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Parent Educator (FT)

Phoenix, ArizonaFull-time
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Parent Educator

Are you passionate about helping your community? At Child & Family Resources, we hire people who will help us build resilient children, families, and communities. Even if you don't think you can check off every point on this list, we still encourage you to apply! We value both current experience and future potential.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Parents as Teachers (P.A.T.) is a program that gives key information about early childhood development. P.A.T. provides in-home family support & education to help parents promote development, provide early detection of developmental delays and increase the child’s school readiness and success using the P.A.T. curriculum.

The Parent Educator works with families and their children through home/virtual visitation from prenatal to kindergarten entry using skills in partnering, facilitating, and reflecting with parents utilizing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model and curriculum. Parent educators provide parent education, sensory and developmental screenings, and family support to enhance the quality of parenting, increase a parent’s understanding of child development and work with parents to help their children learn, grow and develop to meet their full potential. Maintaining a caseload of 20-25 families, Parent Educators plan, deliver, and complete data entry within established timeframe policies. Benefits for this position, after 90 days, include 7.5 hours of vacation leave per month, 7.5 hours of sick leave per month, 22.5 hours of personal leave per year, and 11 paid holidays. Group health insurance for the employee, dependent health insurance, and dental and vision insurance are also available.

SUMMARY OF ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
  • Parent Educator will implement the Parents as Teachers model and curriculum with fidelity and follow all program and agency policies and procedures.
  • Implementation of the program in accordance with contract requirements and First Things First Standards of Practice.
  • Parent Educator will conduct individual Virtual and home visits and maintain a caseload of 20-25 families.
  • Complete individual virtual/home visits weekly or twice a month following and delivering PAT Curriculum. Frequency is determined through case staffing with the Program Director/Supervisor depending on the needs and support of the family.
  • Prepare for virtual/home visits and complete the Planning Guide in the data system (Penelope) prior to the scheduled visit.
  • Conduct virtual/home visits and group connections at a time that is convenient for the family. This may include evenings and weekends.
  • Complete all post-visit documentation within two business days.
  • Maintain case records and data systems in accordance with agency and program policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Initiate contact with referred families within two days and actively work to engage families in the program.
  • Travel to and from home visits, program training, and/or events using your own vehicle and/or agency vehicle.
  • Attend mandated virtual or in-person training, which may include out-of-state travel.
  • Complete family-centered assessments in the families’ primary language.
  • Connect families to resources that address their needs at a minimum of a quarterly basis.
  • Administer developmental (ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE2) and sensory (vision and hearing) screenings throughout the program year with appropriate screening tools and equipment.
  • Administer screenings for children, including Bracken School Readiness Assessment and M-CHAT.
  • Administer screenings for parents, including PICCOLO, Edinburgh, and PHQ-9 (depression), WEBS/HITS (domestic violence), AAPI (parenting knowledge).
  • Actively participate with teammates in the development and facilitation of monthly in-person or virtual group connections for families. Facilitating an opportunity for families to build social connections with each other, engage in parent-child interaction activities, and increase their knowledge of ways to support children’s development.
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues, administration, collaborative partners, and others within the community.
  • Participate monthly in two hours of individual in-person or virtual reflective supervision and at a minimum one hour of group supervision.
  • Attend and participate in all mandatory conferences, seminars, in-service training, and program meetings.
  • Participate in Continuous Quality Improvement activities, such as File Review, and provide constructive feedback on the inset platform.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community agencies and partners to share program information and learn about resources available for families (events/outreach as assigned).
  • Follow agency dress code and overall agency policies including when delivering virtual services.
  • Organize and identify materials/supplies following program procedures.
  • Follow all health safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, and clutter-free work environment, including following fire codes.
  • Maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Identify and develop professional goals with Program Director.
  • Other duties as assigned by Program Director.

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Family Studies, Early Childhood Education, or related field. An associate's Degree and experience will be considered. 
  • Two or more years of experience working with young children 0 – 5 years of age and their parents.
  • Have knowledge/experience in-home visitation and group education.
  • Have knowledge/experience in typical and delayed child development.
  • Have knowledge of community resources.
  • Experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with families, social service providers, collaborative partners, coworkers, and Program Director.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Attend required agency and program/department meetings.
  • Adhere to the schedule agreed upon with the supervisor.
  • Follow and model CFR’s core values.
  • Participate in PQI initiatives.
  • Consistent with CDC’s new streamlined guidance, the Safer Federal Workforce determined COVID-19 workplace safety protocols will not vary based on vaccination status or otherwise depend on vaccination information. Due to this determination, requiring, requesting, or collecting vaccination status information is suspended. For current status of the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and/or questions, please contact Human Resources at humanresources@cfraz.org.

ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Sitting for extended periods daily; standing and walking short distances.
  • Moderate twisting, bending, stooping, and lifting up to 40 pounds in the performance of assigned duties.
  • Ability to use a variety of office equipment and machines as referenced.
  • Normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination are required.
  • Repeated hand-wrist movement is required.

Disclaimer:
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.
Any offer of employment is contingent upon drug tests and fingerprint clearance.

The nature of the position involves a fast-paced working environment with multitasking of many different duties and tasks. General daily priorities may change at a moment's notice and the position requires quick response time and flexibility.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Child & Family Resources is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace for everyone. We value and celebrate our differences because it makes us stronger as a whole. For more information, visit: https://www.childfamilyresources.org/edi
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