EARLY HEAD START FAMILY DEVELOPMENT EDUCATOR
Under the supervision of the Early Head Start supervisor, the Early Head Start family development
educator shall be responsible to:
1. Conduct weekly home visits with families lasting a minimum of one and a half (1.5) hours to a
maximum of two (2) hours per session.
2. Develop and implement weekly lesson plans in partnership with parents.
3. Collect, screen, and track all medical examinations and immunizations, working with families to obtain
health information and follow-up as needed.
4. Provide developmental and sensory (vision, hearing, and language) screenings as required to
5. Work closely with program consultants to ensure children receive treatment services as necessary.
6. Each month, provide two developmentally appropriate infant/toddler socializations to families on
7. Provide case management and general counseling to assigned families to ensure provision of quality
mental health, health, and social services, including services to high-risk pregnant women, expectant
fathers, and their families.
8. Provide comprehensive strength-based case assessment.
9. Develop an individual, goal-oriented plan in partnership with each family.
10. Participate in regular multidisciplinary case conferencing sessions to discuss strengths, needs, and
concerns of children and their families.
11. Assess the need for and barriers to professional services for each family in assigned caseload and
make referrals to appropriate service agencies. Monitor to ensure families receive necessary services
in a timely manner.
12. Accurately maintain documentation of all screenings provided, case planning conducted, and followup
activities received by families.
13. Participate in and attend all required meetings, in-service trainings, conferences, and continuing
education as required.
14. Jointly plan and implement activities for parent support groups and monthly parent meetings. Plan
and distribute agendas. Prepare, translate, and distribute minutes in English and Spanish.
15. Monitor and track attendance of Early Head Start children and follow up on absences, providing
support and guidance to families as necessary to ensure successful program enrollment.
16. Develop a comprehensive health and nutrition plan for each family.
Early Head Start Family Development Educator
Revised March 2022
17. Input health, program information report (PIR) data and notes into the Child Plus data program on a
18. Participate in regularly scheduled recruitment throughout Ventura County, including community
events, health and human services agencies, and door-to-door residential contacts.
19. Other duties as assigned.
Required Education and Experience:
• Minimum of a state-awarded child development associate teacher permit or associate degree in child
development, early childhood education, or *related field with equivalent child development
coursework. **Coursework must include six (6) infant/toddler development units.
• Minimum of two (2) years’ paid experience in a childcare program as a preschool or infant/toddler
teacher or in a social service, community-based agency providing case management services.
• *Related fields are defined as: liberal arts, psychology, sociology, home economics, nutrition, special
education, general education, human development, or health education, and with coursework
equivalent to a major in early childhood education. A degree in a related field must include the
following courses: child/human growth and development, child/family and community, and
• **If hired without the minimum six (6) infant/toddler development units, the individual will be required
to continue his/her education towards completing the required units within 12 months of hire as a
condition of employment.
• Preferred Criteria: Fluent bilingual (English/Spanish) skills.
Knowledge and Abilities: Requires fluent oral and written English skills. Must be able to maintain
confidentiality. Sensitivity to multicultural beliefs and practices, and ability to relate to children, parents,
and high-risk pregnant women. Sensitivity to needs of low-income families. Ability to maintain accurate
records. Working knowledge of computers and basic applications such as Word. Ability to work as a team
member. Flexibility and ability to plan, supervise, and work independently in the implementation of the
Early Head Start home-based program. Provide leadership and guidance to parents. Problem solving
and organizational skills. Ability to speak before a group. Must have knowledge of various community
resource agencies to support children and families immediate or long-term assistance. Ability to drive
vehicle and travel throughout Ventura County to conduct home visits, recruitment, and other related
Physical Abilities: Ability to effectively use hands and fingers to fill out regular and NCR forms and use
of computer keyboard and other office machines/equipment. Ability to walk and/or stand extensively
throughout employment for ongoing outdoor recruitment. Safely drive company or personal vehicle as
part of daily family visit activities. May occasionally walk on slippery or uneven surfaces. Ability to bend,
squat, climb stairs, and sit on the floor for family visits and/or group socials. Ability to lift 25 lbs. Ability to
carry, push, and pull rolling carts and/or cases with supplies.
License or Other Requirements: Must have access to a dependable auto with minimum appropriate
insurance coverage and possess a current valid California driver’s license. Must hold Infant First Aid and
CPR certificate and renew upon every expiration. Must submit to a job-pertinent, agency-paid, preemployment
physical examination, negative tuberculosis test, and criminal record background check.
Employment is conditional pending satisfactory results of all required tests and background checks.
Periodic physical examinations and TB clearances will be required if hired. Mandated reporter.