Head Start for Kent County is a non-profit agency that provides holistic, family-centered services to low-income families in Kent County, Michigan. Founded in 1991 under the name Michigan Family Resources, the agency receives Federal funds to manage both Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These early childhood programs support the well-being and development of children from birth to age five by focusing on: Education, Nutrition, Medical and Dental Care, Parent Involvement and Social Services. By applying best practices in the early childhood field, we prepare families and their young children for success in school and life.
Head Start for Kent County offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our employees: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(K) Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Sick Time ( 8 hours per month), Paid Personal Days (2 days per year), Paid Vacation, Paid Snow Days, No Evening Work (Most Positions).
Provides Early Intervention services and support to children, families and staff to ensure compliance of Head Start Performance Standards in an environment of continuous program improvement.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities (May Include but not limited to the following):
Conduct regular classroom visits, develop classroom management practices with teachers and model appropriate Early Intervention procedures
Conduct individual observations of children referred for suspected behavior or Early Intervention concerns then assist in developing child action plans, as needed; model the process for the staff then document progress overtime
Utilizes parental information, observation and teacher reports to model and coach teachers to implement the application of behavior techniques within the classroom
Provides hands-on support to classroom staff and home visiting staff, encountering problem behaviors, while present in the classroom or during a home visit
Utilizes referral information with children needing further evaluation for services and provides family support through the referral process
Involved in supporting the Special Needs Specialist responsibilities on an as-needed basis
Early Intervention Documentations and Referrals:
Promotes children's mental wellness by actively participating within the classroom and providing group and individual staff and parent education on Early Intervention issues
Collaborates with other agencies and professionals to coordinate the implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and document progress in reports to Special Needs Manager
Pulls reports for follow up and enters information into the data system.
No Supervisory Responsibilities
Masters of Social Work degree or Masters of Psychology required. Must have and maintain license with the State of Michigan or obtain license within 12 months of hire.
Past experience working in a classroom in the Early Intervention field. Two years of experience working with children from the ages of zero to five. Bi-lingual is helpful but not required.
Must have advanced level written and oral communication skills: Have a strong attention to detail; Ability to effectively and clearly communicate information and ideas with willingness to share knowledge, skills, and expertise with others.
Must have intermediate computer skills and be knowledgeable of Microsoft office.
Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; Work well in group problem solving situations; Use reason and restraint even when dealing with emotional topics; Ability to adapt to and solve challenging situations applying common sense understanding to all work situations.
Every child deserves a good start. At Head Start for Kent County we help children from low-income families in Kent County, Michigan, get that start by providing comprehensive education programs and health services. We encourage intellectual, social and emotional growth by offering holistic, family-centered services in a supportive environment. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer safe, consistent child development services for children from birth to age five.