Fostering Families Parent Educator - Erie Family Center


Fostering Families Parent Educator

Purpose: To partner with assigned families involved in the Office of Children and Youth system to provide personal instruction, demonstrate appropriate educational activities, and deliver research-based printed materials to parents and foster families regarding child development and related issues. Parents as Teachers visits will be conducted during supervised visits with parents and in kinship or foster homes. Parent Educators will conduct child developmental screenings including but not limited to vision, hearing, the understanding and use of language, motor development, hand-eye coordination, & health and physical development for children birth to age five. Program funded through the Erie County Office of Children and Youth.

Responsible to: Parents as Teachers Supervisor

Salary: $36,000 Annually

Date: July 1, 2020

1. Bachelor’s degree in early childhood, or appropriate social services field required.
2. Demonstrated ability to work with adults and their young children.
3. Previous experience working with families in the foster care system is preferred but not necessary.
4. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the board finds appropriate and acceptable.

Essential Functions:
1. Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities:
a. Provide professional parent instruction and delivery of information to assigned families, implementing the curriculum provided by the National Parents as Teachers Center.
b. Coordinate services with other community programs with similar purposes.
c. Support and enhance the existing Parents as Teachers program.
d. Represent the Erie Family Center at various community events supporting families and/or young children.
e. Support the value of education.
f. Support the philosophy and mission of the Erie Family Center.
g. Support the philosophy and mission of Parents as Teachers.
h. Comply with all Erie Family Center policies, rules, and regulations.

2. Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions:
a. Requires the ability to sit and/or stand for prolonged periods.
b. Occasionally requires the ability to stoop, bend, lift, and reach.
c. Requires the ability to travel.
d. Must be able to work in noisy and crowded environments.
e. Requires regular attendance and/or physical presence at the job.

General Responsibilities:
1. Implement the curriculum provided by the National Parents as Teachers Center.
2. Serve up to 15 families (full-time) which includes weekly or bi-weekly visits within the home and/or during supervised visits. Attend programmatic requirements and other assigned tasks per Erie Family Center Director and Parents as Teachers supervisors.
3. Complete all required documentation regarding home visits, attendance records for home visits, screening summaries, and other reports requested by Parents as Teachers Supervisors and Erie Family Center Director.
4. Coordinate services with other community programs with similar purposes, make recommendations for further screenings, evaluations, etc.
5. Support and enhance play groups (Mommy & Me), parent advisory (PAC) meetings, & when required attend community events involving Parents as Teachers.
6. Assist in reviewing and evaluating results of annual parent surveys and other evaluative measures.
7. Adhere to all Erie Family Center health and safety policies.
8. Other duties as assigned by Parents as Teachers Supervisors or Erie Family Center Director, which are consistent with the general requirements and qualifications of this position.

Program Requirements:
1. Travel and attend required Parents as Teachers certification training and become certified as a parent educator.
2. Attend required follow-up in-service trainings.
3. Attend training and become qualified to administer developmental screenings.

Email resume and cover letter to Kristen Costa at