The Newark Trust for Education (NTE) is seeking an Early Learning Specialist to join a highly motivated team in support of the Parent Child Home Program (PCHP). The ideal candidate is a reliable and independent worker, who demonstrates warmth and patience when dealing with toddlers and families. Some experience working with young children or parents and/or with community based organizations is required.
Type of Position: 1 Year, Full-time, grant-funded position with possibility of extension.
Start Date: Immediately-July 2019
Reports to: PCHP Project Coordinator
Location: Newark, NJ
About Newark Trust for Education
Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent organization dedicated to developing, coordinating and focusing ideas, resources and expertise and holding all of us responsible for quality public education for all children in Newark, New Jersey. The Trust supports and provides evidence-based and data-driven approaches to improving teaching and learning, coordinating collaborations, and empowering the community. Most importantly, the Trust is committed to increasing the coherence, clarity, and focus of current and future reform efforts so that all Newark children have access to an excellent education.
The Trust understands that a quality public education for all children in Newark cannot be achieved without ensuring every child has a robust all-around support to thrive prior to entering 3rd grade. To help strengthen the prenatal to eight continuum in Newark, The Trust is partnering with Parent Child Home Program (PCHP) to implement a pilot for one hundred families using their evidenced-based model for early literacy and child development. This pilot will add to the existing body of work in Newark that is preparing children enter school with the skills and abilities to meet developmental milestones, read on grade level, and reach achievement goals in early grades.
About the Parent Child Home Program
PCHP is a research-based early literacy, school readiness, parenting education program that prepares children for school success by increasing language, literacy, and numeracy skills, enhancing social-emotional development, and strengthening the parent-child relationship. The program provides two cycles of intensive home visiting to families with children 16 months to four years old who are challenged by poverty, low levels of education, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy child development and education success.
- Complete 16-hours of training delivered by local site Coordinator prior to beginning home visits, and other training mandated by state, locality, or agency, including child abuse and neglect training.
- Conduct twice-weekly home visits with program families to demonstrate the use of educational books or toys and to monitor progress.
- Facilitate play and verbal interaction during home visits, and show the parent(s) how to engage their child in positive communications, build a strong parent-child relationship, and teach the child the basic concepts s/he will need when it is time to enter kindergarten.
- Conduct bi-annual evaluations of each family’s progress in the program and collaborate with other community agencies to provide additional services to program families as needed.
- Demonstrate an adequate level of literacy and observational skills necessary to write anecdotal home session reports and to complete child and parent evaluations.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding program families and program staff.
- Assist with maintenance an inventory of parent resource materials and coordinating family check-out procedures of resource materials.
- Maintain individual records on children including screenings, assessments, referrals, progress reports, documentation of home visitation activities, etc.
- Must have a High School diploma or equivalent.
- Background check required.
- Warmth and patience when dealing with toddlers and families.
- Enjoys working independently and has a strong sense of responsibility regarding carrying out job duties without daily supervision.
- Ability to work as a team member collaborating with parents and community resources.
- Non-judgmental attitude toward Program families.
- Flexible, can deal with a variety of circumstances as they occur, and shows good judgment in seeking help, when needed.
- Shows an interest in learning the theory, techniques, and goals of the Program and has a willingness to learn on an ongoing basis.
- Knows the community being served.
- Has some experience working with young children or parents and/or with community based organizations (paid or volunteer).
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail
To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to email@example.com with the subject: Early Learning Specialist.
Deadline: Friday, May 4, 2018.
Newark Trust for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.