Posted: Jul 31, 2017
Department: Head Start & Children's Services
Provide training and guidance to program staff and parents on the mainstreaming and provision of services to children with disabilities and their families and the social/emotional wellbeing for children and families. Ensure that the program is in compliance with federal, state and ABCD Head Start regulations, standards and policies. Observe and assess the appropriateness of programs outside of Head Start or Early Head Start for possible placement or referral following the evaluation of a child. Monitor and track follow-up needs, developmental screenings, curriculum system, and child outcomes. Collaborate with all component staff, parents and staff from community agencies, early intervention programs and public schools to ensure that children with disabilities are recruited, interdisciplinary program planning occurs, and appropriate referrals, screening, assessment, diagnostic services and placements are provided. Facilitate the delivery of therapeutic services. Provide ongoing consultation and support to parents and staff regarding support networks for families before and after Head Start/Early Head Start and advocacy skill development. Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.
Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field, with one course in special education/early childhood mental health required. Two years of experience providing care or teaching children with special needs or disabilities may be counted towards special education coursework. Minimum of nine months of experience providing care to or teaching children with special needs or disabilities required. Thorough knowledge of infant through preschool special education as well as their social/emotional wellbeing and its relationship to child development. Demonstrated knowledge of typical and atypical development with ability to recognize the symptoms of a development issue. Bilingual in a language spoken by the program participants preferred. Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
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