Early Learning Specialist, Growing Up Healthy
May 1, 2023
Up to 40 hours per week, serving families in Faribault and Northfield
Established in 2007, Growing Up Healthy, a program of the Healthy Community Initiative (HCI), works with partner organizations and Latine and/or low-income families to transform communities through cultivating neighborhood leadership, fostering social connectedness, and collectively advocating for change within neighborhoods and systems.
This position works with immigrant and low-income families who have very young children and help them overcome obstacles that get in the way of school success. The person in this role will support efforts to increase the number of children who 1) complete early childhood screening before turning four years old, and 2) enroll and persist in preschool or other high quality early learning opportunities. In addition, this position meets with a small number of families in their homes twice per week to model effective ways for parents/caregivers to increase their verbal interaction with children in their home. Work hours can span into the evening or weekends, however, no more than 40 hours/week will ever be expected.
Tasks you will do in this position:
- Listen for, identify and document barriers and challenges families face to accessing preschool or early learning opportunities, and help families troubleshoot barriers to preschool enrollment and persistence. Engage families as much as possible in the process of identifying collaborative solutions.
- Refer families to community resources and services; assist families to complete application forms or other paperwork (as needed) in order to receive services; follow up with families to ensure services were received.
- Participate in weekly staff meetings and regular supervision meetings.
- Plan and facilitate events to promote Growing Up Healthy and the ParentChild+ program.
- Build positive working relationships with agency and program partners, and ensure effective, timely communication with individuals and organizations central to this work.
- Track data daily using Growing Up Healthy’s data tracking system as well as complete and organize daily session notes for home visits.
- Serve as an active member of the Rice County Ready for Kindergarten team.
- Support other HCI-supported programs when needed; remain flexible and adapt as part of the team; maintain consistent, positive communication with team members, families and community partners.
Qualities HCI is looking for:
- High School Diploma or GED with relevant experience.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali.
- Experience working with diverse children ages 1-4 years, either volunteer or professional.
- 2-5 years of experience in community outreach, family home visiting, early childhood education, individual family support, or a related field. Specific expertise with immigrant and refugee communities and low-income/generational poverty communities is preferred.
- Background in early childhood learning and positive parenting skills. Knowledge of ParentChild+ and/or home-visiting experience is preferred.
- Program coordination skills including ability to complete accurate and timely electronic record keeping and data tracking, manage time, prioritize tasks effectively, attend to details, work with minimal supervision and as a member of a team.
- Commitment to consistently demonstrate the values of compassion, inclusion, innovation, integrity and collaboration.
- Demonstrated outreach and networking skills and ability to build professional relationships with healthy boundaries.
- Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including lifting/carrying up to 40 pounds as well as regular sitting, typing, walking, standing, climbing stairs, bending, kneeling.
Success in this job requires:
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and Google Suite.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Capable of completing work on time in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude. Excellent ability to multi-task and troubleshoot issues.
- Ability to work evening and weekend hours.
- Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Healthy Community Initiative.
- Possession and maintenance of a valid Minnesota driver’s license and auto insurance. Must be able to travel throughout Rice County.
- Maintenance of a cell phone.
- Familiarity with Faribault and Northfield Public Schools and Rice County organizations and resources