Head Start Mental Health & Disabilities Specialist, Norris Square Civic Association

Posted by on April 21, 2014

Head Start Mental Health & Disabilities Specialist, Norris Square Civic Association
Posted on: April 11, 2014

Job description

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure program’s compliance with federally mandated Head Start Performance Standards in the area of Education & Early Childhood Development services:
  • Child Health and Safety
  • Key Indicators: Screening and Referrals
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Key Indicators: Parent Child Relationships, Parent as their Child’s Educators, Parent’s in Transitions, Community Partnerships
  • Child Development and education
  • Key Indicators: Individualization, Quality Teaching and Learning.
  • Monitor, evaluate and train staff working in the areas of disability services and mental health to ensure and maintain high quality services to support children and their families.
  • Provide professional expertise in behavior and disability services: provides NSCA Head Start sites with monitoring, consultation, and training.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor screening and assessment data, evaluations and parent and staff input to ensure identified children have been referred for evaluation.
  • Ensure that the children identified and their families secure the assessment, services, and guidance to support the child’s learning and development.
  • Pursue action on incomplete files and actions with designated contacts at Elwyn.
  • Ensure parent training is offered at all sites and sites are collaborating to bring meaningful resources for the enrolled families.
  • Schedule regular communication and collaboration with Education/ Special Needs Coordinator, designated mental health consultants and service providers as necessary; these activities should be documented thoroughly.
  • Encourage and guide parent communication and involvement in all aspects of the program, including in-home strategies related to behavioral issues. Provide strategies and training/information workshops for parents to aid in the process.
  • Provide appropriate training for staff working with children with special needs, monitor their work, and suggest materials that may be useful in working with the child.
  • Ensure the required documentation is in child files. Monitoring should include periodic examination of Child Plus records.
  • Monitor and report child abuse according to agency procedures.
  • Monitor progress on the social/emotional and educational objectives for each child identified as special needs. Ensure appropriate action is taken when anticipated progress is not observed or recorded.


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