Allies' Early Head Star and Early Head Start-Childcare Partnership (EHS-CCP) program targets young children and teen parents who have experienced abuse and neglect. The Family Service Associate (FSA) is a dynamic and multidisciplinary role charged with providing primary support to children and families through the process of intake (Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA)), monitoring attendance across the program, and family engagement.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Recruit and enroll families for Early Head Start/Early Head Start-Childcare Partnership program and conduct the appropriate interview to inform the families of all services
Monitor and maintain waitlist; conduct follow-up with families
Administer program standards to assure each family meets the eligibility requirements and is in compliance with mandated federal standards
Coordinate all transitions for new children to center-based classroom or family child care provider homes with the Early Education Center Manager and Family Child Care Providers
Ensure that teachers/family child care providers have full caseloads, by monitoring drops and terminations by updating ChildPlus entries at all times
Monitors the food and nutrition program
Conduct community outreach twice a month to support community relations and waitlist development
Plan and attend family engagement activities aligned with program Parent, Family and Community Engagement goals
Inform parents of their volunteer opportunities with the program and offer support and encouragement for increased parent engagement
Review student records for proper immunizations, entering proper documentation in ChildPlus and notifying families until the need is met
Monitor attendance of children for purposes of tracking school community health concerns.
Develop Family and Community Partnerships (MOU)
Develop and support all Family Assessments and assist parents in developing and following up on Individualized Family Partnership Agreements which include: identifying family strengths, goal setting; meeting timelines, developing strategies and monitoring ongoing follow-up services for EHS/EHS-CCP center-based/family childcare providers
Provide and develop referrals for child development services, social services and health services including home visits, provider visits, parent trainings, advocacy and crisis intervention in accordance with federal, state and program guidelines
Organizes and facilitates center-based parent committee meetings, assists with setting up workshops for parents. Learns the variety of workshop topics and offerings. Secures arrangements for transportation, childcare, and other support to encourage attendance
Maintains regular contact with parents throughout the center and provider homes.
Process and track all internal and external referrals for children and families in Child Plus following agency policy and procedure, following up as needed
Coordinates and attends meetings of the Parent Committee and Policy Council providing reports and other information as needed
Participate and support program in Annual Program Self-Assessment
Follows all agency and mandated child abuse reporting procedures
Create a monthly newsletter for families in both English and Spanish with input from providers and Family Support Specialist
Ensure safety is a priority in performing all job responsibilities
Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency's and the program's mission/vision statements, adopted theoretical frameworks, and philosophy
In accordance with our "team" philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION:
BA degree in Sociology, Human Development or related field, requiring transcripts.
Two years of direct social service experience working with children, families, community groups and/or public agencies
Familiar with relevant community resources in Los Angeles County
Able to understand, follow and adhere to State and Head Start Program Performance Standards
Ability to communicate effectively - verbally and in writing
Strong organizational skills
Commitment to teamwork
Basic computer skills required - Word, Excel, Software applications
Experience working with diverse groups and populations
Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
Passionate about learning and possesses curiosity about issues affecting children and families
All employees, regardless of their position, serve as role models for children and families who are served by our agency.
Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD risk assessment, proof of immunizations for pertussis, measles and influenza (can decline)
Class “C” driver’s license, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation required
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits package offered including 100% employer contribution to: Health, Dental, Vision; 401k with employer match; Employee Assistance Program, Professional Development, sick leave, vacation, 12 paid holidays, personal days for anniversary of employment and birthday.
About Allies for Every Child
Allies for Every Child (Allies) (formerly known as Westside Children’s Center) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 25 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including educational assessments, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.