Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Parent Educator provides education and support to pregnant mothers and families with children ages birth to three enrolled in the Prevention Initiative Home Visiting program. The Parent Educator is responsible for planning and implementing education activities for assigned families during individual home visits, planning and engaging families in regular socializations and conducting outreach and enrollment activities to maintain full program enrollment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develops and implements educational plans and activities to meet each individual family's needs according to the Parents as Teachers curriculum.
Work with assigned families on a minimum of two monthly one-on-one 60 minute home visits, during monthly parent group meetings and one monthly 60 minute socialization.
Assists parents in developing parenting skills, helping them to become the primary family educators and their children’s first teachers. Reinforces this concept with practical suggestions for its development.
Conducts health checks during each visit, documenting findings and following-up with Case Manager as needed.
Encourages parents involvement in and supports planning of monthly Parent Committee meetings
Administers and interprets development assessment tools to assigned children within the required time frame, maintaining detailed, written documentation.
Serve as the liaison between parent groups and Case Manager and/or other designated staff by sharing any concerns and to meet family needs.
Participate and assist with program self-assessment, site monitor visits, developmental screenings and Chicago Public Schools or Early Intervention evaluations.
Inputs required assessment and any other required attendance and efforts into ETO database.
Provide support and education to pregnant mothers about child development and ensure that pregnant mothers follow through with prenatal medical and dental visits and other resource needs with case manager guidance.
Engage families in parent groups and other parent involvement opportunities.
Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, interns, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
Attend regular parent meetings, and other meetings or trainings as necessary.
Perform record-keeping and other reporting functions as required by funder and submit all agency reports in a timely manner.
Maintain accurate records and reports as required by agency policies and program standards on monthly basis.
Assists with the recruitment of children for the program.
Ability to work flexible hours including occasional evenings and weekends as required.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participating in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participating in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participating in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advancing parent leadership development.
Performing other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or related field with a minimum of 9 hours in Early Childhood Education.
One year previous direct service experience with low-income families preferred.
Previous early education program experience preferred.
Bi-lingual Spanish/English required.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
Valid Driver’s License and use of a dependable insured car required.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $32,000 per year
Schedule: Full time
Location: 4236 S. Archer Ave, Chicago
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STE...M-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.