Position Vacancy - Family Service Assistant/ Pre-K for All Coordinator, Bank Street Head Start
Bank Street Head Start Title: Family Service Assistant/ Pre-K for All Coordinator Reports to: Director
As a part of Bank Street College of Education, Bank Street Head Start is a free preschool program offering educational, nutritional, and mental health and social services to 68 families each year. The primary goal is to prepare children for lifelong success by providing the social-emotional support they need to help them develop a positive feeling about learning and attending school.
The Family Service Specialist will work with families to develop individualized strength-based plan of action to meet their unique necessities. S/he will be responsible for maintaining accurate data on each family in order to facilitate program services and to assess their impact on the families served by Bank Street Head Start. The Family Services Assistant/ Pre-K for All Coordinator is responsible for supporting family engagement for her caseload and will assist families in their ex-missions process into kindergarten at the conclusion of their schooling at Bank Street Head Start. The Family Service Team will work collaboratively with Teaching teams and Administrative staff to ensure that all children are adjusting to Head Start and are achieving favorable outcomes. All practices the Family Service Specialist/ Pre-K for All Coordinator uses must be consistent with the guidelines put forth by Bank Street Head Start, the New York City Department of Health (DOH) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Works with Family Services team to compare data through weekly Family Service Meetings.
• Maintains records of these meetings and shares content of these meetings as part of monthly written report to the Director
• Attends weekly Administrative meetings with all members of the Bank Street Head Start Administration team
• In tandem with the Family Services Team, works to enter data, scheduling meetings with families and other designated tasks.
• Performs related work as assigned by Director
General Family Service Tasks
• Assists in the orientation of new families including recruitment, answering queries, completing applications and maintaining the waiting list
• Attends staff meetings including All Staff Meetings, Interdisciplinary Meetings, Family Service Meetings, Classroom
• Team meetings, Parent Teacher Conferences when requested
• Attends trainings as assigned by the Director
• Prepares reports including the Program Information Report (PIR), annual self-assessment and other tasks required for grant applications
• Provides classroom coverage when necessary
• Maintains and/or supports multiple databases including ChildPlus, Vendor Portal and Pre-Kids, Support Enforcement Management System (SEMS), Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) and Health Commerce System (HCS)
• Provide training and education to families in using available resources and obtaining community services.
Family Coordinator for Designated Classrooms
• Establishes effective communication and relationships with families, teaching teams and children
• Completes home visits as needed and supports each family during both transitions into and out of the program, including transition to Kindergarten.
• Inform families of Head Start services and promote parent engagement in all facets of the program
• Completes Family Profile and Needs Assessment
• Provides referrals as needed to address parent’s challenges and goals
• Maintain social service/health file of children in the classroom including also emergency contacts, residency information, income verification, parent contact notes, CACFP enrollment forms, trip and photo consent forms, etc
Pre-K for All Responsibilities
• Recruits, enrolls, registers and enters children into PreKids database system
• Attendance at designated Pre-K for All trainings
• Delivery of Pre-K for All related materials to central office
• Plans Pre-K for All transition to Kindergarten workshops with receiving public, private, charter and faith-based schools for parents
Experience in working with families and children in a preschool or social service setting. Bachelor Degree in Social Service, and/or Early Childhood Education. Strong writing and communication skills are required. Strong computer literacy is a must; second language skills and social media handling are a plus.
Qualifications, compensation and benefits are specified by HSPS (Head Start Performance Standards), ACF (Administration for Children and Families), NYC ACS (New York City Administration for Children’s Services), DOH & MH (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene/Article 47), Bank Street College of Education and the current DC 1707 Local 95 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Position is full time: 35 Hours
Internal Number: 921
About Bank Street College of Education
The mission of Bank Street College is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world. In so doing, we seek to strengthen not only individuals, but the community as well, including family, school, and the larger society in which adults and children, in all their diversity, interact and learn. We see in education the opportunity to build a better society.
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