NOTE: *West Chicago is a suburb in far western DuPage County, IL.
Purpose: The Family Liaisonwill work collaboratively with families, education staff, and community partners to support parents/guardians in achieving ambitious community and family goals so that the needs of the whole child are addressed for academic and life success. The Family Liaison will serve as part of the Community School teams and their duties will be:
Family Engagement and Education
Ensure that there is a welcoming environment for families and the community inclusive of all languages and cultures.
Collaborate with teachers and instructional leaders to engage parents in the classroom and school, including developing meaningful volunteer/participation opportunities.
Lead development and implementation of parent/family education opportunities, leveraging internal resources and community partners.
Solicit parent/family input and planning assistance on parent/family education offerings.
Implement and support activities to ensure a strong connection between home and school, including home learning activities.
Engage parents/families in community school teams, parent advisory committees and other leadership opportunities.
Support efforts to identify and recruit the most at-risk children in the community for early learning programs.
Work with school staff when contacting parents of absent and tardy students to determine reasons for absence or tardiness.
With school staff review attendance on a regular basis to identify patterns of absenteeism and/or tardiness.
Determine supports needed to support regular attendance and connect parents to resources as appropriate.
Educate families about the importance and benefits of regular attendance.
Educate parents about the importance of early learning programs and support parents in completing the enrollment process.
Comprehensive Services/Case Management
As necessary assist school nurses to ensure that children receive regular health and dental screenings and follow-up for any treatment needs.
Coordinate parent meetings and workshops to educate parents in the areas of child development including positive health and mental health milestones.
Assist parents in establishing a “medical home” and “dental home” for their children to ensure access to consistent health care.
Collaborate with mental health partners to facilitate evaluation of children and referrals to mental health resources as needed and with full parental consent.
Coordinate and conduct home visits as needed to support home-school connection, address attendance concerns and provide other family supports.
Provide supports to children with special needs, including empowering parents as advocates for their children.
Connection to Resources/support with goal achievement
Assist families in identifying goals for their family. Work with families to develop a plan towards achieving their goals.
Refer families to resources to support their plan.
Document referrals and progress towards goals.
Follow up with families who have plans on a regular basis.
Bachelor’s degree in child development, human services, early childhood education, social work or a related field preferred or equivalent level of experience and willingness to grow educationally.
Commitment to supporting families and the community school philosophy.
Bilingual - Spanish language skills preferred
Cultural competency necessary.
1-2 evenings a week to accommodate family and parent education/events
West Chicago Elementary School District 33 is a Pre-K through 8th grade system. There are six elementary schools, two preschool and one 6/7/8 middle school. West Chicago Elementary School District #33’s population reflects the diverse demographics of West Chicago and portions of Winfield and Wheaton, from which it draws its student enrollment.
West Chicago works with a variety of partners to ...connect with our community.
The mission of WeGo Together for Kids is to address the health, safety and well-being of students and families through a collaborative, coordinated and comprehensive approach for West Chicago schools and community.