Eckerd Connects Early Head Start
Eckerd Connects' Early Head Start programs provides high quality, comprehensive care and support services to infants, toddlers, and their families. The program provides free year-round services for children ages 0-3 years and their families to promote education, self-sufficiency, community building, health and well-being. This partnership provides community-based, high quality care to our most vulnerable population; infants and toddlers.
Follow the link for more information about this program: https://eckerd.org/family-children-services/community-programs/early-head-start-of-tampa/
Supports and assists families as they identify and meet their own goals through a family-centered case management model for developing and carrying out the program family partnership agreements, including responsibility for child files, enrollment/applications, etc. Promotes and maintains the health of children enrolled in the Eckerd Early Head Start program. Performs a variety of technical and clerical duties to implement all aspects of the HS/EHS ERSEA and Health Component. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts.
- Coordinates with center staff operations to integrate family partnership goals with classroom efforts and to ensure integrated child and family curriculum.
- Participates in team management functions of planning, implementing and evaluating family and community engagement goals and objectives.
- Responsible for all health related tracking and follow-up, including but not limited to, physical exams, special health needs, dental exams, dental follow-up, and immunizations.
- Works cooperatively with families and medical providers to obtain complete medical and developmental history for each child who enrolls in the Early Head Start Program.
- Identifies and assesses medical needs of children in collaboration with contracted nurse; arrange for treatment or refer parents to providers for treatment.
- Completes home visits as needed.
- Participates in in-service, workshops, conferences and college courses to enhance skills.
- Recruits prospective families and assists with enrollment process.
- Works cooperatively with local agencies to assist families to linkup with services in the local community.
- Completes developmental, speech/language, social emotional, vision, and hearing screenings on each Early Head Start child within 45 days of enrollment.
- Measures heights and weights two times per year on each enrolled child and generates BMI charts for child files.
- Ensures compliance with Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations regarding physical exams and immunizations.
- Conducts and documents follow-up on all referrals.
- While respecting family confidentiality, regularly shares information with teachers to ensure coordinated services that meet the needs of individual children and families.
- Provides health, safety and family literacy activities to parents, as appropriate.
- Assists locating medical and dental homes for children enrolled in Early Head Start program.
- Transports children to dental/mental appointments as needed.
- Participates in health related staffing and screening conferences.
- Notifies Health/Disabilities and Supervisor specialist of all special health needs for children and ensure health care plans are placed in child’s files.
- Follows up to ensure health care plans are properly implemented by classroom staff.
- Observes children in classroom or family home to detect health care needs.
- Develops a working knowledge of community resources, and visits, at least annually, with major agencies for service delivery updates and community resource guide updates.
- Maintains positive relationships with community partners.
- Attends parent/teacher conferences as requested.
- Ensures an appropriate written transition plan is prepared for all children, six months prior to their third birthday.
- Documents all efforts to assist families, tracks family partnership efforts and outcomes, records, monitor and follows up on referrals, and submits reports as required.
- Completes Program Information Report data.
- Maintains strict confidentiality at all times, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
Other Duties Include, But Not Limited To
- Participate in training and development activities as required.
- Report any acts, incidents or conditions that reflect the possibility of inappropriate youth-to-youth or staff-to-youth relationships.
- Report any use of physical force and all unusual incidents per Eckerd policy and state guidelines.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of social work and human behavior.
- Knowledge of human development and health.
- Knowledge of social services and health services available in the area.
- Knowledge of computer data entry processes.
- Knowledge of family-centered practices.
- Ability to communicate (verbally and written) effectively and appropriately with others.
- Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
- Ability to train and provide presentations to large and small groups.
- Ability to calculate amounts by adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and figuring percentages.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to make recommendations and develop implementation strategies.
- Basic computer skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
- Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail are required and the candidate must be able to meet designated deadlines.
Education: High school diploma or G.E.D. required; Associate’s degree or higher, from an accredited College or University, in Social Work or Human Services or related human services field preferred.
Experience: One year of related experience with children and families in a social services environment required; Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.
Physical Demands: Must be able to lift a minimum of 45 pounds.
Other: Must meet state criminal background check requirements.
Travel: Must be able to meet requirements for Eckerd’s Auto Insurance and be able to drive for business purposes. Must maintain an appropriate and valid state driver’s license.
Eckerd wants your career to be as rewarding as possible. We provide our employees with numerous opportunities for growth, education, advancement, and the chance to contribute to business objectives. We offer competitive salaries and an excellent comprehensive benefits package including:
• Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
• Group Term Life and AD&D Insurance
• Voluntary term life insurance
• Paid short-term and long-term disability
• Professional group liability insurance
• 19 days of Paid Time Off the first year
• 8 paid holidays
• Flexible spending accounts
• Retirement savings plan with employer match up to 5%
• Mileage reimbursement
• Cell phone plan discounts
• Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
• Employee Referral Program
• Flexible work schedules
• Employee Wellness/Well-Being program