Family Building Blocks
Building Blocks strives for equity and celebrates diversity. Our
mission of “Keeping Children Safe and Families Together” is the
foundation that helps us build strength in our communities, large and
small. We are committed to putting families at the center of our work.
We strive to be an employer of choice with a vision of honoring the
dignity of all persons.
Family Building Blocks (FBB) is accepting applications for a full-time Early Head Start Home Visitor that will work in Salem and is eligible for full benefits.
The Early Head Start (EHS) Home-based Visitor
at Family Building Blocks encourages the development of a safe,
nurturing home learning environment for infants and toddlers,
identifying family strengths and recognizing parents as the child’s
first teachers. Weekly home visits to families focus on child
development and family support in the following ways: giving parents
additional tools to be their child’s first teacher and advocate,
providing developmentally appropriate parenting information, supporting
family goals, health tracking, completing developmental screenings and
assessment for children and helping families access to community
resources. The Home-based Visitor also offers twice-monthly group
socializations for families to support their child in a group learning
environment. This position serves EHS families voluntarily participating
in a two-year-long research and evaluation project requiring families
to respond to research-specific questionnaires and surveys at regular
intervals. All activities occur in accordance with the Head Start
Performance Standards, and the Head Start Act.
position requires a flexible schedule to meet the availability of
families and schedule home visits, participate in program activities
that may include occasional overtime, late and/or early mornings. This
position works with at-risk parents in their homes. Home Visitors are
required to travel frequently to perform home visits and occasionally to
visit other sites and attend training/meetings.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
60 % Home Visiting & Family Engagement
weekly 90 minute educational home visits that are responsive to
individual family’s needs, interests, and learning styles to a caseload
of 10-12 families. Families may include prenatal mothers.
- Utilize the Growing Great Kids curriculum as the primary home visiting curriculum and other evidence-based curricula as needed.
home environments for safety and provide parents with information and
resources to strengthen the home environment as a safe learning
environment for young children.
family literacy by modeling reading for infants and toddlers at home
visits, and providing parents with additional resources and support to
promote their own literacy and education.
with planning and implementing parent education opportunities
(workshops, classes, and parent training to support family goals and
families to create goals (Family Partnership Agreements) that promote
family self-sufficiency and a healthy, nurturing home learning
environment for infants and toddlers while encouraging parents to
participate in program activities and complete Weekly Parenting Plans.
- Model appropriate positive child guidance techniques with parents while encouraging positive parent-child interactions.
- Encourage parent involvement in the Policy council and respond promptly to parent inquiries regarding the Council.
community resources with families and work with appropriate agencies in
developing specialized planning for children/families as needed.
- Coordinate with colleagues to obtain the latest resources and activities.
- Ensure home visiting and socialization materials for children’s use are sanitary.
child/prenatal health, nutrition and developmental screenings,
assessments, and research questionnaires at the required intervals and
submit promptly for data collection.
cooperatively with the Health Coordinator to complete required health
monitoring activities in a timely manner and communicate results.
30% Quality, Reporting & Professional Development
accurate and timely written records including assessments, special
education documentation, screenings, home visit records, monthly home
visit completion tracking, and transition plans for graduating children.
- Complete questionnaires and surveys as required.
- Enter data into the EHS database and file all records as required
- Retain records of call logs and text messages.
- Consistently meet with the supervisor for weekly reflective supervision sessions.
- Meet regularly with other staff, including the mental health consultant (as needed) regarding each child’s status and progress.
- Attend meetings, training such as GGK and ongoing education, and appropriate professional development activities.
- On a rotating schedule will provide childcare during EHS policy council meetings and help support monthly playgroups.
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and supports volunteers and student interns involved in the classroom.
- Support the work of FBB volunteers and interns as an integral part of program services.
- Provide learning opportunities for volunteers and interns while participating in program services.
- Acknowledge their efforts by participating in recognition events and sharing their accomplishments.