physically able to sustain such travel.
The 0-5 Home Visitor is directly responsible to a Lead Home Visitor. Lead Home Visitors are responsible to the Education Coordinator. The Education Coordinator is responsible to the Manager of Early Childhood Development , who is responsible to the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director and /or his/her designee. The Agency Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the overall conduct of the Agency’s programs.

Performance Evaluations are conducted after a six-month provisional period, and Performance Evaluations are done at least annually thereafter.
Appraisals are based on observation of the Home Visitor by the Lead Home Visitor, analysis of the effectiveness in implementing the Program, and through an appraisal conference.
Performance Evaluations will utilize the Agency’s and Program’s forms.
Factors to be considered during the appraisal are:
How well does he/she follow written and verbal instructions?
How well does he/she relate the concepts of the Head Start Program to enrolled families?
How sensitive and responsive is he/she to the problems of the people in the target area?
How well are plans prepared and carried out?
Are reports and paperwork completed accurately and in a timely manner?
How well does he/she communicate/work with team members associated with the family?
How well does he/she aggregate, analyze, and develop plans based on data?
Additional Information
Lakes and Pines CAC reserves the right to revise this job description and change job duties and responsibilities as Agency and program(s) needs arise. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment; and provides a general overview of expectations of the position holder.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Contractor
In accordance with federal and state laws, Lakes and Pines CAC is an equal opportunity employer, contractor and provider of services. The Agency will maintain a policy of non– discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment within the Agency will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, public assistance status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,status as a parent, familial status, or in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

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