Head Start Education/Disability Lead
**COVID VACCINE REQUIRED**
|Employment Type||Full Time Exempt. 44 weeks per year with summer break|
|Benefits||As a full time, regular employee, you will be eligible to participate in the benefit programs on the first day of the month after your 60th day of employment.|
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for ensuring all Education and Disabilities related tasks for the Head Start program, serving children 3 to 5 years of age, are carried out. Design and monitor systems to assure compliance with all education and disabilities related Head Start Performance Standards, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and other applicable federal and state regulations. Provide child development, leadership, and training and technical assistance to staff and parents.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinates with all content areas, and in conjunction with other Leads and Coaches: writes, revises and implements education related policies, procedures and the related Education/Disabilities Lead Manual in order to ensure effective quality service delivery in which Head Start Performance Standards and all other relevant federal and state regulations are met.
- Obtain and maintain acute knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards specifically those pertaining to the Education and Disabilities content areas.
- Provides or arranges for requested or necessary Education and Disabilities related training and technical assistance to site staff and Head Start parents.
- Establishes a supportive relationship with site staff that results in increased skills and outcomes for children and families
- Advocates for responsive, timely, and effective quality services for children and their families.
- Takes a proactive, solution-oriented perspective to problem solve any challenges that may arise within the component team or at the site level.
- Reviews reports and appropriate data to ensure both team and site goals are being met or progress is moving in a positive direction.
- Under the direction of the Regional Manager, works as a member of the regional team to directly support site staff in the provision of high quality, family-friendly and community/culturally appropriate Head Start services to children and families.
- Establishes and maintains partnerships with applicable agencies such as school districts and early intervention programs. Establishes written agreements when applicable and meets progress and renewal deadlines.
- Assists staff with referrals to agencies, and monitors referrals to ensure children are assessed in a timely manner by appropriate providers.
- Submits required reports and information necessary for monthly, quarterly and annual reports, and other reports as requested in a timely manner.
- Actively participates in regular staff meetings, supervisory meetings and all required training.
- Continually seeks out ways to further their own professional development in ways that will increase the quality services they are able to provide to sites.
- Takes initiative to join workgroups and attend meetings with outside organizations that are working towards the same common goals.
- When faced with challenges, seeks out guidance from policies and procedures, performance standards, and other resources such as ECLKC and My Peers.
- Assists in preparing the budget and securing the resources and materials for all children and families to be successful.
- Supports and encourages cultural diversity and values the diversity of all peoples.
- Ensures that specified curriculum, observations, screenings and assessments, individual child plans and parent input are being used to Individualize for children.
- Ensures that classroom lesson plans, group social plans, and home visit plans reflect children’s developmental levels, culture, and uniqueness.
- Collaborates with site teaching staff to monitor children’s progress in the classroom, as well as makes decisions regarding referrals and services. Then tracks and monitors all potentially delayed developmental screenings, as well as referrals and services using the Child Plus data base.
- Works with Head Start teachers to develop education goals for children to improve child outcomes.
- Tracks screening completion and follow up for all children within 45 days of their entry into the program.
- Observes classrooms and provide feedback to teachers using the CLASS Observation Tool.
- Monitors and provides feedback to teaching staff on Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment.
- Advocates that children who are identified with a disability to ensure they receive high quality and adequate quantity of services as outlined in their individual plans.
- Assists in developing and implementing transition plans for children with disabilities who are entering or leaving Head Start programs or moving from one program to another.
- Provides or arranges for disability training and technical assistance for staff and parents. Ensures staff has basic knowledge necessary to support children with special needs and/or disabilities; responds to requests for training for specific children and disabilities/special needs.
- Collaborates in leading the Health Services Advisory Committee, soliciting advice and advocating for effective quality services for children and families.
- Performs other duties as assigned.