Harmony 175

Baby TALK Job Description

Family Support Specialist/Home Visitor/Infant Toddler Specialist

 

Baby TALK Mission Statement:

Baby TALK’S mission is to positively impact child development and nurture healthy parent-child relationships during the critical early learning years.

Goal of Program: Home Visiting

To support the child’s development through strengthening the parent-child relationships
To establish and deepen working relationships with families
To facilitate the parents to set goals for themselves and their children
To support families’ mastery in their growth and development

Job Qualifications:

Bachelors Degree preferably in education, social services or a related field
Ability to establish a nurturing relationship with parents of all backgrounds and ages
Experience working with parents and children under 3 years of age
Ability to work closely and in collaboration with other professionals
Ability to work a flexible schedule
Reliable vehicle to travel within the community
Willingness to travel in-state to conferences or trainings related to this position
Mastery of basic computer skills
Maintain confidentiality of all information concerning families

Preparation

Have a working knowledge of the Baby TALK curriculum and resources available to offer families in support of the development of the child and the families’ wellbeing
Use the Baby TALK Protocols in preparing for personal encounters
Have a working knowledge of resources available in our community to assist families. (housing, public aid, health services, childcare services, legal services, etc.)
Prepare materials and handouts for each Personal Encounter
Sanitize and maintain toys and equipment
Request supplies as needed for the program in accordance with the budget

Direct Contact with Families

Use the Baby TALK model, follow the Encounter Protocols, use the Baby TALK curriculum and Critical Concepts in supporting families
Support families with the implementation of Touchpoints principles
Schedule home visits/personal encounters with families
Home visits/personal encounters typically will occur twice a month unless there are special circumstances to be determined with supervisor
Complete the Enrollment Packet on each family according to the set timeline
Complete and turn in documentation to enroll the child in the ISBE SIS system according to the set timeline.
Use the Baby TALK curriculum, specifically the Home Visiting curriculum in conjunction with the specific need of the family on home visits/personal encounters
Maintain the appropriate number in case load
Schedule, plan and implement regular group parent-child interaction encounters

Documentation:

Maintain up-to-date documentation on Neworg to include demographics, check-ins, encounters, screening, assessment, goals and observations of children and parents
Maintain enrollment and exit data to support ISBE SIS

Collaboration:

Collaborate with local agencies that benefit young families
Participate in community agency meetings and committees
Make appropriate referrals to Baby TALK staff or community agencies
Ability to substitute for other Baby TALK staff members

Professional Development

Attend Baby TALK Professional Development Training and Touchpoints Trainings
Attend all Baby TALK staff meetings
Fully participate in regularly scheduled reflective practice sessions
Regularly participate in workshops and seminars to “become ever better”
Maintain any professional certifications
Participate in semiannual goal setting

Funding Streams:

Illinois State Board of Education, Prevention Initiative

As a professional Baby TALK staff member, understand that there may need to be other duties as assigned by Leadership staff as we are all committed to the mission of Baby TALK

 

 

To apply for this job email your details to rdermody@harmony175.org