Head Start Home Visitor

Department: Head Start
Location: Jackson County
Shift: Days
Starting Wage: $17.32

Job Description:

We're hiring a Home Visitor to work with pregnant women and children under the age of three in Jackson County.

Based out of our Head Start Center at the Black River Falls, the Home Visitor will provide comprehensive Head Start services through weekly home visits and group socializations twice per month. This position requires frequent travel for home visits, socializations, meetings, and trainings.

This is a salaried, year-round position, starting at $17.32 per hour and may be negotiable based on education and experience.

We offer a complete benefit package including health, dental and life insurance, 401(k) plan with up to a 6% match, EAP, paid time off, sick leave, and annual performance-based wage increases of 4% to 6%. Western Dairyland is a qualified employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Head Start also prides itself in providing support to all staff including mental health consultation services. (PSLF) program. Head Start provides ongoing coaching and mentoring to support staff development.

The ideal candidate has a home-based CDA or comparable credential, or equivalent coursework as part of a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education. On-the-job training will be provided upon hiring.

The position will remain open until filled. To apply for this position:

  • Complete an affirmative action form on our website
  • Complete application on wdHeadStart.org/jobs

Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. This agency is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $17.32 per hour


Required Skills:

  • Conduct ongoing developmental screenings and assessments. Maintain online records on each child to document progress (TSG online assessment). 

  • Plan and prepare individualized activities for children ages 0-5 utilizing a research based curriculum for home visits and socializations. 

  • Conduct weekly home visits for a minimum of one and one half hours with families using the home as a learning environment 

  • Plan healthy, safe environments for socialization activities guided by the curriculum 

  • Prepare the classroom and outdoor space for socialization. Ensure that the socialization environment space is safe, sanitary and in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and agency’s policies and procedures 

  • Mentor and model appropriate child development interactions and techniques for parents of children ages 0-5 

  • In collaboration with family, ensure that screenings are conducted within 45 days of a child enrollment into the program 

  • Create developmentally appropriate learning environments in collaboration with parents which will assist them in facilitating their children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development 

  • Conduct parent conferences during a home visit on the child’s progress 

  • Develop and facilitate parent, family, and community engagement activities based on the Parent, Family and Community Engagement Outcomes Framework model 

  • Coordinate Tiered Staffing meetings with Home Based Manager 

  • Provide parent resource materials to increase knowledge, understanding, skills and experiences based on families individual needs 

  • Advocate and refer families in emergency and crisis situations. Follow-up on referrals 

  • Consult with local Birth-3, school districts, health providers, community agencies, and professionals to ensure coordination of services 

  • Consult with Home Based Manager regarding children’s developmental concerns and complete the referral for further evaluation if needed 

  • Participate in IFSP/IEP meetings and follow through with individual intervention plans 

  • Assist children and families transitioning to Early Head Start, from Early Head Start to Head Start or the next educational setting 

  • Utilize knowledge of family living and family psychology to assist families in developing Family Partnership Agreement 

  • Develop and measure short and long term goals for children and families 

  • Provide information and assistance to families in meeting health requirements according to the Head Start Performance Standards 

  • Plan and facilitate family engagement activities including: parent trainings, parent committee meetings, family events, socializations and field trips 

  • Support parents and children in the process of transition from one placement to another. 

  • Establish and maintain community and professional contacts 

  • Coordinate with the ERSEA Manager in recruiting eligible families. Determine eligibility in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards 

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times 

  • Maintain accurate family and child records on the ChildPlus data base 

  • Maintain attendance records for home visits and socialization 

  • Maintain individual child and family files. 

  • Recommend purchases and supplies to the Home Based Manager 

  • Complete Professional Development Needs Assessment and develop ongoing Professional Development goals. 


Preferred Skills:

  • Be able to maintain a high level of confidentiality   

  • Be punctual and maintain a neat appearance 

  • Must have strong computer skills 

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills 

  • Must have excellent multi-tasking ability 

  • Must have excellent listening skills 

  • Must be accurate and detail oriented 

  • Have good organizational skills 

  • Have excellent time management skills 

  • Have the ability to work independently  


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